Master of Science (International Economics)


Programme Overview

Developed, fully taught and awarded by Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

The University, founded in 1900, is one of the largest in the UK. It is a major centre of research and academic study, with 11 Nobel Prize winners among staff and alumni.

The University is ranked 82nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016/17), and the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. It is also one of the Top 20 universities in the UK for Economics (The Complete University Guide Subject Table Rankings 2017).

The one-year programme is offered through Birmingham Business School, suitable for fresh graduates, working professionals and executives who have a strong passion in economics and its role on the world stage.

An SIM Preparatory Course in Economics is available for non-Economics Bachelor’s degree holders.


  • Provide an appreciation of contemporary economic thinking relevant to global trade, policy and businesses
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of mainstream theoretical and applied techniques to help you prepare for or enhance your career
  • Introduce and develop a breadth of knowledge in areas such as trade theory, trade policy, econometrics, etc
  • Provide the opportunity to combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a written dissertation
  • Develop the ability to undertake rigorous, independent investigations and the critical analysis and evaluation of research

Birmingham Business School holds triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

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Course Start Date & End Date

There is one intake a year in October.

October 2017 Intake

Preparatory Course in Economics (if applicable):

20 Jul 2017 – 30 Sep 2017

Master of Science (International Economics):

01 Oct 2017 – 30 Sep 2018

Note: Date & period is subject to change by the University.


Preparatory Course in Economics (if applicable): S$749.00 per module

Master of Science (International Economics): S$26,964.00

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST (exclude textbooks and valid for 2017 intake). 


October 2018 Intake

Application will open in November 2017

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Economics skills & insight for global career

Globalisation of the world’s economy means that international economics plays a fundamental role in a wide variety of careers.

The programme provides specialised and advanced training in international economics. You will receive specialist training in areas of relevance and take options in other areas of your interest to meet the growing demands for economics to address and solve global issues. This degree will expose you to various theoretical constructs and empirical analyses, equipping you with the analytical and quantitative skills essential to examine developments in the global economy, particularly those with implications for policy.

Reasons to study Birmingham’s postgraduate degrees at SIM 

  • The degrees are of the same standings and standards as those awarded in the UK
  • Fully taught by Birmingham academics
  • Established international reputation of University and the Business School
  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business and management
  • International syllabus with focus on the issues of globalisation 

Career Prospects

Graduates can develop a career in academia, commerce, consultancy, industry, banking, financial services, research or the public sector, or another profession requiring the valuable transferable skills and insights obtained from this degree. Those with existing careers may opt to accelerate their career path with existing employers, or create potential for change.

Career options include economists, economic consultants, credit analysts, financial risk analysts, policy analysts, investment analysts, statisticians, market research analysts, researchers, etc.

Opportunity for Further Study

Graduates may further their studies in PhD and doctoral programmes from universities around the world.


Teaching Faculty

Birmingham academics

Mode of Delivery 

The programme is structured over two semesters with seven taught modules (120 credits) and a written dissertation (60 credits). 

Taught Modules

Taught modules are delivered one at a time through lectures by Birmingham academics who teach the same module on the University’s home campus to ensure equivalent academic inputs for the Singapore programme.

A 10-credit module is equivalent to one week of lectures. The 20- and 30- credit modules are covered over two and three weeks respectively. Lectures are conducted intensively on weekdays and weekends.

Lessons are typically 3 to 8 hours per day.

Software Training

Students will receive up-to-date training in analysis and statistical software in either Stata or Eviews.

Note: The choice of software is subject to change and will follow according to the programme in the UK.


There will be workshops, consultation sessions and supervisors assigned to students on dissertation guidance.

Semester Overview

Semester 1: October – March
Semester 2: April – September

Pre-sessional Courses

Students will attend compulsory pre-sessional courses in Statistics and Mathematics. The courses are designed to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding in preparation for their academic studies in this programme. There are no exams and no additional payable charges incurred to the programme fee.


  • Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Econometrics with Trade Applications (30 credits)
  • International Trade Theory (20 credits)
  • International Trade Policy (10 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules (choose 2)

  • Economics of Financial Markets (10 credits)
  • Monetary Policy (10 credits)
  • Risk, Uncertainty and Information (10 credits)

Module Synopses (including dissertation)

Sample Illustration of Overall Programme Structure (Full-time)

Duration & Candidature Period

The programme is designed to be completed in a year.

There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the programme within the candidature period.

Minimum Class Size 

Minimum class size to commence: 20 students

If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement.

Entry Requirements

Academic Qualification Requirement    

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics or a related discipline (Upper 2nd Class Honours or equivalent); or
  • Bachelor’s degree in non-Economics fields of study (Upper 2nd Class Honours or equivalent) and have a background in Statistics and/or Calculus at least at GCE ‘A’ level or polytechnic diploma level subject to the successful completion of a 3-month SIM Preparatory Course in Economics.
  • All other qualifications will be assessed on individual merits.

English Proficiency Requirement

  • A minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE ‘O’ level; or
  • IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each band); or
  • TOEFL iBT: 88 (with no less than 20 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): a minimum of 59 in all four skills.

Other Requirements

These are to be submitted with the application:

  • Two satisfactory references of which one must be academic-related; and
  • a letter of academic interest and your objective in postgraduate study.

All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the Programme Director. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the programme.

Preparatory Course in Economics (if applicable)

Developed and awarded by SIM, Singapore.

Applicants with a non-Economics related Bachelor's degree and have a background in Statistics and/or Calculus at least at GCE ‘A’ level or polytechnic diploma level are required to pass a 3-month Preparatory Course in Economics for entry into the Master of Science (Economics) programme.

The taught modules include: 

  • Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

University of Birmingham may require students to complete a minimum of one and up to a maximum of three modules, per intake.

Preparatory Course - Module Synopses 

Lessons are typically 3 hours on weekdays, and classes can take place in the evenings. Classes may be scheduled on Saturdays if required.

Assessment is either by written exams, coursework* or a combination of both. Final exams are scheduled at the end of the course in end-August/ early September on weekday mornings on SIM’s campus. There are no re-sits.
*Course work include in-course tests, etc.

The course is conducted annually between July and September.

The minimum class size is 20 students.

If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, applicants will be informed within one month before programme commencement. 


A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successfully passing the Preparatory Course in Economics.

Course Fee

Preparatory Course in Economics (if applicable): S$749.00 per module

Master of Science (International Economics): S$26,964.00, payable in two payments

Per payment of 60 credits taught module fee: S$13,482.00

Per 10 credits taught module fee: S$2,247.00

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and are payable before semester commencement (exclude textbooks). Fees are valid for 2017 intake and assume that the student completes the programme in one year. 

Exemption Eligibility



Lecturers’ Profiles & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:20


Pass each semester’s assessments and/or exams before progressing to the next semester.

Assessments & Exams 

Taught Modules 

Taught modules are assessed either by written exams, coursework*, or a combination of both. They are normally scheduled one to two weeks after a module’s completion. Exams will be held on weekday evenings or Saturdays on SIM’s campus.

Re-assessment will be advised by the University for students who did not fulfil the passing requirement of any taught modules.

*Coursework can take a variety of forms including essays, practical assignments, presentations and reports etc. Some coursework may be group based.


Students will need to complete a 10,000 – 12,000 word dissertation for submission. The submission period is normally in end-August or early September.

Note: The assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.

Attendance Requirement


Award of Degree

Obtain a total of 180 credits to attain the Master of Science (International Economics) awarded by the University of Birmingham.  


A degree congregation presided by University of Birmingham is annually held in November on SIM’s campus. Alternatively, graduates can choose to attend the ceremony in July or December in the UK.