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MSocSc - Economics as a main subject

Studying for a Master of Social Sciences at Waikato challenges you to take your understanding of theoretical subject matter to an advanced level.

Studying Economics will help you develop the analytical skills needed to be an effective problem solver of real-life issues. You'll learn how to apply your skills to issues ranging from employment and housing, to public health, transport and environmental pollution.

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Key information

Years: 1 - 1.5
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,626 - $9,292 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $53,855 - $61,290 (180 points)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Business analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Policy analyst / adviser
  • Government economist (eg. Treasury)
  • Management consultant
  • Research economist
  • Economics teacher / lecturer
  • International trade advisor

Degree Planner

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Econ), PGDip(Econ), BBus(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MMS and MSocSc

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the BBus(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), PGCert(Econ), PGDip(Econ), MMS and MSocSc.

There are no specified subject papers for the BBus(Hons) or PGCert(Econ).

PGDip(Econ) students must complete at least one of ECONS501, ECONS508, ECONS528, ECONS529 or ECONS543.

MMS students must complete: MNMGT582 and either ECONS528 or ECONS529; and one of ECONS590, ECONS591, ECONS592, ECONS593 or ECONS594; and at least one paper from ECONS501 or ECONS508. Students taking the 120 point MMS are required to complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject. Students taking the 180 point MMS are required to complete at least 120 points from the papers listed for the subject.

To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Economics, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally ECONS591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Economics.

To complete an MSocSc in Economics, students admitted under section 2(a) of those regulations must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including ALPSS500 and at least 45 points from the papers listed for the subject in List A: Advanced Study of the regulations for the MSocSc.

Students admitted to the MSocSc under section 2(b) of those regulations must complete 120 points from approved 500-level papers, including at least 45 points from the papers listed for the subject in List A: Advanced Study of the regulations for the MSocSc.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ECONS501Macroeconomic Analysis15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper covers selected aspects of macroeconomic theory, policy and evidence. Most of the topics are centred directly or indirectly on a stylised production function. They include economic growth, business cycles, employment, inflation, price-setting behaviour, macroeconomic policy and the development of macroeconomic analysis.
ECONS506Economics for Business15.024A (Hamilton) & 24G (Hamilton)
An analysis of the economics of business including producers, consumers, markets and the role of the State. This paper is designed for MPAcct and MAppFin students who may not have studied economics at undergraduate level.
ECONS507Quantitative Methods for Business Analysis15.024A (Hamilton) & 24G (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a thorough grounding in the applied quantitative techniques required for professional practice in business, finance and economics. The main emphasis is on recognising which techniques are appropriate for particular types of problems, using the techniques and interpreting the results.
ECONS520Microeconomic Analysis - Theory15.024B (Hamilton)
This course covers Masters-level training in microeconomic theory. The first half of the course will focus on consumer and producer theories. The second half of the course will focus on strategic thinking and analysis in Economics through the techniques of game theory. We will also critically examine some selected papers in applied...
ECONS524Topics in Economic Policy Analysis15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on selected topics in the economics of policy analysis.
ECONS528Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and Finance15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with theoretical and practical skills in econometrics that should enable them to carry out a wide range of applied analyses involving macroeconomics and finance. The prime focus of this paper is on the application of time-series econometrics. The topics covered include econometric estimation and testing...
ECONS529Microeconometrics15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper develops skills in cross-sectional and panel data pertaining to individuals, households and firms including research design and evaluation of causal effects (using randomised control trials and natural experiment, propensity score matching and regression adjustment, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, synth...
ECONS533Topics in Trade and Development15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on selected topics in trade and development. These will include aspects of trade policy and evidence in the world economy and current issues in development microeconomics.
ECONS543Applied Econometrics15.024B (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
ECONS552Global Trade Modelling15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces and applies general equilibrium modelling, particularly to international trade issues. Students will have the opportunity to use real-world data and a sophisticated global model in their assignments.
ECONS590Directed Study30.024X (Hamilton)
Selected topics may be available. Please discuss these with the Graduate Convenor.
ECONS591Economics Dissertation30.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ECONS592Economics Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ECONS593Economics Thesis90.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ECONS594Economics Thesis120.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MNMGT582Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to research paradigms commonly used in research in economics and finance. It develops skills in the critical evaluation of research literature, the identification of research problems, and the preparation of research proposals. Students completing the paper will develop a proposal for research in the...

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Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.