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Advanced Microeconomics I

Module description

This is the first course in Advanced Microeconomics, intended for students who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Economics and related subjects or for students who wish to learn Microeconomics with a high technical rigour.  Starting with the classic theory of consumer behavior and production, the module also will cover decision theory and general equilibrium theory.

Full module specification

Module title:Advanced Microeconomics I
Module code:BEEM128
Module level:M
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

The aim of the module is to develop the basic tools for formally analysing problems of resource allocation used by economists. After completing this course you will be able analytically represent and solve economic allocation problems.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Critically evaluate tractable models that form key ingredients of microeconomic problems..
  • 2. Formally solve analytical models.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Critically evaluate current frontier research.
  • 4. Acquire the analytical skills necessary to transform preliminary ideas into formal models.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Engage in abstract thinking by extracting the essential features of complex systems to facilitate problem solving and decision-making.
  • 6. Communicate and present complex formal arguments in written form with clarity and succinctness.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Lectures (2 hours per week)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Tutorials (1 hour per week)
Guided Independent Study55 (5 per week)Reading
Guided Independent Study63 (approx. 6 hours per week)Preparing problem set answers and preparing for examinations

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly problem sets50 minutes1-6Oral/written(ELE)

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mid-term exam1050 minutes1-6Oral/written (ELE)
Final Exam903 hours1-6Written feedback (ELE)

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Examination and Mid TermRe-sit Exam (100%) (3 hours).1-6Aug/Sep

Re-assessment notes


Syllabus plan

1. Preferences and choice, Introduction to the concept of consumption set.

2. Competitive budgets, demand functions and comparative statics. WARP

3. Classical Demand theory( Preference relation, utility, Utility maximisation problem, Expenditure minimisation problem, Duality, Indirect utility, SARP)

4. Production sets, Profit maximisation and cost minimisation, aggregation, efficient production

5. Introduction to static Games of complete information; Idea of Nash Equilibrium
6.  Dynamic games of complete information; Idea of subgame perfection and applications.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading




Mas-Colell, A, Whinston, M, Green, J (1995). Microeconomic Theory. New York, Oxford University Press.

Fudenberg and Tirole, GAME THEORY


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