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Programme convener: Associate Professor Mare Sarr

Entrance requirements:

  • An average of at least 65% in an Honours degree in Economics.
  • Before admission to the programme a candidate shall have completed quantitative courses in Econometrics at Honours level, or the equivalent.  A candidate who has not completed these courses, or their equivalent, shall be required to complete these as preliminary work whilst registered as a candidate for the degree in addition to the prescribed courses.
  • Applicants may be required to undertake a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test.
  • Students who have completed equivalent courses at the Master level may apply for exemption but not credit, from particular courses.
  • Recommendation of acceptance is at the discretion of the Graduate Committee of the School of Economics.

Programme description:

The School of Economics offers a two-year coursework and dissertation-based Masters in Economic Science degree.  The objective of the programme is to prepare students with the theoretical and empirical knowledge required for research in Economics, including doctoral research. It provides training equivalent to the first two years of a good PhD programme at an overseas university.

The coursework content of the first year of the Masters stream is similar to that of the Masters in Economics.  In the second year, students are required to complete additional core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and other electives.  In addition students are required to complete a 60 credit dissertation.

Duration of the programme:

Offered over two years full-time.  The programme begins in January.

Prescribed curriculum/programme structure:

The course consists of a number of compulsory courses and optional courses.  The courses may be completed during any stage of the degree. Students are advised to follow the Masters in Economics stream during the first year.  Students are also required to commence with their dissertation (ECO5023W) during the first year.

A candidate will ordinarily complete the prescribed courses in the first year, and will be expected to complete the dissertation within the following year.  The programme comprises 360 credits.

Compulsory courses:

HEQF credits

ECO5011F

Quantitative Methods for Economists

30

ECO5021F

Advanced Macroeconomics

30

ECO5020F

Advanced Microeconomics

30

ECO5046F

Advanced Econometrics

30

ECO6007F

Microeconomics II

30

ECO5030S

Applied Growth Theory

30

Elective courses (120 credits to be chosen from the following electives):

 

ECO5050S



International Finance

30

ECO5052S

Natural Resource Economics

30

ECO5057S

Labour Economics

30

ECO5062S

Applied International Trade

30

ECO5064S

Views of Institutional and Behavioural Economics

30

ECO5069S

Applied Time Series Analysis

30

ECO5070S

Micro econometrics

30

ECO5003F

Governance and Growth

30

ECO5026F

Industrial Organisation

30

ECO5073F

Problems of Globalisation, Industrialisation and Development

30

ECO5074S

Research and Policy Tools

30

ECO5075S

Macroeconomic Policy Analysis

30

ECO5076S

Development Microeconomics

30

Research Component:

ECO5023W

Minor Dissertation

60

Total

360


With permission of the Graduate Convener, a Masters in Economic Science student may be permitted to take two Masters courses (30 HEQF credits) from another Department.

Options may be added or withdrawn according to circumstances each year.

Please consult the School of Economics section of this handbook for descriptions of the compulsory and elective courses.

Assessment:

To qualify for the Masters degree, students must pass all courses including the research component to the value of 360 HEQF credits.

The dissertation is examined by way of a 60 credit dissertation (ECO5023W) to be submitted before the start of the next academic year in the following year (3rd).

Readmission rules:

Students who fail may repeat a maximum of two courses of the coursework component once, provided that they scored at least 40% at first attempt.  If a student fails an elective, they may substitute it with another elective.

There will be no supplementary examinations.

Satisfactory progress for research as per MoU’s (Memorandum of Understanding).

Distinction rules:

The degree will be awarded with distinction if the candidate obtains an overall average mark of at least 75% or higher, and if the candidate obtains not less than 70% for both the coursework component and the dissertation component of the degree.

Further programme specific administrative requirements:

The closing date is 31 October. The programme begins in January.

Please refer to the Commerce Faculty Postgraduate Handbook for more information

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