Michelle Brown is studying for her MSc in Applied Economics. After completing her undergraduate degree, she knew she wanted to take it further and learn about the different things that weren't taught at undergraduate level.
Hi Michelle. Why did you decide to study our MSc Applied Economics course?
I knew I wanted to continue studying economics. I hoped that in the future I would be able to work in economics and thought the emphasis on the application of economics would be useful as well as interesting.
The classes that most attracted me were 'International Development' and 'Professional Development for Economists'. My honours dissertation was centred around development economics so it was already of interest to me – and I already owned the main text.
The 'Professional Development' class also sounded like it would be interesting but practical. Hearing about different aspects of economics in the workplace as well as the chance to meet and talk to the speakers really appealed to me.
So what do you think about the course so far?
So far the course has been great! I love the diversity of the backgrounds of the students - there's always another perspective on a topic.
The lecturers are all friendly and approachable which is always good. You can also tell that they love what they’re teaching, they’re passionate about the subject.
The course covers a wide range of subjects and you can also choose elective classes from outside the Department of Economics. This means there's a large range of content. Even within a single class the content is diverse - 'International Development', for example, covers everything from education to fertility. We talked about how a TV show can influence the size of a family, and how treatment for worms can improve education.