Economics (International Economics) MSc - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Economics (International Economics)

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Economics (International Economics)
PGCert Economics (International Economics)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PLC61018 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Economics

Programme Leader

GARFAGNINI Umberto (Economics)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Engage the whole learner with a transformative curriculum that promotes advanced knowledge and offers ample opportunity to do, create, develop, and self-reflect
  • Enhance student employability, resilience and resourcefulness, global and cultural capabilities, sustainability awareness, and digital capabilities (the five pillars of the University of Surrey¿s Curriculum Framework) through a range of appropriate, contemporary, and engaging pedagogical methods
  • Develop an appreciation of economics, both as an intellectual discipline and as an important contributor to an understanding of the world in ways which are of practical significance, with a focus on international macro and micro economic interactions
  • Facilitate effective learning and communication within an open, scholarly environment by fostering knowledge discovery and the creation of personal meaning
  • Promote the capacity for independent study through the completion of an MSc dissertation in international economics
  • Prepare students for a range of careers in which advanced analysis of international economic models and independent thought, as well as the qualities developed through the application of the curriculum framework, can contribute to self-fulfilment and/or an improvement in social and economic welfare
  • Enable better performing students completing the programme to progress to postgraduate research in international economics

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the core principles in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, with a focus on international economics K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Show a systematic understanding of the techniques which have been used in contemporary economic research K PGDip, MSc
Establish a critical awareness of current and advanced problems and the methodologies that are most common in economics K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Evidence understanding of different methodologies and an ability to choose amongst these as required in different settings, with a special reference to international economic interactions C PGDip, MSc
Combine relevant theory and analytical techniques with insightful data analysis to produce convincing explanations of economic phenomena C MSc
Comprehend published economic research papers and integrate the implications of published research in own studies C PGDip, MSc
Demonstrate high-level problem-solving skills P PGDip, MSc
An ability to select appropriate techniques to evaluate policy interventions P PGDip, MSc
Communicate the results of independent research in the form of a dissertation P MSc
Display general skills, such as literacy, numerical, IT and computing skills T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Exhibit interpersonal skills, such as communication skills T PGCert, PGDip, MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.