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Master of Economics (MEcon)

Course Description

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, including ECON 410 and ECON 411 plus at least one of ECON 412 and ECON 413, selected from:
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 Points)
together 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.

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

Entry Requirements

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Commerce). Every applicant must either: be a graduate with Economics as a major subject including 300-level papers in both econometrics and mathematical economics, and normally have achieved an average grade of B+ in the papers satisfying the final year requirements for that major subject; or: have equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce). No applicant will be admitted who has previously been awarded an honours degree or postgraduate diploma in Economics.

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