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School of Economics and Finance

The Senior Economist Programme

This page provides an overview of the programme, options for electives, module design and assessment.

Programme Outline

Programme Outline: 15 credits per module → 8 modules

Module Descriptors EMAP Module Descriptors [PDF 131KB]

Semester 1 (September 2022 to February 2023)

Semester 2 (February to July 2023)

  • Macro for Policy
  • Micro for Policy
  • Quantitative Methods with Policy Applications
  • Economic Appraisal
  • 1 to 2 electives 1,2

Semester 3 (September 2023 to February 2024)

Semester 4 (February 2024 to August 2024)

  • 2 to 3 electives1,2
  • End Point Assessment (60 credits)

Electives that may be offered include

  • Applied Micro (R)
  • Econometrics for Times Series Forecasting
  • Big Data and Machine Learning (Python)
  • International Economics
  • Competition Policy and the Economics of Regulation
  • Public Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Economics of Health and Education
  • Environmental Economics and Climate Change
  • Advanced Macro
  • Economics of Central Banking
  • Development Economics
  • Inequality, Redistribution and Discrimination
  • Behavioural Economics and Nudge Theory
  • Spatial Economics


1. The list is not exhaustive and is subject to alterations

2. Students can adjust their elective workload across semesters to manage anticipated outside commitments

3. Students must choose at least one econometrics elective (from likely choice of: Applied Micro, Time Series and Forecasting, Machine Learning)


Module Design

Fortnightly ‘lecture’ schedule based mainly on asynchronous distance learning materials with:

  • 1 hour synchronous Q&A
  • Helpline/discussion forum
  • 1 hour synchronous class

 Once a semester one week blended learning ‘residential’ with:

  • session on module contents
  • work on joint projects etc.
  • guest lectures from senior economists in government and industry
  • once a semester visit by senior tutor to student and manager

Each 10-12 weeks, there will be a tripartite review with a senior tutor (with a background in economics)

Assessment (*subject to change)

These will differ across modules but generally a mixture of short formative assessments to monitor progress and a larger (group) project toward the end of each semester. There will also be an endpoint assessment in semester 4, comprising of a mixture of a professional interview, an individual project, and an exam.

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