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MSc Econometrics and Economics

Gain a thorough grounding in applied and theoretical econometrics

2017/18 entry

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2017 (term dates)

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The public and private sectors are gaining an increasing awareness of the value of quantitative skills to assess and use evidence from large amounts of data, making econometricians highly sought after.

Our MSc in Econometrics and Economics will provide you with the essential skills that you need to follow a professional career, or to pursue further research, in applied and theoretical econometrics. The Masters is aimed at those with a prior knowledge of economics and econometrics, and/or mathematics and statistics.

You'll follow a core course in advanced economic and econometric theory. The modules are taught by world-leading experts in areas of economic theory, microeconometrics, panel data analysis, time series, spatial econometrics and nonparametric methods. Applied econometrics modules will equip you with state-of-the-art data analysis skills. You'll also develop your skills in analysing economic and financial data, and using econometric software widely employed by the leading researchers in the world.

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York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.

Course content

To achieve an MSc in Econometrics and Economics you'll complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 90 credits from the core taught modules, 10 credits from the optional taught modules, and an 80 credit dissertation.

Modules

For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are seven compulsory core modules which amount to 90 of these credits:

  1. Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)
  2. Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  3. International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  4. Econometric Methods for Research (20 credits)
  5. Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
  6. Time Series (10 credits)
  7. Either Project or Topics in Financial Econometrics (10 credits)

In addition, you'll choose one 10 credit option from:

  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
  • Development Economics: Theory and Evidence (10 credits)
  • Emerging Market Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  • Experimental Economics (10 credits)
  • Industrial Economics (10 credits)
  • Labour Economics (10 credits)
  • Project (10 credits)
  • Public Finance (10 credits)
  • Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications (10 credits)
  • Topics in Financial Econometrics (10 credits)

A full list and descriptions of modules are available.

* Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

An MSc in Econometrics and Economics is ideal for those who have an interest in using econometric methods and techniques to really get to grips with the important economic and social problems of our time.
Daniel, MSc in Econometrics and Economics

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

This Masters combines a variety of different teaching methods, including:

  • Formal lectures
  • Seminars
  • Problem-solving classes
  • Practical computer-based sessions.

A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and monitor progress. The department also has a vibrant research community. You’ll be able to attend the seminars and research workshops in which staff and invited speakers discuss their research.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Alcuin College and elsewhere on Campus West.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Formal types of assessment in this course include:

  • Dissertation
  • Exams
  • Group project
  • Seminar presentation
  • Essays

As you study modules you’ll take part in assessments that do not contribute to your final mark, instead giving useful feedback on your progress and understanding.

York is the ideal place to study for your MSc as it provides you with all the opportunities to reach your potential, both during your degree and in your subsequent career. I fell in love with the city of York instantly, and the teaching is world class, with world leaders in micro and time-series econometrics.
Daniel, MSc in Econometrics and Economics

Careers and skills

The Masters will act as a springboard to a professional career in applied economics and econometrics. It is also an ideal preparation for a PhD. Around 80% of our department's MSc graduates go on to economics-related careers.

Career opportunities

You'll gain the skills that will allow you to work in a variety of organisations. Recent graduates' job positions include:

  • Economists (including with Cambridge Economic Policy Associates)
  • University researchers (progression to PhD)
  • Consultants (including economic modelling and marketing effectiveness for an energy agency)

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • Independent working
  • Time management and people skills
  • Communicating research
  • Performing statistical analysis
  • Analytical and technical research skills.

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
Degree

You should have at least a 2:1 degree from a UK university in a subject with sufficient econometrics and economics content. A strong background in mathematics or statistics would be an advantage.

If your first degree was awarded by an institution outside the UK, see our country-specific information.

If you do not have a strong background in economics, but have other relevant qualifications or experience, you can take a Summer Session course in Economics and Quantitative Methods.

English language

If your native language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic: 61 overall with a minimum of 55 in each component.

We also accept other English tests. Visit postgraduate English language requirements for further information.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

You'll be invited to provide a brief description in your Personal Statement of any econometrics, micro/macro economics, mathematics and statistics courses taken as part of your undergraduate or postgraduate degree studies, detailing core texts used.

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