Overview

This new Masters course is different to others: it places great emphasis on applying economic thinking to real-world business and policy challenges. Our course is suitable for anyone with a drive to succeed in economics, even if you’ve had no previous training in this area.

You'll explore interactions between international institutions, governments and households, and develop an appreciation of the insights that economic analysis can bring to business and policy. Our course also cultivates your skills in decision making and analysis, while enhancing your critical thinking abilities in evaluating business performance, management styles and statistics, as well as the public, social and macroeconomic policies and their effect on businesses and households.

We prepare you for the workplace, as through this course you'll gain practical experience by working with organisations across the business landscape, such as Wood Mackenzie and Scottish Power, through to Zero Waste Scotland and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. You’ll get to delve into the markets and environments these organisations work in through a mix of site visits and guest lectures. There’s also the opportunity to undertake a summer consultancy project with external clients. This allows you to integrate the knowledge and skills from your master’s degree to solve a real business challenge.

Your learning and knowledge will benefit from our academic staff’s excellent links with industry and policy think tanks, as well as our ties with the Behavioural Science Centre, Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL) and The Centre for Constitutional Change.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

We’re in an elite group of business schools globally – and one of only 14 in the UK – to hold accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for both our MBA and MSc Business and Management (MBM) courses.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Our Flying Start Leadership Programme helps you develop self-awareness about your strengths and acquire new skills in a supportive environment

#2 There's a practical focus on applying economic thinking to real-world business and policy challenges

#3 Our strong links with industry and think tanks makes our economist postgraduates among the most employable

Course objectives

You’ll learn to evaluate:

  • business performance
  • management styles
  • official statistics
  • public, social and macroeconomic policies

You learn about the latest thinking on the most relevant developments in business and policy as the course reflects the applied research and consulting projects of our teaching staff. These include fiscal policy, unemployment, family, environment, public health, and ageing.

The course particularly focuses on:

  • current debates at macro and micro level e.g. the impact of Brexit on business, how can we prevent recessions, and how the national living wage can affect businesses and welfare
  • situations in which markets do not function properly, and where there may be justification for public intervention
  • the role and function of the firm and its relationship with employees and society as a whole
  • good working knowledge of techniques that support robust business and management analysis, performance and decision making

Preparing Business Leaders of the Future

Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond textbooks and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict.

Find out more about Flying Start.

Preparation for International students coming to study in the UK

Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study. Take a look at the Prepare for Success website to get more information.

Course details

The University of Stirling’s MSc Economics for Business and Policy consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by a dissertation or practical consultancy project.

Teaching

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures, masterclasses, small group sessions, and class presentations on policy and business issues. You’ll take part in a number of divisional seminars and workshops. Working in teams is an important part of the course.

The course content reflects the applied research and consulting projects of our teaching staff, so you’ll learn about the latest thinking on the most relevant developments in business and policy. These include fiscal policy, unemployment, family, environment, public health, and ageing.

You’ll engage with academics who have conducted outstanding research in the field of business and policy. This research feeds directly into the course material.

Assessment

Assessment includes a combination of exams and coursework, such as presentations and report writing.

Course director

Dr Mirko Moro

+44 (0)1786 467455

economics@stir.ac.uk

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas: £15,250
  • Home/EU: £7,900
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated November 14, 2018
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Overseas: £15,250 / Home/EU: £7,900
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