The MSc (Applied Economics) programme aims to provide rigorous post-graduate training in Applied Economics that would be useful in both the private and public sectors, and in all facets of economic research activities. Our curriculum is unique for its focus on producing quantitative-oriented researchers and analysts with strong theoretical insights.

Specifically, this NTU programme specializes in equipping students with the necessary skills to excel in economic policy analysis by utilizing techniques such as econometrics, financial applied econometrics, cost-benefit analysis, project evaluation, and financial modelling, etc. Such skills are very useful for economic analysis of social policy, investment and portfolio management. Employment opportunities for graduates with these skills include public service, investment banks, broking houses and consultancies.

Programme Structure

The academic calendar for the Master programme is based on three trimesters. Each academic trimester consists of 16 weeks. The number of classroom hours per course is 3 per week for 12 weeks. This is typically a one-year, full-time programme conducted on-site at NTU’s main campus. 

The programme requires every candidate to earn a total of 30 academic units (AUs) in order to graduate. Candidates can choose to earn 27 AUs from coursework and 3 AUs from an Applied Research Project (ARP) or earn all 30 AUs from coursework. 

The AUs from coursework will be earned from reading a combination of half and full courses. A full course carries 3 academic units (AUs), while a half course carries 1.5 AUs.  Typically, a candidate will read three full courses per trimester. Candidates who choose not to do an Applied Research Project are required to read one extra full course either in Trimester 2 or Trimester 3. 

The courses offered will depend on the availability of faculty, and wherever possible we will take into account the interests of students. 

Admission Requirements

Candidates should possess a degree in economics with good honours. Candidates who do not have a degree in Economics will be considered provided they have a good honours degree in other disciplines and a strong quantitative background. However, such candidates will be required to read a preparatory course in Economics and mathematics at the start of the programme. The fee for each preparatory is Singapore $100. In the admission letter, the candidate will be informed whether the preparatory course is required. 

Relevant working experience will be considered an advantage. 

A good TOEFL or IELTS score is required if degree is not from an English speaking country.

Please note that candidates with acceptable GRE scores will be viewed favourably for admission.

Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

NTU School of Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University
48 Nanyang Avenue,
Singapore 639818

Tel: +65 6513 8173