Objectives & career options

General objectives

The main objective of this course is to train researchers who are highly specialised in the study and analysis of economics, capable of successfully undertaking a doctoral thesis in the field of applied economics.

Master’s graduates will learn how to apply academically rigorous analysis to the economic problems they aim to study and to understand the methodologies used when carrying out this analysis, so that they are able to apply the conceptual framework acquired to the particular situations under study. Students should also be able to identify economic problems in any given situation, to discuss alternative solutions, to choose solutions that best meet their objectives and to assess the results achieved.

Students will take compulsory subjects of a general nature, providing them with a solid methodological and knowledge-based foundation in applied economics, including both national and international aspects. The optional subjects offer researchers the opportunity to study in greater depth several of the most significant current Spanish economic sectors; the tourism sector, the housing and construction market, natural resources, the labour market and competitiveness and tax-related factors.

The course programme will provide Master’s graduates with a solid training, enabling them to undertake highly specialised academic research, which they will always carry out: a) with respect for fundamental rights and based on sexual equality, b) with respect for and promoting human rights and the principles of universal accessibility and design for all, c) in accordance with the principles inherent to a culture of peace and democratic values.

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Structure 

 

Structure of the Master’s Degree: credits and subject groups

 

Type of subject

Credits

Compulsory (OB)

35

Optional (OP)

15

Master’s final project (OB)

10

TOTAL CREDITS

60

 

 

Distribution of subjects by module

 

FIRST SEMESTER 30 ECTS

SECOND SEMESTER 30 ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

APPLIED ECONOMIC ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES I

OB

5

APPLIED ECONOMIC ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES  II

OB

5

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS

OB

5

MASTER’S FINAL PROJECT

OB

10

Students must take 3 of the following optional subjects:

ECONOMY, KNOWLEDGE & NEW TECHNOLOGIES – THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

OB

5

FISCAL FEDERALISM

OP

5

LABOUR MARKET ECONOMY

OP

5

COMPETITIVENESS & INTERNATIONALISATION

OB

5

THE ECONOMICS OF NATURAL RESOURCES

OP

5

HOUSING & REAL ESTATE ECONOMICS

OP

5

THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM

OB

5

LONG-TERM COMPETITIVENESS FACTORS

OP

5

HEALTH ECONOMY

OP

5

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & WELFARE

OP

5

TOURISM ECONOMICS

OP

5

 

General course programme

The proposed course programme for the Master's Degree in Applied Economics is divided up into units containing groups of disciplinary-related subjects. This helps coordinate the content and skills acquired by students throughout the course.

The programme consists of 4 units. Two of these are compulsory ("Research & economic analysis techniques" worth 10 credits and the "Master's final project" worth another 10 credits). The third unit contains 5 compulsory subjects and 1 optional subject ("Economic globalisation & company internationalisation”) and the final optional unit (“Productive sectors”) contains 5 subjects worth 5 credits each. Students must choose 3 subjects from the aforementioned 5 and the optional "Economic globalisation & company internationalisation".

These 4 units have been designed to offer students coherent thematic blocks, enabling them to acquire the learning they need in the field of applied economics research.

Below is a brief description of the different units.

  • The Research & economic analysis techniques unit consists of two subjects: “Applied economic analysis techniques I” (5 credits) and “Applied economic analysis techniques II” (5 credits). This unit aims to provide students with specialised training in the use of basic economic analysis tools, enabling them to develop a high level of skill in using the most relevant tools when carrying out the academic projects included in the different programme units. Relevant econometric methodologies will be used in these subjects to analyse economic data in different formats in order to show students how the methodologies are used in practice to construct research models. Support will be available for students working on their master’s final project and they will be given sufficient training to define the content of future doctoral theses.
  •  The Economic globalisation & company internationalisation unit contains five compulsory subjects: “International economic relations”, “Economic development & welfare”, “Competitiveness & internationalisation”, “Economy, knowledge & new technologies – the global context”, “The financial system" and an optional subject entitled "Fiscal federalism". All subjects are worth 5 credits.  The compulsory subjects aim to provide students with a detailed knowledge of world economics, of how the increasingly global economic environment in which companies operate has developed, the reasons for economic development and the fundamental factors behind underdevelopment.  The optional subject offers students the opportunity to study regional, national and international tax systems in greater detail, including both government and business-based systems.
  • The Productive sectors unit contains 6 optional subjects: “Tourism economics”, “Housing & real estate economics”, “The economics of natural resources”, “Labour market economics”, “Long-term competitiveness factors” and "Health Economy". All of these subjects are worth 5 credits each and they offer students the opportunity to study in greater detail the main lines of research in the field of applied economics in relation to all these sectors.

  • Finally, the Master’s final project completes acquisition of the envisaged skills, leaving students suitably trained to carry out future research projects in the field of applied economics and to successfully complete a doctoral thesis.

Students must take all compulsory subjects ("International economic relations", "Economic development & welfare", "Competitiveness & internationalisation", "Economy, knowledge & new technologies – the global context", "The financial system", "Applied economic analysis techniques I" and "Applied economic analysis techniques II", which are worth a total of 35 credits over 2 semesters and students must choose 3 of the 6 optional subjects on offer (“Tourism economics”, “Housing & real estate economics”, “The economics of natural resources”, “Labour market economics”, “Long-term competitiveness factors” and “Fiscal federalism”), which are worth a total of 15 credits.  Finally, students must undertake a Master’s final project, which is worth another 10 credits.

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Further Education

After completing an official Master's degree, students can take a PhD degree or third-cycle university studies, related to the Master's degree they have completed or to related areas. A list with all PhD degrees offered by the University of Alicante at:

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Career Opportunities

Focus

Research.

Master’s degree specialisation profile

This master’s degree will train researchers in modern economic analysis, enabling them to apply their research skills to complex economic problems.  Master’s graduates must have a solid training and be able to adapt to the demands of rigorous academic work. Students must also have a humanist background, enabling them to tackle issues such as the allocation of scarce resources, efficiency and productivity problems, social solidarity and distributive justice.

The following general profiles are associated with this degree course:

  1. Teaching & Research
  2. Planning & Research Services
  3. International Organisations
  4. Economic Consultancy

Possible openings include the private and public sectors (research services for companies or banks, consultancy firms, different territorial levels of government) and international organisations (OECD, IMF, the World Bank and European Union institutions).

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