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NBS8611 : Topics in Microeconomics

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Grega Smrkolj
  • Lecturer: Dr Bahadir Dursun, Dr Soeren Henn
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module is designed to provide students with a rigorous insight into a wide range of topics in theoretical and empirical microeconomic analysis. It builds on the first-semester modules in microeconomic theory, mathematics, and econometrics, and explores how theoretical and empirical methods can be used to gain insight into diverse areas of applied microeconomics such as health, crime, firm competition, and economic development. Both theoretical and empirical models are considered, but the emphasis is on the application of microeconomic principles.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module covers active research areas in theoretical and empirical microeconomics. In any particular year, the topics covered are at the discretion of the active module leader and will be selected based on academic staff’s current research focus and availability.

- Topics in Health Economics

- Topics in the Economics of Crime

- Topics in Development Economics and Political Economy (micro-perspective)

- Topics in Industrial Economics

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion641:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture162:0032:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce material by providing an in-depth survey of contemporary theory as well as practical issues in the field. Small group teaching is used to take students through problems sets attempted in self-study.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100N/A
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MExercises Sets, followed by group feedback
Prob solv exercises2MSeminar questions provided
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam will provide evidence of the depth as well as breadth of understanding of concepts and methods taught.

Reading Lists