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The MSc Finance and Economics is an interdisciplinary degree taught jointly by the Department of Finance and the Department of Economics, allowing students to study in two of the most highly rated departments in their subject areas in the world. Read more

About the MSc programmes

The MSc Finance and Economics is an interdisciplinary degree taught jointly by the Department of Finance and the Department of Economics, allowing students 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.

Students will learn about investments, asset pricing, derivatives, portfolio management and corporate finance through the coherent lens of financial economics. The programme provides a thorough exposure to econometric methods, including time series analysis, with applications to financial models and data.

Students who are interested in doctoral research will have the opportunity to transfer to the MSc Finance and Economics (Research) programme once they complete the introductory course in August. All applications must be made to the MSc Finance and Economics programme in the first instance as entry to the Research programme is only considered once students are registered at LSE.

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 to consulting firms. The programme (the research track in particular) also provides a rigorous training and preparation for doctoral research in the area.

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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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The MSc in Finance and Economics is a 12 month taught programme. This course is to prepare students for jobs at a senior level in a wide variety of areas. Read more
The MSc in Finance and Economics is a 12 month taught programme. This course is to prepare students for jobs at a senior level in a wide variety of areas: economics, finance, commerce, insurance, academia, diplomatic service and banking.
The course incorporates traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer lab work as well as a 15,000 word dissertation. The first two semesters are taught modules with the third semester focusing on your dissertation. In the first semester there are two compulsory modules; “Econometrics Methods and application: advanced level training in econometric methods” and “Investment analysis: investment value analysis, risk and return”. Alongside these courses one of the following must also be taken; “Macroeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern macroeconomics” or “Microeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern microeconomics”.
In the second semester, students are only required to take one compulsory module, “Corporate Finance: the relationship between corporate liabilities and corporate actions” and a choice of two different modules ranging from “Monetary Policy: key issues in monetary policy” to “Risk Management: classical techniques in risk and insurance”.
Your third semester focuses on your 15,000 word dissertation based on a subject within finance and economics that you are interested in, chosen either from a list of topics or developed with your supervisor who will support you through the process. The supervisors you will be working with have helped to make the School tenth in the UK and second in Scotland in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework. So you will be learning from and working alongside academics who are creating world-leading research.
Any student who is awarded the MSc with distinction is automatically offered a place in our PhD programme will develop a bespoke study plan in consultation with an expert member of staff.

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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

Course Overview

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: thorough understanding of social science theory, approaches and research methods; 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.

Throughout the academic year, the School holds a number of events on campus to which all students are invited. Events are topical, and provide great opportunities for you to network with national and multinational organisations, alumni and peers.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/finance-economics-research-ma/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/finance-economics-research-ma/#howtoapply

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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 course equips students with the specialist skills and knowledge to pursue a career within the financial sector, or to undertake research in finance; the taught modules provide training in economic analysis and quantitative techniques, coupled with practical knowledge of financial markets and their operations. Read more

Summary

This course equips students with the specialist skills and knowledge to pursue a career within the financial sector, or to undertake research in finance; the taught modules provide training in economic analysis and quantitative techniques, coupled with practical knowledge of financial markets and their operations.

Modules

Compulsory modules: Economic Analysis; Financial Economics and Asset Pricing; Futures and Options; Principles of Corporate Finance; Quantitative Methods

Options change from year to year

Visit our website for further information...



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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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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. Read more
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.

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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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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Programme description. We offer an MSc that provides you with a high-quality and thorough training in economics. Our MSc is technical and highly focused on theory and uses a lot of Maths. Read more
Programme description
We offer an MSc that provides you with a high-quality and thorough training in economics. Our MSc is technical and highly focused on theory and uses a lot of Maths.

The programme lasts one year (or two years if taken part time) and leads to the award of MSc Economics, MSc Economics (Finance), or MSc Economics (Econometrics).

Our MSc programmes are research oriented and primarily act as a pathway into PhD study or a career as a professional economist. The programmes are recognised by the UK's Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a route to a PhD in Economics.

We offer a research-oriented MSc that provides you with a high-quality and thorough training in economics and econometrics.

The programme is challenging, uses a lot of mathematics and statistics, is technical and highly focused on analytical theory.

The masters programme is taught in Edinburgh and awarded by the University of Edinburgh, but is part of a unique collaborative venture that combines the teaching expertise of eight Scottish universities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde.

Programme structure

The MSc programme consists of preliminary, core and optional courses, a residential weekend and a dissertation.

All our economics masters programmes consist predominantly of economics content, specialised content is restricted to three option courses.

-MSc Economics Options
-MSc Economics (Econometrics) Options
-MSc Economics (Finance) Options

We do not offer an online distance learning programme for our Masters.

Learning outcomes

Our MSc is an in-depth programme that will equip you with the tools a professional economist needs to work in government or in international organisations, or to carry out economic research.

We will give you rigorous training in the core areas of economics to make you proficient in the latest analytical and quantitative techniques. You will also receive a firm grounding in mathematical and econometric techniques, microeconomics and macroeconomics, including their application to new economic problems.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have found employment in a wide variety of private and public organisations in the UK and abroad including in financial services, with the civil service (in the UK the Government Economic Service and the Department for International Development), and as economists with overseas development agencies and international institutions, and as research economists with journals and media agencies.

Our MSc programmes are research oriented and primarily act as a pathway into PhD study, and are the only Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised pathway to PhD Economics study in Scotland.

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The Economics and Finance MSc programme is designed to provide an education in advanced economic and finance theory and quantitative methods, while allowing you to specialise or take options in a range of subjects reflecting the School’s main areas of research expertise in finance. Read more
The Economics and Finance MSc programme is designed to provide an education in advanced economic and finance theory and quantitative methods, while allowing you to specialise or take options in a range of subjects reflecting the School’s main areas of research expertise in finance. It prepares you for work as a professional economist in the financial and banking sectors, public sector and international organisations.

All of our MSc degrees equip you with a range of quantitative and analytical skills, and the ability to communicate complex economic concepts in a clear and concise style. Our programmes not only offer a stimulating education in economic theory but also develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills to a range of national and international problems in the areas of finance, development, agriculture and the environment.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/200/economics-and-finance

Course structure

The Economics and Finance MSc is studied over one year full-time or two years part-time and is divided into two stages: eight taught modules (six of which are compulsory) and a dissertation.

There are compulosry modules in Financial Economics: Capital Market Instruments, Financial Economics and Asset Pricing, Advanced Macroeconomics, Econometric Methods, Time Series Econometrics and Research Methods. These modules build upon students’ existing knowledge, understanding and skills.

Students develop a deeper understanding of economic and finance theory, quantitative and research methods, and policy applications. The teaching and learning of skills are carefully integrated into the structure of the modules and degree programme. The final two modules are chosen from a range of options based upon the finance research interests of our academic staff.

All of our MSc programmes require some mathematical analysis, and we recognise that students have widely differing backgrounds in mathematics. The first week of all our MSc programmes includes compulsory intensive teaching in mathematics, refreshing and improving your skills in order to equip you with the techniques you will need for the rest of the programme.

Students who successfully pass the taught element of the programme proceed to the dissertation stage where you undertake a supervised project of your choice on an Economics/Finance topic.

Advice on choice of dissertation topic and management is given during the taught stage of the programme. The dissertation stage develops students’ research skills and follows on from the Research Methods module. Student dissertations are supervised by academic staff.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

EC805 - Advanced Macroeconomics I (15 credits)
EC817 - Research Methods (15 credits)
EC820 - Time Series Econometrics (15 credits)
EC821 - Econometric Methods (15 credits)
EC822 - Financial Economics: Capital Market Instruments (15 credits)
EC824 - Financial Economics and Asset Pricing (15 credits)
EC815 - Growth and Development Theory (15 credits)
EC816 - International Finance (15 credits)
EC802 - Advanced Microeconomics of Consumers, Marketsand Welfare (15 credits)
EC803 - Trade and Development (15 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is through a wide variety of methods including seminar presentations, extended essays, short projects, in-class tests, examinations, and the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide a stimulating education in the principles of economics and finance, and their application, in which high-quality teaching motivates you to achieve your full potential. The teaching is informed by the research and scholarship of our teaching staff

- build on your existing knowledge, abilities and skills and develop a deeper understanding of economic and financial theory, econometrics, financial econometrics and quantitative techniques and policy applications to specific areas

- provide options to enable you to study selected areas of economics and finance in depth

- develop your ability to apply economic and financial knowledge, analytical tools and skills in a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems

- develop your independent research skills and prepare you for work as a professional in the fields of economics and finance or related areas

- provide you with information and advice on future employment and further postgraduate study.

Research areas

Labour and education economics
Staff research includes work in the areas of wage distributions, skills and job quality, education, migration and trade.

Macroeconomics, money and finance
Staff research in this area includes: macroeconometric theory; monetary policy; financial markets and macroeconomic performance growth theory and international macroeconomics; theoretical models of business cycles, labour market search and financial sources of economic fluctuations; DSGE models; growth theory and empirics.

Microeconomic theory, games and behaviour
Research interests cover public economics especially tax policy; gambling and uncertainty; international trade and government procurement; health economics; public goods; leadership in co-ordination games; industrial organisation; theoretic modelling; economic history.

Development economics
Research interests include work on growth; trade; the balance of payments; different aspects of migration and remittances on growth; applied studies focusing on particular developing countries.

Agri-environmental economics
Research interests cover non-market valuation, food safety, information economics applied to environmental problems, design and evaluation of agri-environmental policies, biodiversity, agricultural productivity, European agricultural policy, agricultural trade policy.

Transport and regional economics
Research strengths are the regional impact of transport investments; the economic evaluation of infrastructure; regulation and alternative funding models; the economics of public-private partnerships.

Careers

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

A postgraduate degree in the area of economics is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates have gone on to work as economists in international organisations, the financial sector, business, UK and overseas governments, and to further postgraduate training and academic careers at Kent, UK and overseas universities. Recent MSc graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as BNP Paribas, AXA, FactSet and PwC.

The School's employability officers and the University's Careers and Employability Service are available throughout the year to offer one-to-one advice and help on all aspects of employability at any stage in your postgraduate studies. We also offer online advice on employability skills, career choices, applications and interview skills.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Economics and Finance at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Economics and Finance at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

This new Economics and Finance course is being introduced at the School of Management from September 2017.

Key Features of MSc in Economics and Finance

- All modules on the Economics and Finance programme are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)
- 93% of Swansea students in employment or further study within six months of graduating
- High contact time – each module includes a 2 hour lecture (class sizes approximately 150 students) followed by a 1 hour seminar/tutorial (class sizes capped at 30) every single week
- Scholarships available for outstanding students

Our MSc Economics and Finance programme is a joint-honours scheme which aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in many of the key concepts, modelling approaches and research techniques deployed in key areas of economics (such as microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics), which also have important applications within finance. The relationship between economics and finance is a very close one, and finance may be viewed as a particular specialism within economics. Students undertaking the Economics and Finance programme will therefore have a holistic experience.

Modules

Modules on the MSc in Economics and Finance may include:

Corporate Finance
Financial Econometrics
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Empirical Finance
Dissertation - Economics
Derivatives and Risk Management
Equities & Fixed Income Securities
Corporate Governance & Ethics
Asset Management
International Financial Crises and Bank Regulation
Risk Management in Banking
Contemporary Issues in Finance
Financial Market Efficiency & Behavioural Finance
Economics of Banking
Development Economics
Industrial Organisation
International Economics
Game Theory
Monetary Economics

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a student on the Economics and Finance programme we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
- Complete the Swansea Employability Award
- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Bay Campus

In September 2015 Swansea University became one university with two stunning campuses; located in acres of tranquil parkland and on the majestic sweep of Swansea Bay. All programmes including the Economics and Finance MSc, delivered by the School of Management are now taught at the Bay Campus both new and continuing students.

The Bay Campus is situated in an outstanding location on the eastern approach into Swansea, with direct access onto the beach and its own seafront promenade. The campus features modern and bright student accommodation, including standard, premium, twin and wheelchair accessible rooms.

By Campus facilities include:

- Central support services for students housed within the Tower Information Centre
- State of the art library and resource centre
- Students’ Union
- The Great Hall – incorporating the Stanley Clarke Auditorium, lecture theatres and a cafe offering magnificent views across Swansea Bay
-Extensive catering and grocery provision including cafeterias, bar, supermarket, launderette and cash points. All of this will be in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach for all to enjoy.

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Based in one of the top Economics schools in the UK, this programme’s combination of economic theory and quantitative financial skills will equip you for a successful career in the fast-evolving and increasingly complex international financial markets. Read more
Based in one of the top Economics schools in the UK, this programme’s combination of economic theory and quantitative financial skills will equip you for a successful career in the fast-evolving and increasingly complex international financial markets.

The shared nature of the programme will grant you a broader and sharper perspective on the underpinnings of financial markets.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The MSc Economics and Finance programme combines expertise and practical know-how from both the School of Economics and Surrey Business School to help you apply advanced core-economic principles to the context of business and corporate finance, while mastering the complexities of the banking and financial systems.

The programme structure comprises four core modules and four elective modules, split between the School of Economics and Surrey Business School.

This combination provides you with knowledge of microeconomic theory, financial economics and financial econometrics, while also leaving enough room to tailor the programme according to your own particular interests and career aspirations.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Microeconomics
-Foundations of Finance
-Econometrics 1
-Macroeconomics
-Financial Econometrics
-Theory of Finance
-Econometrics II
-Economics of the Firm
-Advanced Microeconomics
-Corporate Finance
-Derivative Securities
-International Finance
-Risk Management
-Investment Analysis
-Research Methods and Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The main rationale and aim for the introduction of this programme is combining the expertise and know-how from both the School of Economics and Surrey Business School to help students apply advanced core economic competencies to the context of business and corporate finance while mastering the complexities of the banking and financial systems.

We believe that, by combining the competencies of the School of Economics and the Business School, this programme will provide recent graduates and early stage professionals with rigorous training and a strong analytical background in economic theory, finance, financial economics and econometrics.

This Masters degree is ideal for those who aim to pursue careers as financial economists, quantitative analysts and financial econometricians in the private sector, in the government or in international financial institutions.

The recent financial crisis has highlighted the complexity of the financial phenomena and the need for a deeper understanding of the underpinnings of the financial markets.

The shared programme of the School of Economics and the Business School will provide students with the broad set of economic and financial tools that the new context requires. The increased skill set will also increase the potential career opportunities of the programme’s graduates.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
-To critically evaluate the development, characteristics, issues and influences relevant to economics and finance
-To analyse and debate theoretical and applied knowledge in economics, finance, banking, investment management
-To evaluate critically a wide range of approaches and techniques relevant to economics and finance
-To demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the fundamental elements of economics and finance
-To evaluate critically the complex interrelationships between economics and finance
-To evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on their own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies
-To demonstrate high level learning and problem solving skills
-To conduct research and produce a high quality report – this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon and issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of research work
-To identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and to propose new areas for investigations/ new problems / new or alternative applications and methodological approaches
-To display a range of skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals irrespective of their sector of operation, particularly in the areas of analysis and synthesis, communication and presentation skills, computing skills, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, report and essay writing skills, interactive and group skills, research skills
-To handle ethical dilemmas likely to arise in management, research and professional practice and to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, clients, mentors and others

Knowledge and understanding
-An advanced understanding of the core principles and applications in microeconomics and econometrics
-An advanced understanding of the theory of banking and finance and how this relates to the role of financial institutions in national and international economies
-An understanding of the techniques which have been used in contemporary economic research
-A comprehensive understanding of financial markets both in their theoretical and empirical aspects, and the most sophisticated financial products and their use

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-The ability to combine relevant theory and analytical techniques with insightful data analysis to produce convincing explanations of economic and finance phenomena
-The skills necessary to comprehend published economic research papers, and to integrate the implications of published research in their own studies

Professional practical skills
-The ability to select appropriately between alternative analytical techniques and research methodologies which can be used in order to analyse all the different aspects of financial data
-The ability to formulate a plan for specific individual research which would further existing knowledge
-The ability to communicate the results of independent research in the form of a dissertation
-The ability to comprehend published financial and economic research papers, and to integrate the implications of published research in their own studies

Key / transferable skills
-General skills, such as literacy, numeracy, IT and computing
-Interpersonal skills, such as communication
-Many subject specific skills are highly transferrable, including abstraction, analysis, deduction, induction, quantification, design and framing (understanding parameters to a problem to help decision making)

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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Overview:

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 (http://www.bath.ac.uk/economics/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 (https://vimeo.com/151370382).

This course complements the existing range of established postgraduate programmes currently offered by the Department of Economics (http://www.bath.ac.uk/economics/), including the MSc Economics, MRes Economics and the MSc International Money & Banking.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/msc-econ-fina/

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
- Investment Management
- Economics of Financial Institutions
- Financial risk management
- International Finance
- Incentives and Performance
- International Monetary Policy and Institutions
- Financial Engineering
- Forecasting Economic and Financial Variables
- Computational Economics
- Growth Theory
- Development Economics

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

View Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/es/THES-AFM05.html) for further information.

Careers

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

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

About the department

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 6th for Economics in the Complete University Guide 2016 (http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=Economics).

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/economics/

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