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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Economics and Strategy for Business

Prepare for a successful career in specialist economic and management consultancies and financial services.

Gain the knowledge you need to shape global strategy, your career starts here

Gain hands-on, invaluable industry experience

Learn from faculty immersed in leading edge research and business practice

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £37,000
      Extended placement: £38,500 Home

    • £37,000
      Extended placement: £38,500 Overseas

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  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • First or 2.1 in a discipline such as Economics, Business or Finance

View full entry requirements

Course overview

MSc Economics & Strategy for Business is a unique one year, full-time programme which integrates cutting edge strategic analysis with contemporary economics. Prepare yourself for a successful career in specialist economic and management consultancies or financial services.

On this interdisciplinary programme, you'll be taught by faculty immersed in leading edge research and business practice in global strategy, economics, digital applications, innovation and risk management.

You will also have the chance to apply the core disciplines in real world situations, via challenging lectures, data analysis, immersive business simulations, real world consultancy projects and work placement.

Our London location and ongoing relationships with major employers will give you the opportunity to meet and network with leading global organisations, allowing you to present yourself with confidence to the world’s top companies.

You also have the option to complete a four-six month work placement (internship) as part of your programme, extending the programme to 16 months and graduating with 120 ECTS. Please note that additional tuition fees apply.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

Before the programme begins you will complete online pre-study modules delivered through The Hub, Imperial College Business School’s virtual learning environment. 

These modules will be available to students who have accepted an offer of admission from July onwards, and are designed to give you a basic knowledge of areas which will be covered by the programme throughout the academic year.

MSc Economics & Strategy for Business will teach you to combine the rigour of analytical thinking with a strategic focus.

The core modules cover essential knowledge in finance, strategy and economics in the Autumn term, building up to more applied modules in the Spring term.


  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Analytics for Applied Economics and Business
  • Business Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Digital Economics
  • Economics and Strategy for Innovation
  • Global Business
  • Financial Risk, Markets and Instruments

Tailor your experience by choosing two specialist electives and two management suite electives.


In the summer, you will get the chance to integrate and apply your knowledge in the Corporate Strategy and Economics Simulation. 

You will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience by completing a Consulting Project, Work Placement or Case Study. 


  • Corporate Strategy and Economics Simulation
  • Case Study
  • Consulting Project
  • Individual Research Project
  • Work Placement
  • Extended work placement

If you wish to take a longer (four-six month) internship as part of your programme, you can take an extended work placement with the approval of the Academic Director. This is particularly relevant for (but not exclusive to) internships in France, Germany, and other European countries that require students to have student status for the duration of their internships. Please note that additional tuition fees apply.

Professional accreditation

We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation:

We have also been recognised for our work in tackling gender inequality in higher education with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Case studies
  • Presentations and seminars
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Lecture recordings
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Practical classes and fieldwork
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Person completing coursework
    Continuous assessments
  • Essays
  • Formal presentations
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Person participating in classroom discussion.
  • Papers from a written report
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

If you are applying to the Business School, you may be considered for one course per admissions cycle.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee

2024 entry

£37,000 12 months

Extended work placement option

2024 entry

£38,500 16 months

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Prepare for a successful consulting and finance career by integrating strategic analysis and contemporary economics.

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Get an advanced understanding of digital and energy economics, business, innovation, and finance to boost your career.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Finance, consultancy and technology are just some of your options.

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Other potential career paths include energy, telecom, energy, luxury, and marketing.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications