Postgraduate Summer Session in Microeconomics and Quantitative Methods

Summer Session registration deadline is 27th July 2018. If you face any issues with these dates please contact the summer session coordinator.

Duration 7 weeks of which 6 weeks are Distance Learning and 1 weeks is residential.

  • Dates:  Starts 1st August 2018 finishes 14th September 2018, this time is split between 1st August to 6th September Distance learning (travel between 7th and 10th September to York) workshop residential (11th and 14thSeptember)
  • Costs will be £1100 of which £1000 tuition fees and £100 registration plus one-week accommodation and living costs. 

Overview

Overview

A special feature of the York graduate programme is the availability of the Summer Session for students who, in the opinion of the Graduate School, have the ability to successfully complete the one-year Masters programme, but whose background is not a first degree in economics. Such candidates may possess a relevant professional qualification, a degree in another social science, or a science or engineering degree with a high quantitative and analytical content.

Students who satisfactorily complete the coursework either residential or distance learning examinations throughout the course will be given a certificate of attendance.

For those students who have a conditional offer for our MSc programme, subject to completing the summer session, you will then be able to register for the MSc.

The Summer Session course consists of lectures and tutorials in Micro-Economics (50%), Mathematics (20%), Statistics (20%), and Macro-Economics (10%).

The course material is of a standard equivalent to the second year of the honours degree in economics taught by the Economics Department. The course is intensive; in addition to the four teaching sessions per day, students are expected to work through exercises and problem sheets.

The Summer Session is also available as a free-standing course of instruction for any graduate interested in acquiring greater knowledge of economics and quantitative techniques.

How to apply

Summer Session Fees

Fee £1100.

You will need to pay £1100 at the time of application, which includes £100 registration and £1000 tuition fees. Tuition fees (£1000 are refundable) in case you may not attend.

How to apply

Applicants with a conditional offer for an MSc can apply by e-vision. 

Once an offer holder has accepted their offer, any pre-sessional programmes you are eligible for will be listed in the pre-sessional tab.  The offer holder then will be able to make an application by clicking on the pre-sessional programme link. 

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Select and apply

Any graduate interested in acquiring greater knowledge of economics and quantitative techniques. (stand alone students)

You can submit an application by using the following website. 

You@York application portal

REMEMBER you must us the create a new user tab

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ESS Accommodation

If you do not require pre-sessional summer accommodation you must inform Accommodation Services via email: accommodation@york.ac.uk before your arrival.

You will not be given a choice of room type or location for your pre-sessional accommodation. All students on the same course will be allocated to the same type of accommodation. 

You will be accommodated in university accommodation from the day before your course starts until 9am the date after your course ends. 

If you wish to live in a University residence during your Postgraduate course, you can apply online as soon as you accept an unconditional or conditional course place at the University.

Specific questions regarding accommodation should be sent to: accommodation@york.ac.uk

Course Details

Course Details

The Summer Session in Microeconomics and Quantitative Methods is a 5 week course offered by the Department of Economics at the University of York. The course consists of lectures and tutorials in Micro-Economics (50%), Mathematics (20%), Statistics (20%), and Macro-Economics (10%).

The course material is of a standard equivalent to the second year of the honours degree in economics taught by the Economics Department. The course is intensive; in addition to the four teaching sessions per day, students are expected to work through exercises and problem sheets. A detailed course outline is attached.

The main purpose of the course is to prepare students for entry to the various one-year MSc degrees offered by this Department. A representative intake of students will have taken degrees and qualifications for example in engineering, medicine, biology and so on.

The course is also available to any appropriately qualified individual who wishes to acquire the basic principles of micro-economic theory and statistics in the analysis of real-life economic problems.

Certificates of attendance and competence are issued to participants.

Course Outlines

A series of topics are outlined below, each will be accompanied by a complete set of notes, exercises and where appropriate solutions to the exercises. Each topic may take more than a single lecture.

OUTLINE

Module

Subject

Content

Quantitative Module

Mathematics

Basic Mathematical Concepts

Functions

Equations

Introduction to linear algebra

Growth and Logarithmic Functions

Differential Calculus

Integration

 

Statistics

Descriptive Statistics

Discrete Random Variables

Continuous  Random Variables

Correlation and Regression

Estimation

Hypothesis Testing  

Economics

Microeconomics

Fundamental Concepts

Demand and Supply

Consumer Behaviour

General Equilibrium

Theory and Welfare Economics 

The Theory of the Firm   

Competition   

Monopoly   

Oligopoly   

Introduction to Game Theory

Asymmetric Information   

 

Macroeconomics

Basic definitions,

Aggregate supply and aggregate demand together (medium-run)

Economic growth

Expectations

 The open economy

 

 

FAQ's

General ESS questions

  • Will I be required to take an exam at the end of the Summer Session?

Yes during the one week residential workshop.  The rate of success is very high.

  • Can you suggest any recommended reading or relevant books to support the Summer Session? 

No the workbooks are enough.

  • Do you allow late comers?

We allow some late comers but only under extreme circumstances, please email Maria Garcia Reyes to enquiry directly about this.

  • Are there any scholarships for the Summer Session or financial aid?

No, we do not offer scholarships or financial aid for the Summer Session.

  • Is it possible to sit both the Summer Session and English language course?

Yes, it is possible.

  • How is Distance Learning component taught?

Distance Learning is taught online, students are provided electronic format workbooks which allow the student to follow the course online world wide, there is IT support so you can follow the course, with a series of videos, power point presentations and other visual aids, plus questions and answers from your tutor.

  • Is DL scheduled and prepared in advance or is it taught in real time

It is NOT taught in real time, there is some flexibility but the material must be covered every week to be able to proceed.

  • How many hours do I have to devote to DL?

There is no attendance as such, study time varies but it ranges from 6 to 8  hours per week. If you are currently at work or other personal commitments, this is an excellent option as you can catch up during the weekend. 

  • How do I register?

REGISTER by ONLINE STORE

  • Is accommodation for Residential ESS included in the cost?

No,  you will be charged for this by the accommodation office.  All accommodation enquires please email accommodation@york.ac.uk

  • Visa requirements for overseas student for ESS

You will be provided with a CAS form that includes the Summer Session. Please make sure you have enough time to apply for a visa.

 

 

Students attending a lecture

Summer Session Coordinator:

Dr Maria Garcia-Reyes

Administration of Summer Session:

Katie Walton