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Economics MSc

Course Description

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:
-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:
-Behavioural Finance
-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.

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.

Visit the Economics MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Edo Omic

5263.jpg There is just something unique to Bristol that makes you want to study here. I first became exposed to the University of Bristol during a study abroad year when I was an undergraduate student in the USA. That year made such an impression on me that I returned as a postgraduate student.

I came to Bristol to study for a Masters in Economics because Bristol offers a truly exceptional student environment. Bristol is a world class academic university with a faculty to match the reputation. The personal tutor system at Bristol allows students to interact with professors on an almost equal level. The professors encourage insightful questions, debate, and arguments, so they can help you deepen your knowledge. Students are expected to perform on a high level, but the faculties ensure an access to all possible resources for students to succeed.

The most interesting part of the University are the students that fill the classrooms. I have never meet a student body so informed about world affairs, economics, philosophy, science, or culture. It is refreshing to be at a university where the students actually aspire to that old notion to learn for the sake of learning. After a day of lectures and reading it is not all that uncommon to see students have a pint or tea together and intensely discussing a topic unrelated to their field of study.

The city itself helps foster such a student environment with countless student cafes and pubs. Bristol, as often said, is a miniature London. It is not so large that you become suffocated by an urban jungle, but it is large enough to give you a European metropolitan feel. Students will often find themselves on small streets, surrounded by shops in well preserved Georgian buildings. The city is also surrounded by the breath taking historical south-west countryside, which gives you the welcome break if you grow tired in the city.
For any student contemplating studying in the UK, you should come to Bristol. The students and residents of the city are friendly and will instantly make you feel comfortable. The diversity within the student and locals creates a truly accepting international community. Bristol has allowed me to show my culture to others, and at the same time to learn about all the other ones that find their way here.


Entry Requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree in economics (or equivalent).

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