Possible careers

Whether you wish to work in the private sector or in the public domain, you will find that there is always a need for well-trained graduates with the skills – and the interest – to look beyond the boundaries of economics. Thanks to its multidisciplinary, wide-ranging content, as well as its unique emphasis on the interplay between economics and social change, the MSc in Economic Policy offers the ideal preparation for a career in a wide range of companies and institutions. Positions obtained by our graduates include policy functions in various corporations (usually on an academic level). But graduates also find their way to various research organisations linked to government. In previous years, graduates from this programme have found positions with:

  • government agencies;
  • pension funds;
  • insurance companies;
  • economic consultancy firms;
  • multinationals;
  • research institutes.
"I gained useful skills and experience to take back to my career in the UK Civil Service."
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Economist at government advisory bodies
As an economist working at a government advisory body, you make use of quantitative models to support socio-economic decision making, for instance to analyse and predict the demand for public services. Because most projects are comprised of multi-disciplinary teams, your experience in the MSc in Economic Policy enables you to communicate with colleagues of different educational backgrounds. You combine a strong theoretical background in public economic policy-making with expertise in quantitative methods and a strong orientation towards sustainability.

As a consultant in economic policy, you use your knowledge of public economics to advise decision-makers such as city counsellors. You are strongly policy-oriented and familiar with the organisation of the public sector, ranging from public administration, health care, and education to social security. You have strong communication skills and like to be in touch with clients regularly. Over the years, you will become an expert in specific policy areas and act as project leader.

Policy advisor Member of Parliament
As a policy advisor for a member of parliament, you must be able to process large amounts of information,  summarise the main issues, then translate this into policy recommendations. With your focus on socio-economic policy-making, you are sensitive to the many trade-offs in choosing one policy as opposed to  another. Your training in public economics and your expertise in quantitative economic research enables you to quickly grasp the quality and outcomes of studies produced by advisory government bodies, and policy notes produced by government departments.

Alumni Stories

Curious about the jobs our alumni got? Browse the LinkedIn profiles of some of our graduates in Economic Policy.