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This intensive one-year programme provides a flexible and attractive set of units to those interested in applied research. Read more
This intensive one-year programme provides a flexible and attractive set of units to those interested in applied research. Exit degrees, based on optional units taken, provide a distinct choice of academic route for those who are interested in a research career, as well as those who want further training at postgraduate level but do not intend to become academic researchers.

The School of Economics, Finance and Management has an international reputation for research excellence. Faculty members in the school regularly publish in top international journals and the school is expanding following substantial recent success in research funding applications.

Programme structure

Core units - The programme starts with four compulsory units in the first term:
-Microeconomics
-Macroeconomics
-Econometrics
-Applied Economics

Optional units - Four units are taken in the second term. This is where you shape your exit degree based on choices from the 11 available units. The four available exit degree titles are:
-MSc Economics
-MSc Economics (Macroeconomics)
-MSc Economics (Microeconomics)
-MSc Economics (Economic Policy)

Each exit degree has a unique structure as follows:
-MSc Economics
You can choose any of the option units from the listing.
-MSc Economics (Macroeconomics)
You must take Further Macroeconomics plus three units from: Further Econometrics, Banking, Derivatives, Behavioural Finance.
-MSc Economics (Microeconomics)
You can take four units from: Labour Economics, Health Economics, Education Economics, Development Economics, Further Econometrics, Banking.
-MSc Economics (Economic Policy)
You must take Programme Evaluation and Policy Experiments plus two units from: Labour Economics, Health Economics, Economics of Education, Development Economics.

The full list of units:
-Banking
-Behavioural Finance
-Derivatives
-Development Economics
-Economics of Education
-Further Econometrics
-Further Macroeconomics
-Health Economics
-Labour Economics
-Policy Experiments
-Programme Evaluation

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

Dissertation
There will be a dissertation element for all of the above programmes. You will apply appropriate technical, methodological and intellectual skills that have been developed over the programme to a piece of applied research devised in consultation with a supervisor.

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This is a fast-track, nine-month programme that provides rigorous training in core skills in analytical economics and econometrics, as well as allowing some specialisation in chosen areas of the subject. Read more
This is a fast-track, nine-month programme that provides rigorous training in core skills in analytical economics and econometrics, as well as allowing some specialisation in chosen areas of the subject. It is intended for graduates whose first degree did not focus on economics. It is a free-standing qualification, enabling graduates to seek employment in economics-related fields. For graduates intending to pursue further study, the programme is designed to meet entrance requirements for postgraduate programmes at Master's level or higher.

Programme structure

Core units
Three units are taken from the school's undergraduate programmes:
-Econometrics
-Intermediate Economics 1 with extended essay
-Intermediate Economics 2 with extended essay

Optional units
You must select two specialised units from a list announced each year. This list includes both second- and third-year undergraduate units, and students must choose at least one third-year unit. A typical list might include:
-Current Economic Problems
-Environmental Economics
-History of Economic Thought
-Industrial Economics
-International Economics
-Labour Economics*
-Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
-Corporate Finance
-Growth and Development
-Applied Microeconomics
-Behavioural Economics

*Permission to take this unit is at the unit director's discretion.

Careers

Successful completion of this programme will enable graduates to seek employment in economics-related fields and meet entrance requirements for postgraduate programmes at Master's level or higher.

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This programme aims to take graduate students with only a limited knowledge of economics, management and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field. Read more
This programme aims to take graduate students with only a limited knowledge of economics, management and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field.

You will read and assess the current literature in the main fields of economics, management and finance and form independent, informed judgements about it. You will then plan and embark on a programme of independent research (under appropriate supervision), undertaking a thorough literature review in a prescribed topic area or analysing economic, management or financial data and relating the results to theory.

The School of Economics, Finance and Management aims to provide excellence in teaching and learning within a stimulating research environment.

Programme structure

Core units
-Economics for Finance and Management
-Finance and Accounting
-Management
-Quantitative Methods for Economics, Finance and Management

Optional units - You will choose one option from each of the key subject areas of economics, finance and management and a fourth option from the entire range on offer. Optional units can vary from time to time but may include:

Economics options:
-Growth, Trade and Structural Change
-Industrial and Managerial Economics
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
-Introduction to Development Economics
-Law and Economics
-Personnel Economics

Finance and accounting options:
-Corporate Finance
-Financial Markets and Investment
-International Finance
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting

Management options:
-Electronic Commerce
-International Business
-Marketing Management
-Operations Management
-Project Management
-Strategic Management

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

Dissertation
The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you choose your specific topic from one of these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you will be expected to acquire and use literature search skills for a range of electronic and traditional sources.

Careers

Some past students have gone on to more specialised studies, while others have progressed to employment, with the banking and accounting/consulting sectors being particular favourites.

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This programme aims to take graduate students with only limited knowledge of economics, accounting and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field. Read more
This programme aims to take graduate students with only limited knowledge of economics, accounting and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field.

You will read and assess the current literature in the main fields of economics, accounting and finance and form independent, informed judgements about it. You will then plan and embark on a programme of independent research (under appropriate supervision), undertaking a thorough literature review in a prescribed topic area or analysing economic, accounting or financial data and relating the results to theory.

Programme structure

Core units
-Economics for Finance and Management
-Finance and Accounting
-Financial Reporting
-Quantitative Methods for Economics, Finance and Management

Optional units - Optional units can vary from year to year, but may include the following economics, accounting and finance options.

Economics options - select two from:
-Growth, Trade and Structural Change
-Industrial and Managerial Economics
-International Business
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
-Law and Economics
-Personnel Economics

Accounting options - select one from:
-Accounting Theory, Scandals and Standards
-Auditing and Assurance Services
-Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
-Strategic Management Accounting

Finance options - select one from:
-Advanced Financial Reporting
-Corporate Finance
-Financial Markets and Investment
-International Finance

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

Dissertation
The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you choose your specific topic from one of these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you will be expected to acquire and use literature search skills for a range of electronic and traditional sources.

Careers

The programme will provide you with a sound basis for a future career in a wide range of fields, including economics, accounting, finance, public service and teaching. You will also develop a range of transferable skills that will be valuable for employment in any sector.

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The MRes in Economics is an intensive one-year taught programme that provides advanced training in economics and econometrics. It is designed for students who are interested in going on to further study at PhD level, and emphasises the knowledge and skills needed for PhD research. Read more
The MRes in Economics is an intensive one-year taught programme that provides advanced training in economics and econometrics. It is designed for students who are interested in going on to further study at PhD level, and emphasises the knowledge and skills needed for PhD research.

The School of Economics, Finance and Management has an international reputation for research excellence. Faculty members in the school regularly publish in top international journals and the school is expanding following substantial recent success in research funding applications.

Programme structure

Teaching Block 1
-MRes Mathematics for Economics
-MRes Microeconomics I
-MRes Macroeconomics I
-MRes Econometrics I

Teaching Block 2
-MRes Research Methods in Economics
-MRes Microeconomics II
-MRes Macroeconomics II
-MRes Econometrics II

Dissertation
The final part of the MRes is a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from the economics department.

Careers

The programme is designed for students who are interested in potentially going on to further study at PhD level, and emphasises the knowledge and skills needed for PhD research. The programme may also be suitable for anyone planning to work as an economist outside academia, but seeking a good technical training as a foundation for their later career.

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This MSc is designed to equip you with the analytical tools required of a modern economist or econometrician. You will learn how to apply these techniques to research questions and will be trained in programming computers using specialist econometric software. Read more
This MSc is designed to equip you with the analytical tools required of a modern economist or econometrician. You will learn how to apply these techniques to research questions and will be trained in programming computers using specialist econometric software.

Econometrics is the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to economics. In recent years econometric methods have become especially important in economic analysis, whether conducted in universities or in the private sector.

The School of Economics, Finance and Management has an internationally recognised track record in econometrics and applied research. Faculty members apply econometric methods to diverse fields such as international development, education and health economics and publish in the top international econometric journals.

Graduate Studies Office
School of Economics, Finance and Management
University of Bristol
8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TN

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This programme is designed particularly for students who have an appropriate degree and want to expand their career options by building their expertise in finance. Read more
This programme is designed particularly for students who have an appropriate degree and want to expand their career options by building their expertise in finance. You will develop your understanding of economic theory and econometrics, including recent advances in the subject, and acquire a solid understanding of finance theory and its applications to financial markets and corporate finance.

Programme structure

Core units
-Asset Pricing
-Econometrics
-Macroeconomics
-Microeconomics

Optional units - You must complete four optional units, of which at least three must be selected from:
-Advanced Corporate Finance
-Banking
-Behavioural Finance
-Credit Risk
-Derivatives
-Investment Management
-Quantitative Finance

The final unit can be taken from the following list:
-Economics of Education
-Further Microeconomics
-Health Economics
-Labour Economics
-Personnel Economics
-Policy Experiments
-Public Organisation

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

Dissertation
The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Careers

The programme provides excellent preparation for careers in investment management, financial research, trading, consulting and corporate finance, and for further academic study in finance.

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This MSc is an intensive one-year programme for students wishing to pursue careers as economists in the public sector or as academic researchers in the field of public sector economics. Read more
This MSc is an intensive one-year programme for students wishing to pursue careers as economists in the public sector or as academic researchers in the field of public sector economics.

The programme builds on substantial research strengths within the School of Economics, Finance and Management. The School houses the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO), a research centre focusing on the economics of the public sector. Members of the CMPO are regularly employed as advisers to the Government.

Graduate Studies Office
School of Economics, Finance and Management
8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TN

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Today's global economy is changing faster than ever. To be understood fully, it needs to be considered from a variety of different angles bringing together knowledge and insights from multiple schools of thought across economics, politics and law. Read more
Today's global economy is changing faster than ever. To be understood fully, it needs to be considered from a variety of different angles bringing together knowledge and insights from multiple schools of thought across economics, politics and law.

Why are rich countries rich and poor countries poor? How is the global economy structured? Who are the most powerful players, and can China continue to be the engine of growth?

Delving into these important questions and many others, our MSc in Global Political Economy takes a uniquely interdisciplinary approach, to broaden and deepen your skills in policy negotiation, and equip you for a wide range of careers in international organisations, government and NGOs.

Course detail

Highly practical in nature, the Global Political Economy course places a strong emphasis on real world content, drawing on the extensive experience of our cross-department teaching staff. The economics department at UWE Bristol has become known as a leading centre for pluralist economics education, and many of our tutors advise governments and conduct research for major international institutions such as The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

We also bring in guest speakers to guide and support your learning, and you will have access to relevant events in and outside the Faculty and University, alongside focused employability support.

The course is particularly suited to those who have studied international relations, politics, economics, business or law at undergraduate level. It is also suitable for those with relevant professional experience, who wish to deepen their understanding of the theories, ideas and concepts underpinning the global political economy.

Modules

Core modules:

• The Rise of the Global Economy
• The World Trade Organisation and the Global Trading System
• The Rise of the BRICS in Global Trade
• The Politics of Trade Negotiation
• Dissertation

Optional modules:

• Contemporary Policy Analysis
• Globalisation and the Law
• International Financial Crime
• Econometrics
• Political Economy
• Economic Theory and Policy
• Politics of Latin-American Underdevelopment
• Europe in the World
• Global Governance

Format

The Global Political Economy course is delivered through a variety of teaching and learning activities, including lectures, tutor-led and student-led group discussions, seminars, projects, case studies, simulation games, and field trips to conferences. Teaching is based on research literature, professional experience and significant use of debate and discussion.

Assessment

Assessment comprises formal tutor assessment, informal tutor assessment and informal peer review and feedback. We will test your knowledge, and intellectual, subject-specific and transferable skills, through a combination of exams, essays, case studies, presentations, projects and simulation games. We will also test your skills informally through class interaction during work on current academic research, case studies, practical exercises and experiential exercises.

Careers / Further study

This MSc in Global Political Economy provides you with the interdisciplinary analytical tools to tackle the big issues that economies and societies face in an increasingly integrated global economy. You will be equipped with skills and knowledge to go into a wide range of careers in international organisations, government and NGOs.

Successful students may also want to continue in their studies to PhD level, in fields such as economics, development economics, politics, the political economy, development studies, and international studies.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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This programme is one of five interdisciplinary pathways that are delivered as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). Read more
This programme is one of five interdisciplinary pathways that are delivered as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP).

This pathway explores the dynamics of global transformation and policy implications, as well as their interrelations with national and regional institutional and social responses to the changing global political and economic order.

The pathway encourages you to analyse the diverse experiences and impact of economic globalisation and examine relationships between global governance and inequality. It will also help you understand that analysis and resolution of many of the key problems confronting humanity in the 21st century require new and interdisciplinary academic approaches, innovative methods and policy agendas, creative thinking and transnationally comparative datasets.

Programme structure

Core units
-Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design
-Global Transformations - Issues and Trajectories
-Introduction to Qualitative Research
-Introduction to Quantitative Research

Optional units
These can be taken at the University of Bristol, Bath or Exeter. Units can change from year to year but may include the following:

At Bristol:
-International Political Economy
-East Asia and Global Development
-East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
-Sino-US Relations in Global Politics
-Power, Hegemony and the Ordering of the Global Political Economy
-Theories of Development
-Environmental Politics
-International Law VI: International Law and Human Rights
-International Law of Trade and Aid

At Bath:
-The Politics of Policy: Actors, Arenas and Conflict in International Perspective
-International Development and Poverty
-Wellbeing and Human Development: Concepts, Measurements and Policy
-Welfare Economics and Distributive Justice

At Exeter:
-The Politics of Global Capitalism
-Managing in a multinational context
-Sustainable Enterprise Economy

Dissertation
Over the summer you will complete a research-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from the school.

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Part of our comprehensive range of LLM programmes, the LLM in International Trade and Economic Law will equip you with the legal knowledge and capability to engage with trade and businesses at a global level. Read more
Part of our comprehensive range of LLM programmes, the LLM in International Trade and Economic Law will equip you with the legal knowledge and capability to engage with trade and businesses at a global level.

The volume of international trade has increased substantially in the post-war period, and most rapidly in the last decade. You will study the institutions of international economic law that shape today's global economy, and the role and regulation of multinational corporations giving you the skills required to work in this significant and complex area of law.

Course detail

Pursuing an LLM allows you to focus in on a particular area of law by delving deep into the subject and undertaking independent research and learning. The modules available cover a diverse range of legal topics, making it possible to tailor the course towards the specific areas of law you wish to explore further.

The School has a thriving research culture and most tutors on our LLMs are active researchers, publishing in leading journals. At the same time, the quality of teaching at Bristol Law School has been recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency as 'excellent'. You can therefore expect to participate in carefully-planned, lively and highly informative sessions designed to give you a deep and thorough grounding in your chosen area of law.

Structure

The LLM in International Trade and Economic Law consists of nine modules in total, including a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

To gain the Postgraduate Certificate, you will study three compulsory modules (Research Methods, Globalisation and the Law and International Contracts or World Trade Organisation Law) and one optional module.

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Certificate (as above) and another four optional modules.

To achieve the LLM, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Diploma (as above) and also write a dissertation.

Modules

- Core modules:

• Research Methods
• Globalisation and the Law
• International Contracts
or
• World Trade Organisation Law

- Option modules:

You will then choose either one optional module (for the Certificate) or five optional modules (for the Diploma or LLM), from the following list:*
• Natural Resources Law
• International Law and Institutions
• International Employment Law
• Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
• Information Technology Law
• International Commercial Disputes
• International Intellectual Property Law
• International Environmental Law
• International Banking and Finance Law
• International Competition Law and Policy
• Shipping Law
• International Financial Crime

Or one option*, not listed above, offered on any of the other LLM courses.

Finally, if you are undertaking the full LLM, you will need to write a 15,000 word dissertation.

Format

The flexible nature of the course allows you to study with us full or part time. The course involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops, designed to encourage the development of your critical, analytical and reflective skills. You will be expected to prepare for each workshop and to participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers.

Assessment

Taught modules on the LLM International Trade and Economic Law course are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments and oral presentations. The culmination of the course is a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, which constitutes an original contribution to the corpus of legal knowledge within an area of international trade and economic law.

Careers / Further study

Studying for an LLM provides an ideal opportunity to develop specialist skills that will be favoured by employers, both in the legal world and beyond. It opens up a range of career opportunities and gives our students the edge over other graduates.

The in-depth knowledge you will acquire in a particular area of law will give you a thorough grounding in the subject area and raise your employability prospects, enabling you to become a specialist within your organisation. It is for this reason that many of our LLM graduates choose to go on to complete a PhD or go into teaching and research.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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This programme gives a broad assessment of contemporary international relations. It integrates theoretical approaches with the study of many cases and issues. Read more
This programme gives a broad assessment of contemporary international relations. It integrates theoretical approaches with the study of many cases and issues. It also explores the ways in which the line between the domestic and international is blurred by trade, financial, environmental, strategic, ideological, cultural and ethical issues.

The programme promotes a close-knit student community with easy access to members of staff who all give a high priority to teaching and supervision while maintaining high-quality, high-volume research.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units
-International Political Economy
-International Security
-Theories of International Relations

Optional units - You will choose three optional units from a selection offered by the School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS). Below is an example of topics that may be offered. Options vary each year but may include:
-Conflict, Security and Development
-Gender and Development
-Managing and Evaluating Development
-Development Skills in Practice
-Environmental Politics
-Masculinities and IR
-Foreign Policy Analysis
-Research Methods
-Military and militarisation
-Discourse Analysis
-US Security Policy
-International Human Rights
-Sino-US relations in global politics
-Politics of Genocide
-Japan and East Asia
-East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
-China's International Relations
-European Security
-The Politics of Insecurity
-Nuclear insecurity
-Theories of Violence
-Understanding Popular Culture in/and World Politics

A list of possible units is available on the SPAIS website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/2017/ssl/msc-international-relations/

Third term
Independent study for dissertation.

Careers

Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation. Students of our MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers.

Many sectors - such as the civil service, NGOs and charity work - require an MSc and some volunteer/internship experience. Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for Refugee UK, Shelter, Barnardos, Oxfam, Amnesty International, government departments and the European Parliament, among others.

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This programme aims to develop your interest in and understanding of the economic, cultural and social transformations of the East Asian region. Read more
This programme aims to develop your interest in and understanding of the economic, cultural and social transformations of the East Asian region. In particular it explores East Asian development within the global economy, the contrasting fortunes of the region's key economies, the specific features of the business and commercial sectors in the region and the developing patterns of trade within East Asia and between East Asian nations and other regions of the world. Optional units offer more detailed examination of developments in the Chinese economy and the political and economic relations between Europe and East Asia.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six taught units, normally taught over 12 weeks, and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units
You must complete the following three units:
-East Asia and Global Development
-International Political Economy
-Theories of Development

Optional units
You can choose three optional units from those offered by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. Options vary each year but may include:
-Conflict, Security and Development
-Small Business Development
-Gender and Development
-Managing and Evaluating Development
-Development Skills in Practice
-Environmental Politics
-Faith and Development
-International Development Organisations
-Foreign Policy Analysis
-US Security Policy
-International Human Rights
-Sino-US relations in global politics
-Japan and East Asia
-East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
-Care, Labour and Gender
-China's International Relations
-European Security
-Religion and Politics in the West
-Understanding Risk
-The Politics of Insecurity

A full list of possible units is available on the SPAIS website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt/msc-unit-guides/

Third term
Independent study for dissertation

Careers

Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation. Students of our MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers.

Many sectors - such as the civil service, NGOs and charity work - require an MSc and some volunteer/internship experience. Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for Refugee UK, Shelter, Barnardos, Oxfam, Amnesty International, government departments and the European Parliament, among others.

Further details can be found on our careers and alumni website: http://www.bris.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt/ppgtcareersandalumni/

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