MSc Economics & Finance


We are no longer accepting applications from international students. This is due to high demand. Places are still available for UK and EU students.

If you are an international applicant and you would like to apply to study in 2018/19, you will be able to from September 2017. We recommend that you apply early because of the high level of competition for places.


Qualifications and durations

  • Full-time MSc (1 year)


Director of Studies Dr Kerry Papps outlines the MSc Economics & Finance. Pepe Teoli, Xiaxi Li and Serdarguly Mamedgulyyev talk about their experience as students on the course.

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The MSc in Economics and Finance is a one-year full-time Masters degree that provides you with excellent training for a career in financial institutions, consultancies, Ministries of Finance or Economics as well as central banks.

The degree provides a unique combination of training in advanced economic theory and finance alike. It will allow you to address problems in finance, such as the recent financial crisis, by also using your knowledge of economic theory to gain additional insights into the events. Your investigation into real economic and financial problems are aided by a rigorous training in econometrics that will allow to make sound empirical investigations.

The dissertation will allow you to work together with a member of staff on a topic of your interest and apply your knowledge to a specific problem.

Our MSc courses in economics have received high student satisfaction levels:

  • in the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 94% of students agreed that their course had enhanced their academic ability
  • in the University of Bath’s 2015 Alumni Survey, 97% of economics graduates agreed that they were proud of their connection to the University of Bath

You can find more about this course by viewing our webinar.

This course complements the existing range of established suite currently offered by the Department of Economics, including the MSc Applied Economics, MSc Economics and MRes Economics.

Course structure

Core units

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial economics
  • Econometrics for Economics & Finance
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Corporate Finance

Optional units

  • International Monetary Economics
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Introduction to Quantitative Finance
  • Financial Investment Management
  • Economics of Financial Institutions
  • Financial risk management
  • International Finance
  • Incentives and Performance
  • International Monetary Policy and Institutions
  • Financial Engineering
  • Computational Economics

The final third of the course comprises a dissertation to be completed over the summer.

View Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information (this is the current structure of the course)


Graduates of the course have excellent employment prospects. While some progress on to doctoral study, some of our graduates work for the following organisations:

  • Senior Credit Analyst at Deutsche Leasing China
  • Analyst Developer at Schroders
  • Private Banking Executive at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, London
  • Relationship Manager at JP Morgan Chase, China
  • Research Analyst at Farringdon Capital Management, Denmark
  • Assistant Vice President at HSBC Commercial Banking, Hong Kong
  • Head of Market Intelligence at Cisco Systems
  • Investment Specialist at TKB Investment Partners, Russia

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Typically, a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or its international equivalent) in either economics or an appropriate quantitative subject (such as engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics).

You are expected to have obtained marks in the range of a 1st or 2:1 (or equivalent) 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.

English Language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.

There is further information about meeting the English requirements.

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.

You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the master’s degree.

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Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.

How to apply

You must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.

Financial information


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Department of Economics research

Our research activities cover all the mainstream fields of Economics. A combination of active strategy and natural evolution has led to the development of these groups:

In addition to these Research Clusters, we have also been involved with Health Economics, Contemporary Global Politics, and History of Economic Thought research.


Economics at Bath

The Department of Economics has a strong international research reputation in mainstream economics. The department has attracted substantial funding for its work on, for example, Environmental Economics.

We are ranked 8th for Economics in the Complete University Guide 2017.