(Original post by Econla)
Guys, after a thorough research that included university overall ranking, department ranking, strengths in major sub-field, compulsory and elective courses, location, brand, job and Phd prospects, I arrived to the following ranking of the top 5 Master in Economics in UK:
1) Oxford (Super overall brand, 2 years = LORs and better preparation for Phd, many electives, strengths in almost all major sub-fields)
2) Cambridge (Super overall Brand, many electives, strengths in almost all major sub-fields)
3) LSE (Superbrand in Social Sciences, strengths in almost all major sub-fields, but the programme is so rigid.
excellent location for jobs)
4) UCL (Good overall brand, strengths mainly in metrics and micro, but few for macro and finance despite it has some macro and finance electives. excellent location for jobs)
5) Warwick (strengths mainly in macro and finance. Poor location. A rising star)
Now if you are planning to go for a Phd and for example you want to do microeconometrics, then go to UCL because they are top in that particular field and so on, but if you are not clear about what you want to specialize in your Phd or just want to go to the private sector, I think this would be the order of where to go if you are targeting la créme de la créme of UK economics departments.
The only difference between Cam and Ox would be 1 yr vs 2 yr, otherwise I would place them even and then it would be just a thing of personal taste.
P.S: Note that I got admitted to UCL. I didn't take GRE so I have to pay the price
(Couldn't apply to Oxbridge and LSE)
P.S 2: If we add LSE EME, then just for Phd purposes this would rank first and then Ox, Cam, UCL and Warwick.