International Business Economics MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Enhance the study of international business with a solid grounding in the economic theory that explains business behaviour both at the level of the firm and within the global macroeconomy.

You’ll find out about microeconomic principles relating to the theories of firms and consumers, and macroeconomic principles underpinning national and international economies.

You'll also learn about managerial economics and how firms try to optimise their human resources. You'll gain the skills – and have the opportunity – to undertake independent research in an area of business economics, which will expand your employment opportunities.

Why choose this course?

  • Business and economics at Sussex is ranked in the top 50 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018) – we have an international reputation for outstanding teaching and applied research.
  • With a solid grounding in economic theory, you'll be prepared for a successful management or financial career.
  • Our faculty integrate their research into their teaching so you learn how to apply economic theory to contemporary topics.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class lower division or GPA 2.7/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 65%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a GPA of 3.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 15/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention assez bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 12.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.7 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 50-65% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 2.8/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 14.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 101.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 2,67.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 3.0/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of C.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 55%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 12/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 2.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with lower second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should normally show evidence of your ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Pre-Masters

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out about Pre-Masters routes

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to study this course full time or part time. Find the modules for the full-time course below. 

For details about the part-time course structure, contact us at pgbmec@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

The course has a central emphasis on business. You benefit from the global reputation for international economics research and teaching at Sussex. The course comprises eight modules and a Business Economics Research Project. 

You are assessed through:

  • unseen examinations
  • essays
  • a research project.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Find out about postgraduate Economics courses at the University of Sussex

Our experts

You study economics in the stimulating environment of a Business School, where business-focused modules and case studies enhance your understanding of international business economics.”Dr Farai Jena
Course Convener
Mr Michael Barrow

Mr Michael Barrow

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Research interests

Applied Economics, Economics, Education, efficiency measurement, local government, public policy, value for money

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Dr Sambit Bhattacharyya

Dr Sambit Bhattacharyya

Reader in Economics

Research interests

Comparative development, Development Economics, Economic And Social History, Natural resources, Political economy

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Dr Ingo Borchert

Dr Ingo Borchert

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Research interests

Brexit, Foreign direct investment, International Trade, Service sector integration, Trade in services, Trade liberalization, Trade policy

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Prof Richard Dickens

Prof Richard Dickens

Professor of Economics

Research interests

Inequality, Low Pay, Minimum Wage, Poverty, Unemployment

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Prof Peter Dolton

Prof Peter Dolton

Professor of Economics

Research interests

Education Economics, Health economics, Labour economics

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Dr Sonja Fagernas

Dr Sonja Fagernas

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Research interests

Development Economics, Economics of Education, Law and economics, public policy

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Dr Michael Gasiorek

Dr Michael Gasiorek

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Research interests

Brexit, European Trade, gravity modelling, International Trade, Regional integration, Rules of origin, Trade, Trade and development, Trade policy, TradeSift, Training

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Dr Peter Holmes

Dr Peter Holmes

Reader in Economics

Research interests

Anti-dumping, Brexit, EU trade policy, Free Trade Agreements, Post Brexit Trade Policy, Trade policy, World trading system

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Dr Iftikhar Hussain

Dr Iftikhar Hussain

Lecturer in Economics

Research interests

Applied microeconomics, Development Economics, Economics of Education, Labour economics

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Dr Julie Litchfield

Dr Julie Litchfield

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Research interests

Applied Economics, Conflict and violence, Development Economics, Migration, Poverty

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Dr Paolo Masella

Dr Paolo Masella

Reader in Economics

Research interests

Development Economics, Labour economics, Political economy

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Prof Andy Mckay

Prof Andy Mckay

Professor of Development Economics

Research interests

Africa, Inequality, labour, Poverty, Structural change and economic growth, vietnam

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Dr Alexander Moradi

Dr Alexander Moradi

Reader in Economics

Research interests

African Economic HIstory, Applied Economics, Development Economics

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Prof Andrew Newell

Prof Andrew Newell

Professor Of Economics

Research interests

Demographic transition, global inequality, Poverty

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Dr Vikram Pathania

Dr Vikram Pathania

Reader in Economics

Research interests

Applied microeconomics, Behavioural economics, Development Economics, Health economics, Public health, public policy

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Dr Dimitra Petropoulou

Dr Dimitra Petropoulou

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

Industrial organisation, International Trade, Political economy

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Prof Barry Reilly

Prof Barry Reilly

Professor of Econometrics

Research interests

Applied Econometrics, Development Economics, Economics of Sport, Labour economics

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Dr Shqiponja Telhaj

Dr Shqiponja Telhaj

Reader in Economics

Research interests

Applied microeconomics, Economics of Education, Labour economics

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Prof Richard Tol

Prof Richard Tol

Professor of Economics

Research interests

Climate change, Climate economics, Economics, Energy, Energy economics, Environment, Environmental economics, Scientometrics, tourism

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Prof L. Alan Winters

Prof L. Alan Winters

Professor of Economics

Research interests

Developing Countries, Economics, International Trade, Migration

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£10,600 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£10,600 per year
International students:
£17,900 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

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How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

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Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

This course is for you if you wish to pursue a management career in international business or the financial sector, and take up such roles as business or financial analyst.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Economics were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to jobs including:

  • analyst, HSBC
  • economist, Central Bank of Ireland
  • research fellow, Overseas Development Institute.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Analytical Methods for Finance & Business Economics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module starts to equip you with the tools of macro-economic, mathematical and statistical analysis necessary for the pursuit of international finance at Masters level. It comprises sections on macro-economics, basic mathematical and statistical methods and the use of appropriate computer packages (currently Stata).

International Business Economics

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module gives you a rigorous introduction to the principles of economics and their application to real-world international business settings.

You explore topics including:

  • globalisation and international business
  • the structure, conduct and performance of businesses from a global perspective
  • multinational corporations and international supply chains in international business
  • international trade and economic integration
  • global protectionism
  • multinational enterprise and the role of foreign direct investment (FDI) and innovation in international business
  • international institutions
  • the balance of payments and foreign exchange markets
  • financial crises.

Quantitative Methods for Finance & Business

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides an introduction to statistical techniques needed in the study of finance.

It covers parametric and non-parametric hypothesis testing with financial applications, ANOVA, diagnostic testing, regression analysis in a financial context and experimental design.

It provides the key tools needed for the FATSE module which follows in the Spring term.

Financial and Time Series Econometrics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The primary aim of this module is for you to become familiar with a variety of applied time-series econometric techniques, enabling the confident and independent use of these techniques.

An important emphasis of the module is to provide you with 'hands-on' experience of econometric analysis through using a variety of economic data sets.

Financial Markets and Institutions

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You examine the important role of financial markets and institutions in a global context.

You study the role played by private banks and explore the workings of key financial markets such as stock markets, foreign exchange markets and futures markets, given their centrality to business activity.

You also explore issues surrounding the causes of financial crises, the regulation of financial markets and the role of central banks in relation to interest rates. A comparative perspective on financial centres across the globe and real world case studies are used throughout.

Managerial and Human Resource Economics

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Analyse how firms organise, motivate and manage their employees.

In this module you explore:

  • key theoretical concepts and methods
  • analytical models to provide a framework for understanding organisational design and the management of employees
  • real world issues and applications.

Research Methods for International Finance and Business

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module equips you with practical statistical and econometric tools for international finance, information about economic data sources and their limitations, an understanding of how research and analysis fit into the policy-making and decision-making processes and how to communicate with users of analysis.

Business Economics Research Project

  • 30 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you conduct research for a 10,000-word project on a topic in either international business economics or business economics.

You choose your project topic from a set of approved topics provided by faculty and your project is assessed on the basis of:

  • the relevance of the research question investigated
  • applied work undertaken including the collection and preparation of data, the formulation of the empirical model, the estimation and interpretation of the results, and the quality of the write-up.

Accounting for Decision Makers

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is designed as an introduction for non-financial managers to comparative international accounting, and financial reporting and analysis, within the context of converging standards.

No prior knowledge of accounting procedures is assumed or required.

Global Business

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module will widen the perspective of aspiring managers regarding the strategic implications of global change and facilitate more informed strategic planning and implementation within companies. The module is introductory and wide ranging in scope. A balance is sought between theory and practice with seminars placing an emphasis on contemporary case studies.

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