Taught course

Economics of Globalisation and European Integration

Staffordshire University · Economics

Entry requirements

This award accepts good honours degree graduates of economics, business studies or related disciplines. However, graduates of business studies or related disciplines must have a substantial element of economics in their studies. Students may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the course. International students must show equivalent academic qualifications and English language proficiency of IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550/213. Please note that this course is currently not suitable for students that require a Tier 4 (general) visa to study in the UK.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is a unique programme in the UK higher education sector. It is based on a special agreement signed by a Consortium of nine global universities and supported by the European Commission's Socrates Programme as well as Erasmus MUNDUS. It covers analytical and research skills in economics, particularly skills relevant to business analysis, and the opportunity to apply these skills to specialist areas of international trade and European integration.
Students on the award are from all nine partner universities and the teaching is rotated between all partners. Upon completion of teaching block II, students return to their home universities for dissertation work. All modules are taught in English.
Partner universities in addition to Staffordshire University are:
  • Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
  • Università degli Studi di Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Italy
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel,Belgium
  • Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
  • Université Lille 1, Sciences et Technologies, France
  • Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze, Czech Republic
  • Xiamen University, P.R. China
  • Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
The first term of this course covers the important theoretical background in economic analysis that will be used in analysing applied topics covered in the remainder of the programme. The second and third terms are taught by staff from partner institutions. You will spend a significant amount of study time on applying theoretical economics to analyse issues facing EU policy makers or policy makers in Central and East European countries which have embarked on transition to the market system. The final part of the course, the dissertation, is usually undertaken at Staffordshire University.
Term 1
  • Advanced Microeconomics (6 credits)
  • Advanced Macroeconomics (6 credits)
  • Applied Econometrics (6 credits)
  • ‘Skills’ optional courses: e.g. Mathematics for Economists or Foreign Language (2 credits)
Term 2
  • Economics of European Integration (6 credits)
  • Open Economy Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • Economics of Globalisation (4 credits)
  • ‘Advanced subjects’ optional course: Special Topics in Applied Econometrics (5 credits)
  • ‘Skills’ optional courses: e.g. Foreign Language or Academic Writing (2 credits)
Term 3
  • International Trade: Theory and Policy (6 credits)
  • ‘Advanced subjects’ optional courses: e.g. Special Topics in International Finance, Special Topics in International Trade and/or Economics of Regulation (5 credits)
  • ‘Skills’ optional course: Foreign Language (2 credits)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12-16 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations60
Written coursework / continuous assessment7
Dissertation33 (10000 words)

Course contact details

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