MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics


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Degree of Master of Science



The MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics is a specialist research-training course in a rapidly expanding field of enquiry in which there are many important areas of theoretical dispute between economists. You will receive intensive research-led training in advanced economic theory, econometrics and research methods.

You will benefit from the work undertaken at our Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS), whose computerised laboratory is dedicated to teaching and research in behavioural and experimental economics. UEA is one of a very small number of economics departments in the UK equipped to carry out such work. You will also benefit from research on behavioural consumers conducted in the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) – working at the forefront of policy debates in competition economics at international level, with senior advisory links with the European Commission, and the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

Overview

Course Detail

MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics is a specialist research-training course in a rapidly expanding field of enquiry in which there are many important areas of theoretical dispute between economists.  Academics who teach this course include some world-leading experimental economists.

If you choose to take this course you will benefit from the work undertaken at our Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS), whose computerised laboratory is dedicated to teaching and research in behavioural and experimental economics. The University is one of a very small number of economics departments in the UK equipped to carry out such work. You will also benefit from research on behavioural consumers conducted in the Centre for Competition Policy - one of the University's Research Centres working at the forefront of policy debates in competition economics at international level, with senior advisory links with the European Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trading and the UK Competition Commission. You will be encouraged to attend both Centres’ workshops, seminars and conferences and so are able to interact with leading academics and practitioners from across Europe and the United States.

MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics fits into our Academic and Professional Programme and is designed to provide intensive research-led training in advanced economic theory, econometrics and research methods, as well as a particular speciality. It is suitable for those with a good undergraduate degree (equivalent to 2:1 or 1st) that contains a substantial component of economics or who have a Graduate Diploma in Economics.

This course is ideal for those who aim to gain employment as professional economists in government, financial institutions, business, commerce, industry, international agencies and other similar organisations. It is also suitable for those seeking eventual PhD enrolment and/or an academic career as a lecturer in Economics. Many of our former PhD students now hold academic posts as lecturers in University departments both in the UK and overseas.

Course Structure

You will study compulsory modules in econometric theory, applied econometrics and behavioural and experimental economics, as well as having the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, supervised by an academic from the School.

For further details of the modules currently on offer, please see the Course Profile tab.

Assessment

Assessment will be carried out through combinations of coursework and exams. You will also write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, supervised individually by an academic from the School.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits

APPLIED ECONOMETRICS

This module builds on the econometric theory of earlier courses: ECO-7000A, ECO-7009A and ECO-7002A. It attempts to place the theoretical ideas of those modules in the context of current applied analysis. The module is divided into five main parts: data issues and distribution theory time series econometrics, estimation of systems of equations, microeconomics, and panel data models. There is an emphasis on the practical application of common estimation techniques, with the specialist econometric software package STATA being used extensively. These skills are assessed in an applied project at the end of the course.

ECO-7001B

20

BEHAVIOURAL AND EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS I

This module provides an introduction to experimental economics. We consider why economists sometimes choose to conduct experiments, the kinds of insights they can give us, and the various kinds of experiments that have been conducted. We will cover the insights from experimental economics in several areas, such as individual decision making, markets, coordination, negotiation, charitable giving, public goods games, and games with pre-play communication

ECO-7021A

20

BEHAVIOURAL AND EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS II

This module provides training in the practice of experimental economics, and complements Behavioural and Experimental Economics I. Part I of the module is a series of tutorials dealing with the design of experiments, the analysis of data, and the interpretation of experimental results. In Part II each student designs, runs, and writes up a small experimental project.

ECO-7022B

20

ECONOMETRIC THEORY

This is an advanced module in econometric theory, aimed at students with some prior knowledge of econometrics. Using matrix algebra, the multiple regression model is analysed, and the theory of estimation and hypothesis testing is developed in this context. Violations of the basic assumptions of the multiple regression model, such as heteroscedasticity, serial correlation, misspecification and measurement error, are analysed from a theoretical perspective. Finally, dynamic models and models of expectations are covered. The specialist econometric software package STATA plays a role, but with a much greater emphasis on techniques than on results.

ECO-7002A

20

ECONOMIC THEORY I

This is an advanced module in microeconomic theory, designed for postgraduate students with a strong background in economics. The topics covered in this module include the duality approach to demand theory, firm theory, general equilibrium theory, game theory, choice under uncertainty, agency theory and the economics of asymmetric information. The rational-choice foundations of microeconomics are also critically examined.

ECO-7003A

20

ECONOMIC THEORY II

IN TAKING THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT TAKE ECO-M032 IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS TAKE ECO-M005 IN THE AUTUMN SEMESTER. This module provides training in modern macroeconomic theory. The main topics include macroeconomic growth, international convergence, fiscal policy, intergenerational transfers, investment theory, and open-economy applications. The discussion follows the dynamic general equilibrium framework, which represents the macroeconomy as an intertemporal model where firms, households, and the government are forward-looking agents pursuing their objectives over time. This module bridges the gap between traditional static models and modern dynamic theories by investigating the microeconomic foundations of aggregate relationships and the role of time in economic decisions. For each topic, the lectures present a benchmark model and provide a summary of the empirical evidence and/or other quantitative applications of the theory.

ECO-7019B

20

ECONOMICS DISSERTATION (60 CREDITS)

All students taking the ECO MSc degrees in Economics, Environmental Economics, Experimental Economics, Industrial Economics, Finance and Economics, Media Economics, International Business Finance and Economics and International Business, and Economics and International Relations, are required to submit a dissertation. This module prepares students to write a dissertation of a length and technical complexity as specified in their Course Guide, on a topic approved by the Course Director or other authorised person.

ECO-7023X

60

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Economics
  • Degree Classification 2.1 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here:   Accepted English Language Tests

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in Economics

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Special Entry Requirements

September Pre-Sessional Courses
 

The School of Economics runs an intensive course in Mathematics and Statistics for Economists in the fortnight preceding the Masters programme in September. This course is compulsory and incorporates the techniques of calculus and matrix algebra; in addition, students are introduced to the econometric software package which will be used in their MSc programme.  The course will run from 12th September 2016 - 23rd September 2016.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2016/17 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,365
  • International Students: £14,715

NB: Fees listed are inclusive of the 2-week compulsory pre-sessional Mathematics and Statistics for Economists course.

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

Living Expenses

Approximately £9,135 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for more detailed information about funding for prospective Economics students.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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