The Department is investing substantial resource into providing the highest standards of academic support for our MSc students.
This support comes in a variety of ways, aimed at targeting different aspects of your academic studies, including support with module content, preparation for assessments and drop in opportunities.
The academic support available is listed below.
A new set of maths revision materialsLink opens in a new window have been created on Moodle, which you may wish to refer to for additional support.
Maths and Statistics Drop-in Sessions
If you are struggling with any aspect of the Maths or Stats content on your modules, please make use of the Drop in Sessions. They are run by our Teaching Fellow, Nicholas Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.orgLink opens in a new window). You can view the details for the sessions on the academic supportLink opens in a new window pages.
We are able to offer you a licence for the statistical software package, STATA. This resource is primarily funded by the Department and is essential for your MSc studies. To download the software visit: Warwick.ac.uk/econ-stata.
We also run a weekly STATA Helpdesk to answer your individual questions in the Autumn and Spring terms. This is an optional drop-in session and there is no need for students to book in advance.
Additionally, there is an Introduction to Stata courseLink opens in a new window in Moodle, which will be helpful for those unfamiliar with the package, and IT Services also provide STATA resourcesLink opens in a new window.
Advice and Feedback Hours
The lecturers that you see within your modules are there to provide you with guidance on their subject area. Every member of academic staff, including class tutors, has at least two Advice and Feedback hours each week of term. You should make use of these, as a means of clarifying any areas of confusion within previous lectures or to discuss future topics. You can also use them to discuss areas that you both find interesting. You should always ensure you are prepared for your lecturer’s feedback hours. You should not be using them as a means of asking the lecturer to repeat the lecture, but should attend them with specific questions or areas of confusion that you would like clarification on.
You can find the Advice and Feedback Hours of members of staff hereLink opens in a new window.
Wellbeing Drop-In Sessions
Your wellbeing is important to us whether you are experiencing difficulty with academic or personal issues. Your Senior Tutor, Mahnaz Nazreen, will hold office hours to meet students in term time and more information can be found hereLink opens in a new window.
For students taking EC959, MSc Dissertations, we run helpdesks over the summer term and vacation where you can speak to a member of staff and gain support and advice about technical and software aspects of your dissertation. Details of the tutors and the times will be published on the Dissertation InformationLink opens in a new window webpage.
The University Library
The main LibraryLink opens in a new window provides you with a wide range of resources to support you with your studies, including printed and electronic books, journals and subject databases. These will all help you find research in your area.
Here are a few quick tips to help you get started in the Library:
- Use the Get StartedLink opens in a new window online Library orientation programme to find out how to use the library effectively;
- Use the Library Catalogue to find what you need, using the “Library Search” textbox on the Library home page. The Catalogue contains details of the books and journals (print and electronic) held by the Library;
- Most electronic resources are available from any PC with internet access, so you can use them from home. Usually, you’ll need your University username and password (the one you use to login to a PC on campus) to access these;
- Use My Library Account Link opens in a new windowto renew and reserve items via the internet;
- The Library EconomicsLink opens in a new window webpages contain high-quality information relevant to your area of study. A good way to get started on a topic is to use Key Electronic Resources for Economics. The Library also provides useful online tutorials for Economics students and a guide to databases;
- DataStream is one of the main sources for finding macroeconomic time series or data on equity markets, bonds, futures, exchange rates and interest rates. DataStream is only available in the Library at a dedicated PC on Floor 1. At busy times, you may need to book to use the terminal. You will also find a very wide range of international macroeconomic time series, plus UK social survey data, on the UK Data Service (UKDS), available online through the Library list of databasesLink opens in a new window;
- Capital IQ is a useful source of global company and investment financial data. There is a recorded training session on the Academic Support Link opens in a new windowwebpage to help you understand how to use Capital IQ;
- If you are seeking a useful book or journal article which Warwick does not have, we can often obtain it for you from another library. The Get It For MeLink opens in a new window scheme allows you to obtain journal articles from some other libraries;
- If you are having trouble finding what you need, there is an Economics Academic Support Librarian to help you. Library contact details appear below;
- The Library manages a number of learning and teaching study spacesLink opens in a new window. The Learning Grid, which is part of the Library, is located in University House. It offers a range of resources, including access to IT facilities and a collection of reference-only key textbooks. There are also Learning Grids in the Rootes Building and Leamington Grid Spa in Leamington Spa Town Hall. Information about the Postgraduate Hub is given below.
Regular news and updates can be found via the Library's facebook pages (@WarwickUniLibrary) and its twitter account (@warwicklibrary).
More on the Library's community engagement wellbeing services for students can be found on the websiteLink opens in a new window or via Twitter at #StudyHappy.
Contacting the Library
t: +44 (0)24 7652 2026
Our Academic Support Librarian, Jackie Hanes, is happy to help you find the information you need for your research, show you how to use specific resources, or discuss any other issues you might have.
The Librarian can be contacted via email: email@example.comLink opens in a new window.
The general Library email address may also be used, and your enquiry will be dealt with by Academic Support colleagues, or passed on to the specialist: firstname.lastname@example.orgLink opens in a new window
The Postgraduate Hub
The Postgraduate HubLink opens in a new window is located in the Junction Building. It is a peer-led collaborative community space that brings together postgraduates from across Warwick.
At PG Hub you can:
- Book meeting rooms for group-work and collaborative study, as well as find first-come-first-served study and meeting space;
- Ask any questions you might have about your postgraduate life at Warwick;
- Access support for your dissertation;
- Find mentorship to take you to the next level;
- Get actively involved in cultural events, such as Hallowe’en, Chinese New Year, Eid and other celebrations;
- Locate support for your studies and future career plans through events and drop-ins;
- Share your postgraduate life through our competitions and social media.
We recognise that postgraduate life is about more than just work. The PG Hub exists to make your time at the University more productive and enjoyable, so we welcome your ideas on things you want to see as a Warwick postgraduate.
Information Technology (IT) Services
IT Services provide the essential resources and support necessary to give all students access to information technology services and support. Further information on setting up an account, accessing the network from on and off campus, printing and purchasing computers is available hereLink opens in a new window.
Your email address
Once you have registered with IT Services and your account has been activated you will have a usercode, password and an email address which is usually in the format:
This address will be your ‘official’ University email address which the Department will use for all email communications. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you check this email account. You can access this account via webmailLink opens in a new window.
You can download leafletsLink opens in a new window to help you set up your email account on your mobile phone.
IT Services provide a dedicated Help Desk to assist with IT-related issues. You can contact them online, via email, or by phone. Further information on how to contact IT Services can be found at: http://www.warwick.ac.uk/its
Network access from student residences
The University provides a network connection from every room in student residences enabling you to access the internet and files saved on the network. Use of the residential network is subject to an Acceptable Use Policy.
Any computer attached to a network is susceptible to attacks from viruses and spyware. Please ensure you have Antivirus software installed with an up to date subscription as this is a requirement for access to the network. IT Services provide free anti-virus and firewall software Link opens in a new windowto help keep your computer safe.
Open access areas
There are many open access areas Link opens in a new windowoperated by IT Services. (You will need your University ID card to enter some of the open access areas.) The computers are all connected to the network and the internet and provide access to printers, the Library online catalogue and a wide range of software applications. All computers in open access areas run on the Windows 7 operating system (except room A0.01 - SUSE Linux).
Student iPad and Laptop Loan Service
IT Services provides iPads and laptops for short term loan, for more information please visit hereLink opens in a new window.
IT facilities in the Department
In the Economics Department there is a study space specifically devoted to MSc students on the first floor where you can work on your laptop.
There is also a large computer lab (S2.82) which is available to MSc and Diploma students for part of the week.
The Department's Bloomberg Terminals are located in room S0.55. The Bloomberg Terminal is a computer software system which provides access to current and historical financial information on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, and futures for both international and domestic markets. It also provides company profiles and financial statements, analysts' forecasts, news on worldwide financial markets, and audio and video interviews and presentations by key players in business and finance.
To use the Bloomberg Terminals, you must register for a Bloomberg for Education accountLink opens in a new window, selecting the learner option. Then you must complete the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) e-learning course and send proof of your completed certificate to email@example.comLink opens in a new window. We will then grant you access to bookLink opens in a new window the use of one of these terminals in half-hourly sessions from Monday – Thursday 9-4.30 and Friday 9-3.30pm. You will only be able to use the terminal if you have pre-booked online. Please note that there are restrictions in the amount of data you are permitted to download. This is imposed by Bloomberg and further information is provided by the terminals.
Printer creditsLink opens in a new window are purchased online with a debit or credit card. The Printing and ScanningLink opens in a new window webpage explains how to print once you have purchased your credits and installed the print queue on your device.
We have a wide range of software for economists. Besides generic software, such as Microsoft Office, email and web browsers, the econometric software we use includes Stata and and SPSS.
The Department is very pleased to be able to offer you a licence for the statistical software package, Stata. This resource is primarily funded by the Department and is essential for your MSc studies.
In Moodle you will find resources and information to help you use the software at Introduction to StataLink opens in a new window. You may also wish to look at Introduction to RLink opens in a new window.
All software available to students at Warwick can be found in the IT services software listLink opens in a new window.
If you have general problems logging in to IT Services open access areas you should contact the IT Services Help Desk. If you have specific problems relating to the computers or printers in the Department you should contact the Department’s Computer Support Staff via firstname.lastname@example.orgLink opens in a new window.