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Course content

Gain both accountancy skills and a deeper understanding of economics in the context of modern finance. Split between our Department of Economics and Essex Business School, you graduate with the academic and business skills needed for a career in the financial sector.

You gain in-depth knowledge of the use of accounting information in organisational control and decision making, plus the use of financial statements and the problems of measurement and disclosure, and explore topics including:
-Optimisation theory
-How economic arguments work
-The role of equilibrium
-Notions of risk and return in equity markets
-Asset pricing and the management of equity portfolios

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
-Labour economics

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.

For a full list of research interests, see our Department’s staff pages.

Within Essex Business School, you are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team with wide-ranging research interests and proven academic track record.

Our staff specialise in areas including: accounting and economic development in the public and third sectors; regulation and corporate social responsibility; finance and banking; accounting and finance in developing economies; and contemporary financial markets and their participants.

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

Our landmark new Essex Business School building on our Colchester Campus is the first zero carbon business school in the UK. Set around a lush winter garden, the Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate. Our new building provides you with a stunning new work environment, offering:
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
-A light and spacious lecture theatre, with seating for 250 students
-Study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Dedicated office space for student entrepreneurs
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-A café with an adjacent sun terrace

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.

Graduates will be well placed for success in decision making in the interface between economics and accounting. Key skills include analytical reasoning, mathematical techniques, research and the evaluation of business accounts. One recent graduate of MSc Accounting and Financial Economics is now a finance officer for Save the Children China programme.

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

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

MSc Accounting and Financial Economics
-Dissertation
-Economics of Financial Markets
-Issues in Financial Reporting
-Management Accounting
-Mathematical Methods
-Econometric Methods (optional)
-Economic Development Theory (optional)
-Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
-Game Theory and Applications (optional)
-International Finance (optional)
-International Trade (optional)
-Macroeconomics (optional)
-Microeconometrics (optional)
-Microeconomics (optional)
-Political Economy (optional)
-Topics in Financial Economics (optional)
-Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)

Visit the Accounting and Financial Economics - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

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