Master of Social Sciences (Economics by Research)
The Department of Economics has an established reputation as one of the largest and leading departments of Economics in the Asia-Pacific region. Faculty members’ research areas span a wide range of economic fields, with strength in the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, as well as in particular fields such as game theory and industrial organization, labor economics, education, financial economics, and growth theory and development with special reference to Asia. Our faculty members have recently published in top journals. Recognition of the contributions by the faculty has, inter alia, take the form of editorships; election to membership of scholarly societies; invitations to scholarly conferences; and consultancies with international organizations and the governments of Singapore and other ASEAN countries. Because of the size and diversity of the faculty and the range of its curricular offerings, students can specialize in almost any area of interest in Economics.
Applicants should have a good NUS Honours degree (second class and above) or equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelors degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field; or a good Bachelors degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field; or have a good quantitative background such as in mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, operations research, etc; or exceptionally, alternative qualifications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. We may require some applicants to take a placement test which is in the form of an oral interview to be conducted by at least three members of the Departmental Graduate Committee (Oral Panel). The questions asked in the test will focus on microeconomics, macroeconomics, mathematics, and economics. Please note that meeting these requirements does not imply automatic admission into the programme.
This degree requires a dissertation of a maximum of 30,000 words and has to be completed within a maximum period of 3 years, and a minimum period of 1 year. Research candidates may be admitted as full-time or part-time students. However, foreign students on student pass must pursue their study on a full-time basis. The minimum and maximum periods of candidature for both full and part-time programmes are the same.
The coursework graduation requirements for Research Students include reading at least 9 modules at Level 5000/6000 level with an average grade of at least B- (CAP 3.00). The essential modules are EC5101 Microeconomic Theory, EC5102 Macroeconomic Theory, EC5103 Econometric Modelling and Applications I, EC5104 Mathematical Economics and EC6770 Graduate Research Seminar (GRS). Candidates with little or no basic background in econometrics or other quantitative studies will need to read ECA5103 Quantitative and Computing Methods.
Applicants whose native tongue or medium of university instruction is not in English should submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.
Last updated January 29, 2018