The Economics and Management (E&M) degree is one of the most popular courses in the university. Harris Manchester College recruits three outstanding students each year for Economics and Management.
Economics explores how consumers, firms and governments make decisions that together determine how scarce resources are allocated. E&M students will receive a strong foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods (introductory econometrics). In their third year, students can choose from a variety of subjects with more than fifteen option papers to choose from. This offers E&M students the possibility of tailoring their degree towards specialisation in any of the major branches of the discipline. Management focuses on the effective use and coordination of materials and labour within organizations in the pursuit of the defined mission objectives. Management students look at theories, frameworks, and case studies in order to understand how managers behave and consider their role in the process of decision-making. Specific topics include: Finance; Strategy; Marketing; Operations Management; Accounting.
Economics and Management is taught in lectures tutorials and classes. In the first year, students will typically have a lecture on a General Management topic each week followed by a tutorial. They will also study Finance and Financial Accounting. First-year E&M students will also receive training in mathematics and statistics to further their background in these subjects beyond A-level. They will attend weekly lectures in microeconomics, macroeconomics followed by classes and tutorials. The second year in economics includes advance courses in micro and macro in addition to quantitative methods (introductory econometrics). Lectures and tutorials in economics are the same for E&M students and for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and History and Economics (H&E). Therefore, E&M students will be working closely with peers in other social science disciplines. In the second (Management) and third years students specialize in options that particularly excite them. These form the papers in their Finals exams.
Economics and Management are ideal intellectual partners. Economics provides a broad understanding of economic activity within which all organizations function; Management in turn analyses the character and goals of that functioning. The college tutors have particular expertise in a range of Economics and Management areas. Professor Alex Nicholls is the Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School and has research interests and expertise in social innovation policy, social investment, and fair trade and ethical consumption. Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve is Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy at the Said Business School and has research and teaching interests in behavioural economics, political economy, strategy and business-government relations. Dr Isabel Ruiz is the college fellow and tutor in Economics. She teaches introductory and core courses in economics, including macroeconomics, quantitative economics and economics of developing countries. Isabel has published widely on topics related to international capital flows (foreign direct investment and workers’ remittances) and international migration.
For those reading a second undergraduate degree competitive scholarships are available.
Graduates in Economics and Management are among the most sought after in the University. Employers of Economics and Management graduates include leading international organizations in traditional activities, as well as new start-up companies in a variety of high-tech fields. Recent graduates have secured positions in banking and finance, consultancy, research and teaching and a wide range of other sectors. The college tutors have extensive networks across employers and alumnae and are always happy to offer careers support.
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