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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

Semester 2

Summer

Optional course units

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

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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In the Master’s programme in. Law and Economics. , you will focus on the economic and legal aspects of market regulation (in banking, energy, telecom, transport, health care, etc.), private equity, hedge funds, competition and competition policy, corporate governance and mergers. Read more

In the Master’s programme in Law and Economics, you will focus on the economic and legal aspects of market regulation (in banking, energy, telecom, transport, health care, etc.), private equity, hedge funds, competition and competition policy, corporate governance and mergers. You will learn from an interdisciplinary team of legal experts and economists who enhance the challenging course content with both theory and real-world knowledge. The interdependence of economics and law is the prime focus of the programme. As a graduate of this programme, you will be uniquely prepared to bridge what is a common gap between these disciplines. You combine the joint goal of this programme with one of the two distinctive tracks of Law and Economics. Find out more about the following tracks:

  • LLM track
  • MSc track 

GROWING DEMAND FOR MULTIDISCIPLINARY EXPERTS

Utrecht University’s Master of Law and Economics was established in response to growing demands from international employers for multidisciplinary experts in competition, regulatory issues and governance. In the programme, you will examine legal and managerial issues as well as the underlying economic theories behind such cases as:

  • The European Commission’s imposition of a €1.47 billion fine on Philips for operating a cathode ray tube cartel.
  • UPS’s withdrawal from a €5.16 billion deal with TNT Express after European regulators moved to block the acquisition.
  • The European Commission’s investigation into the proposed acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo by US-based Liberty Global.
  • The adequacy of governance codes in addressing Rhineland vs. shareholder economies in the area of executive pay, amongst other things.
  • The demise and subsequent bailouts of international banks by governments attempting to prevent financial system collapse.
  • The relocation of financial headquarters, or the use of transfer prices, to avoid paying taxes, as was recently revealed by firms like Google, Starbucks, and the Rolling Stones.

REAL INTERACTION BETWEEN TWO DISCIPLINES

If you have a law background (LLB), you will qualify for an LLM degree through this programme, while an Economics background (BSc) typically qualifies you for an MSc in Law and Economics. Students from both (and other) backgrounds follow the same integrated programme in order to foster a multidisciplinary setting right from the start. Utrecht University’s Law and Economics professors – recognised as leading academics in their fields – investigate European as well as international regulation and governance.

FOCUSED ON BOTH THE LEGAL AND ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES

Through its interdisciplinary approach focused on market regulation from both the legal and economic perspectives, this Master’s programme will equip you with a completely new perspective and tool set.

The curriculum will provide you with the academic knowledge, interdisciplinary understanding and research and analytical skills required for either a professional or academic career at the intersection of economics and law (you can explore your career prospects here). You will also learn to communicate effectively with professionals from either disciplines.

Upon graduation, you will be:

  • Capable of conducting independent research in the areas of law and economics.
  • Able to solve problems in the areas of law and economics, both independently and with others, while taking societal considerations into account.
  • Apply legal and economic knowledge, theories and models for the testing or the development of policies of firms, organizations, or governmental bodies.
  • Able to professionally collaborate with others in interdisciplinary teams while evaluating your own performances, and contribute to combining and generating new knowledge within the team.


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TWO-YEAR RESEARCH MASTER'S PROGRAMME. From upheavals in the housing market to high bonuses for bankers, from rising taxes to the global credit crisis, economics is no longer a straightforward matter of money and finance. Read more

TWO-YEAR RESEARCH MASTER'S PROGRAMME

From upheavals in the housing market to high bonuses for bankers, from rising taxes to the global credit crisis, economics is no longer a straightforward matter of money and finance. Economics today is a multifaceted discipline with real impact on global politics, law, and society. In the Utrecht University MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics, you learn to cross the borders of economics into other scientific disciplines – a real strength of the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) - in order to provide sound research and applicable solutions to real-world problems, now and in the future.

RESEARCH EXPERTISE

The two-year Research Master in Multidisciplinary Economics is taught by academics and lecturers who bring the true excitement and breadth of multidisciplinary perspectives on economics into the classroom. This multidisciplinary context will encourage you to look at complex economics issues from different perspectives and help you to apply that knowledge in academia, industry or government.

CONTENT OF THE PROGRAMME

In the Research Master in Multidisciplinary Economics you will focus on

  • compulsory first-year courses designed to give you a solid foundation in economics necessary to conduct economic research and analysis;
  • looking at economic problems from the perspectives of other disciplines;
  • a second year that you can tailor with elective courses that match your personal areas of research interest, to be chosen from a list of U.S.E. electives, complemented with electives from other research masters at UU, and with electives from the University of Groningen;
  • developing interpersonal and social skills in a highly international programme by working closely with fellow students;
  • the development of essential research skills such as data handling, academic writing, and presentation.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

The MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics gives you a unique qualification, which will enable you to work at a high level in a variety of economics-related fields. Over two years, you will:

  • Receive training in economic research and analysis from top researchers at U.S.E.
  • Gain a sound knowledge of quantitative methods, microeconomics and macroeconomics, finance and financial markets, international and public economics, labour economics and organisational economics.
  • Get involved in research projects conducted by the U.S.E. Research Institute.
  • Pursue your own research interests.
  • Explore economics in relation to a secondary discipline selected from history, geography, law or social sciences.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics is a comprehensive and versatile degree that thoroughly prepares you for a range of careers as a research-oriented economist in either the public or private sector. As a Research Master’s degree, it is also an excellent starting point for a PhD. Of the students who graduated the last years, 100% found research-related jobs. Read more about possible career prospects.



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The Graduate Diploma in Taxation is the second stage of Curtin's modular taxation course, which includes the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters levels. Read more
The Graduate Diploma in Taxation is the second stage of Curtin's modular taxation course, which includes the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters levels. You can exit after completing four units to receive a graduate certificate, after eight units to receive a graduate diploma, or after 12 units for a Master of Taxation.

This specialised and applied course is primarily designed for commerce graduates who are seeking further qualifications or continuing professional development. It offers an in-depth understanding of taxation principles and applications, building on the graduate ceritficate to provide knowledge in capital gains, trusts, GST and indirect taxes.

You can also tailor the course to suit your specific career goals.

On successful completion you may be eligible to enrol in the Master of Taxation.

Credit for previous study

If you have completed a Graduate Certificate in Taxation from Curtin, you may recieve 100 credit points towards this course. Other credits may be available if you have successfully completed either the Chartered Practising Accountants program or the Institute of Chartered Accountants Chartered Accountants program, as well as selected credits for the Tax Institute's Chartered Taxation Accountant program. All credits are subject to application and provision of relevant supporting documentation.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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The Master of Taxation is the final stage of Curtin's modular taxation course, which includes graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters levels. Read more
The Master of Taxation is the final stage of Curtin's modular taxation course, which includes graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters levels. You can exit after completion of four units to receive a graduate certificate, after eight units to receive a graduate diploma, or after 12 units for a Master of Taxation.

This specialised and applied course is suitable if you are a commerce graduate who is seeking further qualifications or continuing your professional development. The Master of Taxation includes an in-depth examination of taxation principles, building on the graduate diploma to provide specialised knowledge in international and Australian taxation, superannuation and retirement planning, financial management, corporation law and the legal environment.

The course also provides a solid grounding in capital gains tax, trusts, GST and indirect taxes, estate planning, advanced taxation, and other current topics in taxation.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

If you have completed a Graduate Diploma in Taxation from Curtin, you will receive 200 credit points towards this course. Credit for recognised learning may also be granted if you have successfully completed recognised professional body programs, for example the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) program or the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia (CPA Australia) program.

How this course will make you industry ready

Maintaining strong links with industry is critical to ensuring that we are serving the needs of our students and the workforce. Curtin Business School has established a network of advisory boards - groups of industry representatives who support the school by providing invaluable business knowledge. These industry professionals have direct input into the curriculum of the taxation course, ensuring our students are industry-ready on graduation.

The Master of Taxation may incorporate guest lectures from tax professionals, real-life practical assignments and case studies, and industry networking opportunities.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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The Advanced Studies programme in International Tax Law will provide you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the many interrelated areas of international tax law in a constantly changing field. Read more

The Advanced Studies programme in International Tax Law will provide you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the many interrelated areas of international tax law in a constantly changing field.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The programme offers insights into the main topics of international taxation. Some of the many subjects that are covered in the programme include:

  • Tax Treaties
  • Transfer Pricing
  • EU Tax Law
  • International Corporate Tax Planning

The curriculum is constantly being updated in light of relevant developments in the field, such as the OECD BEPS project and the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive.

Reasons to choose the Adv LLM in International Tax Law at Leiden University?

As a student of the Advanced Studies in International Tax Law programme, you will benefit from:

  1. Expert instructors: You will be taught by expert staff and guest lecturers who are widely respected in the field of international tax law.
  2. International environment: In addition to the international focus of the curriculum, the unique blend of students and instructors that represent all continents makes our programme a truly global experience.
  3. Excellent reputation: Leiden Law School has developed its reputation for excellence by combining a high level of academic teaching with acclaimed and innovative research. Its tradition of quality attracts prestigious professors and professionals from around the world who teach you in a challenging and supportive atmosphere.

More reasons to study International Tax Law at Leiden University.

Is the Adv LLM in International Tax Law the right programme for you?

This advanced Master of Laws programme could be for you if you are a Dutch or international:

  • recent graduate from a university law or economics programme with a substantial legal orientation
  • professional who has worked in private tax law practice for a number of years or
  • professional who has worked with taxes at a governmental organisation (typically a Ministry of Finance or a Revenue Service)


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The Global Environmental Change and Policy course focuses on 4 key questions. What are the nature and causes of global environmental change (GEC)?. Read more

The Global Environmental Change and Policy course focuses on 4 key questions:

  • What are the nature and causes of global environmental change (GEC)?
  • What do we know and not know about GEC - and why?
  • What are the biological, physico-chemical and human implications of GEC?
  • What can and should be done about mitigating and adapting to GEC?

Structure and Objectives

By addressing those four questions the overall aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and broad understanding of the scientific, legal and policy concerns informing the GEC field, and to guide students towards applying, independently, the necessary tools to address GEC questions, analytically and critically. This is done through small group seminars, lectures and case studies arranged into four main strands:

Strand I - Climate Change Science, Environmental and Health Impacts and Adaptation 

This strand explores the analysis and prediction of change in the earth's physical and chemical systems and their impact based on scientific evidence. Sessions include analysis, prediction and impact of changes such as climate change and acidification in the atmosphere, oceans, the water cycle and global land cover and use. In light of the projections of scientific bodies such as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), students become acquainted with different global warming scenarios and their likely impact on water management, vegetation, soil, health and other relevant sectors, and the correlated adaptation policies required in different parts of the globe in order to manage environmental change. It also addresses specific adaptation policies necessary in areas that are most likely to be affected by climate change, such as in Africa.

Strand II – Climate Change Mitigation, Business Strategies and Innovation

This strand focuses on climate change mitigation (non-LULUCF) and related business strategies and the development of technologies in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. A number of greenhouse gas mitigation and alternative energy policies – including renewable energy deployment and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) - are selected for analysis. It examines the social and economic causes of the environmental changes with respect to population, urbanisation, energy policy, and pollution and addresses the policy options to mitigate climate change. It includes a study of international and regional schemes, carbon markets and alternative policies such as carbon or fuel taxes. In addition, this strand assesses the broader question of quantifying the costs and benefits of mitigation and adaptation in light of the developmental priorities of different regions of the globe, as well as possible business solutions towards low carbon economic growth.

Strand III – Biodiversity, Land Use Change and Forestry, and Conservation Strategies

This strand explores biodiversity loss, conservation strategies, the monitoring and prediction of change in the earth's ecosystems and their response to a range of environmental changes including climate change, and the impact of these changes on humans, ecosystems and the management of natural resources. The different mechanisms proposed or already applied to protect biodiversity broadly and in relation to climate change are covered in this part of the course. Among other things, we may critique mitigation policies applicable to the agricultural sector and look at the sustainability of biofuels as cleaner sources of energy.

Strand IV – Law and Governance 

The strand draws together some of the issues outlined above. The role of international law and policy in developing innovative solutions for global environmental problems, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, is emphasised. It addresses the law and politics behind the negotiation of, inter alia, global climate change agreements, the international framework for climate change, environmental governance, examines the role of compliance and monitoring, asks bigger philosophical questions related to rights, equity and justice in an environmental context and looks at the fundamental principles and norms of the international environmental law regime and their utility in going forwards. 

Learning and Teaching

The course structure, individual seminars and activities are designed to enable each student to attain the following:

Understanding of:

  • the current state of knowledge about GEC and the uncertainties surrounding it;
  • the similarities and differences between the problems raised by GEC and other environmental problems;
  • the key processes, drivers and interrelationships involved;
  • the principal impacts of GEC on natural and human systems; and the principal ethical, legal and socio-economic issues raised;
  • particular problems faced by developing countries;
  • interregional and regional institutional mechanisms and scientific organisations;
  • the social, economic and environmental objectives for the global environment.

Skills in:

  • the analysis of the global dimension of environmental problems, and the extent to which GEC raises distinctive challenges;
  • the location, handling, critical evaluation, interpretation and analysis of GECP information;
  • the application and appraisal of selected analytical techniques;
  • the design and execution of a GEC-related project; communicating clear, unambiguous information, evidence or advice.

Capabilities in:

  • applying global perspectives to complex environmental problems; 
  • analysing the key drivers of GEC and their interrelationships;
  • developing independent judgement in relation to GEC-related issues and evidence;
  • participating in the formulation, implementation or evaluation of GEC-related policies;
  • participating effectively in competent consultancy or advisory work.

Coursework

Understanding, skills and capabilities are developed and assessed through active participation in coursework which comprises research and presentation, negotiation and conflict management and a panel group exercise. Panel Meetings run throughout the option term. The aims of these sessions are to establish and coordinate research, discussion, presentation and negotiation in respect of selected global environmental change issues, leading ultimately to the formal conclusion or agreed policy and scientific statement on one or more aspects of GECP.

Examples of GECP Student Destinations

  • UK Department for Business, Energy and Innovation
  • Greenstone
  • Royal Borough of Greenwich
  •  Natural Capital Partners
  • ERM
  • ShareAction
  • Ricardo Energy & Environment
  • UK Department for Transport
  • PwC


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The EEP option is designed for students from all backgrounds with an interest in environmental economics and public policy. Read more

The EEP option is designed for students from all backgrounds with an interest in environmental economics and public policy.

It provides students with an ability to employ economic reasoning and an understanding of the importance of institutions and policy processes to the analysis of a broad range of national and international policy issues such as biodiversity protection, climate change, poverty/environment linkages and the management of renewable resources; an awareness of the institutional and policy context in which environmental economic solutions might be applied; working knowledge of a wide range of economic tools and project and policy evaluation methods; and a sound but critical understanding of environmental economics as a discipline including knowledge of the different paradigms of analysis in the field.

Aims

Environmental economics is now an indispensable part of the education of anyone dealing with environmental issues. As one of the fastest growing areas of research and study, its influence over environmental policymaking and practice is already widely recognised. For example, it has become commonplace to speak about green taxes, carbon trading mechanisms, environmental valuation and incentive design for sustainable development.

What are the underlying causes of tropical deforestation? How rapidly should we take action to deal with global warming? What is the most efficient way to tackle air pollution? Are consumers willing to pay more for cleaner fuels and technologies? These are some of the questions which environmental economics attempts to address, pointing to the need to link individual choices and patterns of behaviour to the underlying structure of the economy and its institutions. A central insight is that environmental degradation, far from being an incidental consequence of economic activity, is in many ways a central feature of the way production and consumption is currently organised. Economists are uniquely well placed to comment on, and offer analysis of, these linkages. At the same time, economists argue that solutions require systematic changes to the economic incentives which drive human behaviour in these domains, bringing about the shifts in production and consumption that are necessary for sustainable development.

The demand for individuals with a good grounding in environmental economics continues to grow. There are promising career opportunities in government, industry, consultancy and research for people able to apply economic ideas, concepts and methodologies to environmental problem-solving and policymaking. In drawing up this new Option, we have been concerned to offer a course which will educate and inspire individuals interested in a career in these fields. It aims to provide a broad but integrated survey of environmental economics as a field of study and assist students in developing an ability to think about and analyse environmental problems in economically-literate terms. By the conclusion of the course, students will have a sound understanding of the economic and institutional context for environmental policymaking and will be able to apply economic concepts to understanding, and prescribing solutions for, a wide range of environmental problems

Content

The Option has been designed for students from all backgrounds with an interest in environmental economics and its applications. In terms of structure, it is divided into eleven thematic modules covering basic theory, tools and a range of applications:

Concepts: Initial lectures and small group sessions focus on the microeconomic foundations of environmental economics, looking at market processes and market failure, the theory of externalities and the concepts of public goods and open property resources.

Tools: The Option then goes on to examine the use of a range of economic tools and introduces students to some key techniques for data analysis. Topics covered in these modules include the design and implementation of market-based instruments, project appraisal and environmental valuation and the use of sustainable development indicators and green accounting. Students also receive training in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and in international environmental law.

Applications: The final set of teaching modules applies these economic concepts and tools to a series of environmental case studies in the fields of:

  • global environmental change (including climate change, biodiversity conservation, biosecurity and transboundary air pollution)
  • renewable resource management (such as managing fisheries and other living populations, renewable energy technologies and markets, and the role of innovation)
  • agriculture (focusing on the environmental impact of agriculture, agri-environmental policy and the effect of trade liberalisation)
  • development (covering issues of poverty and environment, tropical deforestation, human health and environment, GM and biotechnology, and the role of technical progress)

An essential feature of the Option, complementing, integrating and applying this lecture material, is small group project work. This is designed to develop a wide range of technical and analytical skills (project evaluation, data analysis, environmental valuation) and also organisational and communication skills (technical writing, oral presentations, team work). Finally, there is a series of specialist talks and seminars running through the term, in which invited speakers working in policymaking, industry and research give presentations on environmental economic and policy issues in the news.

Careers

There are excellent career opportunities for graduates who can combine training in environmental economics, good policy knowledge, proficiency in quantitative and qualitative methods and an ability to develop applications. Graduates from this Option are likely to find employment across a wide field, including environmental consultancy, advisory positions in commercial business and industry and careers as expert advisors in government, international institutions and environmental NGOs.



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