Taught course

International Economics

University of Birmingham · Birmingham Business School

Entry requirements

A good Honours first degree (or overseas equivalent) in Economics or a related discipline. You are expected to have received a good training in economics, to at least intermediate level, and to have a basic knowledge of calculus and statistics.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in International Economics is a taught graduate programme that provides specialised and advanced training in international economics. This is achieved through the delivery of specialised courses in trade theory, trade policy and econometrics. Exposure to the various theoretical constructs and empirical analyses within this sub-discipline, as well as other core and optional courses, equips students with the analytic and quantitative skills necessary to examine recent developments in the global economy; particularly those with implications for policy. Additionally, the programme provides appropriate training for doctoral research.

This programme reflects the fundamental importance of this area in the present age, and the fact that it is a particular teaching and research strength of the Department. Globalisation of the world economy means that a training in international economics is now of vital importance in many careers.

Programme content

The programme comprises 180 credits in total (credits are given in brackets).

Compulsory modules:

  • Microeconomics (20)
  • Macroeconomics (30)
  • Econometrics with Trade Applications (30)
  • International Trade Theory (20)
  • International Trade Policy (20)
  • Option (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

The option is selected from:

  • Development Economic Policy
  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • International Banking: Regulation and Supervision
  • Political Economy and Economic Policy
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Game Theory
  • Economics of Labour Markets
  • Risk, Uncertainty and Information
  • Topics in Money and Banking
  • A graduate course offered elsewhere in the Schools of Business, Public Policy or Social Sciences (subject to approval)

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Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.bham.ac.uk/scholarships

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
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