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The Department

Welcome from the Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees)

I hope that you find your course, over the coming months, to be interesting, challenging and rewarding. We provide a stimulating research-led environment where you will work alongside leading researchers to develop the skills required to fulfil your aspirations to become a professional economist, to conduct further research towards a PhD, or some other career path.

We will give you professional training in modern economics, including tools and techniques of analysis as well as knowledge, and an opportunity to apply this in a piece of supervised research.

We offer dedicated teaching on macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics and an extensive range of optional modules.

Completing an MSc can be a great way to enhance your career prospects, and the high quality reputation of this qualification makes our graduates highly sought after by employers. We will provide opportunities to develop your academic, personal and professional skills throughout your time with us. In addition, the courses and support provided by Student Opportunity, and the numerous events organised within the Department such as a guest lecture series, are designed to broaden the education experience and help you interpret what you have learnt in lectures and classes to interesting and important real world situations and subjects.

The MSc programmes covered by this Handbook are one year in duration with approximately eight months of taught coursework leading to an examination period, followed by four months of independent research work towards a dissertation.

At the end of your programme you should be able to read and understand research papers and articles in academic journals, to build simple theoretical models, to initiate your own empirical research and to evaluate its findings. The emphasis is on doing real economics, as well as demonstrating knowledge. You should be fully prepared for, and have the skills and confidence to engage in, professional work as a research economist, including being able to initiate your own exploration of economic questions.

This Handbook is intended as a reference guide for all MSc students who are based in Economics, covering all aspects of the programmes. We have included web addresses to show you where further information is available on our website.

If, after reading this Handbook, you have any queries, then please feel free to contact the Postgraduate Office in Room S1.132 or email economics.pgoffice@warwick.ac.uk.

I hope that you enjoy your time in the Department, and I wish you every success in your MSc course.

Dr Jennifer Smith
Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees)
Department of Economics
University of Warwick

Communication and information sources

Tabula

Tabula is the University's secure web-based portal that supports teaching and learning is a key mechanism through which we will communicate with you. It is here you will find information on your timetable, assessment marks and feedback, your progress on meeting your Monitoring Points and attending Support and Feedback classes and information on your class tutors and Personal Tutor.

You can access Tabula both on- and off-campus. Further details and instructions are available when you log in to Tabula.

Moodle

Moodle is the University's virtual learning environment. Every module has a Moodle page where you can log in to view lecture notes, recordings and coursework.

Current Students webpages

We have created a webpage with all essential information about your course and to inform you about a wide range of other opportunities that will enhance your student experience and prepare you better for future career. This page is personalised and you will need to use your student log-in to browse through the different areas.

Please visit this page regularly: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/current/

Email

Every member of the University has a central email address, usually in the form A.N.Other@warwick.ac.uk. This is the address that we will use to contact you and you should use it to email members of staff.

Please check your email everyday as it is our primary method of contacting you.

Economics Updates 19/20

These are emails that we send 2-3 times a term and they focus on important issues related to your academic study and student experience. They contain important messages from your Course Director, Director of Studies, Director of PG Student Engagement and Progression and the Head of Department.

We strongly encourage you to read them.

My Warwick mobile App

If we need to communicate with you urgently about important things to do with your study here (e.g. about Support and Feedback class cancellations or specific deadlines) we use My Warwick alerts which will appear on your mobile device.

Please do not disable this feature as you may miss important communications.

Social Media

We use social media to keep current students up to date with departmental news and events via Facebook and Twitter:

facebook.com/warwickeconomics

twitter.com/warwickecon

Keeping your details up to date

If your contact details change since your enrolment (e.g. your mobile number) it is essential that you inform the University through Student Records (evision).

Student Privacy Notice

The University of Warwick is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal data. We ask you to read the Student Privacy Notice carefully as it contains important information on who we are, how and why we collect, use and share personal data, your rights in relation to your personal data and on how to contact us and supervisory authorities in the event that you have a query or complaint.

If you cannot find what you are looking for online, or you need to speak to someone, you can find the key contacts below.

Administration of the MSc programmes

The administrative home of the Department of Economics is in the Social Sciences Building. Our campus map can be viewed at www.warwick.ac.uk/maps. Most University room numbers are in three parts, each of which conveys information. For example, to find S1.132:

  • S = Social Sciences building
  • 1. = the first floor (0 = ground floor, 1 = first floor etc.)
  • .132 = the room number

The key committees responsible for the MSc degree programmes are:

  • The Graduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee (GSSLC) is an important forum within the Department where MSc students get together with Departmental staff to discuss issues that concern the learning experience. The Committee meets five times per year and further details about GSSLC are included in the Student Voice section.
  • The Graduate Management Committee monitors the quality of all graduate teaching and learning. It provides information, advice and recommendations to the Teaching and Learning Committee on graduate courses in the Department of Economics. The Teaching and Learning Committee develops and oversees the strategy of all aspects of teaching and learning in the Department, in line with the University Education Strategy. The Chair of the GSSLC is a member of both committees.

The key people in the Department with responsibility for the MSc degree programmes are:

Professor Jeremy Smith, Head of Department

Room S2.124
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3336
Email: Jeremy.Smith@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Robin Naylor, Director of Studies

Room S2.123
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3529
Email: Robin.Naylor@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Jennifer Smith, Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees)

Room S1.125
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3469
Email: Jennifer.Smith@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Alexander Karalis Isaac, Director of Student Experience and Progression, Deputy Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees), Admissions Tutor

Room S1.126
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7657 2854
Email: a.karalis-isaac@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Mahnaz Nazneen, Senior Tutor

Room S2.112
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7657 4891
Email: m.nazneen.1@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Thijs van Rens, MSc Economics and International Financial Economics Course Leader

Room S2.105
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7615 1423
Email: J.M.van-Rens@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Alexander Dobson, MSc BES (Economics Track) Course Leader, Admissions Tutor
Room S1.131
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7657 4233
Email: a.c.dobson@warwick.ac.uk 

Dr Andrew Harkins, MSc Admissions Coordinator, Admissions Tutor

Room S1.137
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3002
Email: Andrew.Harkins@warwick.ac.uk 

Dr Pablo Becker, Admissions Tutor

Room S2.39
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7655 0588
Email: Pablo.Beker@warwick.ac.uk

Ms Carolyn Andrews, Programmes Manager (MSc)

Room S1.130
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 2983
Email: C.Andrews@warwick.ac.uk

Mrs Mandy Eaton, Postgraduate Co-ordinator

Room S1.132
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3048
Email: economics.pgoffice@warwick.ac.uk

Ms Andrea Wyld, Postgraduate Admissions & Programmes Administrator

Room S1.132
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3027
Email: economics.pgoffice@warwick.ac.uk

View the full staff list for the Department.

How to contact us

The first port of call for most initial enquiries is the Postgraduate Office (room S1.132).

Advice and Feedback hours

All academic staff (including Support and Feedback class tutors) have Advice and Feedback hours during term time when they are able to see students. These hours will be posted outside their rooms and on their staff web pages. You can also speak to staff at the end of lectures and classes.

Speak with your module Support and Feedback class tutors about the material covered in a module. If there is something you do not understand they will be able to offer you the help you need. Your tutors can offer advice on assignments.

Speak with Module Leaders and Lecturers about any academic issues relating to the module that class tutors are unable to answer. Module leaders are responsible for all academic aspects of modules, including lecture content, class questions and solutions, setting assignments and tests and the provision of generic feedback on assessment.

You can speak to the Director or Deputy Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees) about any issues relating to the administration of postgraduate modules and Economics courses. Together with the Deputy Director, they will also be able to offer you advice if you wish to change degree courses, withdraw from the University (temporarily or permanently) or if you wish to take an unusual module as one of your options.

Email

All members of the Department have an email account and they will monitor it regularly. If you have a question for a particular member of staff, an email will normally be the best way to get a quick and straightforward answer or to set up a meeting with the relevant person. If your enquiry involves confidential personal information, it is best to email your Personal Tutor or the Senior Tutor directly. Please ensure that your emails are polite and do think about who you send your email to, using the guide above. Please do not send the same email to multiple people as this can cause unnecessary confusion and wastes staff time. You should always use your Warwick email account to avoid your email going into junk or clutter folders and hence not being read.

Telephone

You can contact staff members by telephone. Internal numbers are available through the People Search tool.

What you can expect from us

We want to instil in you the same passion for the study of economics that we have and we will therefore aim to engage you with all course material and create an enjoyable environment in which to learn and develop. You should be aware of what you can expect from any module and it is our role to ensure that this information is clearly set out and available.

Below are the key elements that you should expect from every economics module that you take:

  • A module outline, detailing the module aims and objectives, the learning outcomes and an indication of the material that will be covered
  • Details of core texts and further readings for every module to give you the best opportunity to prepare for class
  • Lecture notes will normally be available. If notes can be collected prior to or after a lecture, you should be made aware of when and where this can be done. Lecture notes may not be provided in cases in which, for example, a lecture follows further reading material very closely
  • A well-prepared lecture, which has the aim of engaging you and encouraging participation in discussion beyond the lecture
  • If classes form part of the teaching of the module, the material should be related to the module syllabus and tutors should be well-prepared and confident with the material they are teaching
  • Assessment details should be outlined, including the format of the assignment, assessment rules, the submission dates and the expectations of the module lecturer
  • You can expect to receive your marked work with feedback and/or annotations within 20 working days of the submission date, unless extenuating circumstances prevent this. If the date for returning work is missed, you will be notified
  • You will be advised, with as much notice as possible, of any changes or cancellations of lectures and/or classes.

You should expect your lecturers and tutors to have time to discuss any concerns or questions you have about the module material. To this end, you should expect all Faculty and Teaching Fellows to have two Advice and Feedback hours per week of term, in which they are available to see you to offer advice on all matters relating to the relevant module.

University community values and expectations

At Warwick, we believe that every individual in our University community should be treated with dignity and respect and be part of a working and learning environment that is free from barriers, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity status.

We value our diverse and international community, the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and research with real impact.

We want to support our students and each other to become critical thinkers and collaborative yet independent learners – individuals with a global and sustainable outlook, who are able to make an active and positive contribution to society. At the same time, we are committed to working towards a supportive, accessible and inclusive environment.

We uphold the importance not only of freedom of thought and expression, but also the significance of academic and personal integrity, equality and diversity, and mutual respect and consideration for the rights, safety and dignity of all.

We place great importance on the responsible behaviour of both our students and staff at Warwick. It is important for you, as a student, to have an idea of Warwick’s core values and an understanding of the primary expectations of student members of the Warwick community. Take a look at the following to help you understand what this means for you:

What’s Expected of Students at Warwick, which summarises key expectations for students and signposts to associated support.

Equal Opportunities Statement, setting the value we place on maintaining an inclusive environment where all can contribute and reach their full potential

Dignity at Warwick Policy, setting out how our differences are respected and valued and how we aim to prevent and address harassment and bullying.

University Strategy, which sets our vision as a world-class university and our values.

Warwick Student Community Statement, which sets out aims for the University as well as for students.

University Calendar, the main ‘rule book’ and includes ordinances and regulations which you need to be aware of, including examinations, cheating, use of computing facilities and behaviour.

Student Rights and Responsibilities, which provides quick and easy links to University regulations, policies and guidelines that govern what you can expect from the University and what you need to adhere to as a student.

What we expect from you

In order to meet your full potential, we, (which incorporates both the staff and your peers) have certain expectations of you — and in return you should expect us to deliver on key activities.

University Regulation 36 lays down the expectations of students concerning Registration, Attendance and Progress.

In order to get the most out of your time here, we encourage you to be fully engaged with your course and to try to achieve the highest academic standards of which you are capable.

‘Engagement’ in this sense means several things, including:

  • preparing for classes and lectures as advised by your teachers
  • attending and actively participating in all classes and lectures
  • meeting your personal tutor
  • submitting your assessments on time
  • attending your tests and exams
  • adhering to University and Departmental regulations and seeking guidance when unclear
  • using your initiative and asking for help when necessary at the earliest opportunity.

We have the strong belief that each student can contribute to the learning progress made by others — this is a further reason for encouraging attendance, participation and engagement.

Facilities

MSc and Diploma students have the exclusive use of a social and study space on the 1st floor of the Social Sciences building and access to kitchen facilities in S1.129. The social area is equipped with comfortable chairs and coffee tables for relaxing, and daily newspapers and some periodicals will be supplied. There are also a limited number of lockers available for MSc students. You will be contacted by the Postgraduate Office early in the Autumn Term to ask if you would like a locker. Lockers are then allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with the payment of a deposit.

The MSc study space includes areas for group working and rooms that are equipped with PCs.

You will have access to a photocopier where printing is free of charge (within reason).

Room S2.82 is a computer lab with 20 PCs, which can be used by MSc and Diploma students unless it is pre-booked for an experiment.

Room S0.55 contains three Bloomberg Terminals, which can be booked by MSc students for half-hourly sessions from Monday – Thursday (9.00am-4.30pm) and Friday (9.00am-3.30pm).

The University also provides a number of private study spaces, including the Postgraduate Hub, which is a dedicated multi- purpose space for postgraduate students on campus, and the Learning Grids, which are flexible and informal spaces for group and individual study that can be used by all members of the University and the Central Library.

Our lively research environment is built around our world class seminars and workshop series. You are welcome to come along to any of these; the schedule is published in our calendar and they generally take place in room S2.79. These seminars are a window on the wider research community and will help you get to grips with what economists do and how they carry out research. They can be very helpful in developing your ideas for a dissertation topic.

Teaching Dates

We use a numbering system to cover the main teaching weeks during the year. After the two week MSc pre-sessional course, week 1 of the Autumn Term starts on Monday 30 September 2019 and runs for 10 weeks. The Spring Term runs from week 15 — 24 and Summer Term is from weeks 30 — 39.

Autumn Term: Monday 30 September 2019 — Saturday 7 December 2019
Spring Term: Monday 6 January 2020 — Saturday 14 March 2020
Summer Term: Wednesday 20 April 2020 — Saturday 27 June 2020

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Week 1 = w/c 30 Sept Week 15 = w/c 6 Jan Week 30 = w/c 20 Apr
Week 2 = w/c 7 Oct Week 16 = w/c 13 Jan Week 31= w/c 27 Apr
Week 3 = w/c 14 Oct Week 17 = w/c 20 Jan Week 32 = w/c 4 May
Week 4 = w/c 21 Oct Week 18 = w/c 27 Jan Week 33 = w/c 11 May
Week 5 = w/c 28 Oct Week 19 = w/c 3 Feb Week 34 = w/c 18 May
Week 6 = w/c 4 Nov Week 20 = w/c 10 Feb Week 35 = w/c 25 May
Week 7 = w/c 11 Nov Week 21 = w/c 17 Feb Week 36 = w/c 1 Jun
Week 8 = w/c 18 Nov Week 22 = w/c 24 Feb Week 37 = w/c 8 Jun
Week 9 = w/c 25 Nov Week 23 = w/c 2 Mar Week 38 = w/c 15 Jun
Week 10 = w/c 2 Dec Week 24 = w/c 9 Mar Week 39 = w/c 22 Jun

Tier 4 visa holders

Please make sure you are aware of your responsibilities whilst studying in the UK; you can refer to the Student Immigration & Compliance website.

You may not work (paid or unpaid) more than 20 hours per week until the course end date. Please note for postgraduate students this restriction applies to term time and vacation periods.

If you change your study location during the summer vacation from the University campus to elsewhere you must contact the Postgraduate Office for permission using the Change in Study Location form. You must still be engaging with your studies during this time and we will continue to monitor your attendance and progress. If you will be away for a period of more than three months you must notify us before you leave as your new study location has to be reported to the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) within 10 days of your departure. The deadline for informing us of a change in study location is Friday 29 May 2020. We will make another report to UKVI when you have returned to the University so please visit the Postgraduate Office when you arrive back.

You may request an authorised absence from your course for a compelling reason such as illness or bereavement. The minimum length of absence is 8 days and the maximum is 6 weeks per academic year. Please complete an authorised absence form and return it to the Postgraduate Office for approval. Periods of authorised absence are not reported to UKVI and as such the Tier 4 visa will not be curtailed, although we are required to maintain records of absence for immigration purposes.