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International economics with a strong empirical and analytical emphasis on the low and middle income countries of the Global South. Read more
International economics with a strong empirical and analytical emphasis on the low and middle income countries of the Global South.
This specialisation offers you the opportunity to follow a state-of-the-art curriculum in International Economics with a strong empirical and analytical focus on the low and middle income countries of the Global South. Hosting one of the largest databases for developing countries in the world, we offer you a unique possibility to analyse poverty, inequality, and economic development in these countries in an international context. Using recent theoretical insights and modern empirical methods, you will be actively involved in comparative research on issues in developing countries such as the impact of globalisation on economic growth, corruption, the education of children, child labour and women’s empowerment.

Why should you choose International Economics & Development in Nijmegen?

- A broad perspective on issues pertaining to low and middle income countries
- Strong comparative and empirical orientation
- One of the world’s largest micro-level database for developing countries
- Small group teaching and close contact with professors and their research
- Excellent reputation in the Netherlands and abroad

Change perspective

Radboud University Master’s specialisation in International Economics & Development pushes your curiosity to understand and evaluate the economic situation in low and middle income countries. You will be taught to look at the bigger picture and to analyse micro-level data in order to discover what is going well and what isn’t. Your analysis will provide information on intra-country or cross-national disparities. It aims to inform both national governments as well as international development organisations, and might lead to programmatic action aimed at bringing about positive changes to people’s lives in the poorest regions of our globe.

Career prospects

Scientific and societal relevance go hand in hand in this programme. We address contemporary issues like child labour, women’s empowerment, human development, children’s schooling and economic growth by evaluating societal developments with the help of sound academic theories. We not only discuss pressing issues of today but also issues we believe will be pressing in the near future.
Upon completing the Master’s programme in International Economics & Development, you will be knowledgeable about recent developments in the field. You will be an up-and-coming professional that is able to:
- Understand and reflect on the international, professional and academic literature in the field of international economics & development.
- Report independently on various issues in international economics and development, including state of the art empirical and theoretical studies.
- Use and apply statistical tools and methods.
- Conduct independent research.
- Present and clearly and consistently defend your views and research outcomes.
- Maintain a critical attitude towards your own work and that of others in your field.

We make sure our graduates have the strong academic background they need to be able to work as economists, policy-makers and researchers for international organisations (The World Bank, UN), development-oriented consultancy firms, NGOs, national governments as well as universities and research institutes.

Our approach to this field

The Master’s specialisation International Economics & Development is theoretically unique in that we not only deal with the problems that poor countries face, but also with interesting new developments taking place in the Global South. We will discuss the rise of the BRIC countries, concentrating on both the potential they have as well as the challenges they face. We will also look at unique new economic phenomena within developing countries, like the emergence of a complete pro-poor banking system based on mobile phone credits in Kenya and other parts of Africa (known as m-pesa).

- Understanding economic changes in the developing world
Our unique and interesting combination of subjects will provide you with a well-rounded understanding in this field. Apart from development economics students will get an academic understanding of economics methodology, the role of international financial markets, behavioural economics and the important influence culture has on economic phenomena. And thanks to a choice of elective subjects, you can give your programme a unique focus that meets your academic interests.

Students taking this Master’s specialisation will learn how to understand and analyse economic changes taking place throughout the developing world. Students will be taught how to discover determinants and develop indicators that make it possible to monitor changes at the sub-national level in great detail. These indicators can be used scientifically, but also for creating detailed overview scans of regions for political or humanitarian purposes.

- Database Developing World and the MDGs
One of the tools our students can use is our Database Developing World (DDW). This database constitutes a unique window to the developing world, making it possible to study important processes on a scale and with a degree of detail that is unique in the world.

The DDW also holds indicators for seven of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which range from halving extreme poverty rates to empowering woman and providing universal primary education. The target date of 2015 is fast approaching and although enormous progress has been made, the UN is working with governments, civil society and other partners to carry on with a post-2015 sustainable development agenda. As a graduate of this Master’s specialisation, you could go on to be one of the professionals that helps to achieve the MDGs and thereby making a real difference in people’s lives.

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Understanding today’s global economy requires insights from both economics and business studies. The specialisation International Economics & Business (IE&B) combines both fields of analysis, focusing on their relevance for firms that operate in an international environment. Read more
Understanding today’s global economy requires insights from both economics and business studies. The specialisation International Economics & Business (IE&B) combines both fields of analysis, focusing on their relevance for firms that operate in an international environment. What are the consequences of developments in financial markets for a firm’s risk management and finances? How does the success of a cross border merger or acquisition depend on differences in institutions and cultures between host and parent countries? By studying the latest articles and applying modern empirical methods, you will address these and other aspects in depth, guided by professors carrying out research in these fields.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ieb

Why should you choose International Economics & Business in Nijmegen?

- A broad perspective on issues that are relevant for globally operating firms
- A focus on recent scientific insights and modern methods of applied research
- An excellent reputation in the Netherlands and abroad
- Small group teaching and close contact with professors and their research
- Good career prospects across the world

Change perspective

Because we combine the latest economic theories with the cultural aspect of doing international business, graduates will understand that doing business requires more than an understanding of economic principles. They will be able to give their future employees a new and fresh look on the process of globalisation and how their company can manoeuvre and position themselves in multiple countries.

Career prospects

One of the most important skills graduates of the Master’s specialisation in International Economics and Business will acquire is to report independently and thoroughly on various issues within the broad realm of international business. You will learn to include empirical and theoretical studies as well as the outcomes of your own independent research, not as a means to an end but in as far as it is relevant to the given advice. In other words, creating a policy paper of academic quality that is both understandable and practicable for businesses. And in order to remain a strong, self-sufficient professional you will learn how to continually maintain a critical attitude towards your own work and that of others in your field.
Our graduates have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to work for large and medium sized international companies, consultancy firms, government and not-for-profit organisations, banks or within research or education. In particular, it will be multinational enterprises and consultancy firms that advise on international mergers and acquisitions, that will be very interested in your skills and know-how after completing the International Economics and Business Master’s specialisation.

Our approach to this field

The Master’s specialisation International Economics & Business looks at all aspects of both international financing as well as international entrepreneurship, of both the flow of capital as well as the flow of trade.

- International financing
Students will study the latest developments in financial markets, monetary policy, exchange and interest rates along with their consequences for the risk management and finances of firms. Should a firm seek its financial backing for an international expansion in the parent or host country? To answer this question you will not just need knowledge of exchange rates and such but also need to understand the economic system of the host country. The type of service/product a firm has to offer often determines the course of action. Can financial backing for a certain sector be gotten at banks or is it more likely to be gotten in the form of private equities?

- International entrepreneurship
As for international entrepreneurship, students will take an in-depth look at different options for expanding abroad: opening branches or factories, outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Students will deliberate the pros and cons of certain options. Is a joint venture desirable, or, as is the case in China, is it mandatory? What could hinder a merger? What activities could we outsource abroad without quality loss?

- Differences in institutions and culture
Students will come to understand that the success rate of cross border business is not just about economic principles but is also influenced by differences in institutions and culture of host and parent countries. Therefore, besides the firm's profitability, this Master’s specialisation also focuses on the differences in formal rules (institutions) and informal customs and forms of communication (culture). These aspects are relevant for almost all international organisational activities.

Important to note is that this Master’s specialisation is about the multinational firm and the economic, social and political environment it has to operate in. It is not about internal organisational processes, such as personnel management or account management. We focus on issues concerning global marketing and understanding the general international arena that these companies engage in. This knowledge enables students to determine if expansion to certain regions and economic systems is feasible or even desirable. Can we protect our intellectual property in country X? Is a joint venture our best option or is it our only option?

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ieb

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The Master of Arts in International Economics, Business & Cultural Diplomacy is a two-year program offered by Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. Read more
The Master of Arts in International Economics, Business & Cultural Diplomacy is a two-year program offered by Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.

The degree provides a comprehensive base of studies in several academic disciplines related to International Economics, Business and Global Politics, with a particular emphasis on cultural diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society. The degree prepares students for careers in diverse fields, such as the field of international relations, the humanities, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and international economics. The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars and lectures, as well as educational & cultural events, conferences, professional trainings, tours, visits and meetings with foreign officials, which are further incorporated into the curriculum. Students will meet with leading experts working in international organizations, embassies, and academic institutions, and will engage with specialists in the areas of International Relations & Economics, Business, Communication, Politics, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, and Development.
The program provides students with practical experience for both academic and professional development, preparing students for careers in diverse fields, such as international relations, the humanities, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and international economics.

On a practical level, the international environment of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies offers students a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts and academics at a wide variety of international organizations and research centers. This exceptional learning environment leads to original research and independent study opportunities. It allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices, preparing students for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international economic organizations, as well as the private sector.

The program consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which take place in both Berlin, and Furtwangen (Germany). The first two semesters of the program are hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the third and the fourth semesters are hosted by the Furtwangen University (HFU) in Berlin Campus.

The tuition cost is 12,000 Euros for the full program (6,000 Euros/Academic Year). The fees cover only the tuition fees, and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expenses.


Applications are being processed on a regular base, as enrollment to the program is possible towards Fall, Winter and Spring semesters' start, each year.

For start Winter 2017 (February 8th, 2017)

Deadline for late admissions: December 31st, 2016

Next start:

Spring Semester 2017- April 11th, 2017 , Deadline for admissions: January 15th, 2017


For further information, please visit: http://www.ccds-berlin.de

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The MBA Degree (Master of Business Administration) in International Economics & Cultural Diplomacy is a two-year program offered by Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. Read more
The MBA Degree (Master of Business Administration) in International Economics & Cultural Diplomacy is a two-year program offered by Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.
The degree provides a comprehensive base of studies in several academic disciplines related to Business, International Economics, and Global Politics, with a particular emphasis on cultural diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society. The program is focused on managing business across global markets. It challenges students to think and live globally by its location at the crossroads of Europe. Organizational leadership, strategic management, and managing cultural diversity are key features of the program which prepare the students for success as future professionals in business enterprises operating across international borders. The degree prepares students for careers in diverse fields, such as the field of international relations, the humanities, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and international economics. The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars and lectures, as well as educational & cultural events, conferences, professional trainings, tours, visits and meetings with foreign officials, which are further incorporated into the curriculum. Students will meet with leading experts working in international organizations, embassies, and academic institutions, and will engage with specialists in the areas of International Relations & Economics, Business, Communication, Politics, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, and Development.

The program provides students with practical experience for both academic and professional development, preparing students for careers in diverse fields, such as international relations, the humanities, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and international economics. On a practical level, the international environment of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies offers students a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts and academics at a wide variety of international organizations and research centers. This exceptional learning environment leads to original research and independent study opportunities. It allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices, preparing students for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international economic organizations, as well as the private sector.

The program consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which take place in both Berlin, and Furtwangen (Germany). The program consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which take place in Berlin, Germany. The first two semesters of the program are hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the third and the fourth semesters are hosted by the Furtwangen University (HFU) - Berlin Campus.

The tuition cost is 18,000 Euros for the full program (9,000 Euros/Academic Year). The fees cover only the tuition fees, and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expenses.

Enrolments to the Program are possible towards the Fall and Winter semesters’ start each year.

For start Winter 2017 (February 8th, 2017)

Deadline for late admissions: December 31st, 2016


For further information please visit: http://www.ccds-berlin.de .

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Would you like to develop expertise in theoretical and applied issues of international economic relations?. Our MSc International Economics gives you this knowledge, plus a critical awareness of the integration of theory, data, and analysis in relation to international economics. Read more
Would you like to develop expertise in theoretical and applied issues of international economic relations?

Our MSc International Economics gives you this knowledge, plus a critical awareness of the integration of theory, data, and analysis in relation to international economics. You are equipped with the skills for a career in international organisations engaged in business and finance, or in government and non-governmental organisations concerned with global development and international trade.

Your modules provide you with an overview of the causes and effects of globalisation in the world economy with applications to issues such as foreign direct investment. You investigate topics such as:
-Trade theory in different economic settings with different market structures
-Patterns of trade and trade policies such as tariffs and quotas
-Preferential trade agreements
-Macroeconomic adjustment, exchange rates and the balance of payments when capital markets are integrated across the globe

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of:
-Game theory and strategic interactions
-Theoretical and applied econometrics
-Economic policy

The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies.

Professional accreditation

Our University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

This means that our course can form part of a prestigious 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £21,575.

Our expert staff

Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists of our time.

Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs, with students coming from across the globe to study, research or work with us.

Many of our researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future.

Specialist facilities

Take advantage of our wide range of learning resources to assist you in your studies:
-Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university
-Access a variety of economics databases and multiple copies of textbooks and e-books in the Albert Sloman Library

Your future

After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree –many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study.

Alternatively, our course also prepares you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level.

On our course you gain key employability skills including statistical analysis, mathematical techniques, research skills and a good understanding of the international system. Recent graduates of MSc International Economics have found employment as a consultant for the World Bank and as a climate change economist for HM Treasury.

More generally, our graduates find employment in roles such as business and financial analysts, management consultants, government officials, and economists for banks and other financial organisations.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Dissertation
-Econometric Methods
-International Finance
-International Trade
-Mathematical Methods
-Applications of Data Analysis (optional)
-Economic Development Theory (optional)
-Economics of Financial Markets (optional)
-Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
-Economics of the European Union (optional)
-Economics of Transition (optional)
-Environmental Economics (optional)
-Estimation and Inference in Econometrics (optional)
-Game Theory and Applications (optional)
-Macroeconomics (optional)
-Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour (optional)
-Microeconometrics
-Microeconomics (optional)
-Panel Data Methods (optional)
-Political Economy
-Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
-Time Series Econometrics (optional)
-Topics in Financial Economics (optional)

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Globalisation of the world’s economy means that international economics plays a fundamental role in a wide variety of careers. Read more
Globalisation of the world’s economy means that international economics plays a fundamental role in a wide variety of careers. The MSc in International Economics is a taught graduate programme that provides specialised and advanced training in international economics, achieved through the delivery of specialised courses in trade theory, trade policy and econometrics.

Reflecting our teaching and research strengths in this important area of economics, this MSc will give you a clear understanding of our world economy. Exposure to the various theoretical constructs and empirical analyses within this sub-discipline, as well as other core and optional modules, you will be equipped with the analytic and quantitative skills necessary to examine recent developments in the global economy – particularly those with implications for policy.

About the School of Economics

At Birmingham Business School we deliver world-class research and teaching that provides the; insight, ambition and skills to shape advanced and sustainable business strategies. We put people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

Consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group of global business schools.

Birmingham Business School is already globally renowned for the quality of our research and teaching. With students representing over 60 countries currently studying at our main campus, our courses being taught in a range of international business schools, and an international faculty and global alumni community of around 23,000 graduates, we have a global footprint that ensures worldwide impact.

Economics teaching has a long history at Birmingham and we pride ourselves on achieving very high levels of student satisfaction. We are a research-led department with specialisms in Macroeconomics, Experimental Economics, Economic Theory and Environmental Economics, to name but a few. Our commitment to teaching and research excellence ensures that our graduates benefit from very high levels of employability.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The Program is offered by offered by Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. Read more
The Program is offered by offered by Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. The degree provides a comprehensive base of studies in several academic disciplines related to International Economics, Business and Global Politics, with a particular emphasis on cultural diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, and the private sector and civil society. The degree prepares students for careers in diverse fields, such as the field of international relations, the humanities, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and international economics. The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars and lectures, as well as educational & cultural events, conferences, professional trainings, tours, visits and meetings with foreign officials, which are further incorporated into the curriculum. Students will meet with leading experts working in international organizations, embassies, and academic institutions, and will engage with specialists in the areas of International Relations & Economics, Business, Communication, Politics, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, and Development.

The program provides students with practical experience for both academic and professional development, preparing students for careers in diverse fields, such as international relations, the humanities, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and international economics. On a practical level, the international environment of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies offers students a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts and academics at a wide variety of international organizations and research centers. This exceptional learning environment leads to original research and independent study opportunities. It allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices, preparing students for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international economic organizations, as well as the private sector.

The program consists of 90 ECTS credits in total and has duration of two semesters, a Professional Development Training Program, designed individually for each student and a Thesis to be submitted towards the completion of the program. The first semester of the program is hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the second semester is hosted by the Furtwangen University (HFU) - Berlin Campus.


Applications are being processed on a regular base, as enrollment to the program is possible towards Fall, Winter and Spring semesters' start, each year.

For start Winter 2017 (February 8th, 2017)

Deadline for late admissions: December 31st, 2016

Next start:

Spring Semester 2017 - April 11th, 2017 , Deadline for admissions: January 15th, 2017

The tuition fee stands on 9,000 Euros for the full program for all students. The fees cover only the tuition fees, and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expenses.

For more information please visit: http://www.ccds-berlin.de .

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Our International Economics and Finance MSc will suit you if you have a non-financial background. It is also for those interested in a management career with an emphasis on finance and international economics. Read more
Our International Economics and Finance MSc will suit you if you have a non-financial background. It is also for those interested in a management career with an emphasis on finance and international economics.

The behaviour of public and private sector organisations is significantly influenced by international economic developments in the financial and goods markets. As a result, there is a demand in the market for individuals with a comprehensive understanding of:
-Economic and financial theory
-Policy dimensions within an open economy context

This course will suit motivated students who want to pursue careers in:
-Investment banking
-Financial research
-Financial trading

What you'll learn

You will gain an international perspective in the role of finance and monetary policy. You will learn to understand and analyse:
-International finance markets
-The international trading system
-The role played by key supranational institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Trade Organization (WTO)

You will develop a comprehensive set of technical and quantitative skills that are highly regarded in the private sector.

Advanced software

Where possible you will have access to advanced statistical software including:
-Eviews
-SPSS
-Stata
-Gauss
-MATLAB
-SAS
-Maple
-Minitab

You will also have access to a number of financial databases including:
-Bloomberg
-Thompson Financial's DataStream
-Fame
-Amadeus
-WRDS
-Compustat
-CRSP
-Oriana

Your development

On completion of this course, you will be able to:
-Deploy the main analytical techniques in the area of finance and have an advanced capability with some of these techniques
-Critically assess the quality of the analytical data generated by these techniques
-Synthesise and present relevant data, conclusions and recommendations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
-Exercise responsibility and leadership in group projects
-Apply knowledge, skills and understanding to complex issues within finance and related industries

Career focus

The course is excellent preparation for work in multinational enterprises in roles dealing with:
-Exporting or foreign investment decisions
-Foreign exchange risk management
-Portfolio fund management
-Financial services
-Banking
-Regulatory bodies
-Corporate finance and consultancy

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This programme promotes a distinct approach to considering relevant problems and issues in international economics and finance, and to proactively devise and undertake coherent research problems, by applying appropriate analytical techniques. Read more
This programme promotes a distinct approach to considering relevant problems and issues in international economics and finance, and to proactively devise and undertake coherent research problems, by applying appropriate analytical techniques.

You will have the benefit of learning from a diverse and varied teaching team, who have both academic and industry based experience, and are involved in an array of research and consultancy activities across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Critical to your professional development is your awareness of responsible leadership, cross-cultural awareness and global citizenship; during your studies you will learn about these theories and concepts and how to put them into practice when managing yourself and others.

The teaching of this programme focuses on learning for the real world and your future employability. You will benefit from our well-established links with the financial services industry, who contribute to the programme through guest lectures, master classes and live case studies. These interactive teaching and learning methods are designed to improve your critical thinking and problem solving skills, whilst offering insight on some of the issues you will be faced with upon entering the sector.

MSc International Economics & Finance is aimed particularly, though not exclusively, at students who have previously studied elements of economics and finance within their undergraduate degree, but are looking to broaden their perspective from the purely domestic to the international arena.

For more information, see the website: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02580-1FTA-1718/International_Economics_and_Finance?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

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Increasing international trade and finance is opening up new opportunities for growth of firms, regions and countries. At the same time, it is posing new challenges as the benefits will not be equally distributed and competition is mounting. Read more
Increasing international trade and finance is opening up new opportunities for growth of firms, regions and countries. At the same time, it is posing new challenges as the benefits will not be equally distributed and competition is mounting. Strategies of governments and firms need to be constantly aligned to quickly adapt to changing circumstances. In the one-year Master's degree in International Economics and Business you will learn the tools to grasp the complex relationships between firm behaviour and economic growth in regions and countries.

You will use state-of-the-art theories to discover the impact of global trade on economic growth and welfare. You will study global business and focus on the economic influence of firms and institutions. As you develop your skills, you will learn to recognize the forces that shape geographical patterns of economic activity. Also, you will learn to advise firms and governments on how to reap the benefits of globalization and international value chains.

The programme offers four Double Degree possibilities: with Fudan University (Shanghai), the University of Göttingen (Germany), Lund University (Sweden) and Corvinus University (Hungary).

Why in Groningen?

In the programme you learn how globalization is changing our world. What is the role of internationally operating organizations, institutions and policies in economic advancement and in bridging the global development gap? International Economics and Businessis an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Job perspectives

After completing this programme you are a broadly oriented economist with a strong international profile. You are ready for an international career at multinational firms, in financial institutions, consultancy and public agencies. Jobs as market analyst, trade expert, global strategy and policy advisor will suit you well. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Graduates of the MSc IE&B will be able to take up positions in internationally oriented firms (such as banks and multinationals), international organizations (such as World Bank, IMF, European Union, UN and OECD) and internationally oriented departments of government agencies and policy advisors. The programme is focused on developing the kind of skills and abilities needed by those who work as professional economists and economic advisers.

The MSc IE&B offers a consistent international setting both in terms of content and orientation at high level. Graduates are selected to participate in high level research activities of international organizations (such as the OECD in Paris, Conference Board in New York, and the ILO in Geneva) and national organizations (such as the Dutch Central Bank and The Netherlands' Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis).Our academic staff have strong relationships with international research and consultancy institutes as well as policy advice centres.

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Right from the start of the degree programme attention is paid to academic research and pre-professional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

In collaboration with external partners we conduct various research projects on e.g. the effects of international trade on competitiveness and labour markets, global value chains, the sources of economic growth at regional and country level and a new architecture for (international) financial systems.

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This MA focuses on the problems of economic development in the changing context of the international economic relationship. Read more
This MA focuses on the problems of economic development in the changing context of the international economic relationship. It will also provide a thorough grounding in macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis, in applied econometrics, in a range of approaches for dealing with economic policy issues, and in the long-term historical and conceptual context of contemporary debates in economics.

Key features
-This MA is good preparation for work with a range of public and private institutions, including national and international government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and commercial organisations in sectors ranging from the City of London to trading and manufacturing businesses of all sizes.
-Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.
-Guest speakers, conferences and workshops provide an extra dimension to your studies.

What will you study?

You will study core aspects of macro- and microeconomic theory, applied econometrics and economic policy. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of the theory and contemporary issues surrounding international trade, and of the problems that developing countries confront in dealing with the international economic environment. Such problems include trade and development, the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) on development, and the significance of technology transfer.

The degree culminates in your dissertation, in which you will have the opportunity to carry out in-depth research into a contemporary issue dealing with developing countries, international trade and FDI. You will work with a member of the Economics department who specialises in and pursues research in this area.

Assessment

Graded problem sets, practical coursework, essays, examinations, policy briefs, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Applied Econometrics and Microeconomic Analysis
-Development and International Economics
-Economic Change and Ideas
-Economics Dissertation
-Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

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The Master of Arts in International Economics and Business equips high-calibre graduates from home and abroad with an in-depth understanding of the economics of trade, investment and capital flows, how they are planned and forecast, as well as their associated opportunities and risks. Read more

About the programme

The Master of Arts in International Economics and Business equips high-calibre graduates from home and abroad with an in-depth understanding of the economics of trade, investment and capital flows, how they are planned and forecast, as well as their associated opportunities and risks.

After completing the degree programme, students will be able to make sound investment decisions and choose business sites, both in industrialised nations and emerging markets on the basis of scientific principles.

Students will be able to identify the impact and limitations of international institutions operating on a global scale. This Master’s degree can serve as a basis for an academic career.

Features

– An economics degree that includes selected courses on business studies and econometrics
– Includes interdisciplinary modules and courses on transferable skills
– Individual guidance in small learning groups of about 30 students
– Combines theory and practical application
– Includes courses taught in English and German
– The University's Language Centre has an excellent reputation
– A large number of worldwide university partnerships

Syllabus

The curriculum provides students with a thorough theoretical and statistical grounding (econometrics, microeconometrics, time-series analysis, game theory, behavioural game theory) and comprises three areas of specialisation:

1) Globalization, Geography and the Multinational Firm
2) International Finance
3) Development, Governance and Anticorruption

1) Globalization, Geography and the Multinational Firm: e.g. International Trade; Trade Policy, International Integration and World Trade Systems; New Economic Geography; Business Location Theories, Clusters and Networks; International Taxation; International Business Taxation; Urban Economics.

2) International Finance: e.g. Monetary Foreign Trade; Money, Interest and Inflation; Advanced Macroeconomics; Empirical Finance; Case Studies in Monetary Economics; Capital Market Theory; Financial Market Theory; Business Valuation.

3) Development, Governance and Anticorruption: e.g. Economics of Corruption; Anticorruption and the Design of Institutions; Institutions and Growth; Development Economics; Political Economics; Regulation.

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The MSc International Economics Finance and Development programme focuses on two specific areas, in addition to providing a thorough understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Read more

The MSc International Economics Finance and Development programme focuses on two specific areas, in addition to providing a thorough understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

The first area examines the relationship between international trade and international finance and business. The second area centres on financial frictions faced by developing and emerging economies.

You will also cover stabilisation, adjustment and economic liberalisation, and study the principal sources of external finance for developing countries.

Those wishing to work in research and/or policy-making in international organisations and think-tanks focused on development issues will find this programme particularly relevant.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

  • Enable and encourage students to develop their capacity for learning and communication within an open, scholarly, environment
  • Develop an appreciation of economics, both as an intellectual discipline and as an important contributor to an understanding of the world in ways which are of practical significance
  • Prepare students for a range of careers and other activities in which independent thought and analysis, as well as effective communication, can contribute to an improvement in social and economic welfare
  • Provide an opportunity for study from a range of specialist areas of economics
  • Enable better performing students completing an MSc programme to progress either to further postgraduate research or to a career as a professional economist
  • Provide an opportunity for students to apply and demonstrate a range of skills, including the capacity for independent study, through the completion of an MSc dissertation

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Upon completing the course, students will have:

  • An advanced understanding of the core principles in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics
  • An understanding of the techniques which have been used in contemporary economic research
  • An ability to select appropriately between alternative analytical techniques and research methodologies which can be used in the evaluation of international and development policy
  • Awareness of current and advanced problems and new insights in international, finance and development economics

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students will develop:

  • An ability to investigate complex issues in international, finance and development economics, both in theoretical problems and in practical ones where data may be complicated or unavailable
  • The skills necessary to comprehend published economic research papers, and to integrate the implications of published research in their own studies

Professional practical skills

Students will have the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively in prose and numerical form to specialists and non-specialists
  • Formulate a plan for specific individual research which would further existing knowledge
  • Communicate the results of independent research in the form of a dissertation

Key / transferable skills

Students will complete the course with:

  • General skills, such as literacy, numerical, IT and computing (all awards)
  • Interpersonal skills, such as communication (all awards)

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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This programme aims to offer knowledge and expertise for a position of responsibility in an international bank, financial institution, central bank or government agency. Read more
This programme aims to offer knowledge and expertise for a position of responsibility in an international bank, financial institution, central bank or government agency.

The course offers those with a substantial economic or finance background the opportunity to specialise in more depth in the areas of Money, Banking, Finance and Trade. It contains challenging theoretical and applied elements which will equip you for responsible posts in the financial and commercial world.

The course is designed to be relevant to a wide range of students from both developed and developing countries with career aspirations in a wide variety of banking and financial contexts.

It provides excellent preliminary training for those who wish to pursue further research with a view to a career in a research institution or central bank. It will also be of interest to those who are currently working in a financial institution or other private or public sector body, such as a central bank or national treasury.

Distinctive features:

• You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.

• You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).

• You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).

• You may also enrol for a module on electronic trading using our Trading Room facility.

Structure

You will undertake a range of core and optional modules across two semesters which are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of a range of areas relevant to the finance, economics and banking sectors.

In the first semester you will undertake four core modules.

In the second semester you will take three core modules as well as one optional module.

Upon successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to the dissertation. The dissertation is designed to enable you to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in the taught modules to individual independent research under academic supervision.

Core modules:

Principles of Finance
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics: Economics of Uncertainty
Quantitative Methods
Issues in Money Banking and Finance
Principles of Money and Banking
International Banking
Dissertation

Optional modules:

International Trade
Economic Forecasting
International Finance
Marketing of Financial Services
Investment and Electronic Trading

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic

Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

Career prospects

Graduates have a good employment rate with alumni working in the European Commission, Eurobank, Bank of England and Chinese financial institutions amongst many others.

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This is a high quality taught graduate course which has ESRC recognition under its "1+3" awards system. Read more
This is a high quality taught graduate course which has ESRC recognition under its "1+3" awards system. The course is specifically designed to train students in the use of analytic and quantitative methods in examining economic issues, and to provide research training of the level required to proceed to a PhD programme in Economics. Students will be taught to apply and develop, via specialised modules in international macroeconomics and trade theory, the analytic and quantitative skills developed in the core courses, and to take further options in areas that will strengthen and augment those skills for examining international economic issues.

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