Our specialist MSc in Economics and Finance provides an exciting opportunity for you to gain an insight into the pressing economic issues of our times and learn how to assess, adapt and apply modern macroeconomic and microeconomic models to transform organisational or government policy.

In short, it is designed to equip you with the skills of a professional economist, for careers in government, international organisations, business, or as preparation for PhD study.

Unlike a master in finance, you will learn to understand and model issues affecting financial markets through the holistic lens of an economist; assessing both the microeconomic impacts for firms, as well as the macroeconomic implications for the global economy. You will develop advanced theoretical and quantitative skills, highly sought after by employers in the financial services sectors of industry and government, as well as transferable skills that will be of value for a range of other sectors.

There is the opportunity to specialise in various fields of finance. All students register for the MSc in Economics and Finance. However, depending on the choice and availability of modules and dissertation topic, it is possible to graduate with an MSc in Financial Economics instead.

This MSc also provides basic training for doctoral-level research, including a sound foundation in research methods and economic theory, whatever your field of specialisation.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Teaching on the Economics and Finance programme is provided by our world-renowned specialist staff using a number of methods, including lectures, seminars, group work, feedback forums, one-to-one sessions with programme tutors, and workshops. Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and skills-based coursework.

Semester 1

Core modules

  • Financial Economics
  • Economics of Firms and Markets
  • Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets
  • Economic Data Analysis
  • Research Communication (two-semester module)

Semester 2

Core modules

  • Applied Financial Econometrics
  • Risk Management and Derivatives
  • Corporate Finance
  • Research Communication (two-semester module)

Optional modules (choose one)

  • Banking and Financial Markets
  • International Money and Finance

Choice of Semester 2 modules may be restricted by the option selected in Semester 1.

Summer period

  • Financial Economics in Practice
  • Economic Research Project

Entry criteria

We ask for upper second-class honour (2:1) degree or equivalent overseas qualifications in Economics, business (with a strong quantitative component), finance, management science, operations research, mathematics, physics or engineering. Applicants from other degree disciplines may be considered, but as for all applicants, good (2:1 or above ) grades in relevant mathematics/statistics modules are expected.

English language requirement for international students

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component

The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated December 11, 2018
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