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Gain a strong grounding in advanced economics, and take your knowledge an important step further by applying it to the field that most interests you. Read more

Gain a strong grounding in advanced economics, and take your knowledge an important step further by applying it to the field that most interests you.

Our MSc Applied Economics is a suite of taught courses that provides rigorous training in all the main aspects of economics.

Starting with a comprehensive refresher course in essential maths and economics skills, you will go on to receive advanced training in the analysis of problems in applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and strategic decision-making.

Most importantly, you will then have the opportunity to tailor the course to the area of business or policy you are most interested in, giving you additional expertise and a head start when seeking work in that field.

We are one of the only universities in the UK offering this level of specialisation on this type of master's. You can select from MSc Applied Economics as a standalone option or with one of four specialist pathways:

  • Banking and Financial Markets
  • Public Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Behavioural Science

Whichever pathway you choose, you will develop your knowledge of quantitative methods beyond undergraduate level and gain the mathematical, statistical and econometric skills to carry out quantitative analyses of applied economics problems.

You will consolidate your research skills further during the dissertation, which you will work on over the summer under the supervision of one of our experienced lecturers. The research training you receive will prepare you well for going into research positions in a government or commercial context.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • analyse and interpret economic data and critically evaluate existing research
  • apply economic concepts to specific economic and policy questions, focusing in particular on the area of business or policy that most interests you
  • design and undertake independent research projects

Learning and teaching

Our teaching staff are all active researchers and regularly publish in the top economics journals, so you will be working with some of the UK’s leading thinkers in economics.

Graduate prospects

This course is ideal preparation for careers within government or industry that require a thorough knowledge of economics.

We expect graduates of the Banking and Financial Markets pathway to be particularly suited to jobs in banks and other financial institutions.

Graduates of the Public Policy or Environmental Policy pathways are especially well-placed to find jobs within government and non-governmental organisations.

Graduates of the Behavioural Science pathway will be ideally suited to work within government or large private sector firms.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Applied microeconomics
  • Applied macroeconomics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Strategic decision making and games
  • Applied research methods

Semester 2

  • Five optional units

Summer

  • Dissertation

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

  • Applied financial economics
  • Financial markets
  • Economics of financial institutions
  • International monetary policy and institutions
  • Public policy analysis
  • Economics of politics
  • Public finance
  • Environmental regulation
  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Applied behavioural economics
  • Experimental economics
  • Applied behavioural finance
  • Health economics

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars

Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination


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Comprehensive training in the theory and practice of health economics. York pioneered study in 'health economics' and received the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of its outstanding work at world-class level in this field in 2007. Read more
Comprehensive training in the theory and practice of health economics.

Overview

York pioneered study in 'health economics' and received the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of its outstanding work at world-class level in this field in 2007. Studying for a Health Economics masters at York therefore means you'll be joining a programme with an international reputation for excellence.

The course will equip you with the experience and leading-edge skills you need for a career in research and health service decision-making. During your time at York, you'll have access to The Health Economics Resource Centre which provides a suite of rooms combining teaching materials, computing facilities and information resources.

Course Content

You'll study five compulsory core components, supplemented by a wide choice of optional units, to gain a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of health economics.

Taught by world-leading experts, you will complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.

Modules
For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five core modules which amount to 90 of your 100 required credits:
-Evaluation of Health Care (20 credits)
-Health Economics (20 credits)
-Clinical Decision Analysis (10 credits)

One set from these choices:
-Econometrics 1 (10 credits) and Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
-Econometrics 1 & 2 (20 credits)
-Statistics and Econometrics (20 credits)
-Econometric Methods for Research (20 credits)

One set from these choices:
-Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)
-Applied Microeconomics 1 (10 credits) and Applied Microeconomics 2 (10 credits)

In addition you can choose one 10 credit option from:
-Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
-Design and Alalysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
-Evaluation of Health Policy (10 credits)
-Experimental Economics (10 credits)
-Health and Development (10 credits)
-Industrial Economics (10 credits)
-International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Labour Economics (10 credits)
-Management Decision Analysis (10 credits)
-Public Finance (10 credits)
-Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications (10 credit)

Over the three months of summer, you'll complete a piece of independent research, guided by a supervisor. The 10,000 word dissertation is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

Most students on the MSc in Health Economics choose to do a summer placement under the supervision of an experienced health economist. These differ from the standard dissertation as the placement supervisor suggests the research topic. A list of topics is circulated in the middle of the Spring term and you are allocated to your preferred placement before the Easter vacation.

The summer placements involve many different institutions including academic research units, the NHS and pharmaceutical companies. Most students are based in UK but in recent years placements have taken students to Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Vietnam and the USA.

While you shouldn't try to organise your own placement, suggestions for topics and host institutions are always welcome. These should be given to your course director.

Careers

This course is ideal for people who want to work in research and health service decision-making. Potential employers will value the experience you'll gain on your summer placement. The MSc is also an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

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Gain a thorough foundation in the tools required to analyse aspects of public policy. York enjoys a prominent international reputation in public economics and in the use of economics in the design of social policy. Read more
Gain a thorough foundation in the tools required to analyse aspects of public policy.

Overview

York enjoys a prominent international reputation in public economics and in the use of economics in the design of social policy. If you already work in the public sector, the NHS or for an international agency, the MSc in Economics and Public Policy will help you upgrade your existing skills. You'll gain more exposure to up-to-date techniques and knowledge relevant to policy analysis in social and other public policy areas, and to public sector administration and financial management.

If you have completed a degree in economics, the Masters will allow you to build on this by gaining further knowledge and expertise in more specialised areas, such as health economics, social policy analysis and public finance.

The programme is also suitable for those with a background in disciplines such as government, sociology, mathematics or natural sciences, who wish to develop their abilities in economics and related areas, particularly economic and social policy, administration and management. If you don't have a strong background in economics, but have other relevant qualifications or experience, you can take a Summer Session course in Economics and Quantitative Methods.

Course Content

The MSc in Economics and Public Policy will offer you a thorough training in core areas of economics used in the evaluation of public policy. Taught by leading experts, you'll complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.

Modules
For the Masters you will take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five core modules which make up 80 of your 100 taught credits:
-Applied Microeconomics 1 and Applied Microeconomics 2 or Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)
-Public Policy Analysis (20 credits)
-Econometrics 1 & 2 or Statistics and Econometrics or Econometric Methods for Research orEconometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics (20 credits)
-Public Finance (10 credits)
-Public Sector Economics (10 credits)

In addition you can choose 20 credits from:
-Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
-Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
-Evaluation of Health Policy (10 credits)
-Experimental Economics (10 credits)
-Health and Development (10 credits)
-Industrial Economics (10 credits)
-International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Labour Economics (10 credits)
-Project (10 credits)

You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

Careers

The MSc in Economics and Public Policy will open up a broad range of career options in government, the public sector, health or public administration. It is an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

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Acquire or develop analytical skills relevant to careers related to investment, finance, project appraisal and project management. Read more
Acquire or develop analytical skills relevant to careers related to investment, finance, project appraisal and project management.

Overview

Global employers highly value advanced analytical skills in finance and economics. Our challenging MSc in Project Analysis, Finance and Investment will provide you the skills you need to pursue a successful career with a financial institution, consultancy firm, government department or international agency.

Course Content

Our Project Analysis, Finance and Investment masters degree will provide you with a thorough training in areas including finance and investment, corporate finance and econometrics. Taught by leading experts, you'll complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.

Modules
For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five compulsory core modules which amount to 70 of your 100 required credits:
-Investment and Portfolio Management (10 credits)
-Corporate Finance (10 credits)
-Fixed Income Securities (10 credits)
-Applied Microeconomics 1 and Applied Microeconomics 2 (20 credits)
-Econometrics 1 ​and ​Econometrics 2 (20 credits) or
-Statistics and Econometrics (20 credits) or
-Econometric Methods for Research (20 credits) or
-Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics (20 credits)

In addition, you can choose 30 credits of optional units from the following, with at least 20 credits from Group A:
Group A
-Development and Finance (10 credits)
-Financial Markets (10 credits)
-Financial Risk Management (10 credits)
-Management Decision Analysis (10 credits)
-Project Appraisal (10 credits)
-Theory of Finance (20 credits)
-Topics in Financial Econometrics (10 credits)

Group B
-Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
-Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
-Experimental Economics (10 credits)
-Industrial Economics (10 credits)
-International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Labour Economics (10 credits)
-Project (10 credits)
-Public Finance (10 credits)
-Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications (10 credits)

You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

The Department of Economics and Related Studies was ranked eighth in the UK for the impact of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Since its foundation, members of the Department have made pioneering contributions in econometrics, as well as in public economics, health economics, macroeconomics and finance, experimental economics, economic theory, and economic history. York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.

Careers

This course will help you acquire or develop the analytical skills in economics and finance you need for a successful career as an investment analyst, financial adviser, project manager or consultant. The MSc is also an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

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Our Economics MPhil programme aims to develop rigorous scholars who can advance both academic knowledge and practice in the area of Economics. Read more
Our Economics MPhil programme aims to develop rigorous scholars who can advance both academic knowledge and practice in the area of Economics. The programmes are designed to give you greater depth to your professional life and to equip you with the skills necessary to succeed in a knowledge-intensive economy.

Our research is organised into 15 research centres and groups. Each of these involves externally funded research, international collaboration and the active involvement of doctoral students. A brief outline of some of the disciplines is outlined below.

The Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics (ATM) group focuses on issues in theoretical microeconomics and applied microeconomics. The interests of group members includes:
-General equilibrium theory with production and financial markets, game theory and overlapping generation economies
-Theoretical work on markets with search frictions
-The labour market
-Spatial economics including industrial location, health economics, transport economics,
-The role of information in markets
-The effects of government intervention on private-sector behaviour

The Applied Econometrics (AE) group is an interdisciplinary School research group with members from both the Economics and the Accounting & Finance subject groups. Members of the AE group undertake research on topics in economics and finance, linked by their use of econometrics. Main areas of interest include:
-Bayesian econometrics
-Linear and nonlinear time series models
-Time series forecasting
-Structural break estimation
-Unit root testing and cointegration analysis
-Vector autoregressive models

The Economics of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk (ESHER) research group brings together some world-leading research in health economics and the economics of safety and environment. ESHER is co-led by Professor Luke Vale, Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics and Professor Sue Chilton in Economics. Its areas of research include:
-Valuing benefits/quantifying preferences in health, safety and environment
-Development and application of economic evaluation
-Priority-setting in health care
-Econometric applications in studies of health, safety and the environment (especially income and health inequalities)

The Macroeconomic Analysis & Applications (MAnA) group focuses on the ever-evolving boundaries between economic theory and real world phenomena. The group promotes academic and policy relevant research on all areas of macroeconomics and currently the main research interests of MAnA members includes:
-The study of microeconomic behavior with macroeconomic implications
-Monetary policy, inflation, expectations
-International prices and the macroeconomy
-Economic integration and economic interdependence
-Economic growth and institutions

The Economics groups offer supervision across the broad range of microeconomics and macroeconomics, and have a good number of doctoral students in these areas.

Accreditation

Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:
-Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
-European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
-Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold this triple crown and we are one of only 20 to have these accreditations in the UK.

Our accreditations reflect the investments we make for our students through providing a high quality teaching environment, innovative programming and active engagement with industry.

Facilities

Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University, with over 3,100 students representing over 93 nationalities. The School's location and modern design creates a dynamic centre point for a valuable network of regional, national and international thought leaders, alumni and leading professions.

Our facilities provide:
-A flexible and dedicated conference suite with panoramic views across the city
-Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing approximately 120 PCs
-Four large lecture theatres and 21 seminar rooms, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
-A dedicated Hub, Base, and Lounge providing a balanced mix of study space and relaxation areas
-A contemporary café

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The Master of Research (MRes) in Economics offered by the School of Economics and Finance (SEF) is a research-oriented postgraduate programme for students who already hold an MSc in economics or a related field and who may wish to progress to doctoral study at Queen Mary (or elsewhere). Read more

Overview

The Master of Research (MRes) in Economics offered by the School of Economics and Finance (SEF) is a research-oriented postgraduate programme for students who already hold an MSc in economics or a related field and who may wish to progress to doctoral study at Queen Mary (or elsewhere). Students build on their core postgraduate training by completing two advanced modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, or financial economics; and can choose from a selection of option modules that cover a range of theoretical and applied topics. Students also conduct original research to fulfil the substantial dissertation component of the degree, which can form the basis of later doctoral work.

The MRes can be pursued as a stand-alone degree or as the first year of a planned PhD, and when appropriate a conditional offer of admission to the doctoral programme will be made. Generous financial assistance is available for candidates with demonstrated potential for a successful research career.

Why join the MRes programme

The School of Economics and Finance is one of the UK's leading departments, ranked jointly sixth in the UK for overall research quality.

The breadth and depth of our expertise enables us to offer courses and supervision in virtually all major areas of economics and finance. The School has more than 30 research-active staff working in a wide range of research areas, including macroeconomics, microeconomic theory and game theory, applied microeconomics, econometric theory, time series analysis, theoretical and empirical finance, and financial econometrics. Staff members typically publish in the leading economics and finance journals, with publications over the 2014 Research Excellence Framework period in journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Finance, and many others. Individual members of staff also have active collaborations with various governmental and non-governmental agencies, including the UK Treasury, the Bank of England, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, and ILO.

The School hosts two weekly seminar series with external speakers from institutions in North America and Europe, as well as two internal workshops.

We have a vibrant community of doctoral students conducting research in economics and finance. Our MRes/PhD programme has held Economic and Social Research council (ESRC) recognition since 2008 and is affiliated with the QMUL-Goldsmiths Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which awards ESRC-funded 1+3 year studentships and offers social science training beyond the areas covered by the School.

Excellent career opportunities are open to our MRes/PhD graduates. Recent placements include lectureships or postdoctoral research positions at universities and research institutions worldwide such as Cambridge, Warwick, York, Leicester, Aarhus, Vienna and IZA. Our graduates are also typically hired by central banking institutions: recent placements include the Bank of England and the Bank of France.

The School offers generous financial support on a competitive basis to MRes students with demonstrated potential for a successful research career. Both domestic and international candidates are eligible for tuition waivers and stipends (amounting to £16,000 for 2014-15) to cover living expenses. In addition, MRes Economics students who progress to the PhD programme will have the option to increase their level of support (to a total of £20,000 for 2014-15) by undertaking 60 hours of teaching for the School. PhD students are also entitled to a £1,000 yearly research allowance.

Fellowships are also available through the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and the College Principal Competition (please note early application deadline for such scholarships).

Facilities
Post-graduate students also have access to extensive computing resources. In addition to personal computers and computer labs with mathematical, statistical and real-time trading software (Eviews, Stata, Matlab, Gauss, Reuters, Bloomberg, TWS, FXCM), and a full range of economic and financial data services (DataStream, Macrobond, Bankscope, CRSP), MRes students also have access to macro computing Unix-based resources.

Structure

The MRes Economics requires one year of full-time study.

In Semester 1, MRes students register for two of the following 30-credit modules:

· ECOM083 Topics in Macroeconomics
· ECOM084 Topics in Microeconomics
· ECOM085 Topics in Econometrics
· ECOM086 Topics in Financial Economics

In Semester 2, MRes students register for two of the following 15-credit option modules (not necessarily all offered each year):

· ECOM025 Financial Econometrics
· ECOM027 Labour and Public Policy
· ECOM044 Advanced Asset Pricing and Modelling
· ECOM054 Public Economics
· ECOM056 Empirical Macroeconomics
· ECOM081 Development Economics
· ECOM088 Advanced Corporate Finance
· ECOM089 Empirical Microeconomics

During Semester 2 and the Summer Recess students complete a 90-credit dissertation (approximately 15,000 words) under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The dissertation is submitted in August of the year following entry to the programme, and can form the basis of later doctoral work.

In total students earn 60+30+90=180 credits over the course of the MRes programme.

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Modern economics is an increasingly rigorous discipline and advanced degrees are now essential for careers in international institutions, government and industry. Read more

Modern economics is an increasingly rigorous discipline and advanced degrees are now essential for careers in international institutions, government and industry. The Economics MSc at UCL will equip the professional economist with the powerful tools required to understand the rapidly changing, complex and uncertain modern world economy.

About this degree

The programme aims to provide all students with a sound and worthwhile education in modern economics and econometrics, developing important transferable skills of problem-definition, analysis and self-motivation. Students will learn to use the formal tools that are necessary to understand and conduct cutting-edge research in both theoretical and applied economics.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Research Methods

Optional modules

At least two of the following advanced core modules:

  • Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
  • Advanced Microeconometrics
  • Advanced Microeconomic Theory
  • Time Series Econometrics

Remaining applied options (taking the total to four) from a list including:

  • Public Microeconomics
  • Economics of Development
  • The Economics of Migration
  • Health Economics
  • Programme Evaluation for Users
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Ethics in Welfare Economics
  • Empirical Industrial Organisation
  • Topics in Labour Economics
  • Topics in Money and Finance
  • Economics of Households
  • Environmental Economics: Principle and Policy

Dissertation/report

The dissertation of 10,000 words will be a piece of lightly supervised research, including a brief critical review of the literature in the relevant area.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and practical and problem classes. The MSc degree is awarded on the basis of written, final examination papers and the research dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Economics MSc

Careers

Graduates go on to a variety of roles, including those in the civil service, research, finance and political sectors.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Economic Consultant, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Economics Adviser, Department for Transport
  • Economist, Bank of England
  • Economist, Government of Singapore
  • PhD in Game Theory, LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

Employability

The UCL Economics MSc is a passport to a career in major national and international institutions that demand the deeper, more rigorous analytical reasoning in economics. In these roles, MSc graduates draw on a theoretical grounding and wealth of practical analytical tools to formulate relevant questions in economics and produce high-quality economic analysis valued by employers and prestigious PhD programmes. Students benefit from the international reputations of the programme’s academic staff and the academic excellence and international perspectives of their fellow MSc students. Major employers invite UCL MSc graduates to apply for roles.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Economics has an outstanding international reputation in the areas of applied microeconomics, labour economics, development economics, economic theory, experimental economics, econometrics, and macroeconomics. The department is a global leader in policy-oriented research, with members actively involved in policy design and evaluation. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked the UCL Department of Economics as the top department in the UK for economics and econometrics, as well as the top department in any field in terms of overall score. The high quality and policy impact of research undertaken by faculty are reflected in an excellent teaching and research environment for graduate students.

UCL is located in central London at the heart of the UK centre of government. Recognised as the world's best connected city, 75% of the Fortune 500 companies have offices in London.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Economics

99% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The Master of Research (MRes) in Finance offered by the School of Economics and Finance (SEF) is a research-oriented postgraduate programme for students who already hold an MSc in finance or a related field and who may wish to progress to doctoral study at Queen Mary (or elsewhere). Read more

Overview

The Master of Research (MRes) in Finance offered by the School of Economics and Finance (SEF) is a research-oriented postgraduate programme for students who already hold an MSc in finance or a related field and who may wish to progress to doctoral study at Queen Mary (or elsewhere). Students build on their core postgraduate training by completing two advanced modules, one in financial economics and the other in macroeconomics, microeconomics, or econometrics; and can choose from a selection of option modules that cover a range of theoretical and applied topics. Students also conduct original research to fulfil the substantial dissertation component of the degree, which can form the basis of later doctoral work.

The MRes can be pursued as a stand-alone degree or as the first year of a planned PhD, and when appropriate a conditional offer of admission to the doctoral programme will be made. Generous financial assistance is available for candidates with demonstrated potential for a successful research career.

Why join the MRes programme?

The School of Economics and Finance is one of the UK's leading departments, ranked jointly sixth in the UK for overall research quality.

The breadth and depth of our expertise enables us to offer courses and supervision in virtually all major areas of economics and finance. The School has more than 30 research-active staff working in a wide range of research areas, including theoretical and empirical finance, financial econometrics and time series analysis, econometric theory, macro finance, microeconomic theory and game theory, and applied microeconomics. Staff members typically publish in the leading finance and economics journals, with publications over the 2014 Research Excellence Framework period in journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Finance, and many others. Individual members of staff also have active collaborations with various governmental and non-governmental agencies, including the UK Treasury, the Bank of England, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, and ILO.

The School hosts two weekly seminar series with external speakers from institutions in North America and Europe, as well as two internal workshops.

We have a vibrant community of doctoral students conducting research in economics and finance. Our MRes/PhD programme has held Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognition since 2008 and is affiliated with the QMUL-Goldsmiths Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which awards ESRC-funded 1+3 year studentships and offers social science training beyond the areas covered by the School.

Excellent career opportunities are open to our MRes/PhD graduates. Recent placements of our students include lectureships or postdoctoral research positions at universities and research institutions worldwide such as Cambridge, Warwick, York, Leicester, Aarhus, Vienna and IZA. Our graduates are also typically hired by central banking institutions: recent placements include the Bank of England and the Bank of France.

The School offers generous financial support on a competitive basis to MRes students with demonstrated potential for a successful research career. Both domestic and international candidates are eligible for tuition waivers and stipends (amounting to £16,000 for 2014-15) to cover living expenses. In addition, MRes Finance students who progress to the PhD programme will have the option to increase their level of support (to a total of £22,000 for 2014-15) by undertaking 60 hours of teaching for the School. No additional application is needed to be considered for financial support.

Fellowships are also available through the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and the College Principal Competition (please note early application deadline for such scholarships).

Facilities

Post-graduate students also have access to extensive computing resources. In addition to personal computers and computer labs with mathematical, statistical and real-time trading software (Eviews, Stata, Matlab, Gauss, Reuters, Bloomberg, TWS, FXCM), and a full range of economic and financial data services (DataStream, Macrobond, Bankscope, CRSP), MRes students also have access to macro computing Unix-based resources.

Structure

The MRes Finance requires one year of full-time study.

In Semester 1, MRes students register for two of the following 30-credit modules:

· ECOM083 Topics in Macroeconomics
· ECOM084 Topics in Microeconomics
· ECOM085 Topics in Econometrics
· ECOM086 Topics in Financial Economics

For MRes Finance students ECOM086 Topics in Financial Economics is a compulsory module.

In Semester 2, MRes students register for two of the following 15-credit option modules (not necessarily all offered each year):

· ECOM025 Financial Econometrics
· ECOM027 Labour and Public Policy
· ECOM044 Advanced Asset Pricing and Modelling
· ECOM054 Public Economics
· ECOM056 Empirical Macroeconomics
· ECOM081 Development Economics
· ECOM088 Advanced Corporate Finance
· ECOM089 Empirical Microeconomics

During Semester 2 and the Summer Recess students complete a 90-credit dissertation (approximately 15,000 words) under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The dissertation is submitted in August of the year following entry to the programme, and can form the basis of later doctoral work.

In total students earn 60+30+90=180 credits over the course of the MRes programme.

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Why this course?. The MSc in Applied Economics has been designed – in partnership with the business, consulting and policy communities – for the aspiring professional economist. Read more

Why this course?

The MSc in Applied Economics has been designed – in partnership with the business, consulting and policy communities – for the aspiring professional economist.

What sets this course apart from the other postgraduate courses in Economics is that we focus on developing your technical and analytical skills alongside your practical experience of how these skills are used to solve real-world economic problems and inform decision-making in a variety of environments.

Key highlights of the course include:

  • you'll study in the Strathclyde Business School – a Times Higher Education Business School of the Year - internationally respected as one of the most innovative and largest business schools of its kind in Europe
  • you’ll gain knowledge and understanding of the core principles of economic analysis and the experience in how to apply them. You'll acquire skills in economics, data analysis and modelling techniques as well as key transferable skills in leadership, project management, problem solving, communication and negotiating that are sought after by employers
  • the programme is delivered by staff of the Department of Economics – the home of the Fraser of Allander Institute – a leading independent economic research institute. The institute plays a crucial role in the MSc, offering at least three fees bursaries, teaching several classes and hosting at least three summer internships each year. With the institute never out of the media, the MSc in Applied Economics offers students a unique opportunity to engage with staff working at the cutting edge of applied economics research, industry engagement and policy making. There will also be opportunities to publish articles on the Fraser of Allander Institute's blog and in the quarterly Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary report
  • the Practitioner seminar series within our Professional Development for Economists class provides you with opportunities to learn from senior figures in business, consultancy and government about the key economic issues of the day and their own journey to the top of their chosen career. Many of the speakers are our own graduates. This is complemented by a variety site visits that are arranged for you and give you insights into what it is like to work as an applied economist, from a range of perspectives
  • you'll have the option to take an elective class from a wide range offered across Strathclyde Business School and across the wider University. Particularly popular choices each year include classes in Management, Finance and Strategy
  • you may also choose to join the Strathclyde Business Network, a student group that facilitates interaction with business and industry leaders – including an annual conference which brings together students with leading businesses from across the UK

On completion of the course, you'll join a long list of distinguished graduates from the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, many of whom have progressed to senior positions in business, consultation and public policy.

Aims & objectives

The programme will provide you with:

  • a comprehensive understanding of key economics concepts and theories
  • core skills in economic modelling and data analysis which can be used to inform decision-making
  • understanding of, and the ability to use, techniques of economic appraisal in a variety of contexts
  • experience in the application of economic analysis to day-to-day activities of public and private sector organisations

You'll also gain important transferable skills which will greatly help in a business and policy environment including the ability to:

  • acquire and analyse information from a variety of sources
  • support decision-making in complex organisations
  • project management and strategy
  • leadership and team working
  • writing reports and communicating analysis and key results to a wide range of audiences

You’ll study

There are two semesters of core and elective modules, followed by a dissertation completed during summer.

The core modules will give you a solid grounding in the core concepts and techniques of an applied economist. The elective modules will give you experience in applying these skills to hot-topics of the day.

Finally, the dissertation allows you to develop a substantive piece of applied work on a topic of your choosing and includes opportunities to work in partnership with leading companies and public sector institutions.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Microeconomics
  • Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
  • Professional Development for Economists
  • Economic Appraisal and Modelling
  • Analysis of Economic Data
  • Topics in Public Economics
  • International Macroeconomics

Elective modules

You'll have the opportunity to choose four modules from the list below:

  • International Development
  • International Trade
  • Games of Strategy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Energy Economics

Alternatively, you can choose up to two classes offered elsewhere in Strathclyde Business School or across the wider University.

Dissertation

Your dissertation topic can be chosen from any of the areas/issues covered on the programme. This is your opportunity to develop a substantive piece of applied work on a topic that is of particular interest to you, with supervision provided by an appropriate member of staff. It’s also a key opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt. 

In 2018-19, we expect to offer a minimum of four sponsored dissertations in partnership with leading companies and public sector institutions; these will be offered to the best-performing students on the programme. We are also able to supervise those part-time or full-time students who are sponsored by their employer and wish to work on a topic of interest to both them and their employer.

Flexible Study Options

Our MSc in Applied Economics can be tailored to those already using economics within a business, consultancy or policy environment who want to further develop their skill set.

We can offer various study options including:

  • full-time (12 months intensive study in Glasgow)
  • part-time/executive study (typically over two years of study in Glasgow with a timetable that is convenient to work practices)
  • the potential to choose dissertation topic that is of interest to your employer, with supervision provided by a member of the department

Learning & teaching

As well as attending lectures you’ll undertake projects, case studies and small group work.



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The program is designed to maintain a balance between advanced theoretical coverage and applied economic analyses of the real world. The objective of the economics program is to train competent analysts in government, NGOs, financial institutions, and other major corporations.

Core Courses

ECON 7100 Research Workshops and Seminars
This course aims at preparing students for carrying out academic and applied research work. Students will learn how to identify economic issues, develop testable hypotheses,apply appropriate analytical tools, and write research proposal. This course provides students a thorough understanding of the entire process of doing academic research and applied research in Economics.

ECON 7150 Advanced Microeconomics
This course emphasises rigorous treatments of the optimisation behaviour of individual agents. Modern treatments of uncertainty, strategic decision making, as well as applying the dual relationship between economic functions in the price space and the quantity space to comparative statics analyses, provides fundamental tools to other applied studies.

ECON 7160 Advanced Macroeconomics
This course introduces students to important topics in macroeconomics, including growth theory, business cycles, New Keynesian theories, and recent development in macroeconomics. With the building of knowledge on both qualitative and quantitative macroeconomics, students are equipped with tools needed for understanding and conducting macroeconomic policy analysis.

ECON 7170 Applied Econometric Analysis
This course aims at covering graduate level applied econometric techniques to quantitatively solve empirical economic problems. In addition to the classical linear regression model, hypothesis testing and problems of non-spherical disturbances, more advanced topics are also considered. Students will be trained to formulate econometric models and to identify the causal relationships between economic variables using computer software. The emphasis is upon the interpretation and testing of results from different econometric estimation procedures. Students will also be provided with practical experience of applying these techniques to quantitatively solve empirical problems that arise in economics and business.

ECON 7310 Economic Institutions in China
This course studies key economic institutions of China that have emerged in the course of transition from a planned to a market economy. These institutions are not necessarily the first-best choices from the perspective of conventional theories of market economy, but they might overcome some of typical institutional weaknesses of transitional economies. Drawing on major contributions in recent economics literature, the costs and benefits of adopting these institutions by China will be analysed.

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This is for you if... you want to develop an advanced understanding of theoretical and applied microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

This course allows you to study economics at an in-depth postgraduate level. You will study a sequence of economics modules that is widely recognised as standard graduate training. It will provide you with the foundations for either a career as an economist or to prepare for PhD study.

The course will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your acquired skills by applying them to a research topic of your choice. You will gain a strong command of analytical techniques, computing and research methods for problem-solving, and develop your critical analysis of economic theories and debates. The course will equip you with advanced research and communication skills, both written and oral.

To help you develop the skills that leading employers ask for, and let you see how traders work, we have 12 Bloomberg terminals in the University Library. 

This MSc is designed for students who have a strong background in economics. It is available as a one year full-time, or two years part-time campus-based course.

Semester 1

Core modules

Option modules

  • Forecasting
  • Development Economics
  • Experimental Economics

Semester 2

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus one option module from:

Semester 3

Core module

  • Research methods

Plus your Dissertation

Careers and employability

This programme will provide you with a unique skill set in economics and data analytics that will make you particularly well-suited to jobs that require a high level of numeracy and analytical skills. You may find employment in such areas as:

  • Government
  • International Organisations and Non-Profits
  • Consulting firms
  • Banking and Finance
  • Research and Academia
  • Other industry

You will also develop a number of skills that have a broad employment application, including: problem solving, presentation and analytical writing skills. You will be able to pursue employment across a wide range of sectors in management and analytics. 

Read about some of our recent graduates.



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About the course

This prestigious course will give you the edge in understanding corporate finance and pricing assets, blended with applying the latest economic principles.

It will prepare you for a career in corporations and government bodies involved with stock markets, project investment and the finance industry.

Your career

Our masters courses will train you for a career as a professional economist. Employers in a wide range of sectors are increasingly looking for economics graduates with postgraduate qualifications.

Recent graduates have taken economist jobs in finance and consultancy such as Bank of America and Deloitte. Others work in public sector and government departments in the UK and overseas such as the Department for Work and Pensions. Some graduates go on to work in academia or in research.

You will also receive advice in taking the next step in your career with dedicated employability support and access to opportunities such as internships that can significantly enhance your career.

Our research influences policy

You will be taught by some of the top economic experts in their field, receiving the latest cutting-edge teaching from people that care passionately about their subject.

Our research influences and informs real economic policy. We advise government departments in the UK and internationally and global organisations including the European Union, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The SF6D utility index for valuing health status was developed at Sheffield. This index is used by decision-makers around the world to evaluate the cost effectiveness of health care interventions.

A collegiate economics community

We’re one of the few stand-alone economics departments in the north of England and we’re not part of a large business school. This means you will be part of an economics community, where you will get to know your tutors personally and build friendships with the other students on the masters courses.

Facilities

Our building is in the heart of the campus in the city centre and has undergone a £3.5 million refurbishment. You will have access to the latest economics computer software such as STATA and MATLAB. Our building is close to The Diamond and the Information Commons which are state-of-the-art facilities for private study with access to the latest economics books and journals.

Our courses

We offer a range of masters courses both full-time and part-time. All of our courses give you a thorough technical grounding in economic theory and the techniques of applied economic analysis.

Our courses allow you to specialise in a number of different areas, for example finance and financial economics. If you want to advance your knowledge in one of these areas, Sheffield is one of the best places in the UK.

For each course you’ll need to pass eight taught modules over two semesters, four in each. Modules will be taught mainly through lectures, tutorials and computer labs. Assessment is mostly by exams but also includes some coursework. The compulsory dissertation gives you the chance to conduct your own research over a ten week period.

Studentships

A limited number of National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studentships are available for home and EU students on this course.

Core modules

  • Modern Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometric Methods
  • Asset Pricing
  • Monetary Economics

Examples of optional modules

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Applied Macroeconomics
  • Development Finance
  • International Money and Finance
  • International Trade
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Evaluation


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You’ll join a department known throughout the world for its strength in economics. Programme staff have international reputations in areas such as game theory, industrial organisation, econometrics, applied microeconomics, empirical macroeconomics, labour economics, and the economics of education.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.



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Course Content

You will take the core 20 credit interdisciplinary module 'The PPE of Social Choice', which covers topics such as decision making, rights and justice relating to social choice (broadly interpreted) at an advanced level. You will also take a core 10 credit 'PEP Graduate Skills Workshop' module, which prepares you for undertaking research, covering areas such as formulation of research proposals and specific interdisciplinary skills.

You will also take one of two 10 credit Economics modules: either 'Applied Microeconomics I', which covers central topics in microeconomics including consumer theory, decision theory, welfare and market equlibrium and efficiency; or 'Economic Analysis for PPE', which provides a non-technical introduction to Economics.

In addition you will take a further 80 credits of taught modules of your choice, from a wide range of options offered by Politics, Economics, Philosophy or PEP. These will include at least 20 credits from Politics and 20 credits from Philosophy.

You will also write a 12,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered in two main ways: seminars and lectures. The main focus of your coursework will be your seminar group, normally containing 10-16 students. In seminars you will produce and discuss your own work, under the guidance of a module tutor. Seminars are normally accompanied by lectures, attended by all of the students taking the module.

The School prides itself on the friendliness of its staff and on the support that it provides for its students. Lecturers, seminar tutors and your supervisor will all help you to get the most out of the programme and, in particular, to understand the importance of interdisciplinary study.

Most modules will use the University's virtual learning environment 'Yorkshare', which may be used to access module resources or for more interactive work.

The modular system is based on a notional 40-hour work week for each student. The amount of 'contact' time (lectures and seminars) varies depending on the modules you choose. The remaining time will be spent reading, preparing for seminars and essays, analysing ideas and data, making interdisciplinary connections and, of course, thinking.

Assessment

There are three assessment periods during the academic year: week 1 of the Spring term, week 1 of the Summer term and weeks 5-8 of the Summer term. Assessments occur throughout your year of study, usually in the term immediately after the module has been taken. The majority of assessments are either unseen examination papers or essays, which varies depending on which department is running the module. Most Economics modules for example are assessed by exams, but most Philosophy and Politics modules by essays.

You will spend the summer term and vacation working on your dissertation, which will be handed at the end of the summer vacation (mid September).

Careers

The interdisciplinary nature of the School of PEP postgraduate courses means you develop a wide range of transferable skills. Employers value these degrees precisely because they make you think across boundaries and engage critically with a range of different material.

Career pathways for MA in PPE graduates are hugely varied, and have included accounting, the civil service, finance, international development, journalism, law, politics and research. The international dimension of the course allows students to pursue job opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

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This course covers topics in ethics, political philosophy and social choice, and provides an understanding of economics and research training in philosophy. It allows students to study a range of options at the intersection of philosophy and public affairs.

Course content

You will take the core 20 credit interdisciplinary module 'The PPE of Social Choice', which covers topics such as decision making, rights and justice relating to social choice (broadly interpreted) at an advanced level. This module is jointly taught by members of staff from all three of York's internationally excellent PPE departments.

The 10 credit 'PEP Graduate Skills Workshop' will prepare you for undertaking research, covering areas such as writing research proposals and specific interdisciplinary skills.

You will take two of five 20 credit Philosophy/Political Philosophy modules: 'Topics in Theoretical Philosophy' or 'Analytical Political Philosophy', and 'Topics in Practical Philosophy' or 'The Challenges of Pluralism: Contemporary and Comparative Perspectives' or 'Topics in the History of Political Thought'.

You will also take one of two 10 credit Economics modules: either 'Applied Microeconomics I', which covers central topics in microeconomics including consumer theory, decision theory, welfare and market equlibrium and efficiency; or 'Economic Analysis for PPE', which provides a non-technical introduction to Economics.

You will take a further 40 credits of taught modules of your choice, from a wide range of options offered by the Economics, Philosophy and Politics departments.

You will also write a 12,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered in two main ways: seminars and lectures. The main focus of your coursework will be your seminar group, normally containing 10-16 students. In seminars you will produce and discuss your own work, under the guidance of a module tutor. Seminars are normally accompanied by lectures, attended by all of the students taking the module.

The School prides itself on the friendliness of its staff and on the support that it provides for its students. Lecturers, seminar tutors and your supervisor will all help you to get the most out of the programme and, in particular, to understand the importance of interdisciplinary study.

Most modules will use the University's virtual learning environment 'Yorkshare', which may be used to access module resources or for more interactive work.

The modular system is based on a notional 40-hour week for each student. The amount of 'contact' time (lectures and seminars) varies depending on the modules you choose. The remaining time will be spent reading, preparing for seminars and essays, analysing ideas and data, making interdisciplinary connections and, of course, thinking.

Assessment

There are three assessment periods during the academic year: week 1 of the Spring term, week 1 of the Summer term and weeks 5-8 of the Summer term. Assessments occur throughout your year of study, usually in the term immediately after the module has been taken. The majority of assessments are either unseen examination papers or essays, which varies depending on which department is running the module. Most Economics modules for example are assessed by exams, but most Philosophy and Politics modules by essays.

You will spend the summer and summer vacation terms working on your dissertation, which will be handed at the end of the summer vacation (mid September).

Reasonable adjustments in assessments will be made for students with disabilities, for example extra time in exams or use of a computer. The School works with the Disability Services team to ensure all students have the support they require.

Careers

The interdisciplinary nature of the School of PEP postgraduate courses means you develop a wide range of transferable skills. Employers value these degrees precisely because they make you think across boundaries and engage critically with a range of different material.

The MA in PPE: Philosophy and Public Affairs equips you for a range of careers in research and public life.

The careers branch of the Club of PEP, YorkWorks, aims to provide a platform for students to meet with experts and industry insiders to learn about the world of work and find out more about a career path that interests them, for example by organising careers conferences with graduate employers.

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