Department of Economics
Graduate Programmes

The programmes are designed to give students further competence to conduct rigorous economic analyses in specialized areas of economics.
 
The Department offers the following taught  masters programmes:
  • MSc Financial and Business Economics
  • MSc Banking and Finance
  • MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management


MSc Financial and Business Economics
This degree is a designed for students interested in applying advanced economic techniques to real world problems encountered by businesses and financial markets.  Students are expected to have a strong undergraduate background in economics or a related discipline.  The programme will use a mixture of theoretical modelling and applied techniques and illustrate how these tools can be employed to explain fundamental market behaviour.  Previous graduates from the programme have found employment in international financial institutions, central banks as well as international business and financial service companies.
 
MSc Banking and Finance
The MSc. Banking and Finance provides exposure to advanced banking and financial concepts, knowledge and skills, which are academically rigorous and offer practical application in the workplace, in a highly competitive and rapidly changing industry.  The programme seeks to develop a formally trained cadre of banking and finance industry professionals, specifically targeting persons who desire formal academic qualifications to bolster their work experience and advance their technical competencies. 

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management
The programme emphasises the practical and analytical aspects of logistics problems as well as the fundamentals of management science and supply chain management.  There is a need for logistics and supply chain analysts with good modelling skills, who can identify logistic and supply chain problems and provide solutions to them. This post-graduate degree has been designed to give students with the necessary quantitative background, the skills to apply their analytical abilities to solve and address these real world situations. Graduates from this programme will find employment in the import and export sectors, retailing and distribution, manufacturing, transportation, health care and government.
 

The Department also offers the research based degrees of:

  • MPhil Degree in Economics
  • PhD Degree in Economics
  • MPhil Degree in Finance
  • PhD Degree in Finance


MPhil Economics and PhD Economics
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are research degrees. These degrees involve independent study, directed by a supervisor, and the production of a thesis. The essential difference between the master and doctoral levels, lies in the quality of a successful Ph.D. thesis, which must be judged to be the result of original research, an addition to knowledge and worthy of publication either in full or in an abridged form in a refereed journal. The award of a MPhil/PhD also requires the candidate to defend his/her thesis at a public, oral examination.


MPhil Finance and PhD Finance
The MPhil / PhD in Finance will require students to present and defend a Thesis Proposal that is of acceptable quality and scope at the MPhil /  The Thesis must follow the guidelines set out in the Graduate Studies Guide for Students and Supervisors.  A PhD in Finance exposes students to different set tools, courses and research relative to what one would expect in a PhD in Economics  Generally, a student pursuing a PhD in finance would be expected to exhibit expertise in the areas of financial economics, econometrics, asset pricing, corporate finance as well as research in their field of specialisation.


For more detail in the Departmental Handbook click here.
 


Department of Economics
Telephone: (246) 417-4930/4279/4283 Fax: (246) 438-9104 E-mail: economics@cavehill.uwi.edu