Master of Science (International Economics)


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Programme Overview

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


  • Appreciate 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 with trade applications, etc
  • Apply theoretical knowledge, practical skills, tools and techniques in a written dissertation
  • Develop specific transferable skills in research and analysis, abstract and simplify, numeracy and IT, strategic thinking, evaluation and inferences, as well as interpersonal skills

The one-year programme is offered through Birmingham Business School, and it is suitable for those 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.

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Course Start Date & End Date

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Economics insights and skills 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.

Career Prospects

Graduates can develop a career in academia, actuary, advertising, audit, commerce, financial services, industry, investment banking, journalism, consultancy, marketing, media, politics, research, tax, the public sector, or in any other profession that requires the valuable transferable skills and insights obtained from this degree.

The University of Birmingham is the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

Opportunity for Further Study

Graduates may further their studies in PhD and doctoral programmes from universities around the world upon completion of this programme.


Teaching Faculty

Birmingham academics

Mode of Delivery 

The programme covers 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.

Lessons are conducted intensively on weekdays and weekends of 3 to 8 hours per day on SIM’s campus.

Software Training

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

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)

The modules listed here and on the University’s website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

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 with the refund of application fee.

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 three-month SIM Preparatory Course in Economics.
  • All other qualifications will be assessed on individual merits.

English Proficiency

  • 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 three-month Preparatory Course in Economics for entry into the Master of Science (International 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 

On-campus lectures 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-September/ early October on weekday mornings on SIM’s campus. There are no re-sits.
^Course work include in-course tests, assignments etc.

The full-time course is designed to be completed in three months between August and October. There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the course within this period.

Attendance requirement: 100%

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 with the refund of application fee.


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

Not open for application

Exemption Eligibility


Profiles Average

Lecturers’ Profiles & Teaching Modules 

Teacher-student Ratio

Preparatory Course in Economics - 1:20

Master of Science (International Economics) - 1:20


Progression Requirement

Typically, students will need to complete 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/exam re-sit 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.  

The degree awarded and degree certificate, will be the same as that awarded in the UK.


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.