Economics Of Globalisation And European Integration MA

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2018/19 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £6,350 per course
  • International students: £12,500 per course
Course start August
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Course outline

•            Course fees are 3,600 euros for European students and 9,000 euros for non-European students.

•            Scholarships are available to cover fees and living costs

•            Organised by a consortium of seven European and three non-European universities spread over four different continents

•            A one-year full-time master’s programme

•            Taught in English

•            Awarding an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree issued on behalf of and signed by all partner institutions

The MA Economics of Globalisation and European Integration (EGEI) is a unique course in the UK higher education sector. It is based on a special agreement signed by a consortium of ten global universities and supported by the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus and Erasmus+ programmes. The course covers analytical and research skills in economics, particularly skills relevant to business analysis, and the opportunity to apply these skills to specialist areas of international trade and European integration.

In the first teaching block you will study advanced courses in economic theory to really immerse you in the world of economics.  You will learn how to complete detailed theoretical analysis of markets and also of the open economy.  This block sets the scene for further learning in block two by giving you a firm grounding to move forward with your studies and your own research.

In block two you will study more specialist modules such as the economics of globalisation which covers topics like customs unions, trading blocks and international trade theory. It has been identified that certain negotiating skills will be needed as the UK leaves the European Union,  so your expertise in this area will be in demand.

In the final block you will cover optional modules including International Trade and International Finance. You will study global competitiveness and stock markets before completing your final project. This will provide a spring board for further research in the form of a PhD.

Partner universities in addition to Staffordshire University are:

Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

Università degli Studi di Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Italy

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Universidad de Cantabria, Spain

Université Lille 1, Sciences et Technologies, France

Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze, Czech Republic

Xiamen University, P. R. China

Universidade de Brasília, Brazil

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Students on the course are from all ten partner universities and the teaching is rotated between all partners. Upon completion of teaching block 2, students return to their home universities for dissertation work. This course has been awarded Erasmus Mundus status from the European Union. This prestigious status is given to a limited number of M asters programmes in Europe. The benefit of the status is that we can offer scholarships to students from both within and outside the EU to cover fees and full living expenses (including travel). For details of the Erasmus Mundus scholarships, see the EGEI central website.

Course content

The degree structure:

Term 1

  • Advanced Microeconomics (6 credits)

  • Advanced Macroeconomics (6 credits)

  • Applied Econometrics (6 credits)

  • Optional skills modules, such as Mathematics for Economists or Foreign Language (2 credits)

Term 2

  • Economics of European Integration (6 credits)

  • Open Economy Macroeconomics (4 credits)

  • Economics of Globalisation (4 credits)

  • Advanced subjects optional course: Special Topics in Applied Econometrics (5 credits)

  • Optional skills courses, such as Foreign Language or Academic Writing (2 credits)

Term 3

  • International Trade: Theory and Policy (6 credits)

  • Advanced subjects optional courses, such as Special Topics in International Finance, Special Topics in International Trade and/or Economics of Regulation (5 credits)

  • Optional skills course, such as Foreign Language (2 credits)


Entry requirements

You should have a good honours degree in economics, business studies or related disciplines. However, graduates of business studies or related disciplines must have a substantial element of economics included in their studies. You may be interviewed to ascertain your suitability for the course. 

International students must be fluent in English and able to provide a proof of an iBT TOEFL test level of minimum 90 or of an IELTS Academic test level of minimum 6.5. Please note that this course is currently not suitable for students that require a Tier 4 (general) visa to study in the UK.

Student success

'Taking part in the MA Economics of Globalisation and European Integration programme was an experience to remember. In addition to giving me the opportunity to live and study in three different countries and gain valuable friendships all around the world, this programme offered a broad spectrum of subjects that, in my opinion, can meet requirements of students with different interests. Interesting guest lecturers and discussions about up-to-date issues related to the EU made this programme something more than ordinary studying of theory. As well as broadening my knowledge of economics, thanks to this programme I was introduced to econometric analysis, which is necessary for scientific research, something that I would like to do in the future. Hard work spiced up with loads of fun makes this MA programme a challenge that is hard to resist taking!'

Ana Bagic - Economist at the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Teaching and learning

The first term of this programme covers the important theoretical background in economic analysis that will be used in analysing applied topics covered in the remainder of the programme. The second and third terms are taught by staff from partner institutions.

You will spend a significant amount of your studies applying theoretical economics to analyse issues facing EU policy makers or policy makers in Central and East European countries which have embarked on transition to the market system.

The final part of the programme, the dissertation, is usually undertaken at Staffordshire University.

Graduate destinations

This bespoke course is suitable for graduates who have aspirations for careers in European or international organisations. Many of our postgraduate students are developing high ranking careers in government, international organisations, business and universities. Some graduates are now employed in the National Statistical Office in Cyprus, with Deutsche Bank and IBM and some have had internships with the EU Commission. Many have also gone on to register for PhDs.

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