Economics MSc (Singapore)

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Birmingham Business School has been delivering management education in Singapore since 1994, when its MBA programme was originally launched. The MSc Economics programme extends these activities in Singapore and is delivered in conjunction with our partners, the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

A deep understanding of economics is key to our continuing function as a global economy to establish successful trade, monetary and welfare policies across nations. The Master of Science (MSc) (Economics) degree provides an advanced training in core areas of economics that are widely used in economics-based professions.

You will receive specialist training in areas of relevance and take options in other areas of your interest to meet the growing demands for economics to address and solve real-world problems. This degree will give you a clear understanding and application of economics theory and techniques to modern businesses in emerging and developing countries.


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Dr Marco Barassi

Dr Marco Barassi

Director of MSc (Economics) and MSc (International Economics), Singapore

“Our MSc programmes in Economics are structured to allow students to understand the foundations of economics and develop the economic modelling skills for an in-depth understanding of the global economic environment.”

The one-year programme is offered through Birmingham Business School, and it is suitable for fresh graduates, working professionals and executives who have a strong passion in economics and its intricate relation to modern business.

Objectives

The MSc Economics degree will allow you to:

  • Appreciate contemporary economic thinking in modern businesses
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of mainstream theoretical and applied techniques to help you prepare for or enhance your career 
  • Apply theoretical knowledge, practical skills, tools and techniques in a written dissertation
  • Develop specific transferable skills in research and analysis, abstract and simplify, numeracy and IT, strategic thinking, evaluation and inferences, as well as interpersonal skills

Why study this course

The University, founded in 1900, is one of the largest in the UK. It is a major centre of research and academic study, with 11 Nobel Prize winners among staff and alumni.

The University is ranked 84th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018). It is one of the top 20 universities in the UK for Economics (The Complete University Guide 2018), and a gold-rated university for excellence in teaching and learning in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017).

Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham is a global centre of teaching and research excellence, holding the ‘Triple Crown’ of international accreditations: AMBA, EQUIS and the AACSB. 

Excellent career prospects

Graduates can develop a career in academia, actuary, advertising, audit, commerce, financial services, industry, investment banking, journalism, consultancy, marketing, media, politics, research, tax, the public sector, or in any other profession that requires the valuable transferable skills and insights obtained from this degree. Those with existing careers may opt to accelerate their career path with existing employers, or create potential for change.

Modules

Core modules

Optional modules

Choose three modules from the following:

 


The choice of modules is subject to change and will follow changes according to the programme in the UK. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Total fee: S$26,964. 
Per 10 credits fee: S$2,247
Per 60 credits fee: S$13,482

Full-time: Payable in two instalments of 60 credits each
Part-time: Payable on a per taught module basis

Fees are inclusive of prevailing GST and do not include textbooks. Fees are payable before semester/module commencement. Please refer to SIM GE website for the latest fees.

Note: Taught modules are denoted in 10, 20 or 30 credits respectively

Application Fee applies. Please check with SIM for the latest fees information.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth Scholarships or their home government; find out more.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics or a related discipline (Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent); or
  • Bachelor’s degree in nonEconomics fields of study (Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent) and have a background in Statistics and/ or Calculus at least at GCE ‘A’ level or polytechnic diploma level subject to the successful completion of a 3-month SIM Preparatory Course in Economics; and
  • A minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE 'O' level.
  • All other qualifications will be assessed on individual merits.

Other requirements

These are required to be submitted with your application:

  • Two satisfactory references of which one must be academic related
  • A letter of academic interest and objective in undertaking postgraduate study

All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the Programme Director. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the programme. No exemptions will be granted. Applicants with a work permit or employment pass can be considered for admission into the Part-time programme.

Please visit SIM website for full details on programme admission criteria including English proficiency.

How to apply

For details of how to apply for this programme, visit the SIM website.

Making your application

Mode of Delivery

Classroom learning comprising:  

  • Lectures
  • Software training

Lessons are typically 3 to 8 hours per day on weekdays and weekends, and they are delivered on a modular basis by Birmingham academics.

Assessment methods

  • Assignments/ Projects
  • Written Exams

Careers and Development

Graduates can develop a career in academia, actuary, advertising, audit, commerce, financial services, industry, investment banking, journalism, consultancy, marketing, media, politics, research, tax, the public sector, or in any other profession that requires the valuable transferable skills and insights obtained from this degree. Those with existing careers may opt to accelerate their career path with existing employers, or create potential for change.

Alumni can access career support and take advantage of a range of networking and development opportunities. Postgraduate alumni can also access a bespoke service from the Careers in Business service.

SIM – Liaison with Employers

There are also career development opportunities At SIM. Singapore Institute of Management has a reputation for curriculum design which is relevant to industry manpower needs. “Learn today, apply tomorrow” is the philosophy. To achieve this, SIMUniversity forges linkages and partnerships with established organisations.  This, in conjunction with your degree from the University of Birmingham, represents a powerful and valuable combination.

Alumni Services

A package of benefits including social, leisure and sports discounts and continuous professional development opportunities is available to all Birmingham Business School Alumni.

To access the benefits, log into your alumni community. If you have not yet set up an account on your.bham, you can do so by registering on the site.