Search Online Master's Degrees in Economics

Discover online master’s degrees in economics from top UK universities. All the courses on this page can be taken part-time, providing a unique opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification while continuing to work full-time.

University of Aberdeen Business School

Online Master’s /
Certificate type- MSc
Part-time /
24 Months
Certificate options
Full time or Part time

Online Masters Degrees in Economics FAQ

Taking an online economics degree at master’s level can be completed over two years part-time if you have 10 to 15 hours each week available for study. Be aware this is only a rough guideline. Some master’s level economics programmes may require you to put more hours in for parts of the year. Once you have narrowed down your choice of courses, we strongly recommend you ask the admissions team how many hours each week are required.

Graduate students can go on to careers in government agencies, central banks, and financial management roles in large commercial organisations. The analytical skills developed in the course have practical application to various roles involving big data and data analysis, business decision-making, and public policy positions.

Yes, it is possible to join a master’s in economics with a non-economics bachelor’s degree. However, most postgraduate economics courses require an undergraduate degree in economics or a degree that covers certain quantitative subjects, such as modules in calculus and statistics.

Most universities will ask for a 2:1 at undergraduate level. Applicants must demonstrate good grades in advanced calculus, statistics and linear algebra.

Some universities will also request a GRE or GMAT certificate for applicants without an undergraduate degree in economics and international students.

Yes, some of the top UK universities offer their MSC in Economics by distance learning. Graduates from these courses progress to working in top roles in governments and industry.

Gaining a UK Master’s in economics by distance learning is an internationally recognised qualification that can boost career progression and further academic study.

Both MAs and MScs in economics are designed to develop and equip graduates for a career as an economist. As a general rule, an MSc will go into more detail on the technical parts of the subject. For example, students on an MA and MSC may take microeconomics and macroeconomics modules. However, an MSc will have a heavier quantitative aspect and cover advanced-level micro and macroeconomics.

An online masters in economics is a quantitative qualification covering micro and macroeconomics at its core. Each university’s course will have its own unique syllabus and strengths. Below is a list of modules and areas typically found when studying economics.


  • Economic Policy
  • Economic Theory
  • Economic Development
  • Public Economics
  • International Economics
  • Labour Statistics
  • International Trade
  • Game Theory
  • Applied statistics
  • Public policy
  • Applied Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Business Economics
  • Environmental Economics

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