University of Sussex: A flagship in UK Economics education
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“In human life, economics precedes politics or culture.” – Park Geun-hye

Ranked within the Top 20 of the UK’s most respected academic League Tables, the University of Sussex is a noted education leader in the UK. Teaching, innovating and inspiring students from more than 100 countries, Sussex harbours a vibrant, diverse and ambitious student community, producing well-rounded graduates who push for positive change in a complex world.

The School of Business, Management and Economics prides itself on its ability to study and research the issues that matter, giving students the tools needed to navigate a competitive global employment market. Based in the Jubilee Building, economics students at Sussex learn via state-of-the-art facilities in a contemporary space.

The Department of Economics instils students with the foundation needed to forge a successful career in the fields of economics, business and finance. Here, graduates are equipped with the skills needed to thrive in a wide range of sectors, from government, to consultancy, to banking, NGOs and beyond.

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“Our range of Masters degree courses draw on our research into critical global issues in economics,” the Faculty notes. “This prepares students for prestigious careers and senior roles ranging from government and NGOs through to finance and banking.”

Staff stand at the forefront of global economics research, producing ground-breaking results that inform policy-makers worldwide. These degrees give students the chance to learn from some of the foremost global thinkers in economics, sharing in their ideas and benefitting from their opinions.


Studying an Economics Masters at the UK’s University of Sussex could be much more affordable than you think, with a generous number of postgraduate scholarships available to overseas students.  These include the Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students worth £25,000, as well as country-specific scholarships for students from India and Nigeria, plus many more.

MSc Economics

This comprehensive programme gives students the knowledge and expertise needed to succeed as a policy-oriented economist. Covering everything from economic theory, to empirical methods, policy applications and beyond, graduates go on to forge rewarding careers in government, international organisations and universities around the globe.

“We teach using references to current events, so students can follow the current debate and analyse a range of policy questions,” says Dr Ingo Borchert, Lecturer in Economics at Sussex. With the department’s reputation for producing exceptional teaching and applied research, students examine current topics within this crucial field, instilling them with a vital empirical skillset that enables them to undertake their own independent research.

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Having been ranked within the Top 10 by the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) in terms of impact on research policy, it is clear that the Department is making waves in the international sphere of economics. With this integrative and co-operative approach to teaching and research, students are encouraged to apply what they learn in a dynamic real-world context, making a tangible difference to the challenges of the global economy.

And with a possible option to pursue a three-month internship variant in either national or international organisations, students are given every opportunity to gain valuable work experience and excel long before they graduate.

MSc Development Economics

This course introduces students to the microeconomic themes of global poverty, inequality, health, education and labour; as well as the macroeconomic subjects surrounding economic prosperity, management of resource wealth, trade and aid. Here, students learn to analyse policy, honing their expertise when it comes to conducting their own research, while refining the sought-after attributes that enable them to succeed in the competitive economics profession.

“Our MSc in Development Economics has a long-established track record in providing our graduates with the skills and understanding they need to work as practising development economists,” says Andy McKay, a respected Professor of Development Economics, “whether this be in the field, in government, in consultancy or in research environments: and many of our graduates have achieved significant positions in these areas worldwide,” he explains.

Blending the most up-to-date economic theories with modern methodologies, graduates of this course provide innovative solutions to international development issues in the field of economics. Ranked number one in the world in the Top 100 Universities for Development Studies by the prestigious QS University Rankings for 2017, the quality of this globally-renowned MSc certainly speaks for itself.

Graduates of this course boast an outstanding track record of achievement in securing prestigious fellowships at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) – a leading independent think tank on development and humanitarian issues – among other things. Graduates can be found anywhere within UK and international governments, academic and research institutes worldwide, global consultancies and financial companies, and influential organisations like the OECD, the World Bank Group, the IADB and the ADB.


A recognised department of excellence in specialised postgraduate studies, the Department of Economics at Sussex boasts an extensive portfolio of Masters, MPhil and PhD degrees – including in subject areas like International Business Economics and  International Finance and Economics. Enriched by world-class research findings that reflect the world’s most pressing issues, former students now work alongside the most prominent academics in global economics, collaborating with – and learning from – some of the world’s most knowledgeable economists.

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