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Economics, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • Our economics subjects are ranked first in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017).
  • Seek the deeper meaning of a theory or finding in a pluralistic fashion comparing contesting theories.
  • Be part of a continuing guest lecture series where leading academic and professional economists share insights and experience.

Overview

Overview

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.

Entry requirements

You should have an undergraduate degree in economics, industrial organisation, financial management or public policy at 2.2 or above, or equivalent qualification, from a recognised university or higher education institute. 

Graduates in business studies, mathematics/IT, social sciences, and engineering may also apply if economics or quantitative methods constitute a component of their studies.

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

Alternatively, students with an overall IELTS of 5 or 5.5 can study our Pre-Sessional English language programme prior to degree studies.

Applicants from a UK educational background:

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

Extra information

Assessment

You are assessed through:

  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Closed-book examinations
  • Dissertation.

Careers

You can expect to find employment in:

  • National and international business organisations;
  • National and international institutions, including central banks, central and local government departments
  • Financial market institutions and organisations including banks;
  • Policy-making institutions, seeking economists with a sound applied economics background;
  • Civil society organisations, NGOs with interest in economic policy and business issues;
  • Research institutes and think-tanks
  • Economics and business media.

Employability

We have developed strong relations with companies in London's financial centres, including in the City and Canary Wharf as well as think-tanks, civil society organisations and research centres both in the UK and abroad such as New Economics Foundation Hans Boeckler Foundation, or Foundation of European Progressive Studies. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities in a perfect location to develop your career.

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). The team develops your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. 

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, which shows its dedication to actively support your career development.

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Research

Our research and teaching are closely related. We host the internationally renowned research units:

You will have the opportunity to engage with the research and events hosted by our centres.

Guest speakers 

  • Prof. Lord Robert Skidelsky
  • Dr. Ha-Joon Chang
  • Prof. Diane Elson
  • Prof. Tim Jackson
  • Prof. Philip Arestis
  • Prof. Anwar Shaikh
  • Dr. Michael Kumhof, Bank of England
  • Dr. Sangheon Lee, United Nations International Labour Organisation
  • John McDonnell MP
  • Massimo D'Alema, Former Prime Minister of Italy and President of Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS)
  • Yuan Yang, Rethinking Economics
  • and many more.

We host conferences of academic associations such as:

  • the Meta-Analysis of Economics Research Network
  • Post-Keynesian Economics Society
  • Association of Heterodox Economics and Rethinking Economics.

Greenwich-led conferences on inequalities, investment, R&D, innovation, productivity, employment, sustainability and economic governance also take place.

As part of our continuing Big Picture guest seminar series, senior executives from organisations including Northern Trust and Barclays are invited to pass on their insights and experience.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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