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Economics Conversion Programme - MSc

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2 years, Full-time
Economics Conversion Programme - MSc
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University of Kent
Giles Ln
United Kingdom


If you are looking to change your career direction and have an undergraduate degree in a subject other than economics, the Conversion programme offers you a two-year route to our range of MSc programmes in economics and financial economics.

The Economics Conversion programme offers a two-year route to an MSc for those with a degree in a subject other than Economics.

Gain a range of quantitative and analytical skills, alongside a deeper comprehension of economics concepts. Recent MSc graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as BNP Paribas, AXA, FactSet and PwC.


Economics Conversion Programme - MSc
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Course structure

Duration: PDip 1 year full-time; MSc 2 years full-time

Year 1

During the first year, you take the Diploma in Economic Analysis (DEA), which is a qualification in its own right, and brings you up to the standard required to continue with MSc study. The DEA consists of six compulsory modules.

Year 2

Students who pass the DEA with 60% and above can then proceed to one of our MSc programmes in year two:

Programmes in economics

  • Economics MSc
  • Economics and Econometrics MSc
  • Development Economics MSc

Programmes in financial economics:

  • Financial Economics MSc

Students who pass but do not achieve 60% are awarded the DEA.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those looking for a career change or to develop your skills, or if you want to study a different subject to your undergraduate degree. This postgraduate conversion programme will help you learn new skills, improve your job prospects and send your career in a different direction.


An honours degree (minimum 2:2) from the UK or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a subject other than economics. Applicants must also have a sufficient level of quantitative skills.

The University will consider applications from students offering a range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

Career path

A postgraduate degree in the area of economics can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates work as economists in international organisations, the financial sector, business, UK and overseas governments. Recent MSc graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as BNP Paribas, AXA, FactSet and PwC.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

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An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.