Economics and Finance MSc

1 year, starting in September 2018

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 analyse 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:

  • analyse 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.

Graduate prospects

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 PhD 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 PhD.

Course structure

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.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars

Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination
“Having a Masters in Economics and Finance will definitely help me get not just a job, but also a career.”
Pepe Teoli

MSc Economics and Finance (2016)

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

You should have a bachelor’s honours 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 organisation) 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.

France qualifications

A licence with a final overall score of at least 12 out of 20 (assez bien).

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 organisation) 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.

Germany qualifications

A bachelor’s degree, Diplom or magister artium with a final overall score of at least 2 (gut).

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 organisation) 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.

Greece qualifications

A university bachelor's degree (Ptychio) or diploma with a final overall score of at least 6.5 out of 10.

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 organisation) 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.

Italy qualifications

A laurea with a final overall score of at least 103 out of 110.

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 organisation) 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.

Poland qualifications

A licencjat or inżynier with a final overall result of at least 4 (C or Good).

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 organisation) 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.

Spain qualifications

A titulo de licenciado or titulo de ingeniero with a final overall score of at least 7.5.

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 organisation) 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.

Portugal qualifications

A licenciado or diploma de estudos superiores especialiazados (DESE) with a final overall result of at least 16 out of 20 (bom com distinção).

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 organisation) 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.

Macedonia qualifications

A bachelor's degree with a final overall result of at least 8.

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 organisation) 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.

China qualifications

A four-year bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of between 80% and 85% (GPA 3.0-3.3) depending on the institution attended.

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 organisation) 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.

Ghana qualifications

A bachelor's degree with a final overall result of at least B (Good, 3.5 or 60%).

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 organisation) 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 within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in a country where English is the official first language, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

India qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a First Class.

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 organisation) 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.

Kazakhstan qualifications

A specialist diploma with a final overall result of at least 3.5 out of 5.0.

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 organisation) 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.

Kenya qualifications

A bachelor's honours degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1.

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 organisation) 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 within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in a country where English is the official first language, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Nigeria qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1. We may also consider a final overall result of a high 2:2 from some institutions.

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 organisation) 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 within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in a country where English is the official first language, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

United States of America qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (B).

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 organisation) 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.

Thailand qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.20.

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 organisation) 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.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from graduates from all countries so if you can’t see your country in the list, please contact our admissions team for advice about your specific entry requirements.

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 organisation) 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.

Fees and funding

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.

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Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

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Tuition fees

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Extra costs

There is a one off £60 application fee for this course, payable through the online store.

Budgeting

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 text books.

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.

Application information

  • Course title
    Economics and Finance
  • Final award
    MSc
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    THES-AFM05
  • UK/EU application deadline
    31 August 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Admissions
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