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Course content

The Economic Policy and International Trade MSc applies theoretical concepts in economics to the analysis of practical problems, evaluation of policy outcomes and market efficiency in the real-world context. The course aims to assist in the development of highly qualified and skilled economists with a range of analytical and technical skills who are equipped to cope with the challenges and complexities of the modern world. The key competencies students will have the opportunity to develop include skills in critical analysis, collecting and utilising information for decision making and usage of statistical software packages.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The programme recognises the changes ongoing in the global as well as national economies, including the emergence of new trading powers, increasing importance of analytical skills and evidence-based policies. The course strongly relies on the research-led teaching which allows students to analyse these issues using the current knowledge and techniques.

The team of academic staff teaching on this course are a blend of highly qualified economists with various professional and research interests. They have rich experience from a wide range of institutions and distinctive international backgrounds which add to the international student experience. Each team member contributes their expertise and strengths into the teaching and learning context.

Some of the course’s features are:
-The opportunity to gain valuable analytical skills
-Emphasis on developing quantitative skills for evaluation of outcomes of economic policies, interventions and various events
-Enabling students to make evidence-based decisions and formulating policy recommendations
-The opportunity to apply gained knowledge through workplace experience (in the internship module, subject to availability and a competitive application process)
-The opportunity to specialise in the dissertation to match students' specific career aspirations and interests
-An interactive and internationally diverse teaching and learning environment

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This course is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments in economics, the world economy and the needs of private and public sectors, so the course content may be different to that stated here. Students enrolled on the course are expected to complete the following modules:

Semester 1
-Microeconomic Policy
-International Macroeconomics
-Quantitative Methods
-Market Efficiency and Government Regulation
-Global Professional Practice (to be taken in Semester 1 or Semester 2)

Semester 2
-Econometrics
-Policy Evaluation Methods
-International Trade and FDI
-Economics of Emerging Markets or International Financial Markets

Semester 3
-Dissertation in Economics or Company Internship (subject to a competitive recruitment process)

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course utilises a number of different assessment techniques. For example, written assessments are used to assess specific subject knowledge and the student’s ability to access relevant and valid data, whilst oral presentations and group work help assess the transferable skills that students will need in their postgraduate careers. Both formative and summative assessments are used on the course to enable students to reflect on feedback and incorporate learning into their work.

TEACHING CONTACT HOURS

In a typical week you will normally have up to 14 hours of teaching contact with staff. In addition, you can meet with your personal tutor or lecturing staff during office hours sessions which will allow you to discuss problems or investigate further topics that interested you in a lecture.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Successful completion of this specialist course can help prepare students for careers as market analysts, government economists, senior managers within multinational corporations, economic consultants, data analysts and policy advisers, just to name a few. They will also be able to pursue a PhD study in economics or related disciplines.

The nature of specialist knowledge, technical, analytical and transferable skills developed during the programme, and the opportunity to specialise in the dissertation to match specific career aspirations will produce highly employable experts in economic analysis with working understanding of concepts applicable to various institutions and fields.

WORK PLACEMENTS

Students have the option (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria, and subject to availability) of enrolling on the internship programme which normally lasts between 8–12 weeks and provides students with an opportunity to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation. Coventry University works closely with companies across the UK and Europe to offer a wide variety of internships.
-Eligibility: students must successfully meet the following assessment criteria:
-Academic: successfully complete all Semester 1 modules including research methods at the first attempt;
-CV shortlisting: submit a CV, which will be used for competitive short listing by the internship panel;
-Presentation: prepare and successfully deliver a formal presentation;
-Interview: interview with the university internship panel.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

The Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) is Coventry University’s dedicated service that supports students’ international experience. Whether you are interested in studying abroad or would like to gain some work, volunteering or teaching experience in the UK, Europe or beyond, CGE is here to make it a reality.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Visit the Economic Policy and International Trade - MSc page on the Coventry University website for more details!

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