This course provides you with a solid foundation in contemporary econometric theory, and the expertise to apply that theory to the analysis of economic data.
It is designed to train you in the use of analytic and quantitative methods in examining economic issues, providing research training at the level needed to progress to a PhD.
Our research-led approach to teaching guarantees an exciting and challenging experience, providing the skills you need to progress as a professional economist or academic researcher.
The programme is influenced by the work of academics at the Granger Centre for Time Series Econometrics including Nobel Prize Winner and Nottingham alumnus, Sir Clive Granger. The centre was established in 2006 to develop and distribute research in both theoretical and applied time series econometric analysis, including panel data methods.
At the end of the course, you will be able to read and understand current and classic research papers in econometrics and applied econometrics, and will have received one-to-one guidance to enable you to complete your first econometrics research project.
"While the content is very intellectually demanding, the exceptional teaching quality makes it very enjoyable. Upon graduation, I am hoping to pursue a PhD in development economics."
Lim Kai Shen
Dual degree option
The school has professional links with the University of Konstanz and the University of Tübingen in Germany. If you complete the taught component of this course, you can transfer onto our dual degree and spend a second year in Konstanz or Tübingen. This is a great opportunity to travel abroad and study at a highly ranked university in beautiful parts of Germany.
- 6th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework
- Top 100 worldwide for economics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
This course comprises 120 credits of core and optional modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation on a subject of your choice. You will receive one-to-one support from an expert academic supervisor, and methodological and practical guidance through our Economic Research Methodology module.
In semester one, you will take modules in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, econometric theory and economic data analysis.
In semester two, you will take two further required modules in time-series economics and applied microeconometrics. You will also start work on your dissertation by taking a module in economic research methodology, and will choose two optional modules from a wide range.
After completing your semester two modules, you will undertake a 15,000-word supervised dissertation which will demonstrate familiarity with a particular area of econometrics.
Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.
- Econometric Theory
- Economic Data Analysis
- Time Series Econometrics
- Applied Microeconometrics
- Microeconomic Theory
- Macroeconomic Theory
- Economic Research Methodology
- MSc Dissertation: Economics
- Advanced Macroeconomic Methods
- International Macroeconomics
- Advanced Microeconomic Theory
- Behavioural Economic Theory
- Experimental Methods in Economics
- Monetary Theory and Practice
- Financial and Macroeconometrics
- International Trade Theory
- Trade Analysis and Policy
- Economics of Household Finance
- Economics of Corporate Finance
- Applied Behavioural Economics
- Development Policy Analysis
- Development Microeconomics
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Vidhura Tennekoon worked as an engineer for eight years before entering the world of finance. In 2005, keen to advance his career at the Central Bank in Sri Lanka, he moved to Nottingham with his wife to study economics.
After obtaining his MSc he rose to the position of head of the bank's money and banking division. He later left once more to further his studies, obtaining a PhD in economics from Washington State University and has since pursued a career in academia, working at the economics departments of three US universities.
Nottingham economics postgraduates are spread around the globe, working in academia, government and the private sector. Our courses provide specialist skills in theoretical and empirical economics, which are sought-after by employers.
Employability and average starting salary
94.4% of postgraduates from the School of Economics who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £31,750 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £45,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated September 26, 2018