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Overview. The Master's in Monetary and Financial Economics (MEMF) is an international-level programme that follows the best European practices in the area. Read more
Overview
The Master's in Monetary and Financial Economics (MEMF) is an international-level programme that follows the best European practices in the area. As such, the selection criteria of applicants are demanding and this exigency level is kept along the course. Thus, the MEMF is not compatible with a weak background and with a low-effort profile, as we expect students to be prepared to spend a minimum of 3200 effort hours in 2 years.
The effort required from MEMF students is strongly valued in the labour market. Employers especially recognise to MEMF graduates a strong background in econometrics and quantitative methods, competence in macroeconomics and monetary economics, and a large capacity to face new challenges.
Exigency, competence, and rigour. These have been the leading principles of the MEMF for more than two decades and so they will be.

Objectives
The aims of the MEMF are: (i) providing advanced knowledge in the monetary and financial fields, based upon the most relevant results achieved by the scientific community; (ii) initiating its students in scientific research, by practicing the appropriate techniques and methodologies; and (iii) preparing the senior staff in monetary and financial institutions linked to financing the economy and to monetary policy issues.

History
The MEMF started in 1992/93, after being a specialisation area of the Master's in Economics, which had been created in 1981. From its beginning until 2010, it was directed by Vitor Constancio, who had also been the coordinator of the above-mentioned specialisation area in Monetary and Financial Economics. Luis Costa joined the directing team in 2003/04 and Miguel St. Aubyn officially joined it in 2010/11 after Vitor Constancio left it to become the Vice-President of the European Central Bank. Nevertheless, Vitor Constancio kept his relation to the MEMF as the non-executive Scientific Adviser.
In 1996/97 the programme was reformulated and in 2000/01 it was reformulated once again, jointly with other M.Sc. programmes in the scientific field of Economics. A new and profound upgrade would take place in 2007/08 in order to adapt the course to the Bologna Process.
The MEMF has worked continuously since its first edition in 1992/93. In this period amost four hundred students were enrolled and more than one hundred graduated. MEMF graduates work in several firms, both in the financial sector (banking, insurance, and other financial institutions) and in the non-financial sector, in public institutions (central banks, ministries, and international organisations), and in the academy, both in Portugal and abroad. Some opinions of former students are available online.

Designed for
The MEMF is intended to complement and to deepen first-cycle education provided by a Bachelor's in Economics or Finance. The main objective is that students learn how to analyse problems in a rigorous and constructive way, developing their ability to assess the contribution of research in Monetary and Financial Economics to solve the problems in the area, and to use advanced empirical and theoretical tools in Economics and Finance.

Employment
A master in Monetary and Financial Economics is prepared to work as an economist, financial analyst, researcher and teacher, senior staff member in financial institutions, central banks, international organisations, and public departments. The programme is also an intermediate step to obtain a Ph.D. in the areas of Economics and Finance.

Operational Regime
Full time. Compulsory courses and elective-option courses with origin in MEMF are taught after 18:00 h.

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This course is designed for students who wish to apply advanced level knowledge of economics to practical issues in the fields of financial and monetary economics. Read more
This course is designed for students who wish to apply advanced level knowledge of economics to practical issues in the fields of financial and monetary economics. The core modules provide a solid grounding in economics, while the compulsory specialised modules address current issues in financial and monetary economics. The specific objective is to equip students with knowledge of the techniques for the analysis of financial and monetary issues, and the ability to apply them.

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Are you keen to apply your interest and skills in economics to the study of financial markets?. Do you want to combine a rigorous training in core economics with a solid introduction to the key theoretical techniques used in finance?. Read more
  • Are you keen to apply your interest and skills in economics to the study of financial markets?
  • Do you want to combine a rigorous training in core economics with a solid introduction to the key theoretical techniques used in finance?
  • Do you plan to work as a portfolio manager, risk management consultant, or financial analyst?

The demand for highly skilled experts in financial economics continues to increase rapidly in the modern economy. This demand exists in the public sector (central banks, international organisations, academic institutions) and especially in the private sector (commercial banks and insurance companies). This course is designed to meet this demand for those students who seek a quantitative degree in financial economics, by combining a solid training in microeconomic and macroeconomic principles, as well as the quantitative methods and theory needed for the analysis of financial markets.

Financial Economics is a fascinating area, having a history marked by outstanding achievements. A remarkable feature of this discipline is that its theoretical highlights (such as the Black-Scholes formula) turned out to be extremely important in practice. Fundamental ideas and tools of Financial Economics that were developed at the interface between Mathematical Economics and Finance created new markets essentially based on concepts suggested by academics. A central goal of the course is to demonstrate the use of these ideas and tools in contexts where they are indispensable and widely exploited. The course will expose students to quantitative techniques and theory that will be useful to anyone in the financial industry - a portfolio manager, risk management consultant, or financial analyst.

Special features

Quantitative methods preparation for the MSc

1. Please visit our Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics website where you will find information about the minimum level of knowledge of mathematics and statistics that you should possess from your current or previous training.

2. On the same website, please look at the details and content of our Introduction course on Quantitative Methods in Economics which builds on the knowledge resumed in (1) and which is designed to equip you with further technical skills that you will require before starting the MSc. You are strongly advised to attend this course which is offered, free of charge. The course will run during induction week and we recommend that you spend some time between July 1 and September studying and familiarising yourself with the course material on the website, especially if you might not be able to attend the course. The significance of this course is illustrated by the fact that the obtained marks contribute 10% to the final marks of the Maths Methods and Econometrics compulsory units of semester 1.

Teaching and learning

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is usually by written examination at the end of each semester in which a course unit is taught. Some units may require a course work element that may be assessed. Progression to the summer dissertation element requires completion of the taught element at least at the pass-level.

Course unit details

The program offers four core units in Semester 1 (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Econometric Methods, Mathematical Methods in Economic Analysis) and in Semester 2 three core units (Mathematical Finance, Financial Economics, Financial Econometrics or Applied Macroeconometrics orCross Section Econometrics) plus one optional module from a list of choices (eg, Monetary Economics, Public Economics, and Economic Growth). Such modules as Mathematical Finance and Financial Economics not only contain the material which is a recognised classic in the field, but also reflect new trends in the area (eg elements of Behavioural Economics and Finance).

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities for students in Financial Economics are traditionally very good. The high reputation of The University of Manchester, and especially its Economics division having rich historical traditions, will serve as an excellent recommendation for job applicants. The high-quality training obtained in the course of the study within the MSc in Financial Economics Programme will facilitate the future career of those who have got this degree.



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About the course. Run jointly with the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) this specialist course will enable you to apply economic techniques to complex issues in the allocation of health care resources. Read more

About the course

Run jointly with the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) this specialist course will enable you to apply economic techniques to complex issues in the allocation of health care resources.

This course prepares you for a career as an economist in the health sector or in research.

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

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Econometric Methods
  • Health Economics
  • Economic Evaluation of Health
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Health Service Research Methods
  • Valuing the Benefits of Health Care

Examples of optional modules

  • Applied Macroeconometrics
  • Development Finance
  • International Money and Finance
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Monetary Economics
  • International Trade
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Evaluation


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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Economics and Finance at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Economics and Finance at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

This new Economics and Finance course is being introduced at the School of Management from September 2017.

Key Features of MSc in Economics and Finance

- All modules on the Economics and Finance programme are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge

- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)

- 93% of Swansea students in employment or further study within six months of graduating

- High contact time – each module includes a 2 hour lecture (class sizes approximately 150 students) followed by a 1 hour seminar/tutorial (class sizes capped at 30) every single week

- Scholarships available for outstanding students

Our MSc Economics and Finance programme is a joint-honours scheme which aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in many of the key concepts, modelling approaches and research techniques deployed in key areas of economics (such as microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics), which also have important applications within finance. The relationship between economics and finance is a very close one, and finance may be viewed as a particular specialism within economics. Students undertaking the Economics and Finance programme will therefore have a holistic experience.

Modules

Modules on the MSc in Economics and Finance may include:

Corporate Finance

Financial Econometrics

Microeconomics

Macroeconomics

Empirical Finance

Dissertation - Economics

Derivatives and Risk Management

Equities & Fixed Income Securities

Corporate Governance & Ethics

Asset Management

International Financial Crises and Bank Regulation

Risk Management in Banking

Contemporary Issues in Finance

Financial Market Efficiency & Behavioural Finance

Economics of Banking

Development Economics

Industrial Organisation

International Economics

Game Theory

Monetary Economics

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a student on the Economics and Finance programme we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative

- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme

- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting

- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week

- Complete the Swansea Employability Award

- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Bay Campus

In September 2015 Swansea University became one university with two stunning campuses; located in acres of tranquil parkland and on the majestic sweep of Swansea Bay. All programmes including the Economics and Finance MSc, delivered by the School of Management are now taught at the Bay Campus both new and continuing students.

The Bay Campus is situated in an outstanding location on the eastern approach into Swansea, with direct access onto the beach and its own seafront promenade. The campus features modern and bright student accommodation, including standard, premium, twin and wheelchair accessible rooms.

By Campus facilities include:

- Central support services for students housed within the Tower Information Centre

- State of the art library and resource centre

- Students’ Union

- The Great Hall – incorporating the Stanley Clarke Auditorium, lecture theatres and a cafe offering magnificent views across Swansea Bay

-Extensive catering and grocery provision including cafeterias, bar, supermarket, launderette and cash points. All of this will be in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach for all to enjoy.



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Combining core economics with relevant finance topics, this course is one of the few of its kind, and ideal preparation for a finance-focused career. Read more

Combining core economics with relevant finance topics, this course is one of the few of its kind, and ideal preparation for a finance-focused career.

If you are considering work in a financial institution, consultancy, ministry of finance or economics, or central bank, our MSc in Economics and Finance is an excellent choice.

Bringing together a compelling combination of training in advanced economic theory with relevant finance modules, our specialist master’s is one of the few courses in the UK offering this mix of subjects.

Starting with a comprehensive refresher course in essential maths and economics skills, we will go on to explore how economics can be used to help address real financial issues such as the global financial crisis.

You will use a deeper knowledge of economic theory to gain additional insights into these events, and we will support your investigations with rigorous training in econometrics to allow you to interpret and analyse empirical data effectively.

The dissertation will give you the chance to work with one of our experienced lecturers on a topic of your interest and apply your knowledge to a specific problem.

Students have explored topics as wide-ranging as the potential impact of Brexit on the UK financial services sector to the effects of microfinance on poverty reduction in rural China. We offer a series of dissertation workshops in semester two to help you develop your research skills.

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

  • analyse economic and financial data and critically evaluate existing research
  • understand the key issues surrounding major economic and financial debates and contribute to these
  • apply economic concepts to specific economic and finance questions
  • formulate an original research question and write at an academic level

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 designed to give you the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to secure work in a financial institution, consultancy, ministry of finance or economics, or central bank. It is also suited to those considering PhD study.

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. Recent students have progressed onto prestigious jobs around the world, including:

  • Senior Credit Analyst (Deutsche Leasing China)
  • Analyst Developer (Schroders)
  • Private Banking Executive (Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, London)
  • Relationship Manager (JP Morgan Chase, China)
  • Research Analyst (Farringdon Capital Management, Denmark)
  • Assistant Vice President (HSBC Commercial Banking, Hong Kong)
  • Head of Market Intelligence (Cisco Systems)
  • Investment Specialist (TKB Investment Partners, Russia)

Others have opted to stay in academia and complete a PhD.

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

  • Econometrics for economics & finance
  • Financial economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Plus one optional unit

Semester 2

  • Financial econometrics
  • Corporate finance
  • Plus three optional units

Summer

  • Economics: Masters dissertation

Optional course units

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

  • International monetary economics
  • Financial investment management
  • Economics of financial institutions
  • Incentives & performance
  • International monetary policy & institutions
  • Financial risk management
  • Advanced economic theory
  • Computational economics
  • Financial engineering

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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About the course. You will take specialist modules in finance, banking and monetary economics as well as learning core economic theory. Read more

About the course

You will take specialist modules in finance, banking and monetary economics as well as learning core economic theory. This course equips you well for a career in banking, financial institutions and markets.

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

  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometric Methods
  • Modern Theory of Banking and Finance
  • International Money and Finance
  • Asset Pricing

Examples of optional modules

  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Applied Macroeconometrics
  • Development Finance
  • International Trade
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Monetary Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Evaluation


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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Economics at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Economics at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The MSc Economics is a new course being introduced at the School of Management from September 2017. Our MSc Economics programme aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the core aspects of advanced micro and macroeconomics, as well as econometrics, whilst allowing students to undertake specialized modules in some of the subject’s sub-disciplines.

Key Features of MSc in Economics

- All modules on the Economics programme are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge

- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)

- 93% of Swansea students in employment or further study within six months of graduating

- High contact time – each module includes a 2 hour lecture (class sizes approximately 150 students) followed by a 1 hour seminar/tutorial (class sizes capped at 30) every single week

- Scholarships available for outstanding students

Economics graduates may pursue a number of professional economist career pathway opportunities in the finance or management consulting industries. The sophisticated and multi-faceted transferable skills acquired by the Economics programme will also open doors or provide stepping-stones to a wide variety of other less specialist career paths in commerce, industry and academia.

Modules

Modules on the MSc in Economics may include:

Microeconomics

Macroeconomics

Research Methods

Econometrics

Dissertation - Economics

Development Economics

Industrial Organisation

International Economics

Game Theory

Monetary Economics

Bay Campus

In September 2015 Swansea University became one university with two stunning campuses; located in acres of tranquil parkland and on the majestic sweep of Swansea Bay. All programmes including the Economics MSc, delivered by the School of Management are now taught at the Bay Campus both new and continuing students.

The Bay Campus is situated in an outstanding location on the eastern approach into Swansea, with direct access onto the beach and its own seafront promenade. The campus features modern and bright student accommodation, including standard, premium, twin and wheelchair accessible rooms.

Economics students will benefit from the facilities at Bay Campus:

- Central support services for students housed within the Tower Information Centre

- State of the art library and resource centre

- Students’ Union

- The Great Hall – incorporating the Stanley Clarke Auditorium, lecture theatres and a cafe offering magnificent views across Swansea Bay

- Extensive catering and grocery provision including cafeterias, bar, supermarket, launderette and cash points. All of this will be in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach for all to enjoy.



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The program provides students with a solid training in Economics emphasizing rigorous analytical thinking and advanced quantitative methods. Read more

The program provides students with a solid training in Economics emphasizing rigorous analytical thinking and advanced quantitative methods. Faculty members are internationally recognized economists. Our aim is to train economists suited both for academic and non-academic careers

Learning objectives

During the first year, students will study the foundations of economics and quantitative analysis, whereas the second year is devoted to field courses that will expose them to recent developments at the frontier of economic research in a variety of topics. At the end of the second year students will work on their final dissertation. The curriculum also offers an internship program with either economic research institutions located in the Milan area or within the University’s Department of Economics and Finance, where student are offered the opportunity to work as an applied economists on real world economic issues, as well as meeting prospective employers. The skills acquired through the M.Sc. in Economics prepare students to pursue their careers both in academia through further education at the Ph.D. level as well as in the labour market as applied economists in firms, banks and institutions.

Career opportunities & professional recognition

The M.Sc. is now at its sixth edition and so far it has performed very well in terms of placement in the labour market (Eurizone, Deloitte, Oxford Policy Management, Intesa San Paolo) and in the academia (some of our student are now completing their Ph.D.s at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, University of Nottingham, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and include winners of prestigious scholarships granted by the Bank of Italy).

Curriculum

N.B.: All courses are at upper-intermediate level.

First year credits:

● Microeconomics (8 ECTS/CFU)

● Macroeconomics (8 ECTS/CFU)

● Mathematics for economic analysis (8 ECTS/CFU)

● Empirical economics (8 ECTS/CFU)

● Statistical modelling (8 ECTS/CFU)

● Two business courses among the following (16 ECTS/ CFU):

○ Public management

○ Supply chain management

○ Performance measurement

○ Corporate governance and social responsibility

○ Business communication

○ Change management

○ Cross cultural management

● One law course (8 ECTS/CFU) among:

○ Transnational commercial law

○ Principles of financial regulation

Second year credits:

● Three Economics courses (24 ECTS/CFU) among the following:

○ Monetary economics and asset pricing

○ International economics

○ Political and public economics

○ Industrial organization

○ Labor economics

○ Topics in economic theory

○ Political economy of the European Union

● One of the following (student’s choice subject to approval) (8 ECTS/CFU) A course in Economics, or Internship program, or a course among:

○ Corporate finance

○ International corporate finance

○ Project management

○ Quantitative methods for finance

○ Applied statistics and big data (Advanced) or

○ A course in Business, or

○ A course in Law

● Final dissertation (24 ECTS/CFU)

A genuine experience

Cattolica takes great pride in preparing its students with the adequate knowledge, skills, and great motivation for starting the Economics profession as expert analysts in firms, financial institutions and think tanks, applied economists in research centers and international institutions, or academic economists conducting scientific research in university departments around the world.

Research

In 2015 Università Cattolica was ranked among the world top 150 best Universities in the Economics and Econometrics subject area. Source: QS World University Subject Ranking.

Innovative method

You will experience an intensive teaching activity with active in-class participation, a direct interaction with the faculty mem- bers and visiting professors, and extensive laboratory sessions to get you acquainted with the latest computational techniques that are essential for a successful career in Economics.

Global perspective

Università Cattolica offers its students the opportunity to study abroad during the summer. Our summer programs allow students to earn credits while studying abroad at one of Cattolica’s prestigious partner institutions.



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Pave the way for a career as a professional economist or for PhD study, with a thorough grounding in all the core areas of economics. Read more

Pave the way for a career as a professional economist or for PhD study, with a thorough grounding in all the core areas of economics.

Our MSc Economics is a taught master’s that offers rigorous training in the three main strands of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, giving you the broad level of knowledge needed to work as a professional economist or undertake doctoral study.

Alongside the core subjects you will have the chance to delve into areas like financial economics, growth theory and environmental economics.

Developing practical skills to take with you into your career is a fundamental aspect of the course. We will enhance your research abilities throughout, and particularly during the dissertation you work on over the summer under the supervision of one of our experienced lecturers.

You can choose to conduct your dissertation on the area of economics that most interests you, or that should prove of most use in your career. It’s a chance to apply your newly acquired knowledge to a specific problem or debate.

Students have explored topics as wide-ranging as the effectiveness of tax credit policies to how financial transaction taxes can be used to regulate financial markets.

We also offer a dedicated module in research methods, which will allow you to practice using specialist software packages to analyse data, including EViews, Stata and Matlab.

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

  • analyse economic and financial data and critically evaluate existing research
  • understand the key issues surrounding major economic debates and contribute to these
  • apply economic concepts to specific economic and social policy questions
  • formulate an original research question and write at an academic level

We limit students on this course to ensure a collegiate atmosphere and a high degree of interaction between students and lecturers.

Graduate prospects

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and level of skills required to secure work as a professional economist in government, research units or commercial enterprises. It is also suited to those wishing to undertake PhD study.

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. Recent students have progressed to prestigious jobs around the world, including:

  • Economic Advisor (UK Department for Education)
  • Chief Analyst (Enterprise Lithuania)
  • Principal Case Officer (Competition and Markets Authority, London)
  • Senior Tax Consultant (KPMG, Kazakhstan)
  • Investment Manager (private equity company, Prague)
  • Director, Regional Sector Research (Emirates NBD Global Markets and Treasury Department, Dubai)

Others have opted to stay in academia.

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

  • Econometric theory
  • Macroeconomic theory
  • Microeconomic theory
  • Research methods in economics
  • Plus one optional unit

Semester 2

  • Econometric methods
  • Advanced economic theory
  • Quantitative methods for economics
  • Plus two optional units

Summer

  • Economics: Masters dissertation

Optional course units

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

  • Economics of fairness
  • International monetary economics
  • Growth theory
  • Environmental & resource economics
  • Economics of financial institutions

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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Understand the impact of finance and financial markets on the wider global economy. You explore the theory of finance and quantitative methods in a way that emphasises logical development and application rather than formulae. Read more

Understand the impact of finance and financial markets on the wider global economy.

You explore the theory of finance and quantitative methods in a way that emphasises logical development and application rather than formulae. You develop the technical and analytical skills required by the finance industry and learn about:

-The uses of finance in developed and developing countries

-Financial and monetary economics

Technical aspects such as corporate finance and financial econometrics

How will I study?

The eight core modules are assessed by unseen examinations, presentations and a term paper. The applied finance research project is the final assessment unit, supervised by faculty, to help you develop your skills as a researcher.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals. For more information on Masters Scholarships visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/masters-scholarships

Careers

This is a demanding course that has been designed in consultation with senior professionals from London’s financial sector. It gives you essential skills and knowledge for a career in international finance.

You develop the technical and analytical skills required by the finance industry and learn about the uses of finance in:

-Developed and developing countries

-Financial and monetary economics

-More technical aspects such as corporate finance and financial econometrics



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The Master of Economics (MEcon) will equip students to be either professional practitioners or academic researchers in the field of Economics. Read more

The Master of Economics (MEcon) will equip students to be either professional practitioners or academic researchers in the field of Economics. It can also provide a pathway to doctoral-level study in Economics. The degree consists of both coursework and a research dissertation.

The normal admission requirement is a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Economics and an average grade of at least B+ for the relevant 300-level papers. Candidates should have also completed 300-level papers in mathematical economics and econometrics. Admission on the basis of alternative qualifications and experience is possible.

The Master of Economics can be completed in one year of full-time, or its equivalent in part-time, study. You may begin the MEcon degree in semester one or semester two.

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study shall consist of six papers worth a total of 120 points selected from ECON 402-413, including ECON 410 and ECON 411 plus at least one of ECON 412 and ECON 413:

ECON 402 Growth, Institutions and Development 20 points

ECON 403 Monetary Economics 20 points

ECON 404 International Economics 20 points

ECON 405 The Economics of Natural Resources and Public Choice 20 points

ECON 406 Labour and Population Economics 20 points

ECON 407 Special Topic in Advanced Economics 20 points

ECON 410 Advanced Microeconomic Theory 20 points

ECON 411 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory 20 points

ECON 412 Macroeconometrics 20 points

ECON 413 Microeconometrics 20 pointstogether with:

ECON 580 Research Dissertation 60 points

-A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers on the basis of previous study, subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce). Alternative papers will be required at an equivalent level of study.

-A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the dissertation, secure the approval of the Head of the Department of Economics for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.

-A candidate may not present a project which has previously been accepted for another degree.

-A candidate must pass both the papers and the dissertation components.



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About the course. Our flagship Masters course, the MSc Economics is flexible allowing you to choose modules in economics or finance whilst also giving you core analytical skills. Read more

About the course

Our flagship Masters course, the MSc Economics is flexible allowing you to choose modules in economics or finance whilst also giving you core analytical skills. This course prepares you for a career as an economist in finance, consultancy, the public sector or in research.

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.

Core modules

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometric Methods
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Applied Macroeconometrics

Examples of optional modules

  • Modern Theory of Banking and Finance
  • Health Economics
  • Modern Finance
  • Development Finance
  • Asset Pricing
  • International Money and Finance
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Monetary Economics
  • International Trade
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Evaluation


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Our specialised MSc Financial Economics and Econometrics includes in-depth theoretical and applied aspects of econometrics to complement subjects in financial markets and corporate finance. Read more
Our specialised MSc Financial Economics and Econometrics includes in-depth theoretical and applied aspects of econometrics to complement subjects in financial markets and corporate finance.

Our course equips you with the right combination of skills for rigorous analysis to underpin high-level policy advice or decision making in the fast moving financial sector. You master mathematical techniques and statistical analysis, and acquire a deep knowledge of how financial markets work and how to analyse them.

You investigate topics including:
-The theoretical foundations of econometrics
-The analysis of financial market data
-The economics of financial markets

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
-Labour economics

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.

With the skills and knowledge you acquire from studying within our Department of Economics, you will be in demand from a wide range of employers. We have excellent links with the research community, both in the UK and worldwide, and strong ties with the business/consultancy world, especially in London and other major financial centres.

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
-Economics of Financial Markets
-Estimation and Inference in Econometrics
-Time Series Econometrics
-Topics in Financial Economics
-Economic Development Theory (optional)
-Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
-Game Theory and Applications (optional)
-International Finance (optional)
-International Trade (optional)
-Macroeconomics (optional)
-Mathematical Methods (optional)
-Microeconomics (optional)
-Microeconometrics (optional)
-Monetary Economics (optional)
-Panel Data Methods (optional)
-Political Economy (optional)
-Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
-Applications of Data Analysis (optional)
-Banking (optional)
-Behavioural Economics I: Individual Decision Making (optional)
-Behavioural Economics II: Games and Markets (optional)
-Computational Agent-Based Macro-Economics, Financial Markets and Policy Design (optional)

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How can different kinds of data inform us on economic issues? On this course you learn how economic data analysis can address practical problems within business, accounting, and development. Read more
How can different kinds of data inform us on economic issues? On this course you learn how economic data analysis can address practical problems within business, accounting, and development.

Our MSc Applied Economics and Data Analysis is run jointly between our Department of Economics and our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), which specialises in the analysis of household and labour market data.

On our course you will be provided the tools for analysing and implementing some of the models that are present in theory modules. You study data-orientated, applied modules, exploring topics including:
-Techniques used in the analysis of panel data
-The specification of models and the tests of their validity
-Methods for analysing persistence over time in economic variables
-Handling different types of datasets,
-Survey methodology and sampling frames, and how to deal with problems of response rates and attrition

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% of our research 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
-Labour economics

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.

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.

For a full list of research interests, see our Department’s staff pages.

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.

You will develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, mathematical techniques, model building and data analysis.

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

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

MSc Applied Economics and Data Analysis
-Dissertation
-Applications of Data Analysis
-Mathematical Methods
-Microeconomics
-Panel Data Methods
-Banking (optional)
-Behavioural Economics I: Individual Decision Making (optional)
-Behavioural Economics II: Games and Markets (optional)
-Computational Agent-Based Macro-Economics, Financial Markets and Policy Design (optional)
-Econometric Methods (optional)
-Economic Development Theory (optional)
-Economics of Financial Markets (optional)
-Estimation and Inference in Econometrics (optional)
-Game Theory and Applications (optional)
-International Finance (optional)
-International Trade (optional)
-Macroeconomics (optional)
-Monetary Economics (optional)
-Political Economy (optional)
-Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
-Time Series Econometrics (optional)
-Topics in Financial Economics (optional)
-Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)

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