The academics in the Economics Department are a dynamic and highly research active group with a strong tradition of interaction and collaboration among the faculty. Our research covers a broad spectrum of themes including economic theory, experimental economics, public economics, macroeconomics and econometrics and has attracted funding from bodies such as the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT), the National Audit Office (NAO), and the Leverhulme Trust.

Your learning and teaching at the University will be state-of-the-art and you will benefit from exposure to the latest thinking. Our Masters students are valued highly by employers. Many of our graduates have gone on to work as professional economists in the public sector, for example: the UK’s Government Economic Service, the Central Bank of Turkey, the Central Bank of South Korea and some investment banks. Others have progressed to PhD programmes, both in Exeter and elsewhere.

The subject areas of recent dissertations have included international taxation, economic growth, currency and banking crises, behavioural economics, behavioural finance, environmental economics and both theoretical and applied econometrics. Plus, our Economics programmes are recognised by the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre, a hub of world-class social sciences research which offers funding for EU students intending to progress to PhD level study.

Economics Research

With 72% of our Economics research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, we have been awarded research grants from funding bodies such as the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) and the Leverhulme Trust. Our world-leading academics are shaping future study by writing core texts, and holding editorial positions in leading international journals such as Fiscal Studies, Econometric Theory, Journal of Economic Psychology and the Journal of Public Economic Theory.

The Tax Administration Research Centre (TARC) was founded in January 2013 in partnership between the University of Exeter and the Institute for Fiscal Studies with the funding provided by the ESRC, HMRC, and HMT. The role of TARC is to investigate tax administration using a variety of different research methods (e.g. analysing data and conducting experiments) and purely theoretical work on tax compliance and auditing. TARC is multidisciplinary and it engages with tax administrations, the media, and researchers to disseminate this information throughout the policy and academic world. An important role of the Centre is to build capacity for future tax research by providing scholarships for PhD students. The three most recent recruits graduated from the MSc programme in Exeter.

Shaun Grimshaw - MSc Economics

I have enjoyed my time immensely at the Business School. I chose to come here initially owing to the University’s growing reputation for excellence – both in teaching and in research – and also because the South West is such a wonderful part of the country to live in.

Shaun Grimshaw - MSc Economics

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. Specific to MSc EconomicsMSc Economics & Econometrics and MSc Financial Economics programmes is a Double Degree opportunity with Fudan University School of Economics. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.