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The MPhil in Finance and Economics is a one-year master's degree that runs from mid-September to late July. It is an intensive course combining advanced study and research, tailored for people with one year or less of work experience who intend to go on to work for industry. Read more
The MPhil in Finance and Economics is a one-year master's degree that runs from mid-September to late July. It is an intensive course combining advanced study and research, tailored for people with one year or less of work experience who intend to go on to work for industry. It places particular emphasis on economic coverage of financial themes, beginning from the institutional background, moving on to careful consideration of how observed institutions should be modelled, and ending by relating existing models to data and discussing how these models should be improved when they do not fit the data.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ececmpmfe

Course detail

On completion of the M.Phil degree students should have:

1. acquired an advanced technical training in microeconomics, and econometrics;
2. acquired, a solid grounding in the principles and practice of financial markets and developed the understanding of the tools necessary to make good financial decisions.
3. begun to acquire independent research skills and experience of putting them into practice;
4. acquired experience and guidance in formulating a realistic research topic and prepared written work to a strict timetable;
5. acquired sufficient knowledge and understanding of advanced economics to proceed to a career as a professional economist in industry or to a research degree.

Format

Each module consists of eighteen hours of lectures, together with supporting classes.

Requirements:

- To attend the preparatory course in mathematics and statistics
- Take six compulsory 18-hour modules:
- Take two specialist modules, only one of which may be taken from the options from either the MPhil in Economics or from the Mathematics Department
- Write a dissertation of up to 10,000 words

Assessment

Students submit a 10,000 word dissertation at the end of July worth 20% of the final overall mark.

Students are examined on 8 coursework modules in May/June worth 80% of the final overall mark.

There is an internal examination on the material covered in the preparatory course which is assessed on a pass/fail basis. Classes in problem sets take place for compulsory modules - one problem set for each of the compulsory modules is formally assessed. Mid-course examinations in microeconomics I, econometric methods and Finance I and II take place in January; marks are recorded but do not count towards the final degree result. Each student receives 2 hours of supervision for the dissertation component of the MPhil in Finance and Economics.

Continuing

Although the MPhil in Finance and Economics is designed for students who wish to obtain a one-year master's qualification before leaving academic economics, it will still be possible for students to continue onto the PhD programme. To do this, students will be expected to perform at a standard that is considered satisfactory by the Admissions Committee and subject to finding a suitable supervisor.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are a number of scholarships available to EU candidates applying for the MPhil in Finance and Economics

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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About the MSc programme. The MSc Finance and Economics draws on the School's strengths in economics, finance and econometrics to impart a rigorous and deep understanding of financial markets, grounded in financial economics and econometric methods. . Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Finance and Economics draws on the School's strengths in economics, finance and econometrics to impart a rigorous and deep understanding of financial markets, grounded in financial economics and econometric methods. 

It is an interdisciplinary degree taught jointly by the Department of Finance and the Department of Economics, allowing you the opportunity to study in two of the most highly rated departments in their subject areas in the world. The programme draws on the School's strengths in economics, finance and econometrics to impart a rigorous and deep understanding of financial markets, grounded in financial economics and econometric methods. 

What makes this programme unique is that you are taught not only how to apply and use various well-known models, but also to understand the technical foundations underpinning these models, enabling with the highly marketable ability to alter, amend, empirically test and adapt the models to new market environments. The programme offers exceptional graduates from quantitative disciplines the opportunity to develop their understanding of financial economics, financial econometrics, microeconomics and macroeconomics to a very high level, and to further specialise in two areas of finance. The tools, techniques and deep understanding that you take from the courses are directly applicable to a wide range of real-world financial and other situations.

The research and teaching which informs the intellectual core of the programme enables you to examine financial markets through in-depth analysis based on financial and economic theory and statistical methods. You will learn about investments, asset pricing, derivatives and financial engineering through the coherent lens of financial economics. Through an extensive range of optional courses, students can gain exposure to corporate and international finance, portfolio and risk management, as well as specialised modelling skills including programming in MATLAB.

Graduate destinations

The MSc Finance and Economics is an ideal preparation for a variety of careers in the global financial services sector, with the emphasis on financial economics being particularly attractive to investment banks, the financial services sector more generally and consulting firms. The programme also provides a rigorous training and preparation for doctoral research in the area.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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The MSc Finance and Economics is designed to equip students with the specialist skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career at a high level in the financial sector. Read more

The MSc Finance and Economics is designed to equip students with the specialist skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career at a high level in the financial sector. In addition, the programme provides the necessary training to undertake research in the area of finance at a leading university.

Introducing your course

Interested in economic analysis and the functioning of the financial sector? Fascinated by the capital markets of the world? Study a Masters in Finance and Economics degree at the University of Southampton and work towards a successful career in the financial sectors across the world. Use your numeracy skills and strong economic focus, enhanced on this masters degree, to improve your skills as a financial expert.

Overview

The full-time programme lasts 12 months, with nine months of taught modules between October and June of the academic year, followed by three summer months of supervised research for a Masters’ dissertation.

Part-time programme lasts 27 months and consist of the same components as the full-time version. Students consult with the Head of Masters to establish a detailed plan of studies to fulfil the programme requirements.

You can expect to enjoy predominantly small-group teaching and a considerable degree of individual attention from members of staff. MSc students are strongly encouraged to attend our seminars and research workshops. Our MSc students usually form a lively and cohesive group which plays an active role in the Division's academic and social life.

View the programme specification document for this course



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The MSc in Finance and Economics is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Economics and Finance. Highlights. Read more

The MSc in Finance and Economics is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Economics and Finance.

Highlights

  • In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework exercise, the School was ranked joint tenth in the UK and second in Scotland on the basis of the quality of its research publications, with over 80% of the research publications being classified as internationally excellent or world-leading.
  • Small group teaching allows a high level of student-teacher interaction, encouraging a warm and friendly learning environment.
  • The programme aims to prepare students for jobs at a senior level in a wide range of areas: economics, finance, commerce, insurance, academia, diplomatic service and banking.

Teaching format

The programme consists of traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer lab work, plus a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice. Courses are assessed both continuously and with end-of-semester exams.

Every MSc student is assigned an adviser at the beginning of the year. Your adviser will provide you with individual guidance on essay planning and writing, module choice, dissertation topics and academic conduct.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

Each module typically comprises:

  • 20 lecture contact hours
  • 5 contact hours including seminars, workshops and tutorials
  • intensive independent study
  • 50% continuous assessment
  • 50% by two-hour examination.

For more details about each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue, which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.



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Our Finance and Economics (Research) MA is designed to provide you with the essential skills, as well as an advanced knowledge and understanding of economics and finance, to proceed to doctoral research. Read more
Our Finance and Economics (Research) MA is designed to provide you with the essential skills, as well as an advanced knowledge and understanding of economics and finance, to proceed to doctoral research. It forms part of the 1+3 (Master's plus PhD) scheme under the North East Doctoral Training Centre.

Through the course you will develop:
-A thorough understanding of social science theory, approaches and research methods
-An understanding of research methods specific to finance and/or economics
-Knowledge of advanced scholarship and practice in areas within finance/economics as well as a broader awareness of cutting edge research across the social sciences
-Skills in data collection and analysis
-Specialist analytical and problem-solving skills

The research training provided will also be valuable for many non-academic careers in research institutions or other knowledge-intensive environments.

Delivery

You take research training modules, made up of generic skills which are taught as part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Training Programme, and subject-specific research methods and empirical techniques.

You take further modules, both compulsory and optional, in core subject-specific knowledge, geared to either economics or finance. Finally, the course culminates in a dissertation.

Teaching and learning take place in workshops and practical classes, lectures, seminars, team-based problem-solving groups and in supervisory meetings for research papers and the dissertation.

Accreditation

Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:
-Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
-European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
-Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold ‘triple accreditation’. This accolade is a huge endorsement that reflects the investment we make for our students by providing a high quality teaching environment, innovative programming and active engagement with industry.

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About the course. Develop your skills as an economist in business finance, gaining specialist skills in understanding the economic decisions facing businesses and managers in organisations. Read more

About the course

Develop your skills as an economist in business finance, gaining specialist skills in understanding the economic decisions facing businesses and managers in organisations.

This course prepares you for a career as an economist in commercial companies, consultancy or finance.

Your career

Our masters courses will train you for a career as a professional economist. Employers in a wide range of sectors are increasingly looking for economics graduates with postgraduate qualifications.

Recent graduates have taken economist jobs in finance and consultancy such as Bank of America and Deloitte. Others work in public sector and government departments in the UK and overseas such as the Department for Work and Pensions. Some graduates go on to work in academia or in research.

You will also receive advice in taking the next step in your career with dedicated employability support and access to opportunities such as internships that can significantly enhance your career.

Our research influences policy

You will be taught by some of the top economic experts in their field, receiving the latest cutting-edge teaching from people that care passionately about their subject.

Our research influences and informs real economic policy. We advise government departments in the UK and internationally and global organisations including the European Union, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The SF6D utility index for valuing health status was developed at Sheffield. This index is used by decision-makers around the world to evaluate the cost effectiveness of health care interventions.

A collegiate economics community

We’re one of the few stand-alone economics departments in the north of England and we’re not part of a large business school. This means you will be part of an economics community, where you will get to know your tutors personally and build friendships with the other students on the masters courses.

Facilities

Our building is in the heart of the campus in the city centre and has undergone a £3.5 million refurbishment. You will have access to the latest economics computer software such as STATA and MATLAB. Our building is close to The Diamond and the Information Commons which are state-of-the-art facilities for private study with access to the latest economics books and journals.

Our courses

We offer a range of masters courses both full-time and part-time. All of our courses give you a thorough technical grounding in economic theory and the techniques of applied economic analysis.

Our courses allow you to specialise in a number of different areas, for example finance and financial economics. If you want to advance your knowledge in one of these areas, Sheffield is one of the best places in the UK.

For each course you’ll need to pass eight taught modules over two semesters, four in each. Modules will be taught mainly through lectures, tutorials and computer labs. Assessment is mostly by exams but also includes some coursework. The compulsory dissertation gives you the chance to conduct your own research over a ten week period.

Core modules

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometric Methods
  • Modern Theory of Banking and Finance
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Business Finance
  • International Money and Finance

Examples of optional modules

  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Applied Macroeconometrics
  • Development Finance
  • International Trade
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Evaluation


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Course description. Expand your economic skills across the globe by specialising in understanding international finance and capital flows, the recent global financial crisis and emerging economies. Read more

Course description

Expand your economic skills across the globe by specialising in understanding international finance and capital flows, the recent global financial crisis and emerging economies.

This course prepares you for a career as an economist at a multi-national company or worldwide institution.

Our research influences policy

You will be taught by some of the top economic experts in their field, receiving the latest cutting-edge teaching from people that care passionately about their subject.

Our research influences and informs real economic policy. We advise government departments in the UK and internationally and global organisations including the European Union, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The SF6D utility index for valuing health status was developed at Sheffield. This index is used by decision-makers around the world to evaluate the cost effectiveness of health care interventions.

A collegiate economics community

We’re one of the few stand-alone economics departments in the north of England and we’re not part of a large business school. This means you will be part of an economics community, where you will get to know your tutors personally and build friendships with the other students on the masters courses.

Facilities

Our building is in the heart of the campus in the city centre and has undergone a £3.5 million refurbishment. You will have access to the latest economics computer software such as STATA and MATLAB. Our building is close to The Diamond and the Information Commons which are state-of-the-art facilities for private study with access to the latest economics books and journals.

Our courses

We offer a range of masters courses both full-time and part-time. All of our courses give you a thorough technical grounding in economic theory and the techniques of applied economic analysis.

Our courses allow you to specialise in a number of different areas, for example finance and financial economics. If you want to advance your knowledge in one of these areas, Sheffield is one of the best places in the UK.

For each course you’ll need to pass eight taught modules over two semesters, four in each. Modules will be taught mainly through lectures, tutorials and computer labs. Assessment is mostly by exams but also includes some coursework. The compulsory dissertation gives you the chance to conduct your own research over a ten week period.

Studentships

A limited number of National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studentships are available for home and EU students on this course.

Core modules

  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometric Methods
  • Modern Theory of Banking and Finance
  • Modern Finance
  • Applied Macroeconometrics
  • Development Finance
  • International Money and Finance

Examples of optional modules

  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • International Trade
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Monetary Economics
  • Asset Pricing
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Evaluation


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Understand the impact of finance and financial markets on the wider global economy. You explore the theory of finance and quantitative methods in a way that emphasises logical development and application rather than formulae. Read more
Understand the impact of finance and financial markets on the wider global economy.

You explore the theory of finance and quantitative methods in a way that emphasises logical development and application rather than formulae. You develop the technical and analytical skills required by the finance industry and learn about:
-The uses of finance in developed and developing countries
-Financial and monetary economics
Technical aspects such as corporate finance and financial econometrics

How will I study?

The eight core modules are assessed by unseen examinations, presentations and a term paper. The applied finance research project is the final assessment unit, supervised by faculty, to help you develop your skills as a researcher.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

This is a demanding course that has been designed in consultation with senior professionals from London’s financial sector. It gives you essential skills and knowledge for a career in international finance.

You develop the technical and analytical skills required by the finance industry and learn about the uses of finance in:
-Developed and developing countries
-Financial and monetary economics
-More technical aspects such as corporate finance and financial econometrics

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This degree is designed to provide you with an advanced training in economics, whilst enabling specialisation in the area of finance. Read more
This degree is designed to provide you with an advanced training in economics, whilst enabling specialisation in the area of finance.

Academics who teach on this course include international experts in several areas of economics and individuals with practice experience of financial markets. You will study compulsory modules in economic theory and financial econometrics, as well as options from a wide range of modules including those in financial markets, international finance and mathematics, according to your individual career plan.

This MSc is ideal for those who aim to gain employment as professional economists in government, financial institutions, business, commerce, industry, international agencies and other similar organisations. It is also suitable for those seeking eventual PhD enrolment and/or an academic career as a lecturer in Economics

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Part of our Applied Training Programme which is designed to provide training in new and vocationally attractive skills in Economics, this Master's will provide you with a general training in economics, whilst allowing you to specialise in the areas of international business and finance. Read more
Part of our Applied Training Programme which is designed to provide training in new and vocationally attractive skills in Economics, this Master's will provide you with a general training in economics, whilst allowing you to specialise in the areas of international business and finance.

You will develop skills in statistical analysis, especially those applicable to financial data, as well as investigating the motivation, financial practices, and consequences of international business.

You will take compulsory modules in core economic theory and concepts, finance, financial econometrics, and the operation of multi-national firms. You will also have the opportunity to study optional modules in international business and finance which offer theoretical and applied training in these fields, and there will also be an element of the application of quantitative techniques.

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This course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the key aspects of investment and risk finance, delivered in an intensive learning environment. Read more

This course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the key aspects of investment and risk finance, delivered in an intensive learning environment. You will learn how to apply the knowledge and theory you have gained in class to real-world problems facing the international financial services industry and the corporate financial management community. This practical application of investment and risk principles is one of the main strengths of this programme.

The learning and skills development is integrated with resources available in our Financial Markets Suite (FMS), a state-of-the-art virtual trading room environment. The FMS is interfaced with the Bloomberg system, a leading source of economics and capital markets information available to the global professional financial community. Provision of this Bloomberg resource, along with the academic and professional career development opportunities are the main reasons why our students prefer to select this programme.

The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) – a financial services professional body, has recognised Westminster Business School as a Centre of Excellence based on the taught elements of this course. All students enrolled on the course are eligible for the student membership of the institute. Some of the benefits include free attendance at CPD events, accessibility to industry news and online resources. Students on the course are also eligible to sit the CISI L3 derivatives examinations. 

The course has been in existence since 1999 and has continued to evolve to meet the changing educational needs of the investment and risk finance professional. It's delivered by qualified academics and professionals who have worked many years in the industry and are actively engaged in research and consultancy.

The course consists of core modules which help you acquire the ability to perform quantitative investment and risk analyses on a variety of financial instruments and structured products. You'll also learn how to use capital market products in both investment and risk finance applications. As a result you will develop good transferable skills and solve financial problems in a group setting.

The research and project modules are designed to develop your research abilities and create opportunities to explore finance subject areas of your own interest in more depth. This will enable you to apply the analytical and technical management skills you will encounter to real-life situations.

A highlight for many students are the social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking with fellow students and alumni. Students on this course also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Choose two or three of the following: 

Core elective modules

If you take two core elective modules, you then need to choose one option module.

Option modules

You may also take another module from the postgraduate portfolio, at the course leader’s discretion.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, CISI

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

This course is designed to prepare you for a variety of roles. Career choices include security and financial analysis, trading and fund management, capital market sales and administration. The skills you will acquire through the teaching and learning experiences combined with a post-graduate qualification in this area of finance will allow you to expand your career in a dynamic and rapidly evolving global industry. Our graduates go on to develop careers in treasury and front office positions in investment banks and securities companies. They occupy management positions as financial analysts, finance and sales administrators or similar jobs in the global financial services sector and the corporate finance world.



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In the aftermath of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, most organisations in finance, banking and insurance are undergoing major changes. These organisations are actively seeking postgraduates who are disciplined in these fields. Westminster Business School is one of just a handful of UK universities to offer a Master's degree in Finance, Banking and Insurance, leaving our graduates' skills sought after on the job market.

Studying the Finance, Banking and Insurance MSc will enable you to pursue a wide range of careers in the financial services industry and to study further for professional institute exams. This year-long full-time programme is designed for students who want to work in the areas of finance, financial services and banking, investment banking, retail banking, insurance, re-insurance and hedged funds as private client advisors and financial analysis both in the public and private sectors.

The course is designed to give you an essential understanding of the role and operations of the finance, banks and insurance companies. The course is delivered by highly qualified individuals with extensive research experience and strong industry links. During your studies, you will acquire essential knowledge and skills that will set the foundations for a successful career in the financial services sector, and you will gain access to our ever-growing alumni network which will support your career development following your graduation.

A highlight for many students are the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking with peers, alumni and industry professionals.

Students on this course benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list and an online subscription to Financial Times.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core Modules

Option Modules

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

The MSc Finance, Banking and Insurance degree is perfect for students who want options in their career in that it allows students to specialise in insurance, banking and general finance. This 1-year course is designed for students who want to work in jobs such as:

  • Commercial and retail bankers
  • Investment bankers
  • Compliance officers
  • Insurance brokers
  • Fund managers
  • Private client advisors
  • Financial analysts

Students benefit from the fact that the course is practice-focused and is therefore focused on the skill-base needed in the industry. Successful and engaged students will have developed a systematic understanding of the finance, banking and insurance disciplines, using the most up-to- date material and exposure to the latest theory and research on these topics. The elective modules also give students to the ability to further specialise in their area of interest.



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Gain a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied finance and economics. Globalisation means an ever-increasing demand for specialists in economics and finance. Read more
Gain a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied finance and economics.

Overview

Globalisation means an ever-increasing demand for specialists in economics and finance. This intellectually demanding course will provide you with the essential skills you need to follow professional careers in these areas or to pursue further research.

Aimed at students with a prior knowledge of economics, our MSc in Economics and Finance will give you a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied finance and economics. You'll join one of the largest and most successful economics departments in the country and be taught by highly qualified staff.

Course Content

On the Economics and Finance masters degree you'll follow five compulsory core components, in areas such as advanced macroeconomics and econometrics, theory of finance and econometrics. You’ll be able to supplement this with a wide choice of optional modules.

Taught by leading experts, you will complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.

Modules
For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five compulsory core modules which amount to 80 of your 100 required credits:
-Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)
-Advanced Macroeconomics or International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Theory of Finance (20 credits)
-Financial Markets (10 credits)
-Econometrics 1 (10 credits) and Econometrics 2 (10 credits) or
-Econometric Methods for Research (20 credits) or
-Econometrics 1 (10 credits) and Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)

In addition, you can choose 20 credits of options from:
-Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
-Corporate Finance (10 credits)
-Continuous-time Finance and Derivative Assets (10 credits)
-Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
-Development and Finance (10 credits)
-Emerging Market Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Experimental Economics (10 credits)
-Financial Engineering (10 credits)
-Financial Market Microstructure (10 credits)
-Financial Risk Management (10 credits)
-Fixed Income Securities (10 credits)
-Investment and Portfolio Management (10 credits)
-Labour Economics (10 credits)
-Project (10 credits)
-Public Finance (10 credits)
-Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications (10 credits)
-Time Series (10 credits)
-Topics in Financial Econometrics (10 credits)

You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

Careers

The Economics and Finance masters degree will act as a springboard into a career in an area related to economics and finance. It is also an ideal preparation for a PhD. Around 80 per cent of MSc graduates from the department go on to economics related careers.

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The course is designed to provide you with expertise in international finance and enable you to pursue a career within the finance profession. Read more

The course is designed to provide you with expertise in international finance and enable you to pursue a career within the finance profession. As well as the strong disciplinary base in international finance, you will draw on other cognate disciplines including accounting, quantitative methods and economics, and so be able to work with specialists in other areas and present findings and analysis to non-specialists. The course is open to people with no detailed prior knowledge of international finance, although this is desirable.

During your studies, you will have access to a significant resource in the Financial Markets Suite, which uses the Bloomberg computer system to monitor real-time financial market movements and trends. It’s a resource available to very few UK universities, and one which provides a modern and progressive teaching environment combining finance theory with practice.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core modules

Option modules

Choose three from the following:

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

Our international courses will develop your knowledge and management skills to enable you to pursue a career in multinational companies, overseas trade and any international organisation in general management, in relevant aspects of the economics of international business, or as international finance specialists. Many graduates return to their countries of origin and are employed in developing international business opportunities, or government institutions, while other graduates develop their careers with international charities and other non-governmental organisations.



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This course provides an opportunity to combine an understanding of sophisticated economic theory with advanced finance concepts. Read more

This course provides an opportunity to combine an understanding of sophisticated economic theory with advanced finance concepts.

You’ll look at micro and macroeconomics and the methodology of econometric research, whilst acquiring a solid grounding in corporate finance and the financial economics tools commonly used in financial services, quantitative investment analysis and research.

This course is developed and delivered by highly qualified staff with research and consultancy expertise. You’ll take an open-minded approach to economic problems, studying current mainstream theoretical and applied techniques alongside a range of alternative critical perspectives, equipping you to meet the growing demand for economics that can address and resolve real-world problems.

Academic excellence

Our Economics department stands for a distinctive type of economics, which is realistic, interdisciplinary and policy relevant. We take an open-minded approach to economic problems, and draw on expertise from one of the major hubs of heterodox economics research in the UK.

Commentary and coverage in the media has highlighted the need for more philosophical discussion about how best to approach economics. Leeds University Business School has been recognised in The Economist as one of the few universities in the UK offering a 'model' for this approach. The University also hosts the Applied Institute of Research in Economics (AIRE).

In addition, you will learn advanced finance concepts from leading academics and practitioners in the Business School’s Accounting and Finance department. You will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, including the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC).

Course content

Throughout the year you’ll study a set of core modules that develop your understanding of economics and finance. As well as microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and how it is applied to real-life problems, you’ll build your knowledge of international banking and finance and corporate finance as a whole.

This knowledge base will support your specialist learning when you choose from a range of optional modules. You could explore different areas of economics such as the economics of globalisation, or concentrate on financial topics such as international business finance or financial derivatives.

These different elements of your learning will give you in-depth knowledge of specific topics alongside your broader grounding in economics and finance. You’ll also sharpen your research skills and gain an awareness of different methodologies. All of these aspects will come together in your dissertation – an independent research project on a topic of your choice. You’ll undertake this over a period of three months with the support of an academic supervisor.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take seven compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Corporate Finance 15 credits
  • International Banking and Finance 15 credits
  • Macroeconomics 15 credits
  • Microeconomics 15 credits
  • Applied Econometrics 15 credits
  • Econometrics 15 credits
  • Economics Dissertation 45 credits

Optional modules

You'll also choose three optional modules.

  • International Business Finance 15 credits
  • Financial Derivatives 15 credits
  • Corporate Governance 15 credits
  • Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy 15 credits
  • Distributional Analysis in Economic Development 15 credits
  • Understanding the Global Economy 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Economics and Finance MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

Assessment

We use assessment methods such as exams, research reports, written assignments, essays and project work, depending on the modules you choose.

Career opportunities

This course will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to pursue a career in finance and economics, and certifies your abilities for prospective employers. It also provides a sound basis for you to study at PhD level.

Graduates of our MSc Economics and Finance have careers worldwide as advisers, researchers and quantitative analysts in economic and financial institutions, consultancy and public service.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

You will be able to access careers and professional development support, which will help you develop key skills including networking and negotiating, and put you in touch with potential employers.

The Careers Centre provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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