Economics MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

This course looks at core economic principles; helping to prepare you for a career in a variety of management roles in a range of organisations.

Start date

17 September 2018

7 January 2019

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

40

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

If you aspire to develop a career in economics, business or finance, our course will help prepare you for a wide variety of careers in sectors which require advanced economic analysis skills.

Throughout this course, we aspire to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of core economic theories and principles, in order to apply these to policy making and resource allocation scenarios. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your analytical skills through the study of econometrics and deepen your understanding of the global economy. The course offers a wide range of option modules, enabling you to pursue particular areas of interest such as sustainability, strategic management, financial modelling, globalisation and development economics.

Many of our economics tutors are members of the Royal Economic Society (RES)and undertake research in areas such as banking, international economics, international political economy and Islamic finance.

Employment opportunities for prospective students remain strong in economics, management consultancy, multinational organisations and government agencies. Nine of the top ten occupations held by economics graduates employed in the UK are in business, finance or HR professions. Recent graduates from similar courses at the University have gone on to work for leading FTSE-100 companies, Government, the media, industry and manufacturing.

This course adds value to your existing credentials by giving you a deeper knowledge and understanding of the principles applied in modern workplaces. It leaves you well placed for a wide range of careers, including finance, law, Government, arts, media and the voluntary sector, to name but a few.

Dr Shabbir Dastgir, Senior Lecturer for Economics

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Economics, Accountancy, Finance, Maths or Statistics. It is not necessary to have a first degree in Economics, Business Economics or Financial Economics. However, through the application process you must demonstrate prior study at Bachelors level of either:

  • Economics or
  • A quantitative subject (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics, Accountancy, Finance).

Many of the concepts on this course involve mathematical techniques, therefore you are expected to have a working knowledge of calculus and should know the basics of vectors and matrices, probability and statistics.

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The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment.

Located on one central town centre campus site, you’ll have access to all the learning resources and social amenities you’ll need.  There are students from over 120 different nationalities represented at the University of Huddersfield and they contribute towards a lively and enthusiastic campus. Each year you’ll find different international student societies running cultural events, national celebrations and the renowned International Food Festival which showcases cuisine and culture from our different nationalities.

Watch our profile video to hear Economics student Faith describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

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Course Detail

Macroeconomics

This module presents some of the core theories which underpin the structures upon which industrialised economies exist. It aims to assess the extent to which existing frameworks and paradigms of growth inflation unemployment and money have been successful and the lessons that might be learnt from recent perceived failures across global economic systems.

Microeconomics

This module explores the finer workings of firms and markets in a globalised world approaching contemporary issues from a traditionally analytical stance. Issues concerning choice demand production cost consumption and optimisation in developed economies are scrutinised to better appreciate their relevance to sectors and industries around the globe. Assessment consists of an in-class test at the end of the module. There will also be sufficient opportunity to discuss some of the latest analysis methods and to apply these to current challenges facing individual markets.

Economic Statistics

This module introduces you to a range of techniques and methods used for interpreting economic theory and data. You will have the opportunity to learn how to analyse the impact of economic data on understand the theory and use appropriate techniques and methods to help determine economic outcomes and communicate appropriate analysis clearly and concisely in an appropriate format for economic decision makers. Assessment is through a two-hour individual in-class test selected from given topics.

Econometrics

Econometric techniques are used in a range of settings including economic research, financial management, compilation of official statistics and analysis of economic policies. This module provides an introduction to the techniques of econometrics and introduces students to a range of advanced topics in the area. Applied examples will be used to develop important transferable skills and to motivate theoretical content.

International Economics

This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of globalisation, international trade and financial crises. You will have the opportunity to explore global economic downturns and consider the causes and consequences of such events both in the developed and developing economies. 

Research Paper

This module entails conceptualising, designing and conducting a piece of research using methods appropriate to your field of study. You will select a research topic which corresponds to your own particular interests and develop a more specialised knowledge and understanding of this area.

Plus three options from:

Economics of Financial Markets

After the global financial crisis, economic and financial interdependence have increased significantly. This module introduces you to a more integrated analysis of the economics behind banking and financial services, financial systems and institutions. It considers the impact of economics on financial markets by considering economic data, macroeconomic theory and some of the latest developments in the role played by monetary policy.

Development Economics

This module develops an economic understanding of a world in which governments, aid agencies, charities, the UN, the IMF and the World Bank amongst others are becoming increasingly involved in developing countries. It explores their influence over and dependence on the developing world to address energy and food resource challenges, entry into consumer markets and deal with challenges in health and education systems. Approaches to poverty reduction, sustainable economic growth and overseas development assistance are some of the questions addressed.

Principles of Sustainability

Sustainability economics place economics principles in the broader context of the relationship between humans and nature, long term / future orientations, justice between current and future generations and non-wastefulness. This module will consider environmental, economic and social sustainability. Different approaches to the study of sustainability will be introduced, and you will be required to consider a range of guidelines and principles. Assessment for this module consists of an individual in-class test selected from given topics (worth 100% of module marks).

Applied Banking and Financial Modelling

This module examines the theories of the role of banks in an economy. Particular attention is given to analysing the features of the products and services offered by banks, the forces for changes in the banking industry, the sources of funds and the risk management techniques employed by retail banks.

International Business Strategy

This module looks at the strategies of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs), i.e. firms operating in an international context. It covers modes of foreign market entry, operations within MNEs and explores the implications of strategic decisions of MNEs for the structure of the organisation and for transfer of knowledge and control issues between the MNE’s headquarters and its subsidiaries.  

International Business Environment

This module looks at of the international business environment and how various institutional contexts and factors such as political, economic and social factors have influenced, and continue to influence international business. This module is designed to develop/widen the knowledge and understanding of the major issues that businesses are confronted with when operating in international markets.

Globalisation and Financial Crisis

This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of globalisation and financial crises. You will have the opportunity to explore global economic downturns and consider the causes and consequences of such events.

Here at Huddersfield 100% of permanent teaching staff* have professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard. View our teaching quality and learning support services for students at Huddersfield Business School.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Teaching excellence

  1. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We know that for a fact, because all our permanent teaching staff* have been awarded professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard.

  2. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

  3. For the past nine years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

Learning Development Group: Our Learning Development Group (LDG) provides academic support to all students within Huddersfield Business School. We have a dedicated team of 4 experienced academic skills tutors who have taught at all levels including Master’s who can work closely with you to help you achieve your full potential throughout your time at the University of Huddersfield.

We can help with a wide range of academic skills including referencing, academic writing (such as essays, reports and coursework), research, reading, note-taking, dissertations and presentations as well as all other skills and issues relating to academia. As well as this, we also offer advice on dyslexia and can provide information on accessing disability support.

The LDG also provides support for international students. We recognise that there are many differences between studying here and in your home country. This is why we have dedicated academic skills tutors who can help you with both your study as well as your language skills.

Finally, online help is also available. We have a dedicated YouTube channel which offers several videos on academic skills suitable for all levels and years of study.

International Student Development: We understand that settling into a new country and environment can be very stressful. So, if you are an international student, the International Student Development (ISD) team can help provide support in understanding and adapting to the UK Higher Education environment as well as settling into life in the UK.

In addition, we can also help you develop the essential academic skills needed to ensure you achieve your full potential throughout your time at Huddersfield. We provide help and guidance to students at all levels (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with timetabled academic skills sessions. These sessions are delivered in same-course groups by our experienced tutors. In addition, English language sessions are available at foundation, intermediate or upper intermediate level. The number of weekly sessions and support you receive will vary depending on the level you are currently working at.

Student Support & Guidance: Huddersfield Business School has a Student Support & Guidance service which aims to ensure that you are fully supported whilst studying here with us at The University of Huddersfield. They are able to offer you help, advice, support and guidance on a wide range of matters that may be having an impact on your general well-being or university life and studies.

The team can offer one to one pre-booked appointments or drop-In sessions to discuss or give advice on anything that concerns you which may include; attendance, disabilities, timetable Issues, welfare and any personal issues that may be impacting upon your studies.

Library services and online study support: Students at the University of Huddersfield have access to a wide range of study resources through the library and additional online study support resources. Our modern, professionally organised library provides a wide range of books, cds, dvds and additional online resources such as company reports, market research reports and academic and professional journal archives. At key times in the academic year the library is open 24-7 and our students also borrow laptops, reserve study rooms for group working and access computer software programs.

Our students have access to an extensive online virtual learning portal called Unilearn. This links our students with all the modules they are studying as well as academic support materials, reading lists, electronic documents, social media tools and assignment submission tools to support their studies.

The university has undertaken a large investment in lecture capture technology. Across the university many lectures are recorded and made available for students to watch afterwards. These recordings can help you develop your lecture notes, return to lecture material that you initially found difficult and offer a key revision aid.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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