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The Master of Economics (MEcon) will equip students to be either professional practitioners or academic researchers in the field of Economics. It can also provide a pathway to doctoral-level study in Economics. The degree consists of both coursework and a research dissertation.

The normal admission requirement is a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Economics and an average grade of at least B+ for the relevant 300-level papers. Candidates should have also completed 300-level papers in mathematical economics and econometrics. Admission on the basis of alternative qualifications and experience is possible.

The Master of Economics can be completed in one year of full-time, or its equivalent in part-time, study. You may begin the MEcon degree in semester one or semester two.

Structure of the Programme

  • The programme of study shall consist of six papers worth a total of 120 points selected from ECON 402-413, including ECON 410 and ECON 411 plus at least one of ECON 412 and ECON 413:
  • ECON 402 Growth, Institutions and Development 20 points
  • ECON 403 Monetary Economics 20 points
  • ECON 404 International Economics 20 points
  • ECON 405 The Economics of Natural Resources and Public Choice 20 points
  • ECON 406 Labour and Population Economics 20 points
  • ECON 407 Special Topic in Advanced Economics 20 points
  • ECON 410 Advanced Microeconomic Theory 20 points
  • ECON 411 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory 20 points
  • ECON 412 Macroeconometrics 20 points
  • ECON 413 Microeconometrics 20 pointstogether with:
  • ECON 580 Research Dissertation 60 points
  • A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers on the basis of previous study, subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce). Alternative papers will be required at an equivalent level of study.
  • A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the dissertation, secure the approval of the Head of the Department of Economics for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
  • A candidate may not present a project which has previously been accepted for another degree.
  • A candidate must pass both the papers and the dissertation components.

Duration of the Programme

  • A full-time candidate will normally complete the requirements for the programme in 12 months of study. A part-time candidate will normally complete the requirements for the programme in 24 months of study.

Visit the Master of Economics (MEcon) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

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