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Kingston University, Full Time Masters Degrees in Economics

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This MA will enable you to master key tools used for the financing of individual companies - derivatives, investment appraisal and risk management - and provides an in-depth study of financial issues affecting the broader economic environment, such as crises and bubbles in the international economy. Read more
This MA will enable you to master key tools used for the financing of individual companies - derivatives, investment appraisal and risk management - and provides an in-depth study of financial issues affecting the broader economic environment, such as crises and bubbles in the international economy. It offers an opportunity to develop the key analytical skills necessary for carrying out research on contemporary issues in financial economics.

Key features
This course offers a good preparation for work with a range of public and private institutions in the area of applied financial economics, including banks and insurance companies; firms dealing with the reporting and evaluation of financial information; and domestic and international regulatory agencies focusing on the financial sector.

Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.
The University's Economics department is actively engaged in research and publication on financial topics, and you will benefit from regular staff seminars and workshops.

What will you study?

You will study core aspects of macro- and microeconomic theory, of applied econometrics and economic policy, and of the long-term historical and conceptual context of the contemporary issues and debates. Consequently, you will master a range of economic analysis, key analytical skills and empirical background necessary to participate in discussions on financial economic issues.

You will work individually with a member of staff to choose a topic for your dissertation, research this topic and write up your conclusions. Your topic will be a contemporary issue relating to a microeconomic or macroeconomic aspect of financial economics. You will work on your dissertation with a member of the Economics department who specialises in and pursues research in the field of financial economics.

Assessment

Graded problem sets, practical coursework, essays, examinations, thematic case studies, policy briefs, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Applied Econometrics and Microeconomic Analysis
-Economic Change and Ideas
-Economics Dissertation
-Financial Economics
-Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

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This MA focuses on the problems of economic development in the changing context of the international economic relationship. Read more
This MA focuses on the problems of economic development in the changing context of the international economic relationship. It will also provide a thorough grounding in macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis, in applied econometrics, in a range of approaches for dealing with economic policy issues, and in the long-term historical and conceptual context of contemporary debates in economics.

Key features
-This MA is good preparation for work with a range of public and private institutions, including national and international government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and commercial organisations in sectors ranging from the City of London to trading and manufacturing businesses of all sizes.
-Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.
-Guest speakers, conferences and workshops provide an extra dimension to your studies.

What will you study?

You will study core aspects of macro- and microeconomic theory, applied econometrics and economic policy. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of the theory and contemporary issues surrounding international trade, and of the problems that developing countries confront in dealing with the international economic environment. Such problems include trade and development, the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) on development, and the significance of technology transfer.

The degree culminates in your dissertation, in which you will have the opportunity to carry out in-depth research into a contemporary issue dealing with developing countries, international trade and FDI. You will work with a member of the Economics department who specialises in and pursues research in this area.

Assessment

Graded problem sets, practical coursework, essays, examinations, policy briefs, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Applied Econometrics and Microeconomic Analysis
-Development and International Economics
-Economic Change and Ideas
-Economics Dissertation
-Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

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This course focuses on the key theories of global economics and international relations, and aims to develop the professional skills that many employers expect when hiring political and economic analysts. Read more
This course focuses on the key theories of global economics and international relations, and aims to develop the professional skills that many employers expect when hiring political and economic analysts. It will enable you to develop an advanced understanding of the close interaction between economics and politics on the world stage.

Key features
-You will be fully supported in developing postgraduate academic skills and preparing your dissertation, which allows you to research an area of particular interest in greater depth.
-Alongside your academic studies, you will gain skills in problem-solving and organisation; data collation, review and synopsis; communication (oral, written and electronic); time management; computing; and co-operation and teamwork.
-You can take part in an active interchange of policy ideas with research-active staff and visiting speakers through seminars organised by the Political Economy Research Group.

What will you study?

You will gain a thorough grounding in the main issues and theories that shape relations in the international economic system. You will also take modules that outline the main institutions and factors that influence global economic and political governance. At the same time, significant attention is given to your career development skills. There is a strong emphasis on developing research and analytical writing skills. Your dissertation will allow you to develop an area of particular interest in greater depth.

Assessment

Coursework assignments, including essays and reports, plus dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-International Political Economy: Capitalism, Imperialism and the State
-Research Skills and Dissertation/Project Proposal
-Dissertation
-Economics Dissertation

Optional modules
-Economic Change and Ideas
-Financialisation, Globalisation and Economic Policy
-From State to Global Politics
-Political Economy: Effective Demand, Exploitation and Crisis
-Terrorism, Political Violence and Human Rights
-The Theory and Practice of International Relations

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This MA highlights issues of effective demand, social conflict and financial instability as features of modern capitalism. It covers neo-classical, post-Keynesian and Marxist theories, and applies them to contemporary issues of austerity policy, neo-liberalism, financialisation and globalisation. Read more
This MA highlights issues of effective demand, social conflict and financial instability as features of modern capitalism. It covers neo-classical, post-Keynesian and Marxist theories, and applies them to contemporary issues of austerity policy, neo-liberalism, financialisation and globalisation. The course aims to provide a precise and professional knowledge of the procedures used to analyse current issues in political economy.

Key features
-This course provides excellent preparation for a range of employment possibilities in government agencies, think-tanks, research institutes or in international agencies such as the International Labor Organization.
-Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.
-The University's Economics department is actively engaged in research and publication on financial topics, and you will benefit from regular staff seminars and workshops.

What will you study?

You will acquire a rigorous and broad-based understanding of the discipline of political economy, as well as an ability to carry out research in this field. The course provides a comprehensive review of macroeconomics from a theoretical and policy perspective, and of capitalism from its emergence to contemporary globalisation, as well as the parallel developments in political economy.

You will explore present-day competing political economy paradigms, and pursue an advanced analysis of the processes of globalisation and financialisation of contemporary capitalism, using it as a basis for discussion of economic policy. Your dissertation will focus on an applied economic policy topic - you will work individually with a member of staff to choose a topic for your dissertation, research this topic and write up your conclusions.

Assessment

Assessment will take a variety of forms, including class tests, essays, examinations, graded exercises, practical coursework, presentations, take-home tests, dissertation, literature review and economic reports.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Economics Dissertation
-Financialisation, Globalisation and Economic Policy
-Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
-Political Economy: Effective Demand, Exploitation and Crisis

Optional modules
-Economic Change and Ideas
-Economic Policy Modelling

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This MA covers a range of economic policy areas; in particular, fiscal and monetary policy, labour market and wage policy, as well as financial regulation and macroprudential policy. Read more
This MA covers a range of economic policy areas; in particular, fiscal and monetary policy, labour market and wage policy, as well as financial regulation and macroprudential policy. It will develop your capacity to carry out research on the implementation and effectiveness of economic policy in a contemporary global and financial context, enabling you to contribute to debates on austerity versus active demand management, and efficiency versus equity in the regulation of markets.

Key features
-This course will provide you with in-depth expertise relevant to organisations including governmental regulatory agencies in the domestic economy (eg HM Treasury), think-tanks and international agencies dealing with globalisation issues.
-Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.

What will you study?

You will study core aspects of macro- and microeconomic theory, applied econometrics and economic policy. On this basis, you will acquire a professional knowledge of procedures used to analyse current issues in economic policy.

You will also explore the economic history of capitalism and the history of economic ideas, placing the issues surrounding the evaluation of economic policy in a historical and intellectual context. In addition, you will pursue intensive study of the contemporary globalised and financialised economy and its relationship to economic development. Finally, you will work with a member of staff to choose an applied economic policy topic for your dissertation, research this topic and write up your conclusions.

Assessment

Graded problem sets, presentations, practical coursework, essays, examinations, thematic case studies, policy briefs, literature summary, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Applied Econometrics and Microeconomic Analysis
-Economic Change and Ideas
-Economics Dissertation
-Financialisation, Globalisation and Economic Policy
-Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

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