This course is taught by economists with substantial experience working with central banks, regulators and other financial institutions.
It is designed for those intending to prepare for an active career in a central bank or a regulatory authority overseeing financial markets and institutions, or who wish to gain experience of these institutions before working in the financial sector. It provides relevant preparation for work as an economist, supervisor or regulator in commercial and investment banks, credit rating agencies, pension companies and insurers, as well as in the public sector.
Unlike a typical economics MSc, this course includes core modules in consumer and firm behaviour, and the macroeconomic context for policymaking. It provides an introduction to monetary and financial policymaking, and hands-on data analysis modules with applications relevant to monetary and financial institutions.
Specialised modules refer to monetary economics and policy, economics of corporate finance, economics of household finance, and options are offered in macro-financial and general equilibrium (DSGE) modelling techniques used widely by central banks and regulators. These modules offer advanced understanding of institutions, policymaking bodies and techniques used to evaluate policies.
This course has close links with the Centre for Finance, Credit and Macroeconomics. Teaching is conducted by centre Fellows and draw on research published in the working paper series and internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals. It is further supported by a weekly seminar series, one-day conferences and regular public lectures.
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 macroprudential policy and financial conduct, macroeconomics, microeconomics and economic data analysis.
In semester two, you will take two further required modules, including Monetary Theory and Policy and either Economics of Corporate Finance, or Economics of Household Finance. You will also start work on your dissertation by taking a module in economic research methodology, and 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 monetary and financial policy.
Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.
- Macroprudential Policy and Financial Conduct
- Monetary Theory and Policy
- Microeconomics: Consumers, Firms and Markets
- Macroeconomics: Economic Cycles, Frictions and Policy
- Economic Data Analysis
- Economic Research Methodology
- MSc Dissertation: Economics
- Economics of Corporate Finance
- Economics of Household Finance
- Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
- International Macroeconomics
- Advanced Microeconomic Theory
- Behavioural Economic Theory
- Experimental Methods in Economics
- Financial and Macroeconometrics
- International Trade Theory
- Trade Analysis and Policy
- 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.
This course provides excellent preparation for work as an economist, supervisor or regulator in the Bank of England, the Prudential Regulation Authority, the Financial Conduct Authority, or in the private sector in commercial and investment banks, credit rating agencies, pension companies and insurers. Equivalent organisations and firms exist in most countries, and the course has been designed to refer to a broader set of institutions around the world.
A masters in economics provides a logical and rigorous perspective on human behaviour which is valued by a wide-range of employers around the world, in banking, business, consulting, government and academia.
Former MSc students are spread around the globe, working in academia, government and the private sector. Economics graduate destinations include Barclays, Bloomberg, Deloitte, Economist Intelligence Unit, Goldman Sachs, IBM, PwC, and Thomson Reuters.
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.
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a discipline with significant economics content
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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