Strathclyde Economics Course comes Highly Recommended

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Strathclyde Economics Course comes Highly Recommended

A Scots postgraduate course that develops the professional economists of the future has become the first in the UK to be formally recommended by the Government Economic Service (GES)

The MSc in Economic Management and Policy, based at the University of Strathclyde's Business School, gives graduates the high-level skills they need for a career in business and public organizations both home and abroad.

It has been granted the seal of approval from the GES, the UK's largest recruiter of economists, from this month (July 2008).

Andy Ross, Deputy Director at HM Treasury and Head of Professional Development for the GES, said: "We were very impressed with Strathclyde's understanding of the needs of economists as professional practitioners in the public sector, their willingness to work with the GES in developing this approach to programme design and the glowing testimonials we had received from GES economists who had graduated from the programme."

Roger Perman, Reader at Strathclyde's Department of Economics, said: "Economists are behind many of today's news headlines, from labour market trends to finance, public health, the housing market and criminal justice.

"Our graduates go on to a variety of careers with national and international organizations, and many play a key role in policy-making. For that reason, it's vital that graduates leave university with the skills and knowledge required by today's employers and wider society.

"We're delighted to be given the recommendation by the Government Economic Service, an award which reflects our commitment to excellence in economic analysis."

The course is now in its tenth year and has a strong practical element, with an emphasis on investigations and problem-solving. Students can choose to graduate with a general MSc in Economic Management and Policy, or specialize in: Business Economics; Environmental Economics; Industrialisation, Trade and Economic Policy; International Financial Economics; and Regional Policy.

An Open Leaning mode of study is available to enable people in full-time employment to study in an environment that fits with their job requirements.

The Department of Economics has an international reputation for teaching and research, and is also home to the renowned Fraser of Allander Institute - a research unit which analyses the Scottish economy.

For more information about the MSc, visit: www.strath.ac.uk/economics