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Masters Degrees in Macroeconomics

We have 50 Masters Degrees in Macroeconomics

Masters degrees in Macroeconomics focus on broad measurements of economic trends and performance, studying the function and effect of interest rates, GDP (gross domestic product) and taxation. They train students to model these effectively and to assess their wider impact.

Most programmes are offered as taught MSc degrees, but research programmes and shorter Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are also offered.

Why study a Masters in Macroeconomics?

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You can start this MSc Economics degree in September or January. It can be tailored to two specialist fields. International Economics or Business and Financial Economics. On successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with one of the following degrees. Read more

You can start this MSc Economics degree in September or January. It can be tailored to two specialist fields: International Economics or Business and Financial Economics. On successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with one of the following degrees:

  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Economics (Business and Financial Economics)
  • Master of Economics (International Economics).

Graduate market

There is increasing demand for economics graduates in business and public sector decision making. This demand is evident in national and international institutions, including:

  • Central banks 
  • Ministries and governmental departments
  • International governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Commercial and investment banks
  • Rating agencies
  • Research institutes and think-tanks
  • Economics and business media
  • Business and civil society organisations. 

All these employers increasingly look for high-quality, evidence-based decision makers with an ability in applied economics and advanced data analysis. Our Master's degree will enable you to respond to this increasing demand. 

What you'll learn

The programme combines solid training in theory and method with stimulating exposure to economics and financial data sources. We will prepare you to contribute to an international global economy and to respond to its policy changes. 

Our courses weave a three-way linkage between alternative theories of economics and finance, data analysis, and application of theory and method to policy and strategy issues in the world of economics, business and finance.

Our Master's degree has a number of distinctive features to enable you to combine theory and real word examples to develop evidence-based answers to economic and business problems. 

Outcomes

The aims of this degree are:

  • Equip you with a sound knowledge of international economics, financial economics and business economics, improving your analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Enable you to tackle problems creatively by helping you to think outside conventional boundaries
  • Develop skills to seek deeper meaning of a theory or finding in a pluralistic fashion comparing theories and their policy implications
  • Equip you with methods to analyse economic issues relevant to the real world
  • Enable you to respond to the increasing demand for economics graduates by developing your skills and competence in economics.

Rankings

In 2015, Greenwich was named by The Economist as one of four institutions in the country leading the way on curriculum change.

We are proud to say that our economics subjects were ranked:

  • First in London for student satisfaction in both the Guardian University Guide 2016 and the Complete University Guide 2017.
  • Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

What you'll study

Full time

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • Introduction to Economic Analysis and Quantitative Methods (20 credits)
  • Applied Econometrics (30 credits)
  • Microeconomics 1 (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics 1 (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits).

Option courses

Students are required to choose 4 courses from this list of options.

  • Microeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Economics of International Development (15 credits)
  • Economics of European Integration and the UK (15 credits)
  • Economics of Finance and Investment (15 credits)
  • International Financial Markets (15 credits)
  • Microfinance in International Development (15 credits).

For a Business and Financial Economics specialisation, you study the following courses in addition to the compulsory courses listed above.

  • Microeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Economics of Finance and Investment (15 credits)
  • International Financial Markets (15 credits).

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Microfinance in International Development (15 credits)
  • Economics of International Development (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Economics of European Integration and the UK (15 credits).

For an International Economics specialisation, you study the following courses in addition to the compulsory courses listed above.

  • Macroeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Economics of International Development (15 credits)
  • Economics of European Integration and the UK (15 credits).

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Microfinance in International Development (15 credits)
  • Microeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Economics of Finance and Investment (15 credits)
  • International Financial Markets (15 credits).

Part time

The courses listed above will be split across two years.



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Our International Finance and Economic Development MSc prepares you for work as a professional economist in the various public and private institutions concerned with international finance and development throughout the world, or for a career in research or teaching in the field of international finance. Read more
Our International Finance and Economic Development MSc prepares you for work as a professional economist in the various public and private institutions concerned with international finance and development throughout the world, or for a career in research or teaching in the field of international finance.

The programme is designed to provide an education in international finance, economic development, advanced economic theory and research methods, while still allowing students to specialise by taking an option that reflects 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.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/206/international-finance-and-economic-development

Modules

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.

EC802 - Advanced Microeconomics of Consumers, Marketsand Welfare (15 credits)
EC803 - Trade and Development (15 credits)
EC805 - Advanced Macroeconomics I (15 credits)
EC815 - Growth and Development Theory (15 credits)
EC816 - International Finance (15 credits)
EC817 - Research Methods (15 credits)
EC821 - Econometric Methods (15 credits)
EC824 - Financial Economics and Asset Pricing (15 credits)
EC825 - Applied Microeconometrics (15 credits)
EC831 - Rural and Peasant Economies (15 credits)
EC832 - Political Economy of Public Policy (15 credits)
EC834 - Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy (15 credits)
EC820 - Time Series Econometrics (15 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is through a wide variety of methods including seminar presentations, extended essays, short projects, in-class tests, examinations, and the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide a stimulating education in the principles of economics, and their application to international finance and economic development. This education is based upon high-quality teaching that motivates you to achieve your full potential. The teaching is informed by the research and scholarship of our teaching staff

- develop your understanding of the theoretical and applied issues involved in international finance and economic development

- 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

- develop your ability to apply economic and econometric knowledge, analytical tools and skills in a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems in the areas of international finance, economic development and economics in general

- develop your independent research skills and prepare you for work as professional economist in the area of international finance and economic development

- provide you with information and advice on future employment and further postgraduate study.

Research areas

Labour and education economics
Staff research includes work in the areas of wage distributions, skills and job quality, education, migration and trade.

Macroeconomics, money and finance
Staff research in this area includes: macroeconometric theory; monetary policy; financial markets and macroeconomic performance growth theory and international macroeconomics; theoretical models of business cycles, labour market search and financial sources of economic fluctuations; DSGE models; growth theory and empirics.

Microeconomic theory, games and behaviour
Research interests cover public economics especially tax policy; gambling and uncertainty; international trade and government procurement; health economics; public goods; leadership in co-ordination games; industrial organisation; theoretic modelling; economic history.

Development economics
Research interests include work on growth; trade; the balance of payments; different aspects of migration and remittances on growth; applied studies focusing on particular developing countries.

Agri-environmental economics
Research interests cover non-market valuation, food safety, information economics applied to environmental problems, design and evaluation of agri-environmental policies, biodiversity, agricultural productivity, European agricultural policy, agricultural trade policy.

Transport and regional economics
Research strengths are the regional impact of transport investments; the economic evaluation of infrastructure; regulation and alternative funding models; the economics of public-private partnerships.

Careers

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.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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The MSc International Economics Finance and Development programme focuses on two specific areas, in addition to providing a thorough understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Read more

The MSc International Economics Finance and Development programme focuses on two specific areas, in addition to providing a thorough understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

The first area examines the relationship between international trade and international finance and business. The second area centres on financial frictions faced by developing and emerging economies.

You will also cover stabilisation, adjustment and economic liberalisation, and study the principal sources of external finance for developing countries.

Those wishing to work in research and/or policy-making in international organisations and think-tanks focused on development issues will find this programme particularly relevant.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

  • Enable and encourage students to develop their capacity for learning and communication within an open, scholarly, environment
  • Develop an appreciation of economics, both as an intellectual discipline and as an important contributor to an understanding of the world in ways which are of practical significance
  • Prepare students for a range of careers and other activities in which independent thought and analysis, as well as effective communication, can contribute to an improvement in social and economic welfare
  • Provide an opportunity for study from a range of specialist areas of economics
  • Enable better performing students completing an MSc programme to progress either to further postgraduate research or to a career as a professional economist
  • Provide an opportunity for students to apply and demonstrate a range of skills, including the capacity for independent study, through the completion of an MSc dissertation

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Upon completing the course, students will have:

  • An advanced understanding of the core principles in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics
  • An understanding of the techniques which have been used in contemporary economic research
  • An ability to select appropriately between alternative analytical techniques and research methodologies which can be used in the evaluation of international and development policy
  • Awareness of current and advanced problems and new insights in international, finance and development economics

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students will develop:

  • An ability to investigate complex issues in international, finance and development economics, both in theoretical problems and in practical ones where data may be complicated or unavailable
  • The skills necessary to comprehend published economic research papers, and to integrate the implications of published research in their own studies

Professional practical skills

Students will have the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively in prose and numerical form to specialists and non-specialists
  • Formulate a plan for specific individual research which would further existing knowledge
  • Communicate the results of independent research in the form of a dissertation

Key / transferable skills

Students will complete the course with:

  • General skills, such as literacy, numerical, IT and computing (all awards)
  • Interpersonal skills, such as communication (all awards)

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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The MSc in Economics at the University of Barcelona (UB) is a high quality Master Program intended to train and educate economists to undertake top research in one of the best places to study worldwide. Read more
The MSc in Economics at the University of Barcelona (UB) is a high quality Master Program intended to train and educate economists to undertake top research in one of the best places to study worldwide.

The MSc in Economics at UB is the perfect program for new graduated students to develop their research skills through a broad selection of courses entirely taught in English by our top researchers. Since this is a two-year Master, you will have the chance to get very solid methodological foundations and get specialized in some areas of interest at the same time.

On successfully completing this course, students can expect to find employment in a broad range of sectors, including higher education and economic consultancy. The strongest candidates are encouraged to undertake advanced research on the PhD Programme.

Who should apply

YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED ON APPLYING IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

‌•Solid foundations to initiate independent research in economics.
‌•A wide range of advanced tools in the analysis and resolution of complex economic problems.
‌•Improvement on your skills to evaluate the effects of economic policies.
‌•Improvement on your decision making, leadership and teamwork skills.
‌•Better understanding and research communication skills.
‌•A programme that enables you to pursue a PhD programme.

Programme Overview

During the 1st and 2nd terms, students study a number of core subjects (40 credits) including Mathematical Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics.

In the 3rd, 4th and 5th terms, students have to choose two options from the list below according to their specialization subjects choice (60 credits), enabling them to specialise in areas of interest for their future profession or research. The areas offered are:

‌•Public Economics
‌•Regional and Urban Economics
‌•Growth and Trade
‌•Government and Markets
‌•Games, Behaviour and Incentives

At the end of the course, in the 6th term, students must plan and write a dissertation (20 credits) in a subject of interest to them, employing the concepts and methods acquired during the course.

Introductory/Complementary course:

‌•Introduction to Economics

FIRST QUARTER –Compulsory Courses (20 ECTS):

‌•Mathematics
‌•Microeconomics
‌•Macroeconomics
‌•Econometrics

SECOND QUARTER – Compulsory Courses (20 ECTS):

‌•Mathematics II
‌•Microeconomics II
‌•Macroeconomics II
‌•Econometrics II


For a full syllabus outline and to view elective courses, please follow this link http://www.ub.edu/ubeconomics/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/MSc-in-Economics-Syllabus-Outline-2016-2017.pdf

Student Exchange

This Master in Economics degree offers to second-year students the chance to take up ERASMUS mobility placements at world-class universities:

‌•Toulouse School of Economics (France) http://www.ub.edu/ubeconomics/master-in-economics/%20http://www.tse-fr.eu
‌•University of Copenhagen (Denmark) http://www.ku.dk/english/
‌•University of Helsinki (Finland) https://www.helsinki.fi/en
‌•Aix-Marseille School of Economics (France) http://www.amse-aixmarseille.fr/en/teaching/graduate-studies

[[Fees]

The MSc in Economics is a two years Master. Students need to obtain a total of 120 credits ECTS (60 per year) to be awarded the MSc in Economics.

The credit ECTS price (*) for academic year 2016/2017 is 46’50 eur/credit for European students (and 65,87 eur/credit for non-European students). It means that the total amount for the 2-year master degree (120 credits ECTS) will be: European students: 5.580 eur Non-European students: 7.904,4 eur.

On the first year enrolment, the student will only have to afford the first 60 credits payment (European students 2.790 eur and Non-European students 3.952,2 eur).

In addition, students with an international degree have to pay 218,15€ when they apply for admission in the programme.

(*) Student’s fees for university master’s degrees are decreed on an annual basis by the Catalan government and Universitat de Barcelona.

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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. Read more
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.

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We train our students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Read more
We train our students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. This programme aims to equip you with a range of methodological and problem-solving skills and specialised knowledge relevant for international money and banking.

This programme complements the MSc in Money, Banking and Finance, and, as with that programme, is of particular interest to those wishing to pursue careers in the financial sector. It provides you with an advanced knowledge of the related disciplines of macroeconomics, banking, international finance and financial markets.

In comparison with the MSc in Money, Banking and Finance, there is greater emphasis on international banking and finance, and less on the acquisition of related technical skills.

About the School of Economics

At Birmingham Business School we deliver world-class research and teaching that provides the; insight, ambition and skills to shape advanced and sustainable business strategies. We put people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

Consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group of global business schools.

Birmingham Business School is already globally renowned for the quality of our research and teaching. With students representing over 60 countries currently studying at our main campus, our courses being taught in a range of international business schools, and an international faculty and global alumni community of around 23,000 graduates, we have a global footprint that ensures worldwide impact.

Economics teaching has a long history at Birmingham and we pride ourselves on achieving very high levels of student satisfaction. We are a research-led department with specialisms in Macroeconomics, Experimental Economics, Economic Theory and Environmental Economics, to name but a few. Our commitment to teaching and research excellence ensures that our graduates benefit from very high levels of employability.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Degree. MSc in Economics and Business Administration. ECTS credits. 120. Duration. two years. The programme will give you the skills to analyse markets and industries and the economic challenges facing private business, public institutions and the development in countries and regions. Read more
Degree: MSc in Economics and Business Administration
ECTS credits: 120
Duration: two years

The programme will give you the skills to analyse markets and industries and the economic challenges facing private business, public institutions and the development in countries and regions. It will provide you with important perspectives for understanding an increasingly globalised economy.

Understanding economic mechanisms is vital for the success of business and the design of public policy and this master’s programme offers a thorough and comprehensive education in economic theory and econometrics. You will be equipped to analyse core economic questions such as: What are the effects of the financial crisis? Why are some mergers not profitable? Is taxing wealth a good idea? How fast should oil resources be exploited?

You will learn what motivates and drives decisions for individuals, companies, competitors and authorities - and what determines prices, returns and economic conditions.

SPECIALIST AREAS

The programme provides students with basic analytical skills in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics.

Macroeconomics: covers areas such as business cycles, inflation and economic growth in a national and global perspective, including monetary and fiscal policy. Microeconomics: focuses on consumer behaviour and strategic interaction between companies in markets with imperfect competition and on how information and uncertainty affect decision-making. Econometrics: applies statistical methods to economic data in order to analyse economic themes with a focus on regression analysis and extensive use of practical lab exercises.

The programme also offers also a range of courses that allow you to focus on subject areas you find particularly interesting, such as:
Behavioural Economics
Industrial Economics
Development Economics
Labour Economics
Resource and Environmental Economics

Research Distinction
In addition we offer methodological courses at advanced level for students who want to elaborate their analytical skills. The advanced courses will qualify for a master's with "Research Distinction". Students who are planning to pursue a PhD are encouraged to select at least two advanced courses.

NORWAY'S LEADING BUSINESS SCHOOL

It makes a difference where you study. NHH is one of the best business schools in Europe and is a member of the exclusive CEMS network (http://www.cems.org) – the strategic alliance of 30 leading business schools, 65 multinational companies and five NGO partners.

We welcome talented students from across the world to our master’s programmes and offer them a first-rate education – with no tuition fee.

NO FEES

NHH is a government funded university and therefore charges no application or tuition fees. As a student at NHH, the only fee you are required to pay is a small semester registration fee to the Student Welfare Organization in Bergen (SiB), allowing you to benefit from their services. The amount is currently approximately NOK 800 per semester. Some applicants are obliged to document financial ability in order to be granted a residence permit to study in Norway (citizens outside the EU/EEA area and Switzerland).

3 OUT OF 4 STUDENTS HAVE A JOB BEFORE GRADUATING

NHH graduates have relevant jobs waiting. According to our recent employment survey 3 out of 4 students have already landed a job before they graduate. The average salary for NHH graduates is approximately NOK 524 000 (approx. USD 63 000) including benefits.

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This programme is a springboard into a career as an Economist. Whether you are looking to work in the Civil Service, a leading bank, a multinational organisation or an insurance company, this programme can help you achieve your aims. Read more

This programme is a springboard into a career as an Economist. Whether you are looking to work in the Civil Service, a leading bank, a multinational organisation or an insurance company, this programme can help you achieve your aims. It is also an ideal choice for anybody who sees his or her future as an analyst for a major investment company.

The programme is designed to provide an understanding of economic and financial theory, together with specialist econometric and mathematical techniques. It provides a platform for economics students with a particular interest in finance and will also be of interest to applicants who are already practicing economists or have work experience in the financial sector.

Completion of the MSc in Financial Economics is an excellent foundation for progression onto a research degree. At the heart of the programme are core modules in financial theory, plus a choice of further options in Finance, Economics or Econometrics. Alongside the formal lecture programme, you will be able to participate in the Economics Seminar Series. The summer dissertation represents your chance to carry out original research in financial economics.

This programme forms part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social sciences research. More information about SWDTC

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/

Programme structure

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. The programme in its entirety runs from September to September.

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits.

Compulsory Modules

Some examples of the compulsory modules are listed here; Topics in Financial Economics Term 2; Fundamentals of Financial Management Term 1; Optimization Techniques for Economists Term 1; Research Design and Dissertation Term 3; Economics of Corporate Finance Term 2; Applied Econometrics Term 1; Applied Econometrics Term 2; Macroeconomics Term 1; Microeconomics Term 1.

Optional Modules

Banking and Financial Services Term 2; Domestic and International Portfolio Management Term 2; Economics of Banking Term 2; Experimental and Behavioural Economics Term 2; Industrial Economics and Strategy Term 2; International Trade and Regional Integration Term 2; Macroeconomics Term 2; Microeconomics Term 2.



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Gain a strong grounding in advanced economics, and take your knowledge an important step further by applying it to the field that most interests you. Read more

Gain a strong grounding in advanced economics, and take your knowledge an important step further by applying it to the field that most interests you.

Our MSc Applied Economics is a suite of taught courses that provides rigorous training in all the main aspects of economics.

Starting with a comprehensive refresher course in essential maths and economics skills, you will go on to receive advanced training in the analysis of problems in applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and strategic decision-making.

Most importantly, you will then have the opportunity to tailor the course to the area of business or policy you are most interested in, giving you additional expertise and a head start when seeking work in that field.

We are one of the only universities in the UK offering this level of specialisation on this type of master's. You can select from MSc Applied Economics as a standalone option or with one of four specialist pathways:

Whichever pathway you choose, you will develop your knowledge of quantitative methods beyond undergraduate level and gain the mathematical, statistical and econometric skills to carry out quantitative analyses of applied economics problems.

You will consolidate your research skills further during the dissertation, which you will work on over the summer under the supervision of one of our experienced lecturers. The research training you receive will prepare you well for going into research positions in a government or commercial context.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • analyse and interpret economic data and critically evaluate existing research
  • apply economic concepts to specific economic and policy questions, focusing in particular on the area of business or policy that most interests you
  • design and undertake independent research projects

Learning and teaching

Our teaching staff are all active researchers and regularly publish in the top economics journals, so you will be working with some of the UK’s leading thinkers in economics.

Graduate prospects

This course is ideal preparation for careers within government or industry that require a thorough knowledge of economics.

We expect graduates of the Banking and Financial Markets pathway to be particularly suited to jobs in banks and other financial institutions.

Graduates of the Public Policy or Environmental Policy pathways are especially well-placed to find jobs within government and non-governmental organisations.

Graduates of the Behavioural Science pathway will be ideally suited to work within government or large private sector firms.

Join our webinar

Join our webinar on Thursday 7 December 2017 at 12:00-13.00 GMT.

During the webinar you will be able to find about:

  • differences between the economics courses
  • course structure and content
  • teaching and assessment
  • employability and further study

There will also be an opportunity to put your questions to our staff.

Register for the webinar.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Applied microeconomics
  • Applied macroeconomics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Strategic decision making and games
  • Applied research methods

Semester 2

  • Five optional units

Summer

  • Dissertation

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

  • Applied financial economics
  • Financial markets
  • Economics of financial institutions
  • International monetary policy and institutions
  • Public policy analysis
  • Economics of politics
  • Public finance
  • Environmental regulation
  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Applied behavioural economics
  • Experimental economics
  • Applied behavioural finance
  • Health economics

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars

Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination


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Would you like to develop expertise in theoretical and applied issues of international economic relations?. Our MSc International Economics gives you this knowledge, plus a critical awareness of the integration of theory, data, and analysis in relation to international economics. Read more
Would you like to develop expertise in theoretical and applied issues of international economic relations?

Our MSc International Economics gives you this knowledge, plus a critical awareness of the integration of theory, data, and analysis in relation to international economics. You are equipped with the skills for a career in international organisations engaged in business and finance, or in government and non-governmental organisations concerned with global development and international trade.

Your modules provide you with an overview of the causes and effects of globalisation in the world economy with applications to issues such as foreign direct investment. You investigate topics such as:
-Trade theory in different economic settings with different market structures
-Patterns of trade and trade policies such as tariffs and quotas
-Preferential trade agreements
-Macroeconomic adjustment, exchange rates and the balance of payments when capital markets are integrated across the globe

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of:
-Game theory and strategic interactions
-Theoretical and applied econometrics
-Economic policy

The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies.

Professional accreditation

Our University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

This means that our course can form part of a prestigious 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £21,575.

Our expert staff

Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists of our time.

Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs, with students coming from across the globe to study, research or work with us.

Many of our researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future.

Specialist facilities

Take advantage of our wide range of learning resources to assist you in your studies:
-Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university
-Access a variety of economics databases and multiple copies of textbooks and e-books in the Albert Sloman Library

Your future

After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree –many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study.

Alternatively, our course also prepares you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level.

On our course you gain key employability skills including statistical analysis, mathematical techniques, research skills and a good understanding of the international system. Recent graduates of MSc International Economics have found employment as a consultant for the World Bank and as a climate change economist for HM Treasury.

More generally, our graduates find employment in roles such as business and financial analysts, management consultants, government officials, and economists for banks and other financial organisations.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Dissertation
-Econometric Methods
-International Finance
-International Trade
-Mathematical Methods
-Applications of Data Analysis (optional)
-Economic Development Theory (optional)
-Economics of Financial Markets (optional)
-Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
-Economics of the European Union (optional)
-Economics of Transition (optional)
-Environmental Economics (optional)
-Estimation and Inference in Econometrics (optional)
-Game Theory and Applications (optional)
-Macroeconomics (optional)
-Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour (optional)
-Microeconometrics
-Microeconomics (optional)
-Panel Data Methods (optional)
-Political Economy
-Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
-Time Series Econometrics (optional)
-Topics in Financial Economics (optional)

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This programme is for those with a special interest in international economics and its two components. international trade, and international finance and money. Read more
This programme is for those with a special interest in international economics and its two components: international trade, and international finance and money.

Why this programme

◾This programme will enable you to design trade and finance related policies as well as provide a solid grounding for PhD research should you wish to carry on your studies.
◾At the Adam Smith Business School, the student experience is at the top of our agenda. We host regular workshops, trips, social events and speaker events by business leaders to enhance your learning.
◾The Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

You will take five core courses, one optional course and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses
◾Basic econometrics
◾International finance and money
◾International trade
◾Macroeconomics
◾Microeconomics.

Optional courses
◾Economic fundamentals and financial markets
◾Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
◾Foreign direct investment and development
◾Game theory with applications in economics and finance
◾Intermediate econometrics
◾Investment, finance and asset prices
◾Modelling and forecasting financial markets
◾Public finance
◾The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be well prepared for a career in the academic sector and institutions such as banks and government organisations which are involved in transactions and policies in trade and finance at the international level. Recent graduates of this programmes work for national banks, insurance companies, investment firms, and respected universities.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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This is a high quality taught graduate course which has ESRC recognition under its "1+3" awards system. Read more
This is a high quality taught graduate course which has ESRC recognition under its "1+3" awards system. The course is specifically designed to train students in the use of analytic and quantitative methods in examining economic issues, and to provide research training of the level required to proceed to a PhD programme in Economics. Students will be taught to apply and develop, via specialised modules in international macroeconomics and trade theory, the analytic and quantitative skills developed in the core courses, and to take further options in areas that will strengthen and augment those skills for examining international economic issues.

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This programme offers an in-depth study of financial systems in theory and practice. The course considers the role of the financial system in an economy, how monetary policy is implemented and the use of different financial instruments such as bonds, stocks and derivatives. Read more
This programme offers an in-depth study of financial systems in theory and practice. The course considers the role of the financial system in an economy, how monetary policy is implemented and the use of different financial instruments such as bonds, stocks and derivatives.

Why this programme

◾The programme will give you a graduate-level analysis of different types of derivative securities with emphasis on the practical use of financial instruments and you will receive specialist training on Bloomberg software.
◾The Adam Smith Business School has been ranked in the top 10% worldwide for economics and finance (RePEc), with two of our academics rated in the top 1%.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses
◾Corporate finance
◾Financial markets, securities and derivatives
◾Monetary policy and the role of central banks
◾Modern theory of banking and finance.

Sample optional courses
◾Basic econometrics
◾Financial analysis and equity valuation
◾Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
◾Foreign direct investment and development
◾International banking and financial markets
◾International capital markets
◾International financial accounting for MNCs
◾International financial management
◾International macroeconomics and policy
◾International trade
◾Project planning, appraisal and implementation
◾Public finance
◾The IMF, The World Bank and economic growth
◾The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.

Optional courses are also offered in Accounting & Finance and Economic & Social History.

Career prospects

If you want to work in an international financial environment, this programme is designed for you. Recent graduates work in organisations such as Deloitte, Bank of China, HSBC, Nielsen, Citibank and various banks, universities, governments and consulting groups around the world. Our graduates are working in roles such as finance officers, research fellows, accountants, general managers and analysts.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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The Barcelona GSE Economics Program provides rigorous training for admission to top doctoral programs and for technically demanding careers. Read more

The Barcelona GSE Economics Program provides rigorous training for admission to top doctoral programs and for technically demanding careers.

Program description

Students who complete this program will acquire an excellent grounding and deep understanding of the field's foundations, applications, and policies covering theoretical and empirical approaches. 

Students will perform technically demanding analyses using powerful analytical and quantitative tools, and will design and conduct an independent master's project.

The Economics Program course listing is broad enough to offer students specialized training in a number of areas: 

  • Macroeconomics with a focus on monetary and fiscal policy
  • Labor and public economics
  • International economics
  • Development economics
  • Business and market organization
  • Behavioral and experimental economics
  • Financial economics

The Economics Program is the main gateway for admission to the PhD Track of the Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM) at UPF. 

More than half of our Economics alumni continue their education through GPEFM or in another PhD or graduate program at prestigious schools around the world. Alumni who choose a professional career path are regularly hired by governmental agencies, international banking, consulting and research firms.

Degree

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Economics and Finance awarded jointly with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective. The students' final program must be discussed with and approved by the Master Director.

Who hires Economics Graduates?

  • Research and Academic Institutions
  • Consulting Firms
  • Financial Services
  • International Organizations
  • Government and Authorities

Examples of recent Economics placements:

  • Columbia University - Research Assistant (New York, NY, USA)
  • European Central Bank (ECB) - Macro Department Trainee (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • European Investment Bank (EIB) - Graduate Program, Risk Managment (Luxembourg)
  • Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, DC - Research Associate (USA)
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) - Regional Economic and Social Analysis Intern International (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • McKinsey & Company - Consultant (Berlin, Germany)
  • Morgan Stanley - Investment Banking Analyst (Hong Kong)
  • Nera Economic Consulting - Research Officer (London, UK)
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI) - ODI Fellowship (several locations world-wide)
  • World Bank - Financial Analyst, Finance and Markets Department (Washington, DC, USA)



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This program will prepare you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting, and asset management. Program description. The complex financial times we live in demand greater modelling techniques and a deeper understanding of financial data. Read more

This program will prepare you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting, and asset management.

Program description

The complex financial times we live in demand greater modelling techniques and a deeper understanding of financial data. The Master in Finance at the Barcelona GSE is designed to meet these challenges, as it is a comprehensive program that covers all the important areas of finance and prepares you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting and asset management.

This program is unique because it offers better training on quantitative topics than most masters in finance, and has a broader focus than the typical master in quantitative finance.

Our graduates excel in the ability to design and implement complex financial models; understand the theory and bring it to the data. They outclass their peers with a more qualitative background (like an MBA), because they can work in a wider range of positions (risk management, derivatives trading, venture capital, wealth management, etc.). At the same time, our graduates are more versatile than students with a pure quantitative background, because they can reach beyond purely technical jobs.

The program offers interactive classes, intensive use of advanced statistical and mathematical software, in-depth case studies, presentations by finance professionals, and the support of an experienced team of career services officers.

A key advantage of our Master in Finance is that students can benefit from GSE top faculty teaching in a wide range of courses in their field of expertise. In particular, students with an interest in quantitative techniques can take electives in advanced econometric methods, optimization techniques, advanced programming, and machine learning, while students who are interested in economics topics can choose among the advanced economics courses in macroeconomics, monetary policy and exchange rates.

Degree

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Economics and Finance awarded jointly with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective. The students' final program must be discussed with and approved by the Master Director.

Who hires Finance Graduates?

  • Consulting
  • Financial Services
  • Research and Academic Institutions
  • Government and Authorities
  • Other Industries

Examples of recent Finance placements:

  • Accenture - Junior Consultant Finance and Risk Management (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Bain & Company - Associate Consultant (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Blackrock - Analyst (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Central Bank of Peru - Senior Investment Strategist (Lima)
  • Central Bank of Uruguay - Risk Analyst (Montevideo)
  • European Central Bank (ECB) - Financial Stability Expert (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • GCV Gaesco - Graduate Quantitative Analyst (Madrid, Spain)
  • KPMG - Junior Analyst Transfer Pricing (Barcelona)
  • Palladio Finanziaria S.P.A - M&A Intern-Investment banking (Milan, Italy)


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