MSc Applied EconomicsRob Watts

Rob is a student on our MSc Applied Economics, find out what he thinks of the course...

What was it that attracted you to study on the MSc in Applied Economics?

I was attracted to the MSc in Applied Economics because of its focus on relevant skills that employers look for. The application of theory to real world issues gives the course an interesting niche. It stands out against more theoretical courses that are better suited for aspiring PhD students.

What has been your experience of the classes to date?

The classes have covered a wide range of topics and offer a good split between theory and application. There is a particular focus on the skills that we’re developing and how these can be used in future careers as applied economists. We’ve also been exposed to interesting external speakers from government and industry during lectures.

What are you looking forward to over the rest of your studies?

I’m most looking forward to completing the summer project, in which I’ll be able to apply the skills I have learnt to one significant piece of work.

Where do you see the course in fitting into your longer aspirations for study/career in the future?

There is a significant amount of practical careers support at Strathclyde and I’ve been introduced to many local employers of economists to help me in my job search. Furthermore, there are plenty of work placements advertised on the course, meaning there are opportunities for relevant part-time work.

I would especially recommend the course for its focus on relevant skills that you can take with you into working as an applied economist. Also, the support in finding a job has been great.

How has the Fraser of Allander Institute involvement in the programme assisted you?

I have been working part time with the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), which has helped me link the skills I have learnt on the MSc with the work I could do as an applied economist. Furthermore, the FAI has provided interesting topic ideas for the summer project.