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Economics

Overview
Why is this subject for you?
You have an interest in the world economy and in how economics can help us understand the world around us.Well trained economists are highly sought after in the labour market and are employed by consultancy firms, the government economic service, financial institutions, and other international organizations and businesses (even the tech giants).You want to combine an advanced understanding of core economics and the latest developments in economics with the opportunity to specialise in economic theory, applied economics, or economic history

Economics is about how people make choices in conditions of resource scarcity and the results of these choices for society. It’s about understanding the world around us and our place in it.

If you are interested in advanced study in economics that is ‘post-crisis’ in both structure and content, delivered at one of the UK’s leading universities, then this degree is for you. The core modules develop your understanding of key economic concepts, ideas, tools and techniques, including the latest developments in micro, macro, applied econometrics, behavioural economics, the economics of labour markets and social policy and economic history. You can then specialise further in economic theory, applied economics (policy and institutions), or economic history. You will spend the summer combining your knowledge and skills to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice under personal supervision of a member of the Queen’s faculty. On successful completion of this Masters you will have a deep understanding of the world economy past and present and the advanced analytical and quantitative skills that are so highly sought after by employers.

Why Queen's?
Cutting edge
Economics, and the way economics is taught, is changing. This new programme, with its emphasis on using cutting-edge economic analysis to understand the world today and our behaviour within it, places you at the forefront of this advance.

Flexibility
You will cover all the core elements (compulsory modules) you need for an advanced understanding of economics and to develop you analytical and quantitative skill set, but you will also have the flexibility to tailor the course to your personal interests and career aspirations.

Guest speakers
In addition to working with Queen’s own expert faculty, students have the opportunity to learn from external international experts in their fields who come to Queen’s to give seminars and master classes. You will also hear guest lectures from industry professionals, with opportunities to network afterwards.

Software
Weekly training sessions in our state of the art computer lab will help you to develop your data analytical skills using market-leading econometrics software such as STATA.

Entry requirements

Normally a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Economics or a closely related subject (e.g. Business Economics, Finance, joint degrees with substantial economics component).

We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and may also consider previous work experience alongside lower academic qualifications. Prior experiential learning in a quantitative analysis, Maths or Finance based subject in lieu of academic qualifications will be considered on an individual basis under the University's RPL Policy www.go.qub.ac.uk/RPLPolicy. A formal interview, the submission of written work, exam or GMAT test may form a part of this procedure.

International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
•If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of programmes including the INTO Graduate Diploma in Finance

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Learning and Teaching
Morning and afternoon.

Careers or further progression

Opportunities for Careers
Well-trained economists are highly sought after in the labour market and are employed by consultancy firms, financial institutions and other international businesses, as well as in the public sector and by international NGOs. Some students will wish to go on to PhD study in Economics in preparation for a career as an academic or research economist.

Related links: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Professor Duncan McVicar, Programme Director, or Dr Dunli Li, Associate Programme Director
Queen's Management School
Tel: 028 9097 5514/5515
Email: qms@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt

Subjects taught

Semester 1
•Applied Econometrics
•Macroeconomics
•Microeconomic Theory

Semester 2
•Economic Behaviour
•Labour Economics and Social Policy
•The Global Economy in Historical Perspective
•Plus choose one from:
•Topics in Economic History
•Topics in Economic Theory
•Topics in Policy and Institutions

Semester 3
•Dissertation

Modules are subject to change.

Comment

Special Features
If you are interested in advanced study in economics that is 'post-crisis' in both structure and content, delivered at one of the UK's leading universities, then this degree is for you. The programme builds on our strengths in economic history, economic theory, and in the analysis of economic and social policy, allowing students to combine a deep understanding of economics across the breadth of the discipline with the opportunity to specialise in one of these three particular fields.

Seminars and master classes from expert guest speakers form an integral part of the programme. Students will also complete a dissertation under personal supervision, typically requiring a detailed quantitative analysis of an interesting theoretical or applied issue in economics, and designed to help prepare for doctoral level study in economics or for a career in any of the sectors listed below.

As a postgraduate economics student at Queen's, you will join a vibrant community of scholars located in leafy South Belfast's 'Riddel Hall', which offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities within a beautiful listed building set in its own landscaped grounds.

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Two thirds by written examination and continuous assessment. One third by dissertation (14,000-17,000 words or equivalent).

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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