Master in Financial Economics

Higher School of Economics

Program Description

Master in Financial Economics

Higher School of Economics

Programme overview

The Financial Economics Master’s programme is unique among Russian economics graduate programmes and features:

  • Professors with PhDs from leading universities in Europe and the US;
  • Visiting professors from international universities including London School of Economics (LSE) and Oxford University;
  • Courses entirely in English;
  • Examinations monitored by international experts appointed by the International Academic Committee (IAC) of the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF);
  • Opportunities for international mobility.

The programme meets all the requirements of the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Graduates receive a Russian Master’s degree and an official letter of validation from LSE Director certifying successful completion of a programme that meets international quality standards.

Programme duration: 2 years

Programme requirements: 15 core courses and 6 electives, internship, Master’s thesis

Core courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Mathematics for Economists, Financial Asset Pricing, Corporate Finance, Financial Econometrics, Research Seminar.

Electives: Corporate Valuation in Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking, Investment Management, Risk Management in a Commercial Bank, International Trade and Development, Programming and Applications to Finance, Market Microstructure, Derivatives, Fixed Income, Risk Management, International Finance.

Two-thirds of students in the programme come from economics backgrounds. Other students come from different academic backgrounds, for example, mathematics and physics, and possess a sufficient knowledge of mathematics to be able to master contemporary economics and finance.

Contemporary finance relies heavily on mathematics, and all graduates have the skills they need to be competitive in the international job market. Thirteen of our graduates work in London today; seven of them found jobs there right after graduation.

Graduates have successful careers in the following professional spheres:

  • Finance: Many graduates become involved in corporate finance and business assessment. They work at investment banks, in business evaluation departments at Big Four accounting firms, and at private equity funds. Some specialize in quantitative finance, working at the same investment banks and hedge funds, but doing more programming and advanced calculations.
  • Consulting: The top employers are the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company.
  • Academia: Every year, several of our graduates go on to PhD programmes at LSE, Oxford, MIT, Cambridge, UC Berkeley, London Business School, Imperial College London, Carnegie Mellon, Bocconi University and others.


Programme structure: 2 years, 4 semesters, 15 compulsory and 6 elective courses (out of 11).



MSc programme in Financial Economics is designed for graduates with at least a Bachelor’s degree, having a strong mathematical background, a basic knowledge of Economic Theory and a good level of English language. 60% of our students are graduates of economic faculties, another 30% have done their first degree in physics, mathematics, various natural and technical sciences. However, we are open to students with different backgrounds, interested in economics and finance and have a strong background in higher mathematics.

Portfolio composition and minimum requirements

  • Diploma and academic transcripts Obligatory;
  • Motivation letter Obligatory;
  • Scientific papers, publications, presentations at scientific seminars/conferences Obligatory;
  • English language proficiency Obligatory;
  • CV Optional;
  • Recommendation letter(s) Optional;
  • Personal achievements Optional;
  • Other international certificates - Optional;
  • Interview.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 15, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
2 years
Full time
360,000 RUB
per year (scholarships available)
July 15, 2019
Russia - Moscow, Moskva
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline July 15, 2019
End date Request Info
Sept. 2019
Russia - Moscow, Moskva
Application deadline July 15, 2019
End date Request Info