The Economics MSc is designed to provide an education in advanced economic theory and quantitative methods while allowing students to specialise or take options in a range of subjects that reflect the School's main areas of research expertise.
All of our MSc degrees equip you with a range of quantitative and analytical skills and the ability to communicate complex economic concepts in a clear and concise style. Our programmes not only offer a stimulating education in economic theory, but also develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills to a range of national and international problems in the areas of finance, development, agriculture and the environment.
The Economics MSc is studied over one year full-time or two years part-time and is divided into two stages: eight taught modules (five of which are compulsory) and a dissertation.
There are compulsory modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, two modules in Econometrics, and Research Methods. The core modules build upon students' existing knowledge, understanding and skills. Students develop a deeper understanding of economic theory, quantitative and research methods, and policy applicaitons. The teaching and learning of skills are carefully integrated into the structure of the modules and degree programme. The final three modules are chosen from a range of options based upon the research interests of our academic staff.
All of our MSc programmes require some mathematical analysis, and we recognise that students have widely differing backgrounds in mathematics. The first week of all our MSc programmes includes compulsory intensive teaching in mathematics, refreshing and improving your skills in order to equip you with the techniques you will need for the rest of the programme.
Students who successfully pass the taught element of the programme, proceed to the dissertation stage, where you undertake a supervised project of your choice on an Economics issue. Advice on choice of dissertation topic and management is given during the taught stage of the programme. The dissertation stage develops students’ research skills and follows on from the Research Methods module. Student dissertations are supervised by academic staff.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
EC805 - Advanced Macroeconomics I (15 credits) EC806 - Advanced Microeconomics of Games and Information (15 credits) EC802 - Advanced Microeconomics of Consumers, Marketsand Welfare (15 credits) EC817 - Research Methods (15 credits) EC821 - Econometric Methods (15 credits) EC822 - Financial Economics: Capital Market Instruments (15 credits) EC832 - Political Economy of Public Policy (15 credits) EC834 - Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy (15 credits) EC825 - Applied Microeconometrics (15 credits) EC820 - Time Series Econometrics (15 credits) EC803 - Trade and Development (15 credits) EC815 - Growth and Development Theory (15 credits) EC816 - International Finance (15 credits) EC829 - Environmental Valuation (15 credits)
Assessment is through a wide variety of methods including seminar presentations, extended essays, short projects, in-class tests, examinations, and the dissertation.
This programme aims to:
- provide a stimulating education in the principles of economics and their application, in which high-quality teaching motivates you to achieve your full potential. The teaching is informed by the research and scholarship of our teaching staff
- build on your existing knowledge, abilities and skills and develop a deeper understanding of economic theory, econometric and quantitative techniques and policy applications to specific areas
- provide options to enable you to study selected areas of economics in depth
- develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills in a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems
- develop your independent research skills and prepare you for work as a professional economist or in an area related to economics
- provide you with information and advice on future employment and further postgraduate study.
Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
A postgraduate degree in the area of economics is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates have gone on to work as economists in international organisations, the financial sector, business, UK and overseas governments, and to further postgraduate training and academic careers at Kent, UK and overseas universities. Recent MSc graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as BNP Paribas, AXA, FactSet and PwC.
The School's employability officers and the University's Careers and Employability Service are available throughout the year to offer one-to-one advice and help on all aspects of employability at any stage in your postgraduate studies. We also offer online advice on employability skills, career choices, applications and interview skills.