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If you wish to pursue a career in finance and economics in the international banking sector, our MSc Money and Banking is an ideal programme. Read more

If you wish to pursue a career in finance and economics in the international banking sector, our MSc Money and Banking is an ideal programme. Delivered by the Department of Economics and the Xfi Centre for Finance and Investment, the programme draws upon the School’s long-standing reputation for delivering top quality graduates in finance and economics.

The programme provides a focus on the application of advanced economics and finance theory to commercial money markets and banking.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.

Programme structure

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows;

  • Economics of Banking;
  • Economics of Corporate Finance;
  • Financial Modelling;
  • Fundamentals of Financial Management;
  • Macroeconomics of Money and Financial Markets;
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance

Optional modules

Some recent examples are as follows;

  • Banking and Financial Services;
  • Domestic and International Portfolio Management;
  • Financial Econometrics;
  • Game Theory and Industrial Organisation;
  • International Trade and Regional Integration;
  • Topics in Financial Economics;
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics

Careers in Money & Banking

This degree programme prepares you for a variety of roles, particularly involving the application of advanced economics and finance theory to commercial money markets and banking. Developing applied IT skills through using Thomson Reuters Datastream and other financial databases and software systems as part of your modules, you will also be armed with the latest technical know-how to kick-start your career.

By carefully selecting your optional modules such as Banking and Financial Services, Domestic and International Portfolio Management, Financial Econometrics, International Trade and Regional Integration you can start to develop an area of specialisation appropriate to your career plans.

According to your location and career goals, you can choose to work in public or private sector roles, from large multi­national banks, to government departments such as The Government Economic Service (GES). You might choose to forge a career in government economics via the HM Treasury, or the Bank of England also recruits graduates for its two-year Graduate Development Programme. Comparative organisations can be found in the country where you expect to start your career.

Graduates from this programme have secured roles with a wide range of organisations including China Merchants Bank, PWC (Vietnam), Bank of China, Standard Bank (Ghana) and ICBC Credit Suisse International (Hong Kong).



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Course outline

The MSc programme in Money, Banking and Central Banking is designed to offer specialised teaching in banking and financial markets which is particularly relevant given all the changes introduced during the last global financial crisis, as well as the changes made by major central banks in the running of their monetary policies since then.

Monetary analysis has been mainly disregarded in the years running up to Global Financial Crisis and this contributed to high rates of growth of money which ultimately led to unsustainable economic growth and financial instability. Unlike any other degree in the UK ours emphasises the importance of high quality monetary and banking analysis so we can assess those policies compatible with stable economic growth and financial stability over the long term. Expert knowledge of monetary economics and monetary policy, risk management and financial institutions is going to be of crucial important to understand the world after the recent crisis.

The degree provides the latest research methods and tools to teach students to think analytically and critically, and apply their knowledge to practical problems faced by investment banks and central banks and other financial institutions.

Who is the programme suitable for?

This degree aims to produce graduates with this specialised knowledge and the skills required for a career in central banking and finance (in particular in investment banking), as well as monetary analysis suitable to pursue a career in consultancy businesses, research departments and specialised media. We welcome both recent graduates and those already in employment in these areas who wish to further their careers.

Structure

The bulk of the programme consists of several modules providing the theoretical and analytical tools for the students to understand central bank operations and policies, as well as banking business, so they can identify how money is created in modern economies and analyse how changes in the amount of money affect overall prices as well as the running of the economy along the cycle. Students will also learn the statistical techniques and use specialised software to gather and analyse macroeconomic and financial data. At the end of the programme students will submit a master’s dissertation.

Modules taught on this degree include:

  • Central Banking (1), History, Strategies and Operations
  • Empirical Techniques and Research Methods in Macroeconomics
  • Banking Risk Management
  • The Central Bank, The Banking System and the Macroeconomy
  • Financial Analysis and Portfolio Modelling
  • Central Banking (2), Monetary Policy and Financial Stability
  • PRMIA certificate (optional)

We offer two entry points, in September and January. We also offer a part-time programme for those professionals already working and looking forward to furthering their education and careers in money and banking.

Professional accreditation in risk management

Students will be offered the option to take an examination and get the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) accreditation in financial risk management. In particular the students will be able to get the Associate Professional Risk Manager Certificate (Associate PRM Certificate), which is a PRMIA programme offered online for staff entering the risk management industry.

Internships possibilities at the Institute of International Monetary Research. Funding available (Santander scholarships)



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This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline. Read more

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the Pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc Money Banking and Finance programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc Money Banking and Finance

There is a worldwide demand for those trained in the areas of money, banking and finance, which shows no sign of abating. Graduates from this programme hold high-ranking positions in financial centres around the globe. In addition to those aiming for careers in the private sector, it attracts economists currently working in economics, treasury or finance ministries, or in central banks, and graduates preparing for such careers.

Pre-Masters

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.

Other general MSc programmes, or more specialised and policy-oriented programmes, are available in the area of Economics, Banking or Finance. 

Course details

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Birmingham also offers the Money, Banking and FInance MSc

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues.

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers. For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required.

Employability

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills. 

At the start of your Masters programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online.

Please see further information on Careers



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This programme is designed to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and technical capabilities to enter careers in the banking and financial sectors – either on the corporate or the regulatory side – as well as consultancy and higher education. Read more

This programme is designed to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and technical capabilities to enter careers in the banking and financial sectors – either on the corporate or the regulatory side – as well as consultancy and higher education. It is also a pathway to undertake a PhD.

Those studying on the programme will benefit from being taught by a mix of prominent academics and professionals in the field. With lectures and discussions supported by group work, presentations, statistical computer labs and case studies, you will gain an understanding of key issues related to the areas of monetary economics, the banking industry and financial markets.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Assessment Methods

Most modules use more than one type of assessment including formal exams, individual coursework essays and assignments, group-based reports and case study analysis. To pass, you'll need an overall average of at least 50% with with no more than three modules in the 40%–49% mark range (following resit exams). A minimum pass mark of 50% in the dissertation is also required for the award of the MSc degree.

Careers

Our Economics Masters courses will ensure you develop a comprehensive understanding of the discipline, including advanced methods to equip you with the skills required to succeed in this ever changing environment. In addition to specialised skills, you will also gain many transferable skills to prepare you for a successful career in a variety of sectors:

Analysis and Research – the ability to critically analyse data and conduct research

Communication – presenting complex information accurately

Problem Solving – developing solutions using available data and making recommendations

Time Management – the ability to produce high quality work within set deadlines

Computing – using a range of specialist and general software packages



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The correlation between macroeconomics, banking, international finance and financial markets is explored throughout this course, giving you a deep insight and advanced knowledge of the wider world of global business and international finance and financial markets. Read more

The correlation between macroeconomics, banking, international finance and financial markets is explored throughout this course, giving you a deep insight and advanced knowledge of the wider world of global business and international finance and financial markets.

Course details

We train our students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. This programme aims to equip you with a range of methodological and problem-solving skills and specialised knowledge relevant for international money and banking.

This programme complements the MSc in Money, Banking and Finance, and, as with that programme, is of particular interest to those wishing to pursue careers in the financial sector. It provides you with an advanced knowledge of the related disciplines of macroeconomics, banking, international finance and financial markets. 

In comparison with the MSc in Money, Banking and Finance, there is greater emphasis on international banking and finance, and less on the acquisition of related technical skills.

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes at Birmingham Business School provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests.

They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues.

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector.

Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers.

For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required. 

Employability

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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Economics and finance are the drivers of our global prosperity and there is significant worldwide demand for technical expertise in monetary economics and finance. Most graduates from this programme move into highranking careers in global financial centres. Read more

Economics and finance are the drivers of our global prosperity and there is significant worldwide demand for technical expertise in monetary economics and finance. Most graduates from this programme move into highranking careers in global financial centres.

Studying this programme will provide you with an excellent set of specialist and transferable skills. You will be given an advanced training in core areas of economics and you will also receive specialist training in areas relevant to the programme.

Course details

There is a worldwide demand for those trained in the areas of money, banking and finance, which shows no sign of abating.

MSc Money, Banking and Finance is the Department’s MSc programme that attracts the most students.

Studying this programmes will provide you with an excellent set of specialist and transferable skills. You will be given an advanced training in core areas of economics that are widely used in economics-based professions and you will also receive specialist training in areas relevant to the programme and take options in other areas that interest you.

Graduates from the Money, Banking and Finance MSc hold high-ranking positions in financial centres around the globe. In addition to those aiming for careers in the private sector, it attracts economists currently working in economics, treasury or finance ministries, or in central banks, and graduates preparing for such careers.

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues.

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector.

Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers.

For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required. 

Employability

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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This Master's will develop your knowledge and understanding of the economics of money, banking and capital markets. You will take compulsory modules in economics, banking econometrics, financial markets, international finance and money and banking. Read more
This Master's will develop your knowledge and understanding of the economics of money, banking and capital markets.

You will take compulsory modules in economics, banking econometrics, financial markets, international finance and money and banking. This will allow you to consider the role of money, central banking and monetary policy as well as gaining an insight into the global financial system and challenges it has faced.

You will also have the option to take a Risk Management and Trading module, which introduces techniques designed to measure market and credit risk as well as providing you with an insight into how trader behaviour contributes to bubble and crashes.

As part of your training you will develop specific skills highly relevant in the work place, including training in the use of statistical and quantitative software packages (eg STATA), and a firm grasp of different methods, models and techniques currently used by firms and in international finance.

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Why are banking and finance so important for our economy? How do banks work? How do their activities affect business cycle fluctuations or even economic crises? And how can economic policy, particularly monetary policy, steer the banking sector and the overall economy towards desirable outcomes?. Read more
Why are banking and finance so important for our economy? How do banks work? How do their activities affect business cycle fluctuations or even economic crises? And how can economic policy, particularly monetary policy, steer the banking sector and the overall economy towards desirable outcomes?

If you wish to pursue a career in the financial industry, central banks, civil service or academia, MSc Money and Banking is for you. Our course provides you with specialised training in money and banking, and also equips you with state-of-the-art tools and methods in economics and finance. You explore topics including:
-Financial intermediation and money creation
-Commercial and investment banks
-The monetary transmission mechanism
-The implementation of monetary policy and its interaction with financial markets

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of:
-Game theory and strategic interactions
-Theoretical and applied econometrics
-Economic policy

The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies.

Our expert staff

Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists of our time.

Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs, with students coming from across the globe to study, research or work with us.

Many of our researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future.

Specialist facilities

Take advantage of our wide range of learning resources to assist you in your studies:
-Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university
-Access a variety of economics databases and multiple copies of textbooks and e-books in the Albert Sloman Library

Your future

After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree – many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study.

Alternatively, our course also prepares you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level.

Our graduates find employment in roles such as business and financial analysts, management consultants, government officials, and economists for banks and other financial organisations.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Dissertation
-Microeconomics
-Macroeconomics
-Econometric Methods
-Monetary Economics
-Banking
-Economics of the European Union (optional)
-Economics of Transition (optional)
-Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour (optional)
-Environmental Economics (optional)
-Mathematical Methods (optional)
-Economic Development Theory (optional)
-Political Economy (optional)
-Economics of Financial Markets (optional)
-Topics in Financial Economics (optional)
-Behavioural Economics I: Individual Decision Making (optional)
-Computational Agent-Based Macro-Economics, Financial Markets and Policy Design
-Behavioural Economics II: Games and Markets (optional)
-Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
-International Trade (optional)
-International Finance (optional)
-Game Theory and Applications (optional)
-Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
-Microeconometrics (optional)
-Time Series Econometrics (optional)
-Estimation and Inference in Econometrics (optional)
-Panel Data Methods (optional)
-Applications of Data Analysis (optional)

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This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline. Read more

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc International Money and Banking programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc International Money and Banking

This programme complements the MSc in Money, Banking and Finance, and, as with that programme, is of particular interest to those wishing to pursue careers in the financial sector. It provides you with an advanced knowledge of the related disciplines of macroeconomics, banking, international finance and financial markets.

Pre-Masters

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.

Other general MSc programmes, or more specialised and policy-oriented programmes, are available in the area of Economics, Banking or Finance.

Course details

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles. 

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues.

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers. For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required.

Employability

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills.

At the start of your Masters programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online.

Please see further information on Careers



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The MSc in Money, Banking and Finance is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the University of St Andrews' School of Economics and Finance. Read more

The MSc in Money, Banking and Finance is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the University of St Andrews' 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 labs in small groups of students, 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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About the course. You will take specialist modules in finance, banking and monetary economics as well as learning core economic theory. Read more

About the course

You will take specialist modules in finance, banking and monetary economics as well as learning core economic theory. This course equips you well for a career in banking, financial institutions and markets.

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).

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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
  • International Money and Finance
  • Asset Pricing

Examples of optional modules

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


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'Money, Banking & Financial Markets' (former name. International Economics and Finance) is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics. Read more
'Money, Banking & Financial Markets' (former name: International Economics and Finance) is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016.

About

The financial and international side of firm regulation and policy making:
This track will train you in two sub-disciplines: Finance as well as Economics. You will get the opportunity to combine practical financial management to economic analysis of the markets you invest in.

You will also learn:

•how international bodies function (e.g., the European Central Bank),
•why tax policies are designed the way they are,
•and what the consequences are for firms in Europe.

You will for example discuss problems in the Eurozone, International financial supervision, microfinance, bank-runs and systemic risk, and taxation of financial institutions.

The track is closely linked to the European Banking Center, a Tilburg based research network on banking and financial markets.

Career perspectives

This track is interesting for you if you aim for a career in banking (private but also central banks), in other private businesses that are regularly confronted with international policy making, or in (inter)national government.

Examples of functions of recent graduates of this track:
•Finance Trainee at the ABN AMRO Bank
•Jr Investment Strategist at AEGON
•Trading Risk Analyst at ING Group
•Corporate Management Trainee at Rabobank Nederland
•Consultant at IBM
•Junior Business Analyst at Deloitte
•Research Analyst at PT Panca Global Securities, Tbk
•Corporate Transaction Support at the Bank of Ireland
•Trade Finance Officer at ICBC

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This program is suitable for graduates with finance, economics, business, mathematics or related learning backgrounds and was tailored for people with or without work experience who intend to go on to work for industry. Read more

This program is suitable for graduates with finance, economics, business, mathematics or related learning backgrounds and was tailored for people with or without work experience who intend to go on to work for industry. It places particular emphasis on economic coverage of financial and monetary themes, but it is also a good choice for students who have economic and monetary economic research interests.

This program will help you establish a mature and comprehensive understanding of economics, money and financial frameworks and mechanisms. This course will equip candidates with the needed techniques, knowledge in the banking, finance and monetary area, as well as research institutes specialized in the above sectors. 

It is designed to meet the needs of those who:

  • wants to work in companies or governments as an economist;
  • wants economics Masters training with emphasis on finance or monetary economics (useful for many jobs)

On successful completion of the programme, students will obtain:

  • Advanced level knowledge of core areas of economics, monetary and financial policy;
  • Advanced level knowledge of core quantitative skills and research methods;
  • The knowledge and skills to undertake postgraduate research;
  • The knowledge and skills to conduct research and write reports;
  • The knowledge and skills to gain employment as professional economists or in other careers;

On completing the programme, you may find the following potential employees:

  • Investment companies
  • Universities
  • Central banks
  • Business banks
  • Government
  • Non-Government Organizations

Programme Overview

The programme is studied over one year (full-time). The academic year consists of two fifteen week semesters, each containing twelve weeks of teaching. The revision and assessment takes place at the end of each semester. While most summative assessment takes place at the end of the semester, some takes place during the teaching period along with a range of formatively assessed exercises, essays and projects. In addition, after successful completion of exams in Semester Two, students proceed to undertake a dissertation.

Students take 180 credits worth of modules. In Semester One students take four core compulsory modules in the analysis of economics theory and policy and quantitative methods, totalling 60 credits. In Semester Two, all students take two required 15 credit modules relating to monetary and financial policy. In addition, two further 15 credit modules are chosen from those offered by the School. After completion of the taught stage of the course, students proceed to take a 60 credit Dissertation that consists of two parts. First, Economic Research Methods (15 credits) provides an introduction to research methods including alternative approaches which is assessed via a critical literature review. Second, the Dissertation itself (45 credits).



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Our MSc Finance programmes are designed to provide you with rigorous training at the frontier of research, as well as the advanced analytical and technical skills that are highly sought after by global employers and, if you wish to continue your studies, by world-leading PhD programmes. Read more

Our MSc Finance programmes are designed to provide you with rigorous training at the frontier of research, as well as the advanced analytical and technical skills that are highly sought after by global employers and, if you wish to continue your studies, by world-leading PhD programmes.

Our MSc programmes have partnership status with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA). The CFA is the world’s premier association for investment professionals and the accepted benchmark for technical excellence in financial markets. It guarantees you benefit from a curriculum of the highest standards and enables you to participate in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge, as well as CFA employer network events and scholarships.

The programme consists of a set of core and elective modules, culminating in a practice-based business project or a research-based dissertation.

Core and elective modules

You will study:

  • Derivative Markets
  • Advanced Financial Theory
  • International Finance
  • International Financial Asset Management
  • Portfolio Management

Based on your prior knowledge and experience you will be streamed to study one of the following module pairings:

  • Econometrics I and Econometrics II
  • Econometric Methods and Financial Modelling and Business Forecasting

You will then choose one elective modules. The list of modules may vary from year to year, but has typically included Auditing and Assurance Services, Behavioural Finance and Economics, Financial Risk Management, Market Microstructure, Security Analysis, and Technology, Innovation and Economic Growth.

Dissertation or Business Project

In the third term, you will complete a dissertation which could be undertaken as a consultancy project within an organisation or with one of our international partner institutions. Supervised by a faculty member with relevant experience, you’ll investigate in greater detail a subject that you’ve already studied as part of your programme.

This is an opportunity for you to develop your business insight and present your analysis and ideas in a scholarly and professional manner; combine critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the opinions of others.

Adding to your experience

International Opportunities

We’re proud of our strong international connections. Helping you get an inside perspective on global business is a key part of the programme. That’s why we offer a range of opportunities to help you immerse yourself in a country’s business and academic environment, make new contacts and stand out in a competitive job market. These include:

  • Dissertation Abroad

If your ambitions lie beyond the UK, we offer a number of places on our unique Dissertation Abroad scheme. This will involve writing a dissertation at one of our international partner institutions in the period June to August. A number of scholarships are available.

  • International Study Tour

We organise an optional International Study Tour to a European destination, typically Switzerland. This intensive programme takes place over several days, normally in March/April, and offers you a great opportunity to get an ‘inside perspective’ on international business, and to network with key staff within organisations.

Guest Speakers

As part of your programme, you have the opportunity to enjoy presentations by academics and practitioners within your chosen area of interest. Past speakers have included representatives of major global multinationals and leading academics, providing an ideal opportunity to gain practical knowledge and progressive insight.

Investment Club

Ten students are selected to manage a genuine fund and meet on a monthly basis to evaluate their research and place their trades. At the end of the year, the monetary fund and a report on its performance are passed to next year’s club. This exciting initiative gives you the chance to put your financial skills to the test and enhance your CV.

Trading Challenge

This challenge will give you the opportunity to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements to build a hypothetical portfolio with securities of your choice. This gives you hands on experience and the chance to improve your investment and security selection skills. It looks great on your CV, plus there is a cash prize for the winner.

Additional Resources

The School has made a significant investment in database resources to give you access to both live and historical data from providers which include Thomson Reuters, Datasteam and Orbis. These state-of-the-art databases give you the opportunity to interrogate the financial records of millions of companies worldwide and add valuable insight to your research.

Trading Room

As part of our provision of a wide range of software and databases, we offer training on our Bloomberg terminals for accessing economic and financial data.



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Course outline. The underlying philosophy of the LLM is to develop specialists in the field of International and Commercial Law. The programme attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds with different experiences. Read more

Course outline

The underlying philosophy of the LLM is to develop specialists in the field of International and Commercial Law. The programme attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds with different experiences. It stresses the importance of interaction between staff and student, as well as between student and student. We believe this is an essential element in the development of effective lawyers in this area.

Following successful completion of the LLM in International and Commercial Law, you should have developed a range of skills, which include:

  • A sound understanding of each of the chosen areas of the law
  • Confidence in the analysis of complex case-law
  • The ability to make your argument convincingly, orally and in writing
  • The ability to take a co-operative approach to problem solving

Start dates

Students may take the LLM over

  • 12 months starting in September; or
  • 9 months starting in January.

Teaching methods

Seminars are the primary teaching method for this course. They encourage the development of clear analytical skills and create a forum where you can test your ideas against the arguments of your peers. Whether you enter the legal profession or business world you will find it is essential to have developed persuasive abilities. LLM options are taught in the form of three hours of seminars spread over each of the teaching weeks of the course. LLM seminars for subjects which are also taught at LLB level take place in two hour blocks every fortnight.

You are expected to read the cases and other materials relevant to the particular seminar in advance. At the seminar you will be asked to support your opinions and discuss your analysis of the area with your fellow students. In some modules you may be expected to make a presentation on a topic given to you by your tutor. Whilst these tasks may seem daunting at the beginning of the year, you will rapidly gain confidence as your debating skills develop.

Where seminars are on a fortnightly basis, the course will be supported by three hours of lectures per week during the lecturing period. Seminars will complement the lecture series.

Course material is available on the University’s own Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle. This allows students to download lecture notes, submit assignments and share resources in an electronic forum both within the University’s computer network and remotely.

Specialist designations

Students can select specific modules to have their LLM designated as specialising in:

  • International Trade and Maritime Law;
  • International Oil and Gas Law; or
  • Financial Services Law

Each designation requires the following to be taken:

  • 20 unit Advanced Legal Research module;
  • 40 unit Core module; and
  • 120 units of Options.

The modules currently offered for the designations are as follows:

International Trade and Maritime Law

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)
  • International Trade and Maritime Law (40)

120 units of Options from:

  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
  • Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
  • International Intellectual Property (40)
  • Law of Business Organisations (40)
  • Law of World Trade (20)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

International Oil & Gas Law

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)
  • International Oil and Gas Law and Policy (40)

120 units of Options from:

  • Banking Law (40)
  • Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
  • Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20)
  • EU Competition Law (20)
  • International Trade and Maritime Law (40)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

Financial Services Law

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)
  • Banking Law (40)

120 units of Options from:

  • Law of Business Organisations (40)
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
  • EU Competition Law (20)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
  • Securities Regulation (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

Non-designated LLM

Students who wish to have an LLM in International and Commercial Law without a designation must take

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)

160 units of Options from

  • Banking Law (40)
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
  • Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
  • Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20)
  • Intellectual Property Law (40)
  • International Human Rights (20)
  • International Medical Law & Ethics (20)
  • International Oil and Gas Laws and Policy (40)
  • International Trade and Maritime Law (40)
  • Law of Business Organisations (40 units)
  • Law of War (20)
  • Law of World Trade (20)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
  • Public International Law (40)
  • Dissertation (40)

September start

The September start allows students to take more time to adjust to postgraduate studies. In the first term students must take the Advanced Legal Research module and choose Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery, Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights, or EU Competition Law. All the modules are then available from January onwards, subject always to there being sufficient students opting for them



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