Course structure

The MSc degrees are modular. You will need to complete eight taught modules over two semesters, each semester lasting for fifteen weeks. The autumn semester begins in September and ends in January, while the spring semester runs from February to June. In each semester you're required to take four modules.

A number of modules have some or all of their formal assessment in the final three weeks of the semester. Others have some or all of their assessment within the taught part (the first 12 weeks of the semester).

In addition, you will need to complete a dissertation during a ten-week period following the second semester, from July to September.



The award of an MSc degree requires you to accumulate a minimum of 180 credits, of which 120 credits can be earned from taught courses and 60 credits from a dissertation. All taught modules have a credit rating of 15, which is awarded when you gain a pass for that module.

Assessment of most modules is by a combination of coursework and formal examination. The coursework element is module-specific and may consist of projects, essays, data collection and interpretation and other exercises. You must pass the taught stage in order to proceed to the dissertation.



Once you've successfully completed the taught part of your masters degree, you will need to produce a dissertation of no longer than 10,000 words. The dissertation will presents your research findings on an approved topic of your choice, which is related to the course and chosen in consultation with academic staff. Normally this involves the equivalent of at least ten weeks' full-time study. You must achieve a pass mark at the dissertation stage to be awarded an MSc.

Examples of recently completed masters dissertations include:

  • Seasonality in Common Stock Returns: Evidence in China's Stock Markets
  • The Internationalisation of Chinese Enterprises: An Event Study Analysis of Haier and Lenovo's Recent Developments
  • Volatility in Indian Stock Market – 2006
  • Earnings, Education and Hiring Practices: An Econometric Analysis of UK Data
  • The monetary policy transmissions mechanism through the UK housing market using the SVAR approach
  • The relationship between gross saving, gross private saving, gross government saving and economic growth in the United States
  • Has microfinance related to the economic movement of the developing countries? An analysis of Bangladesh and Bolivia

If you complete the taught modules successfully but do not produce a dissertation, or if your dissertation does not reach the required standard, you will be awarded a postgraduate diploma rather than a masters degree.

During the second semester, we'll support you in developing a suitable and detailed proposal for your dissertation. The dissertation is then supervised through a series of research seminars and workshops. It tests your ability to apply the skills developed in the taught part of the programme to put together an original and academically critical and robust piece of research.


Part-time students

Students who wish to take an MSc programme on a part-time basis may spread the taught part of the course over two years, taking two modules in each semester.