MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics

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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.

Overview

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.

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 below.

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.

Additional Support offered by the School of Economics

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 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. While not compulsory it is recommended that you attend and the course will run from 10th September 2018 - 21st September 2018.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits

APPLIED ECONOMETRICS

This module builds on econometrics material covered in earlier modules and is divided into two parts: 1) Time series methods (including ARIMA modelling, stationarity testing, ARCH/GARCH models, Volatility Spillover, VARs , Cointegration and VECMs) 2) Microeconometrics (including panel data methods, and models for binary response variables) There is an emphasis on the practical application of common estimation techniques, with the specialist econometric software package Stata used extensively.

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. In this module, you will develop the following transferable skills: 1. Presentation skills - you will present path breaking work in the field to your peers. 2. Critical thinking skills - you will write a critical review of cutting-edge work. 3. Writing skills - you will learn to distil the essence of existing work with a view to discovering what you can build on yourself. 4. Research skills- finally, based on your critical reading of the current state of the art of the field, you will design your own research experiment.

ECO-7021A

20

BEHAVIOURAL AND EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS II

This module is the natural continuation of Behavioural an Experimental Economics I. In the first part, we describe and discuss further insights from Behavioural Economics. In the second part, putting theory into practice, you will formulate your own behavioural research questions and hypotheses. To conclude, you will develop an experimental design for collecting and analysing data, such that you can answer your research questions.

ECO-7022B

20

ECONOMETRIC THEORY

Explore various theoretical aspects within the linear regression framework using matrix algebra and complemented by simulations and applications. The econometrics package Stata is used throughout. As well as reviewing fundamental concepts in Econometrics, you'll examine the multiple linear regression model (MLR), focusing on the theory of estimation and inference. Other important issues within this framework are also discussed, such as partitioned regression, model misspecification and linear models that incorporate nonlinearities. You'll analyse the consequences of having non-spherical errors, focusing on the problem of heteroscedasticity, and consider the consequences of endogeneity, examining the instrumental variable approach as the main strategy for dealing with this problem.

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

The module is concerned with modern macroeconomic theory, where whole economies are studied. Your focus will be the overall performance of the economy, rather than on the functioning of particular parts of it. The module uses dynamic general equilibrium models where consumers, firms and governments are modelled as forward-looking agents who make the best of the economic environment they live in.

ECO-7019B

20

ECONOMICS DISSERTATION (60 CREDITS)

Economics Dissertation is the "icing on the cake" of an Economics MSc. It is your opportunity to spend a period of 2 or 3 months working exclusively on a topic of your own choice, at your own pace, with guidance from a supervisor. The module commences with a sequence of "dissertation training" lectures during the Spring Semester, including such themes as choosing a topic, accessing data, searching the literature, referencing, and qualitative data analysis. There are further dissertation training lectures during late June and early July, held in computer labs, with the objective of providing the types of econometric skills often required in dissertation research. The Econometric software STATA is used, the same as used in taught modules in Econometrics. At the end of the Spring semester you'll submit a research proposal stating the research question you would like to address and proposing a suitable methodology. On the basis of the Proposal, a suitable supervisor is allocated. At least three meetings with the supervisor take place between May - July. At the first meeting, the research proposal is discussed. By the time of the third and final meeting, you should ideally have supplied a first draft of the dissertation for your supervisor to provide feedback on. The deadline for the dissertation is at the end of August and the word limit for dissertations is either 8,000 or 12,000, depending on which MSc you are taking.

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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Economics (or related degree programme)
  • 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

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,765
  • International Students: £16,000

NB: Fees listed are inclusive of the 2-week 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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