University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Intended for students with a prior degree in the economics field, the MSc in Economics aims to extend an existing knowledge and skills base in economics and quantitative methods while enhancing critical and analytical skills. It is an intensive course combining advanced study and research.
The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to analyze the current dynamic environment within the context of appropriate contemporary theory and research. With appropriate levels of sophistication, they can develop the tools and frameworks to analyze issues. Through this process, students can acquire skills that will better enable them to explore and analyze new issues as they emerge.
The course offers digitally-based transferable skills for those aiming for a career as a professional economist in government, financial institutions, business, commerce, international agencies, and other similar organizations. By featuring strong research and inquiry skills, it also aims to help those wanting to progress to a Ph.D.
Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching
At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.
We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavor to keep current and prospective students informed.
"This information was correct at the time of publishing (July 2023)"
How You Study
This is a one-year Master's degree featuring four theory modules and two econometrics modules. Development economics features as a core to reflect the Biennial Development conference run by LiBS. The dissertation will give students the chance to work with one of the department's experienced lecturers on a selected topic and apply your knowledge to a specific problem.
The quantitative methods provided in the econometrics modules include: instrumental variables and two stage least squares; method of moment estimation; simultaneous equations models; forecasting; qualitative and limited dependent variable techniques; and panel data modelling.
Topics in Economics include: dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models; closed economic equilibrium; competitive equilibrium dynamics; consumer theory; consumption dynamics; Investment; real-business-cycle models; game theory; and information economics.
Applied Econometrics for Economics and Finance (Core).
This module aims to illustrate the further techniques of empirical investigation in economics by using real-world empirical applications in the fields related to economics and finance. The topics covered will reflect the development of contemporary applied econometrics. It can also advance students analytical skills of using econometrics software and packages that are essential for students who wish to pursue a professional career in economics, finance or related disciplines.
Applied Economic Issues (Core)
In the spirit of student as producer, the aim of this module is to inculcate the student in the enquiry process with the production of a short piece of original research being the outcome. Students will be applying a certain range of methods and tools that they might be expected to undertake as practitioners. To add a further real-world dimension, this is to be undertaken collaboratively.
Behavioural Economics (Core)
This module presents important concepts and insights from Behavioural Economics. It considers applications from various areas, eg, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Experimental Economics, Economic Policy and Finance. The module will cover different ways to depart from the assumption of economic agents as homo oeconomicus, ie, agents with standard preferences, rational behaviour and rational expectations. These departures from homo oeconomicus include cognitive biases, simple rules and heuristics, and non-standard preferences. Next, the consequences of relaxing rationality assumptions are discussed on a wide range of applications. The module will also discuss empirical and experimental support for different behavioural models.
Dissertation and Research Design for Finance (Core)
The dissertation provides the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on the aspects relating to their Master's programme. The vehicle will be the researching and writing of a dissertation, based on the methods delivered in the pre-requisite QM modules. The dissertation is the capstone of the Master's learning process and allows the student to demonstrate mastery in scholarship of a programme related topic that they have selected in amalgamation with supervisory tutors.
Econometrics for Economics and Finance (Core)
This module builds upon the principles and methods of statistics and introduces classical econometric modelling by using cross-sectional and panel data. It also aims to equip students with analytical skills of using econometrics software and packages that are essential for students who wish to pursue a professional career in economics, finance or related disciplines. Real-world data will be used in this module to facilitate learning and to develop problem-solving skills.
Monetary Economics (Core)
The module aims to develop an understanding of why monetary policy matters, what central banks can do to improve the financial markets and economic performance through the use of conventional and unconventional monetary policy instruments, and when monetary policy decisions may be impotent. It also aims to help students to gain skills in economic analysis to conduct monetary policy under uncertainties considering recent the global financial crisis.
Topics in Macroeconomic Theory (Core)
The module covers the fundamental models of economic growth and key macroeconomic issues in the field of modern macroeconomics. The emphasis will be on learning theoretical concepts and analytical techniques, as an aid to understanding contemporary macroeconomic problems. The deterministic growth models will be used to shed light on the often mysterious process of economic growth at both world and country levels, as well as on income and growth differences across countries.
Topics in Microeconomics (Core)
This module presents the techniques necessary to analyze microeconomic problems on an advanced level. During this module, students will study how and under what conditions markets and market-clearing prices achieve an efficient allocation of resources, the distributional properties of the market equilibrium and the role of the government, and problems of asymmetric information. The module provides the foundation for advanced modules in International Trade, Industrial Organisation, and Behavioural Economics as well as for the micro-foundations of macroeconomic models.
Trade and Development (Core)
Since the World Trade Organisation was established in 1995, by cutting trade barriers, particularly by developing countries, the pattern of trade has changed significantly. However, removing trade barriers and opening up markets do not necessarily generate development in practice. Rich countries and large multinational corporations dominate the global marketplace and, in turn, trade. This is inherently unequal with poor countries seldom experiencing rising well-being but are forced to deal with increasing unemployment, poverty, and income inequality.
The MSc Economics programme is ideal for students wanting to work as a professional economist in government, financial institutions, business, commerce, international agencies, and other similar organisations. It is also suitable for those wanting to progress to a PhD.
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