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Course summary

Our MSc programmes in Economics will give you the opportunity to equip yourself with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in economics and related disciplines. The programme consists of a set of core and elective modules, culminating in a practice-based business project or a research-based dissertation.

Modules

Core and elective modules: You will study: Advanced Macroeconomics Advanced Microeconomics Public Choice Advanced Topics in Public Choice Econometrics I You will also choose a module between the following two options: Econometrics II (i.e. time-series econometrics) Microeconometrics You will then choose two elective modules. The list of modules may vary from year to year, but has typically included: Behavioural Finance and Economics, Development Economics, Econometrics II, Environmental and Climate Economics, Nonmarket Valuation and Preference Analysis, Experimental Economics and Finance, Game Theory, Industrial Organisation, International Economics, International Financial Economics, Market Microstructure, Microeconometrics, Monetary Economics, Money and Banking, Natural Resource Economics. Dissertation/Business Project or Placement, International Opportunities, Guest Speakers

Assessment method

The programme is mainly delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and practicals. Lectures provide key contents of a particular topic. Occasionally lectures might be delivered by guest speakers who are internationally recognised academic experts or practitioners in their field. Students can also attend the Durham Speaker Series, providing the opportunity to network with senior business leaders, staff and alumni. Seminars provide the opportunity for smaller groups of students to solve problems and discuss and debate issues based on knowledge gained through lectures and independent study outside the programme’s formal contact hours. Practicals are medium-sized group sessions, where students practice computer software, applying topics from lectures and seminars. Students study eight taught modules, a mix of core and electives which enables them to undertake a more in-depth study of particular topics. This is then followed by a 12,000-word dissertation that allows students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework. They are supported in writing their dissertation through the study of research methods and attending individual meetings with an allocated supervisor who monitors their progress and provides advice.


How to apply

International applicants

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree with evidence on your degree transcript of strong grades in statistical modules in your second, third or fourth year and that your programme contained an Economics component. If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £12900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £12900 Year 1
Scotland £12900 Year 1
Wales £12900 Year 1
Channel Islands £12900 Year 1
EU £24500 Year 1
International £24500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £24500 Year 1

Additional fee information

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated). Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/experience/colleges/pg/accommodation/costs/

Sponsorship information

For further information see the course listing.

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