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Course content

  • Would you like to study within a large department containing experts in all areas of economics?
  • Do you want a rigorous, comprehensive and balanced training in modern economics?
  • Are you interested in research-led teaching of forefront theories and findings in economics?

This programme aims to provide balanced and rigorous training at postgraduate level in modern theories and techniques in economics. You will be introduced to key concepts, ideas, tools and techniques via core and optional course units, and have the opportunity to demonstrate and develop your skills by writing a summer dissertation. By the end of the programme, you should be able to read and understand the leading economics journals, develop economic models of your own from which to derive original results and offer a critique of underlying theories.

Aims

This course aims to provide balanced and rigorous training in modern economics theories and techniques at postgraduate level. You will be introduced to key concepts, ideas, tools and techniques via core and optional course units, and have the opportunity to demonstrate and develop your skills by writing a summer dissertation. By the end of the course, you should be able to read and understand the leading economics journals, develop economic models of your own from which to derive original results and offer a critique of underlying theories.

Special features

Quantitative methods preparation for the MSc

1. Please see our Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics  page for the minimum knowledge of mathematics and statistics you should have before starting the course.

2. On the same page, please look at details of our Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics course. This course builds on your existing knowledge and is designed to equip you with the further technical skills you will require before starting the MSc. You are strongly advised to attend this course which is offered free of charge during induction week. We recommend that you spend some of your time between July and September familiarising yourself with the course material on the website, especially if you may not be able to attend. Your marks on the course contribute 10% to your final marks in the compulsory Maths Methods and Econometrics units in 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

The Master of Economics is awarded by the University on the recommendation of the Board of the School of Social Sciences, Graduate Office. The degree may be awarded with Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Students who fail a master's degree may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma if they satisfy the appropriate conventions. Once a diploma has been awarded in these circumstances, a student cannot re-enrol on a master's degree.

In Economics, there are three standard methods of assessment: (i) written examination only; (ii) written examination, with a weight of two thirds, plus an essay or project, with a weight of one third; (iii) project. Examinations are usually 2 hours in length.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 


Visit the Economics (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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