Combining core economics with relevant finance topics, this course is one of the few of its kind and ideal preparation for a finance-focused career.
If you are considering work in a financial institution, consultancy, ministry of finance or economics, or central bank, our MSc in Economics and Finance is an excellent choice.
Bringing together a compelling combination of training in advanced economic theory with relevant finance modules, our specialist master’s is one of the few courses in the UK offering this mix of subjects.
Starting with a comprehensive refresher course in essential maths and economics skills, we will go on to explore how economics can be used to help address real financial issues such as the global financial crisis.
You will use a deeper knowledge of economic theory to gain additional insights into these events, and we will support your investigations with rigorous training in econometrics to allow you to interpret and analyze empirical data effectively.
The dissertation will give you the chance to work with one of our experienced lecturers on a topic of your interest and apply your knowledge to a specific problem.
Students have explored topics as wide-ranging as the potential impact of Brexit on the UK financial services sector to the effects of microfinance on poverty reduction in rural China. We offer a series of dissertation workshops in semester two to help you develop your research skills.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- analyze economic and financial data and critically evaluate existing research
- understand the key issues surrounding major economic and financial debates and contribute to these
- apply economic concepts to specific economic and finance questions
- formulate an original research question and write at an academic level
Learning and teaching
Our teaching staff are all active researchers and regularly publish in the top economics journals, so you will be working with some of the UK’s leading thinkers in economics.
This course is designed to give you the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to secure work in a financial institution, consultancy, ministry of finance or economics, or central bank. It is also suited to those considering the Ph.D. study.
Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. Recent students have progressed onto prestigious jobs around the world, including:
- Senior Credit Analyst (Deutsche Leasing China)
- Analyst Developer (Schroders)
- Private Banking Executive (Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, London)
- Relationship Manager (JP Morgan Chase, China)
- Research Analyst (Farringdon Capital Management, Denmark)
- Assistant Vice President (HSBC Commercial Banking, Hong Kong)
- Head of Market Intelligence (Cisco Systems)
- Investment Specialist (TKB Investment Partners, Russia)
- Others have opted to stay in academia and complete a Ph.D.
This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2019. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
Compulsory course units
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
- Econometrics for economics and finance
- Financial economics
- Plus one optional unit
- Financial econometrics
- Corporate finance
- Plus three optional units
- Economics: Masters dissertation
Optional course units
These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
- Financial investment management
- Economics of financial institutions
- Incentives and performance
- International monetary policy and institutions
- Financial risk management
- Advanced economic theory
- Computational economics
- Financial engineering
Learning and assessment
- Online resources
- Practical sessions
- Multiple choice examination
- Online assessment
- Oral assessment
- Practical work
- Written examination
- You should have a bachelor’s honors degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.
- To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in economics or an appropriate quantitative subject such as engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics.
- You should have studied microeconomics (or economic theory, game theory, industrial organization) and econometrics (or statistics, regression analysis or statistical inference).
- You are also expected to have obtained good marks in at least five units/modules, comprising microeconomics and econometrics (or statistics), and three other quantitative units such as macroeconomics, calculus, matrix algebra, data analysis, game theory, operational research, probability, or financial engineering. These modules should preferably have been taken in your final two years of study.
- We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
- If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
- The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
- TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components
If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
For international students, please contact the school for more information.
Fees and funding
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.
How to pay
Tuition fee loans
If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.
Scholarships and bursaries
You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.
Other payment options
You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.
You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing, and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of textbooks.
Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation, and food and drink.
If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.
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Last updated June 6, 2018