Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Queens Management School
* 1 year full-time
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Speaker - Matthias Blum, Assistant Programme Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know?
Economics at Queen’s is ranked 13th in the UK for student experience in the Times Good University Guide 2017
- Applied Econometrics
- Microeconomic Theory
- 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
Modules are subject to change.
Assessment & Feedback
Two thirds by written examination and continuous assessment. One third by dissertation (14,000-17,000 words or equivalent).
Learning and Teaching
Morning and afternoon.
Normally a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Economics or a closely related subject (eg 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 quantitaive analysis, Maths or Finance based subject in lieu of academic qualifications will be considered on an individual basis under the University's RPL Policy http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpol. A formal interview, the submission of written work, exam or GMAT test may form a part of this proceedure.
International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Countryfrom 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.
Please click the links below for more information:
- 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
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Programme Director: Professor Rob Gilles
Associate Programme director: Dr Matthias Blum
Queen's Management School
Tel: 028 9097 5514/5515
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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.
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Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Normally self-funding, although a limited number of scholarships may also be available. For current information on available scholarships, please see the School website. For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy
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