School of Economics

Postgraduate Careers

An MSc in Economics provides a logical and rigorous perspective on human behaviour which is valued by a wide-range of employers.

Former MSc students from the University of Nottingham are spread around the globe, working for a diverse range of national and international organisations in banking, business, consulting, government and academia.

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85.7% of postgraduates from the School of Economics secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £33,112.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20 data published in 2022. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Internships and placement options

Our courses do not involve an integrated placement option. However, students have the opportunity to apply for internships and placements through the Faculty of Social Sciences placements scheme.

Careers and Employability Service

The Careers and Employability Service offers excellent careers guidance, information and resources for postgraduate students. As a University of Nottingham graduate, you can receive lifelong support from the service.

I chose MSc Financial Economics as I knew that a career in finance is something that I wanted to do. My course has provided me with valuable knowledge which I intend to apply within this role.
Thomas Perris, MSc Financial Economics

Postgraduate destinations

What kind of jobs do MSc students go onto?

A very wide range:

  • Account Executive
  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Analyst
  • Assistant fund manager
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Consultant
  • Corporate Tax Manager
  • Correspondent
  • Data Analyst
  • Derivatives Settlement Officer
  • Development advisor
  • Director of Forecasting
  • Econometrician
  • Economist
  • Forecaster
  • Financial Analyst
  • FX Trader
  • Financial Manager
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Lecturer
  • Freelance economics writer
  • Health Economist
  • Macro-prudential policy advisor
  • Management accountant
  • Management consultant
  • Maths teacher
  • Oil trader
  • PhD student
  • Planning officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Project manager
  • Public Finance Analyst
  • Reseach Assistant
  • Research Fellow
  • Risk assessor
  • Sales manager
  • Sourcing manager
  • Transfer pricing manager

What kind of firms do MSc students work for?

In the private sector, Nottingham MSc students work or have worked for:

  • Barclays
  • Bloomberg
  • B.A.T.
  • Capital Economics
  • Capital One
  • Caterpillar
  • Citibank
  • Deloitte (France, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, UK, India)
  • Dell
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Direct Line
  • Ernst & Young
  • Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Frontier Economics
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC
  • High Speed 2
  • IBM
  • IMG
  • Ikano Bank
  • Invesco
  • Investec
  • JP Morgan
  • John Lewis
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Maxwell Stamp
  • Moody's
  • NERA Consulting
  • Nationwide Building Society
  • Oxera Consulting
  • Oxford Economics
  • Pearson
  • Philips
  • Porsche
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PwC (UK, Lithuania, Malaysia and Nigeria)
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Ryanair
  • Sainsbury's
  • Santander
  • Schroders
  • Shell
  • Sky
  • Standard & Poor's
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Swiss Re
  • Tesla
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Thyssen Krup
  • UBS
  • Virgin Media
  • Wells Fargo

In the public sector:

  • Bank of England
  • British Council
  • Competition and Markets Authority
  • Department for International Development
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Transport
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Home Office
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • HM Treasury
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • National Grid
  • Office for National Statistics

In international organisations:

  • The World Bank
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • European Central Bank
  • International Monetary Fund
  • International Labour Organisation
  • OECD
  • Central Banks around the world (including Abu Dhabi, Ireland, Kenya, the Bahamas, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam)
  • Statistics Austria
  • Competition Authority (Kenya)
  • Ministry of Finance (Malta)
  • Internal Revenue (Papua New Guinea)
  • Ministry of Education (Mauritius)
  • Board of Investment (Mauritius)
  • Development Bank (Cyprus)

What about pursuing an academic career?

Our MSc students have completed, or are undertaking, PhDs around the world. Examples include:

  • Milan
  • Erasmus (Rotterdam)
  • Goethe Universität (Frankfurt)
  • Martin Luther Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)
  • Jaume I (Spain)
  • LSE
  • Stockholm
  • Swedish Institute for Social Research
  • Navarra (Spain)
  • Bari (Italy)
  • Paris 1 Sorbonne
  • Arkansas
  • Bologna (Italy)
  • Bristol
  • California San Diego
  • Cambridge
  • East Anglia
  • Edinburgh
  • Exeter
  • Hamburg
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • Loughborough
  • Mannheim
  • Newcastle
  • North Carolina
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • Pittsburgh
  • Salford
  • St Andrews
  • Surrey
  • Utah
  • Warwick
  • York
  • Zurich
  • Wageningen University (Netherlands)
  • Washington State University

After completing their PhDs our MSc students have gone onto research and teaching positions in universities in the UK, Europe and further afield. For example:

  • Research Associate (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Lecturer (Essex Business School)
  • Lecturer (Ramkhamhaeng University Thailand)
  • Lecturer (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management)
  • Lecturer (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences)
  • Research Officer (Institute for Development Studies)
  • Research Assistant (Nottingham University Business School)
  • Senior Lecturer (Nottingham Trent University)
  • Lecturer (Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria)
  • Research Assistant (Swansea Centre for Health Economics)
  • Researcher (University of Göttingen)
  • Lecturer (University of Manchester)
  • Research Fellow (University of Nottingham)
  • Teaching Assistant (University of Nottingham Ningbo)
  • Senior Lecturer (University of Sheffield)
  • Research Fellow (University of Warwick)
  • Postdoc (University of Monash Australia)
  • Lecturer (University Jean Monnet Saint Etienne France)
  • Assistant Professor (University of Delhi)
  • Assistant Lecturer (University of Derby)
  • Research Assistant (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Research Economist (Institute of Education)
  • Assistant Professor (University of Konstanz)
  • Teaching Assistant (University of North Carolina)
  • Lecturer (University of Plymouth)
  • Research Fellow (University of Reading)
  • Lecturer (University of Sheffield)
  • Assistant Professor (University of Surrey)
  • Lecturer (University of Mauritius)


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