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MSc Economics and Econometrics


Course Description

The Economics and Econometrics MSc programme offers a thorough training in advanced economic and econometric theory and quantitative methods, while allowing students to specialise or take options in a range of subjects reflecting the School’s main areas of research expertise.

Building on a sound general training in econometric methods, the project-oriented compulsory modules in time series econometrics and applied microeconometrics introduce you to the theory and practice of econometric modelling. The programme is one of the few courses in the UK to offer specialist training in advanced econometric methods and their application. Economists with quantitative skills and experience in empirical research are in high demand in both the private and public sector.

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/198/economics-and-econometrics

Course structure

The Economics and Econometrics MSc is studied over one year full-time or two years part-time and is divided into two stages: eight taught modules (six of which are compulsory) and a dissertation.

There are compulsory modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometric Methods and a single module in Research Methods. There are a further two core econometrics modules: Time Series Econometrics and Applied Microeconometrics. The core modules build upon students’ existing knowledge, understanding and skills. Students develop a deeper understanding of economic and econometric theory, quantitative and research methods, and policy applications. The teaching and learning of skills are carefully integrated into the structure of the modules and degree programme. The final two modules are chosen from a range of options based upon the research interests of members of 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/Economics topic. 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.

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.

EC805 - Advanced Macroeconomics I (15 credits)
EC817 - Research Methods (15 credits)
EC820 - Time Series Econometrics (15 credits)
EC821 - Econometric Methods (15 credits)
EC825 - Applied Microeconometrics (15 credits)
EC802 - Advanced Microeconomics of Consumers, Marketsand Welfare (15 credits)
EC803 - Trade and Development (15 credits)
EC829 - Environmental Valuation (15 credits)
EC832 - Political Economy of Public Policy (15 credits)
EC834 - Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy (15 credits)
EC822 - Financial Economics: Capital Market Instruments (15 credits)
EC824 - Financial Economics and Asset Pricing (15 credits)
EC806 - Advanced Microeconomics of Games and Information (15 credits)
EC815 - Growth and Development Theory (15 credits)
EC816 - International Finance (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 econometrics, 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 and econometric theory, econometric and quantitative techniques and policy applications to specific areas

- provide options to enable you to study selected areas of economics and econometrics in depth

- develop your ability to apply economic and econometric 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/econometrician or in an area related to economics and/or econometrics

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

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/

Visit the MSc Economics and Econometrics page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alex Waters

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What attracted you to postgraduate study at Kent?

When I completed my undergraduate degree at Kent in Financial Economics and Econometrics I felt that there was much more about economics that I wanted to learn and so it made sense to me to pursue a master’s degree. The School of Economics is friendly and the staff are very approachable and always willing to offer a helping hand.

How are you enjoying the course?

I chose the masters degree in Economics and Econometrics because it offered the core topics in Economics as well as offering advanced training in econometrics, which is something that I found that other universities of the same calibre lacked.

The teaching at Kent is fantastic for several reasons. All staff are research active so they include this in their teaching, which offers different perspectives on traditional models or theories enabling you to evaluate and critique where necessary. Secondly, classes are small so the environment becomes interactive not only between staff and students but also among students with many debates carrying on after class.

The masters students in the School of Economics are very fortunate to have access to their own study room, something that is not usually offered at other universities. This room is equipped with several computers with all necessary software required to complete the degree and a group study area that proved be very useful throughout the academic year.

What support do you receive as a postgraduate?

The School of Economics is a very supportive department. All academics and administrative staff are friendly and are always willing to help, no matter what the problem is. There is excellent student representation within the School, the School of Economics always asks for the opinion of the student representatives and for the most part carries out their wishes.

At Kent there is a Graduate School that offers excellent support to all postgrads and a variety of skills workshops that range from English skills to academic writing and negotiating. The School of Economics has an Economics Society that has arranged guest speakers from business and economics as well as arranging day trips.

What do you plan to do next?

I plan to go on to pursue a PhD, and then hope to work either for the Debt Management Office here in the UK or in another financial institution.

(Student Profile)

Dan Young

Why did you choose to study economics at Kent?

Initially, I really liked the campus and had heard good things about Kent. I chose economics because I had enjoyed studying the subject and went on to have an excellent undergraduate experience here. When I finished the course, I didn't have a job lined up so thought I would do something productive and carry on with what I knew while, at the same time, improving my career prospects.

What have you particularly enjoyed?

The School of Economics has felt like a little community, and we all get on well and help each other out. There's a real international mix, too, with students from all over the world. Everyone has a different point of view, so there's always interesting discussions.

How have you found the teaching?

There is more one-to-one interaction with the lecturers and they really care and get involved, so it feels like we are all working together.

How does postgraduate study differ from undergraduate study?

It's more intense and there's a lot more work. At undergraduate level you tend to be spoon fed initially then progress to independent working. At Master's level, the lecturers will give you guidance, but it's up to you to read through things to understand the material. So it's the next step up.

What's the level of support like?

If you don't understand something, you can talk to a member of academic staff after a lecture or there are certain times during the week when they are guaranteed to be in their office. You can just go and ask them – they are very approachable and will take the time to work through a problem with you.


(Scholarship)

Scholarships for Excellence - 7 Awards

The School of Economics is offering a number of scholarships for outstanding students on MSc programmes for 2016/17.A number of Scholarships for Excellence, worth 60% of the tuition fee for one year, are available for outstanding students, either Home/EU or Overseas.

Value of Scholarship(s)

60% of the tuition fee

Eligibility

All our scholarships will be awarded to the best qualified students on a competitive basis. Students may be considered for more than one scholarship, but they will not be awarded more than one. The award of these scholarships is conditional on students accepting a University of Kent School of Economics offer for a place to study.

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for any of the School of Economics scholarships should complete a short application form. Early application is encouraged.The closing date for this scholarship is Monday 27 June 2016. Decisions will be made shortly after this date.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/economics/prospective/postgraduate/pgfunding.html


(Scholarship)

School of Economics Alumni Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The School of Economics is offering Alumni Scholarships of £1,000 each, available for undergraduates currently studying at Kent’s School of Economics who will graduate in July and continue with an MSc starting in September 2015. These scholarships are in addition to a Kent Graduate School Scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

To be eligible students must achieve a final overall mark of 65% or above. Students may be considered for more than one scholarship, but they will not be awarded more than one. The award of these scholarships is conditional on students accepting a University of Kent School of Economics offer for a place to study.

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for any of the School of Economics scholarships should complete a short application form. Early application is encouraged.The closing date for alumni scholarships is Friday 1 July 2016 at 12 noon. Decisions will be made shortly after this date.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/economics/prospective/postgraduate/pgfunding.html



Entry Requirements

A good first degree (good second class honours or equivalent) in economics or a combined degree in economics and another subject. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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