Thursday, May 10, 2007

TTS - MA Economics, Bristol Business School

The School of Economics offers a range of exciting opportunities to study at postgraduate (Masters) level. These developments build on the ‘excellence’ rating the School achieved for its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the latest government assessment (23 out of a maximum of 24 points) and the appointment of new, senior members of the School widening and deepening our research strengths.

The School of Economics currently offers the following Masters Awards:

MA Economics

MA Economics (International Business Economics)

MA Economics (Economics of Money, Banking and Finance)

These challenging awards have been designed to allow you to choose from a broad range of modules. In addition to core economic and econometric theory, students may choose from a range of specialist options including financial economics, development economics and political economy. For detailed programme structures of specific Masters Awards please follow the appropriate link above. For a more general overview of our Masters Awards click on the link below:

MA Structure

Main Features of the Awards

The postgraduate awards have been designed to offer both flexibility and academic coherence. The programmes are modular in structure, organised around a range of core and optional modules, which include Research Methods, Economic Theory, Econometrics, Critical Political Economy, Development Economics and Finance.

To achieve the MA you will also need to complete a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation exhibits the in-depth knowledge in your specialised area, which you will have gained throughout the taught part of the programme. The dissertation also demonstrates the abilities of analysis and critical appraisal. You will be provided with a dissertation supervisor to provide support throughout the completion of this module.

You will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Economics on passing the taught modules and eligible for the award of Masters having achieved a pass in the dissertation in addition to having passed the taught modules.

Aims and Objectives of the Programme

By the end of the programme, you will have acquired a thorough knowledge of the subject and its application. You will also have developed research skills and the theoretical knowledge needed to carry out research in related disciplines, or apply theoretical knowledge in a business environment.

Methods of Assessment

We use a variety of different assessment methods including traditional essays and examinations in addition to student presentations, debates and group work.

Teaching and Learning

The courses are designed to allow flexible approaches to teaching and learning. The modules are taught using a combination of lectures, seminars, student presentations and computer workshops. Teaching takes place two days a week (days to be confirmed) and part-time students will only need to attend for one day a week. All Masters Awards start in September and finish in either August (12 months) or the following January (16 months) depending on the student’s choice with regard to the supervision arrangements for their dissertation.

Entry Requirements

A relevant first degree (minimum lower second) or equivalent is normally necessary. However, other qualifications or experience which demonstrates that the candidate possesses appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard may be accepted. If you are in any doubt as to your eligibility, contact Doctor Peter Howells tel: 0117 32 83684 for an informal and confidential assessment.

A recognised English Language qualification is also normally required. If English is not your first language, tests such as the British Council’s International English Language Test (IELTS) at grade 6.5 or TOEFL at 600 (paper based) / 250 (computer based) are acceptable.


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