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Before you arrive

Ensuring a smooth and enjoyable arrival

Before you arrive at Warwick, there are a few steps that you are required to complete to ensure your transition into the Department is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Registration Form

To help with our course planning, we ask you to complete a short online form to confirm that you will be starting the course next month. Please submit your form by 30 August 2019.

If we do not receive your submission, we shall assume you have changed your mind and that you are not now coming. If you have not already formally accepted your offer, and are still planning to start the MSc in September, please accept your offer via the Postgraduate Admissions website.

Please note that if there was an English Language condition attached to your offer, you must meet it. Our experience is that language competence is crucial to progress in the course and this will be enforced absolutely.

Temporary Accomodation

A number of rooms have been reserved for those studying the Postgraduate Economics Pre-sessional during the first week of the course. If you have been allocated term time accommodation on University campus, you will be able to have access to your room from Saturday 22 September, and if you are making off campus accommodation arrangements you should ensure that you are able to move in by that date.

Online Enrolment

You will receive an email notifying when your online course registration form becomes available. As long as you have met all the conditions of your offer, you should be asked to complete this 4-6 weeks in advance of the course start date; further details can be found here.

MSc Preparation

Detailed reading lists will be given out with course syllabi at the start of term. However, a number of prospective students have enquired about textbooks and the following will be used:

Introductory Maths and Statistics

If you just need to refresh a few basic concepts, it is often best to use whichever books you are already familiar with (since then you will be able to use it efficiently), or even browse wikipedia or youtube for explanations or tutorials. In many cases this approach will work sufficiently well.

Optional reading

  • Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis by Knut Sydsaeter, Peter Hammond, Arne Strom and Andres Carvajal (published by Pearson)

On arrival, you will find multiple copies of this book available in the Warwick University Library.

Core reading

You do not need to read anything apart from lecture slides or course notes and you will not have time for it. The course will be self-contained.

Additional reading

While you do not need to read any particular books for this course, you might need to reference or learn certain techniques during the course of your programme, or to use them in your MSc dissertation. For this purpose you could turn to books such as the following:

  • Schaum's Outline of Linear Algebra by Seymour Lipschut and Marc Lipson (2012).

  • Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics by Takeshi Amemiya (2006).
  • Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics by Alpha C. Chiang and Kevin Wainwright (2005).
  • Mathematics for Economists: An Introductory Textbook by Malcolm Pemberton and Nicholas Rau (2015).
  • Further Mathematics for Economic Analysis by Knut Sydsaeter, Peter Hammond, Atle Seierstad and Arne Strom (2008).
  • Mathematics for Economists by Carl P. Simon and Lawrence Blume (1994).

Economic Analysis: Microeconomics

No single textbook with be followed mechanically, but the most useful book is:

  • Geoffrey Jehle and Philip J Reny, Advanced Microeconomic Theory, Addison-Wesley, 3rd edition, 2011.

Optional background reading to help prepare for the course:

  • Hal R Varian, Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach (any edition)

Economic Analysis: Macroeconomics

No single textbook will be followed mechanically, but the most useful book is:

  • David Romer (2011), Advanced Macroeconomics (4th edition), McGraw-Hill.

Optional background reading to help prepare for the course:

  • David N. Weil, Economic Growth, 3rd edition, 2013.Chapter 1: "The facts to be explained"

Chapter 3: "Physical capital"
Chapter 4: "Population and economic growth"
Chapter 15: "Geography, climate, and natural resources"

Quantitative Methods: Econometrics A

The lectures will not follow any particular textbook closely. However, the material covered in the lectures can be found in most introductory texts. In the lectures references will be given to the following texts:

  • Verbeek (2012), A Guide to Modern Econometrics(4th edition), Wiley (Note: Any edition is OK).
  • M. Wooldridge, Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach(3rd or 4th edition).
  • Angrist, J. and J.S. Pischke (2014), Mastering Metrics: The Path from Cause to Effect , Princeton University Press.
  • Angrist, J. and J.S. Pischke (2009), Mostly Harmless Econometrics , Princeton University Press.
  • M. Veerbeek (2012), A Guide to Modern Econometrics (4th edition), Wiley (Note: Any edition is OK).

  • J.M. Wooldridge, Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach (3rd or 4th edition).

Quantitative Methods: Econometrics B

Module lecturers will be handing out lecture notes. A book that comes close to some of the material that will be covered is the following:

  • Verbeek, M. (2012), A Guide to Modern Econometrics, John Wiley publisher. 4th Edition is good.

Please make sure that you are prepared for the module by pre-reading or preparing from a text such as:
  • J.M. Wooldridge, Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach (3rd or 4th edition) or something equivalent.