MREs Macroeconomics

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
20 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

DIPLL10009 Economics,
MA L10012 Economics,
MA L10024 Economics,
MRESL10012 Economics,
MRESL100EK Economics,
MRESL100KE Economics,
MSC L10012 Economics,
MSC L10024 Economics,
MSC L100EK Economics,
MSC L100KE Economics,
MSC L100PP Economics with Professional Placement,
MSC L100UH Economics,
MPH L10024 Economics,
MPH L10048 Economics,
MPHDL10036 Economics,
MPHDL10048 Economics,
MPHDL10072 Economics,
MPHPL10036 Economics,
MPHPL10072 Economics,
MSD L10012 Economics,
MSD L10024 Economics,
PHD L10036 Economics,
PHD L10048 Economics,
PHD L10072 Economics,
PHP L10036 Economics,
PHP L10072 Economics

Module description

This is an advanced course in macroeconomics. It covers the concepts and methods of modern macroeconomics. We begin with an overview of the two main paradigms of macroeconomics: the Classical and Keynesian models. We then develop the main model to study the economy in the long run: the Solow growth model. We then study the determinants of consumption and investment, and we finish with the study of economies in an infinite horizon.

Module aims

The primary objective is for students to acquire the necessary tools for macroeconomic analysis. This requires close study of a few important readings. I will also attempt to keep the focus on the important questions faced by macroeconomists. For some topics we will rely upon some advanced mathematics (especially, dynamic programming), which will be explained in class as we go along.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired a grasp of the main issues and theories facing modern macroeconomists. In particular, they will be able to critically assess the role of macroeconomic policy in the short and long run. Key employability skills delivered by the module include numeracy and ICT skills; research, information and communication skills; self-awareness, target setting, time management; reflection and evaluation. The key academic skills delivered by the module are detailed in the Key Skills table.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

One 2 hour lecture and 1 class per week. Feedback for this module will occur through class meetings where we will go over the answers to problem sets and where you will be able to ask questions about your own method of solution; answers that will be posted on the website for the module that will give you written guidance on the appropriate method to approach the problems, assignments, and tests; and office hours where any additional questions can be addressed. You should be sure that you use these methods to understand how to improve your own performance.


  • Romer, David. (2011) Advanced macroeconomics, New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Test
Exam 120 minutes during January (Main)

Overall assessment

Whichever is the Greater: EITHER 50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark OR 100 per cent Exam Mark IF Coursework Mark is a pass or better


Whichever is the Greater: EITHER 50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark OR 100 per cent Exam Mark IF Coursework Mark is a pass or better

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Lectures & classes: Dr Yikai Wang
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 44 hours, 42 (95.5%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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