You must take three compulsory modules in the first semester. These are:
- Econometric Methods and Applications: advanced level training in econometric methods.
- Macroeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern macroeconomics.
- Microeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern microeconomics.
In your second semester, you will have the opportunity to choose three modules from a selection of topics.
Examples of optional modules that may be available include:
- Behavioural Finance: examines the effects of behavioural biases in financial markets
- Econometric Time Series Analysis: advanced treatment of the core theory and practice of time series econometrics
- Experimental Economics and Finance: the methodology of experimental economics and the dialogue between theoretical and laboratory-based empirical work
- Financial Intermediation: main theoretical issues involved in financial intermediation with a focus on analytical models
- Game Theory: provides a thorough advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern game theory
- International Trade and Migration: examines the causes and consequences of international trade and migration, combining theory with empirical applications
- Monetary Policy: key issues in monetary policy
- Portfolio Theory and Management: key issues in asset allocation and portfolio composition and management at an advanced level.
MSc Economics students may take up to one advanced undergraduate optional module (coded EC4xxx) in the second semester with the prior permission of the MSc Economics programme director.
The topics, and therefore module titles, vary year on year as they reflect staff research interests; in addition, optional modules require a minimum number of participants in order to be offered (see the University’s position on curriculum development)
The final element of the MSc is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should be on an area of economics that you are interested in, and chosen in discussion with your supervisor who will support you through the process.
You will receive training in Semester 1 in framing a hypothesis, conducting bibliographic research, writing a literature survey, and structuring a dissertation.