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Course content

This Course is a unique programme in the UK higher education sector. It is based on a special agreement signed by a Consortium of nine global universities and supported by the European Commission's Socrates Programme as well as Erasmus MUNDUS. It covers analytical and research skills in economics, particularly skills relevant to business analysis, and the opportunity to apply these skills to specialist areas of international trade and European integration.

Students on the award are from all nine partner universities and the teaching is rotated between all partners. Upon completion of teaching block II, students return to their home universities for dissertation work. All modules are taught in English.

Partner universities in addition to Staffordshire University are:
-Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
-Università degli Studi di Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Italy
-Vrije Universiteit Brussel,Belgium
-Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
-Université Lille 1, Sciences et Technologies, France
-Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze, Czech Republic
-Xiamen University, P.R. China
-Universidade de Brasília, Brazil

Erasmus MUNDUS Scholarships
This MA has recently been awarded 'Erasmus MUNDUS' status from the European Union. This prestigious status is given to a limited number of masters programmes in Europe. The benefit of the status is that we can offer scholarships to students from both WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE EU to cover fees and full living expenses (including travel). For details of the 'Erasmus MUNDUS' scholarships, see the consortium website.

Course content

The first term of this programme covers the important theoretical background in economic analysis that will be used in analysing applied topics covered in the remainder of the programme. The second and third terms are taught by staff from partner institutions. Students spend a significant amount of their studies on applying their theoretical economics to analyse issues facing EU policy makers or policy makers in Central and East European countries which have embarked on transition to the market system. The final part of the programme, the dissertation, is usually undertaken at Staffordshire University.

The degree structure:
Term I:
-Advanced Microeconomics
-Advanced Macroeconomics
-Applied Econometrics
-‘Skills’ optional courses: e.g. Mathematics for Economists or Foreign Language

Term II:
-Economics of European Integration
-Open Economy Macroeconomics
-Economics of Globalisation
-‘Advanced subjects’ optional course: Special Topics in Applied Econometrics
-‘Skills’ optional courses: e.g. Foreign Language or Academic Writing

Term III:
-International Trade: Theory and Policy
-‘Advanced subjects’ optional courses: e.g. Special Topics in International Finance, Special Topics in International Trade and/or
-Economics of Regulation
-‘Skills’ optional course: Foreign Language

Dissertation

Employment opportunities

This bespoke award is suitable for graduates who have aspirations for careers in European or international organisations. Many of our postgraduate students are developing high ranking careers in government, international organisations, business and universities. For instance, we have had students who are now employed in the National Statistical Office in Cyprus, with Deutsche Bank and IBM and who have had internships with the EU Commission. Many have also gone on to register for PhDs.

Visit the Economics of Globalisation and European Integration MA page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

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