Economics Conversion Programme (MSc)

the United Kingdom

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MSc

How long you will study
24 Months

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About Economics Conversion Programme at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury


The Economics Conversion programme offers a two-year route to an MSc for those with a degree in a subject other than Economics.

During the first year, you take the Diploma in Economic Analysis (DEA). This brings you up to the standards required to continue with MSc study. Students who pass the DEA with 60% and above then proceed to one of our MSc programmes. Students who pass but do not achieve 60% are awarded the DEA.

All of our MSc degrees equip you with a range of quantitative and analytical skills, and the ability to communicate complex economic concepts in a clear and concise style. Our programmes not only offer a stimulating education in economic theory, but also develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills to a range of national and international problems in the areas of finance, development, agriculture and the environment.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain a knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • The concepts, principles, theories, models and methods of modern advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and quantitative methods.
  • The econometric, mathematical, statistical and computing methods used in Economics.
  • Sources of economic data and methods used to analyse such data, and ability to make use of sources and methods.
  • Model building in microeconomics and macroeconomics and critical analysis of such models.
  • Application of core economic theory and reasoning to applied topics.
  • Research methods and management.
  • Specialist Economics supervised dissertation topic and quantitative methods project. 
  • Economic analysis of policy.
  • Key concepts affecting decision-making.
  • Chosen specialist areas in Economics selected from a range of options.

Intellectual Skills

You gain the following intellectual skills:

  • Ability to abstract the essential features of a complex system.
  • Ability to think about what are the important variables and fixed parameters in solving a problem.
  • Ability to analysis complex issues using deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • Ability to organise and use information to analyse complex issues and test different hypotheses.
  • Ability to review critically alternative explanations and analyses of a problem.
  • Ability to manage supervised dissertation and quantitative projects.

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • Analytical skills in Economics.
  • Ability to develop and understand models of economic behaviour.
  • Ability to apply economic principles and analysis to a range of issues, problems and policies.
  •  Ability to abstract the essential features of an economic issue, problem or system. 
  • Knowledge of the principal sources of economic data and information and ability to use and present this information.
  • Be able to carry out economic/econometric analysis of economic data.
  • Ability to synthesise and compare critically different economic analyses of an economic issue.
  • Ability to research the literature on an economic issue.
  • Research management skills.
  • Ability to apply economic skills to investigate supervised dissertation and quantitative methods projects.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • Effective communication of analysis and ideas both orally and in written form.
  • Ability to assemble, analyse, use and present data.
  • Understanding and ability to use economic, mathematical and quantitative methods to analyse issues and problems.
  • Development of information technology skills through using statistical and econometric packages, bibliographic searches and word processing coursework.
  • Independence in initiating and executing work.
  • Ability to analyse and solve problems.
  • Ability to think critically about proposed analyses and solutions to a problem or issue.
  • Ability to define and test hypotheses.
  • Become responsible for managing own learning and academic performance.
  • Research management skills acquired through managing supervised dissertation and quantitative methods projects.
  • Understand career opportunities and challenges ahead and begin to plan a career path.

The programme aims to:

  • Provide the opportunity for students who already have a degree to proceed to study Economics at master’s level when they have not previously studied Economics. 
  • Provide students with the knowledge, analytical and other skills from which they can proceed to further study in Economics and develop a deeper understanding of economic theory, econometric and quantitative techniques and policy applications to specific areas.
  • Provide a stimulating education in the principles of Economics and their application, in which high quality teaching motivates students to achieve their full potential.
  • Provide options to enable students to study selected areas of Economics in depth.
  • Develop in students the ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills in a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems.
  • Develop the skills necessary for independent research and to prepare students for work as professional economists or an area related to Economics.
  • Provide information and advice on future employment and further postgraduate study.
  • Prepare students for employment or further study.

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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR

Entry requirements

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