Taught course

International Economics

University of Essex · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree or equivalent in economics or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Would you like to develop expertise in theoretical and applied issues of international economic relations. This course gives you this knowledge, plus a critical awareness of the integration of theory, data, and analysis in relation to international economics.

A core module, International Trade Theory, covers trade models under different economic settings and with different market structures. You examine their implications for patterns of trade and for trade policies such as tariffs and quotas. This provides insights into trade negotiations such as the WTO and preferential trade agreements. You also study International Finance, which deals with macroeconomic adjustment, exchange rates and the balance of payments when capital markets are integrated across the globe. Together these modules give you an overview of the causes and effects of globalisation in the world economy with applications to issues such as foreign direct investment. This course equips you with the skills for a career in international organisations, engaged in business and finance or in government and non-governmental organisations concerned with global development.

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

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


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

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 647