Last Updated on August 28, 2023
- One of Europe’s leading centres for economics research and research-led teaching
- Internationally renowned for postgraduate training with a range of master’s courses and exposure to state-of-the-art research
- Gain theoretical and practical skills necessary for a professional economist
Academic entry qualification overview
A UK 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in economics, finance, mathematics or a related subject with economic theory, mathematics and econometrics studied at a high level.
When applying, please submit these supporting documents, in addition to the online form:
- copy of transcript from undergraduate degrees (interim transcripts are acceptable if you have not yet finished the degree);
- English language evidence (for applicants from non-native English speaking countries.
When assessing your academic record we take into account your grades, your academic references, and the standing of the institution where you studied.
- IELTS – overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
- TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757.
- Pearson – overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66
- Other English tests are also considered. Please contact us for further information – [email protected]
Scores are valid for 2 years.
Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.
Applicants from certain countries may be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email [email protected]
Pre-Sessional English Courses
If you are eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will need to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course.
English language test validity
Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.
Advice to applicants
Due to high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year.
If we make you an offer, you will have approximately 4 weeks to accept. Any offers not accepted by the deadline will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate.
All conditional offer holders have until 1 August to satisfy the conditions of the offer.
You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your online application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.
Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the decision date, in some instances due to the competition for places/volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case, we will let you know after the deadline date.
Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.
We can accept your application before you complete your undergraduate studies; please submit your latest transcripts with your online application.
- All places are subject to availability and if you apply for one of the later dates, some courses may already be closed. We recommend that you apply early in the cycle to secure your place with us.
- Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer.
- If you are a current undergraduate student at The University of Manchester, you may be eligible to apply via the ‘Fast-Track’ scheme. Please email [email protected] for further information.
For a copy of the Postgraduate prospectus, email [email protected].
How your application is considered
All applicants must submit:
- an online application form;
- supporting statement;
- transcripts of degree;
- two references.
Overseas applicants will need to submit a satisfactory IELTS certificate (or equivalent) at the time of application. A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0, with 6.0 in each component.
Applications will not be considered if documents are missing.
If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.
Manchester is a leading centre for economics and research-led teaching. Graduate students from across the globe come to study economics at Manchester, attracted by our first-class postgraduate training and supervision in the core and specialist areas of economics.
Many famous names from the world of economics have worked here at Manchester, including three Nobel Prize winners.
The MSc also provides the option of specialising in the following areas:
- environmental economics; and
- health economics.
Please see course unit details for further information.