International Economics (Including Year Abroad)

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Academic Year of Entry: 2023/24 - 2024/25
Course overview
(Integrated Master in Economics:) Integrated Master in Economics
International Economics (Including Year Abroad)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Economics
Colchester Campus
Masters
Full-time
MECNLC33
08/05/2024

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Professional accreditation

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Admission criteria

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

Course qualifiers

A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).

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Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

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External examiners

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Mr Georgios Papadopoulos


Mr Teng Ge


Dr Georgios Chrysanthou

Lecturer in Economics (Teaching and Research)

University of Dundee

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2024 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2023/24

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  EC111-4-FY-CO  Introduction to Economics  Core  30  30 
02    EC114-4-FY or (MA114-4-AU and MA108-4-SP)  Compulsory with Options  30  30 
03    EC115-4-FY or MA101-4-FY  Compulsory with Options  30  30 
04    Option(s) from list or Outside Option(s)  Optional  30  30 
05  EC123-4-FY-CO  Career Skills in Economics  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  EC201-5-FY-CO  Macroeconomics (Intermediate)  Compulsory  30  30 
02  EC202-5-FY-CO  Microeconomics (Intermediate)  Compulsory  30  30 
03  EC245-5-SP-CO  International Financial Institutions and Policy  Compulsory  15  15 
04  EC246-5-AU-CO  International Trade Institutions and Policy  Compulsory  15  15 
05  EC251-5-SP-CO  Mathematical Methods in Economics  Compulsory  15  15 
06  EC252-5-AU-CO  Introduction to Econometric Methods  Compulsory  15  15 
07  EC123-5-FY-CO  Career Skills in Economics  Compulsory 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  AW121-6-FY-CO  Abroad Module 120 Credits  Compulsory  120  120 

Year 3 - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  EC367-6-SP-CO  The Economic Geography of Employment, Innovation and Trade  Compulsory  15  15 
02  EC368-6-AU-CO  International Money and Finance  Compulsory  15  15 
03  EC831-6-FY-CO  Project: Economics  Compulsory  30  30 
04    Final year Economics option  Optional  15  15 
05    Economics option  Optional  15  15 
06    Economics option (or outside option if not already taken in 2nd year)  Optional  30  30 
07  EC123-6-FY-CO  Career Skills in Economics  Compulsory 

Year 4 - 2027/28

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  EC501-7-AU-CO  Econometric Methods  Compulsory  20  20 
02  EC511-7-AU-CO  Mathematical Methods  Compulsory  20  20 
03  EC932-7-SP-CO  The Geography of Employment and the Environment  Compulsory  20  20 
04  EC933-7-SP-CO  International Finance  Compulsory  20  20 
05    Economics options from list  Optional  40  40 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

1. To provide students with a knowledge of advanced economic principles and an awareness of their application relevant to the scheme of study.
2. To provide students with the necessary underlying skills of research methods used in economics.
3. To establish a critical awareness of the integration of theory, data, and analysis.
4. To provide students with an awareness of the nature of the economic research process.
5. To prepare students for work as professional economists and for further academic study of economics.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A101: Knowledge of advanced economic principles at the forefront of international economics

A102: Knowledge of a range of applications at the forefront of international economics

A103: Knowledge and understanding of sources available for research

A104: Understanding of the relationships between theory and empirical research in economics

A105: Awareness of the significance of alternative theoretical and methodological approaches to economic analysis

A106: Knowledge of the core methods used to analyse economic data

Learning methods

Outcomes A1-A6 are acquired through lectures, classes, and related coursework.

Lectures are used to present material - ideas, data and arguments - in a clear and structured manner.

Lectures are also used to stimulate students‘ interest in learning economic research methods. These research methods are then practiced when writing term papers and the 3rd-year dissertation.

Classes and preparation for lectures and classes, provide an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the content of the courses.

Preparation for term papers, the 3rd-year dissertation and for examinations aids students in developing this knowledge and understanding.

Throughout, students are encouraged to engage in independent study.

Students are expected to extend and enhance the knowledge and understanding they acquire from lectures and classes by regularly consulting library materials relating to the course.

Term papers and the 3rd-year dissertation are particularly useful in developing A3.

Assessment methods

Outcomes A1-A6 are assessed throughout the courses comprising the degree by means of written examinations alongside compulsory term papers and the 3rd-year dissertation.

Outcomes A1 and A6 are also assessed in certain courses through written tests.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B101: Logically analyse a specified problem in economics and choose the most appropriate methods for its solution

B102: Exercise critical judgement in assessing the weights of competing theories and appraising their merits

B103: Formulate a coherent economic argument

B104: Construct reasoned, informed and concise descriptions and assessments of ideas at the forefront of international economics

B105: Critically evaluate and interpret empirical evidence

Learning methods

Skills B1-B5 are acquired and enhanced primarily through the work that students do for their courses, although lectures provide a means for teachers to demonstrate these skills through example.

Student preparation involves the reading, interpretation and evaluation of the economics literature, including texts and research papers, and the analysis of empirical evidence.

Teachers provide feedback on student work through comment and discussion.

In addition, teachers engage students outside the classroom through office hours, appointments, and email.

The term papers and 3rd-year dissertation in particular are additionally used to develop a student’s mastery of the combined application of economic principles and empirical methods, as well as their analytical ability and understanding of the research process.

Assessment methods

Skills B1-B5 are assessed throughout the courses comprising the degree by means of written examinations, alongside compulsory term papers and the 3rd-year dissertation.

Skills B1 and B5 are also assessed in certain courses through written tests.

C: Practical skills

C101: Identify, select and gather information using relevant sources, including the library and online searches

C102: Organise ideas in a systematic and critical fashion

C103: Present and critically assess advanced economic ideas and arguments coherently in writing

C104: Use and apply economic terminology and concepts

C105: Apply econometric techniques to the analysis of quantitative data and summarise the results

C106: Independently plan and undertake extended written work

C107: Apply the necessary organisational and cultural skills for living and working abroad.

Learning methods

Skills C1-C5 are acquired and enhanced primarily through the work that students do for their courses.

Lectures also provide a means of teachers demonstrating these skills through example.

Skill C5 is acquired to a greater degree in courses that focus on econometrics.
This skill is reinforced or supplemented depending on the optional courses taken.

Skill C6 is acquired through the work that the students do for term papers and the 3rd-year dissertation.

Skill C7 is acquired through the guided but relatively independent process of organising and successfully completing a period of living and studying abroad

Assessment methods

Skills C1-C5 are assessed throughout the courses comprising the degree by means of written examinations with term papers.

Skills C1 and C2 are also informally assessed by student's preparation for each course.

Skill C5 is also assessed in certain courses through written tests.

Skill C6 is assessed through term papers and the 3rd-year dissertation.

Skill C7 is assessed during the international exchange year

D: Key skills

D101: Communication in writing, using appropriate terminology and technical language

D102: Production of a word-processed research papers and 3rd-year dissertation. Development of web-skills

D103: Use of mathematical techniques to construct economic models

D104: Application of economic reasoning to address complex issues involving economic phenomena

D105: Capacity to: (a) organise and impliment a plan of independant study; (b) reflect on his or her own learning experience and adapt in responce to feedback; and (c) recognise when he or she needs to learn more and appreciate the role of additional research

Learning methods

Students are guided in acquiring skills D1-D5 through lectures, classes and individual advice from teachers.

These skills are further developed as students pursue the learning activities associated with their courses.

Term papers and the 3rd-year dissertation enable students to acquire skill D2 and also assists them in acquiring skills D1, D4 and D5.

Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in working in groups through their participation in classes for courses, especially the applied ones.

Assessment methods

Skills D1, D3, D4 and D5 are assessed throughout the courses comprising the degree by means of examinations with compulsory term papers or written tests.

Term papers and the 3rd-year dissertation also provides a particular further means for an overall assessment of communication (D1), using IT (D2), problem-solving skills (D4), and self-learning (D5).


Note

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