MA Communicating Economic Policy

An enthralling mix of economic policy and the communication of economic knowledge, this MA will train you to understand how economic knowledge is used in the modern world.

MA Communicating Economic Policy

The MA Communicating Economic Policy investigates how economists can best disseminate complex economic concepts to the general public. The content of this degree programme is unique to NCH, and it is an ideal next step for those seeking to expand their knowledge in this fascinating field and enhance their career, whether in business, a think tank, economic or financial journalism, development, or the civil service.


MA Communicating Economic Policy


Bloomsbury, London

Study mode:

Full-time or part-time


One year (FT) or two years (PT)

Start date:

21st September 2020 (see term dates)

Annual tuition fees:

UK, EU, EEA, Swiss: £8,000 (FT)/£4,000 (PT)

International: £13,000 (FT only)

Faculty & Research:

Economics Faculty



The MA Communicating Economic Policy programme has three main strands: economic policy, which equips you with an understanding of the conceptual tools of an economist; research skills, which teaches you the skills required to handle quantitative data, offers a grounding in qualitative research skills, and prepares you to undertake the entire production process of independent research; and economic communication, which invites you to reflect on what the field of economics can achieve, what its limitations are, and how these can be communicated to non- expert audiences.


The MA Communicating Economic Policy comprises ten core courses studied full-time across a single academic year, or part-time over two academic years. Read more

The courses comprise: Microeconomic Principles, Public & Industrial Economic Policy, Communication & Public Understanding of Economics,  Statistics & Quantitive Research Skills, Macroeconomic Principles, International Economic Policy, The Making & Communication of Economic Knowledge, Research Design & Data Collection, and Ethics & Evaluation of Communication, plus Dissertation and lay summary article.


The MA Communicating Economic Policy will be delivered predominantly through seminars, of no more than 10 people, and individual tutorials. Read more

Students who are enrolled full-time should anticipate devoting approximately 35-40 hours per week to their studies for the duration of their degree. In Michaelmas and Hilary terms, this will include approximately six to seven formal contact hours per week, with the remainder consisting of structured independent study.

Independent study primarily comprises preparing both formative and summative work, though it may also include participation in History Society meetings, History Research seminars, and professorial lectures. In Trinity term, students predominantly work independently to write their dissertations.

Part-time study

The Masters programme can be taken part-time over two years. Part-time students attend the same classes as their full-time colleagues, taking 50% of the course load each academic year. The classes are not run separately in the evening for part-time students. Read more

While we try to make part-time study as flexible as possible, our Masters programmes are demanding and we advise students that, if they intend to work alongside the course, their work should be flexible in nature.


Summative assessment for the MA Communicating Economic Policy will be by a range of essays, a portfolio, a computer based project, seminar presentations, research proposal and examination.  Students will also be assessed on a dissertation approximately 15,000 words including a lay summary article of approximately 1,000 words.


Timetables are usually made available to students during Freshers’ Week. Teaching can be scheduled to take place during any day of the week. However, when possible, Wednesday afternoons are usually reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Your qualification

NCH degrees are designed and created by the College’s professors and faculty. The courses reflect their areas of expertise and research interests, meaning that they are strongly engaged with the material that they will teach you, and there may be opportunities for students to participate in active research.

Programme specifications