Entry requirements

Applicants to the MSc in Economics will normally need to have:

  • a good honours degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised university
  • demonstrable English language competence where their first language is not English (see below for further details)

Academic qualifications

Applicants will need to hold a good honours degree, equivalent to a UK 2:1 (a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4-point scale) or equivalent qualification from a recognised university.

Applicants who have studied in China should have been, or will be awarded, a Bachelor's degree with a final overall mark of at least 80%-85%.

The degree must either be in Economics or in a related subject with at least 50% of modules in economics.*

You can find out more about the international qualifications we accept on the main University website.


In some cases, overseas applicants are required to take the GMAT. However, if this applies you will be advised of this by the admissions team when they receive your full application

Offers of places

Applicants who are judged to have already fulfilled all requirements for entry to the course will be given an unconditional offer. Otherwise, applicants may be given an offer that is conditional upon our receipt of further evidence. If you receive an offer, you will be required to pay a deposit in order to secure your place on the course. If you fail to meet the conditions of your offer, this deposit will be refunded, provided that you have made a reasonable attempt to meet any conditions and provide documentary evidence of this.

* If the amount of economics you've previously studied does not meet our entry requirements for the MSc in Economics, you might like to consider the Graduate Diploma in Economics, which is designed for numerate graduates who have not previously studied economics.

English language requirements

Studying at Masters level demands a high level of fluency in written and spoken language, and excellent comprehension. For this reason, non-native speakers of English are normally asked to demonstrate their English language competence by taking one of the internationally recognised tests below.

Our minimum language requirements for postgraduate study at LUMS are:

  • IELTS 7.0, with at least 6.0 in each element
  • Pearson Academic (PTE) 70, with at least 55 in each element
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
  • ToEFL iBT 100 (with minimum 22 in each skill)

Please note: IELTS and Pearson scores are valid for two years from the test date. Also, note that ToEFL tests are no longer recognised by the UK Visas and Immigration Office for entry to pre-sessional English language courses.