Taught course

International Economic Policy and Analysis

University of Westminster, London · Economics and Quantitative Methods

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second), or international equivalent. If your first degree is in Economics or a cognate discipline (like Business, Geography, Development Studies or other Social Sciences, for instance), a minimum Lower Second (or international equivalent) is acceptable, but for a more general first degree you would normally require an Upper Second (or international equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The programme aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the latest developments in economics, with a focus on practical application and development of the skills needed by a working economist. It is specifically aimed at those with a genuine interest in the application of economics to real-world situations. As well as enhancing your ability to apply relevant economic principles in the support of policy and strategy development, the course aims to develop your ability to communicate complex issues to wide audiences; your awareness of significant sources of economic and financial data; the problems that are faced when economists attempt to carry out policy evaluation; and your capability for self-awareness and group working.

Common Core modules (MSc and MA Streams)

Strategy and Appraisal in Economics
You will apply the theoretical tools, concepts and methodology of economics to private and public sector scenarios, with an emphasis on communicating and appraising policy and strategy options.

Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
The module reviews theoretical and empirical microeconomic approaches in order to shed light on business decision-making and microeconomic policy in mixed economies.

Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
This module reviews the evolution of macroeconomic theory and policy and, through a review of the theoretical and empirical literature, develops the analytical framework of macroeconomics underpinning contemporary macroeconomic policy.

Research Methods
This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of applied economics.

Economic Evaluation Project
This module provides you with the framework within which to develop your full project (dissertation) from the project proposal submitted as part of the Research Methods module. It must be a clear application of economic principles and concepts to a question of your choosing. The majority of projects undertaken by MSc students would be expected to involve an empirical component and appropriate quantitative analysis; projects undertaken by MA students are likely to be of a more discursive nature, possibly country or problem-based.

Core modules (MA)

International Economics
This module offers a critical, theoretically-informed, issue based approach to the study of international trade and investment, international finance, international economic institutions, globalization and economic integration.

Managing Data
The ability to access, manipulate and interpret data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary, is an essential skill for economists and other public sector and business professionals. This module offers a practical introduction to relevant data sources and to the tools necessary to critically explore these.

Option Modules (MA)
Choose one of the following:

Development Economics
This module deals with the concepts and theories that have been developed and applied by economists to the study of the problems of developing countries and explores the implications for the framing of development policy.

Global Financial Markets
This module focuses on both theoretical and practical issues related to international financial markets.

Students on the MA stream may take another WBS postgraduate module, with the permission of the course leader.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are expected to have an English language qualification such as IELTS with a minimum total score of 6.5, scoring at least 6 in each element.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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