MSc Economics with Data Analytics

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This programme, adds novel techniques of data analysis, involving the use of coding to interrogate ‘big data' to the standard content of a postgraduate degree in economics, with coverage of economic theory, econometrics and policy analysis, to prepare its graduates for careers in industry, public service, and research training.

Taught by academics with extensive experience of the design and delivery of econometrics training, specifically through their leadership of these elements of the collaborative Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics. This collaboration among Scottish universities precludes Heriot-Watt precludes the offer of an MSc in economics, and the proposed programme fits well with the mission and capabilities of the department. In addition, we envisage strong linkages between this programme and the Centre for Social and Economic Data Analytics in EBS, which will underscore the School's commitment to research excellence within an interdisciplinary social science framework.

Course content

This programme contains nine taught courses: six mandatory, two optional and a final mandatory research dissertation  

Mandatory (core) courses

  • Business Analytics and Introduction to Big Data 
  • Big Data Analytics 
  • Advanced Economic Policy 1
  • Advanced Economic Policy 2
  • Economic Theory 

Optional courses

  • Emerging Financial Markets
  • International Finance 
  • Corporate Governance: Theory and Research 
  • International Banking and Money Markets 
  • International Banking Institutions and Regulatory Frameworks 
  • Advanced Valuation of Financial Markets 

Mandatory Research Dissertation 

  • Economics Dissertation