Taught course

Computational Economics, Financial Markets and Policy

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Economics
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree or equivalent in economics or relevant subject area.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The financial crisis and global recession have triggered a search for new perspectives in economics training that can deal with the challenges posed by highly interconnected and globalised financial and industrial organisations. Our MSc Computational Economics, Financial Markets and Policy provides a revolutionary way to address the many issues raised in macro-economics and financial regulation.

Our MSc Computational Economics, Financial Markets and Policy provides a rigorous training in economics and finance. By using a multi-agent computational and simulation modelling approach to complement your work in statistics and econometrics, you investigate a wide array of economic phenomena that can also aid in policy design. You will be given laboratory-based instruction to build a range of agent-based models that include systemic risk analysis with financial networks and market micro-structure of stock markets.

Our course has a strong policy orientation and operational content. It will appeal to those aiming to pursue careers in regulatory institutions, financial modelling, the civil service and real-world problem solving. It will also be an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to progress into further research.

Our Department of Economics maintains a world-class reputation for our outstanding quality research and teaching. We were ranked joint third in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), reflecting our well-established reputation for excellence. Many of our staff, who are world renowned experts in their fields, have been elected to leadership roles in learned societies and have been editors of leading economics journals.

Essex economists are engaged in a variety of research networks and collaborate with economists at other universities in the UK and overseas. Much of our research is related to policy and we often provide advice to government and non-government organisations. The top quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high profile academic journals like Economic Journal, Journal of Econometrics, American Economic Journal and Journal of the European Economic Association.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0.

Fees and funding

This course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £18,000 each for talented postgraduates. The University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK. Some University of Essex studentships also available.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation50 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 872 647