Explore the most advanced tools in finance and use your economics background as a springboard to increase your career options
This course is ideal for you if you already have a strong grounding in economics, are highly numerate, and want to learn to apply your knowledge to finance. You will be considering jobs in the City or in the capital markets of your own country, in areas such as asset management, corporate finance, trading, financial regulation, and economic and financial consulting and central banking.
WBS benefits from excellent links to key financial institutions and employers and this course has benefited from recommendations following consultation with the Bank of England, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and many of our alumni.
Six compulsory modules cover key material in finance, economics and econometrics while two optional modules allow you to focus on your preferences. Every year we offer optional modules, available through various study routes, delivered here at WBS. Please note that availability and delivery modes may vary.
Modules are taught by staff from both WBS and the Department of Economics at Warwick through a combination of lectures, classes and computer lab sessions.
Assessment is a mix of exams and coursework with your dissertation bringing all your learning together at the end.
Lectures & classes
Lectures introduce key theories, concepts and economic models. In classes, you will solve financial problems and numerical exercises, analyse case studies and make presentations of research published in academic journals.
Lab work will give you hands-on experience of using software to perform finance-related calculations and conduct realistic simulations. Econometric methods are also taught in the lab, so you will learn to apply econometric software to empirical research and financial market estimations.
An 8,000-word dissertation gives you the opportunity to test and apply techniques and theories you have been learning and to complete an original piece of research. You will be supervised and supported by one of our academic staff or Teaching Associates and will usually submit your dissertation in early September.
The finance programmes are challenging technical courses. To succeed on these courses you will need strong mathematics and statistics or econometrics ability, this could be demonstrated by a high 2.1 or 1stachieved in a relevant subject at Undergraduate level.
Your degree would normally need to be in economics or have had a substantial economics component, and you must have taken courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory at an intermediate level. Competencies are also required in calculus, statistics and econometrics.
You are unlikely to be considered if your degree is in business, commerce, or other similar areas as it is unlikely that you will have had sufficient formal training.
GMAT & GRE
We do not require a GMAT or GRE score but a well-balanced score (700+) may strengthen your application.
English not your first language?
If English is not your first language, you must meet a minimum overall standard in a recognised test of English, examples are shown below. You must show a good balance across all sections of the test and it must have been taken within two years of starting the course. We will require your certificates as evidence.
Educated in the English language?
If you are a non-native speaker of English but have been educated entirely in English for your degree, and completed this within the last two years, this may satisfy the University of your language skills. For further information, please see the University’s page for English language requirements.
We do not offer a pre-sessional English class as an alternative to achieving these scores. Any pre-sessional course should be viewed as a way of settling into living and studying in the UK and not as a way of boosting your score.