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Economics and International Relations MSc

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Overview

Reasons to study Economics and International Relations at DMU:

The course offers diversity in the range of study, from international relations theory to regional integration. Through studying international relations alongside economics, you will develop a critical awareness of the role of economic policies in shaping global issues, and gain the skills to help shape organisational responses to changes in the business and organisational environment. 

  • Excellent teaching quality
    Learn from leading academics with international reputations for research and teaching within their specialist areas
  • Study a wide variety of modules
    You will gain an in-depth understanding of key global issues such as globalisation, international political economy, security, health and the role of state and non-state organisations
  • No previous knowledge or experience required
    You will have the opportunity to study the foundations of economics and International Relations, as well as study further challenging modules
  • Learn how to apply key economic theory to industry
    Acquire knowledge of economics, management and financial principles, through both practical application and relevant theory
  • Work in a variety of industries
    This course prepares you to take on government-based roles, as well as to work in the not-for-profit sector

 

Scholarships

DMU offers a range of scholarships to support our students.

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s): 
Sept: L1L271

Duration: 12 months

Start dates: September 2022

Fees and funding:

For 2022/23 tuition fees for UK students will be £8,950

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s): 
Sept: L1L271

Duration: 12 months 

Start dates: September 2022

Fees and funding:

For 2022/23 tuition fees for EU and international students will be £15,100

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in economics, accounting, finance, politics, public policy, banking or any other business-related subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification, or an equivalent professional qualification.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Course modules

This rewarding course is for graduates and professionals seeking a competitive advantage in today’s international job market. It offers diversity in the range of study, from international relations theory to regional integration. By studying business economics and international relations together, you will develop a critical awareness of the role of economic policies in shaping these global issues and help shape organisational responses to changes in the business and organisational environment.

A range of core modules underpin key business and financial principles:

  • Macroeconomics in a Global Context - presents an analysis of how the macroeconomy works in a global environment that is subject to international trade and factor endowment flows. You will gain the skills to relate the theory of macroeconomics to recent world events and debate the implications of macroeconomic policy.
  • Economics and Strategic Analysis - the aim of this module is for you to understand they key strategic decisions that individuals, firms ad organisations, face and the consequence of those decisions. You will also learn how to apply microeconomic models to solve current economic problems.   
  • Theory and Practice of International Relations –investigates the actual experience of emerging market economies (EMEs) and their contribution to the global economy. These theories are applied to discuss topics such as globalisation, growth, debt, banking, exchange rates, capital inflows and institutions. The module aims to introduce you to contemporary academic research and the issues that EMEs post to institutions and international business.
  • International Trade Theory and Policy - examines the real world international policy issues, within a coherent theoretical framework. The module will present an analysis of how the international economy works, in terms of trade theory and policy. Recent developments in the world economy have raised concerns regarding the nature of the international adjustment mechanism, and the merits of free trade compared with protectionism. This module will relate the theory of international economics to recent world events, to draw out the application of the theory and allow debate on policy implications.
  • Economics of Emerging Markets – investigates the actual experience of emerging market economies (EMEs) and their contribution to the global economy. These theories are applied to discuss topics such as globalization, growth, debt, banking, exchange rates, capital inflows and institutions. The module aims to introduce you to contemporary academic research and the issues that EMEs pose to institutions and international business.
  • Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in finance, accounting, management and business. It also aims to help you in defining a research topic and the production of a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.

You will also select an elective module aimed at developing a specialism within the field of international relations. The module choice might include:

Dissertation - The dissertation will give you the opportunity to produce an individual and sustained piece of original work that addresses a specific area in the field of economics and international relations. The dissertation will demonstrate your intellectual and conceptual skills through your background research and application of theoretical knowledge. 

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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Graduate careers

Enhance your existing qualifications and global career prospects with a specialist master’s in applied economics and international relations.

This course will provide advanced preparation for careers in policy making and organisational decision making.

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