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Course content

The MSc Business Economics and Finance degree has been developed based on collaboration with practitioners who advised on the skills that are most valued in employment. This programme will provide you with further knowledge of economics and finance subjects and develop your familiarity with key theories that aid in understanding real world issues. In addition it will equip you with a wide of range of practical and transferable skills that are highly demanded by employers.

The course is delivered by academics who are at the forefront of their research area, regularly interacting with policymakers and businesses to advise them on key decision making matters. It is an appropriate next step for those with some foundational knowledge of economics.

Subject guide and modules

The programme includes the key components of economics, finance and quantitative methods. All of these areas embed practical and transferable skills.

The finance modules will help you to develop an understanding of the workings of financial markets, investments, corporate finance and their constituents.

The economics modules will develop your understanding of how the economy and business organisations function and how these areas are influenced by policymakers. By jointly studying the finance and economics modules, you will be able to develop an understanding of how financial markets and investment decisions are affected by changing economic and institutional environments.

The quantitative methods modules will equip you with a practical, analytical and statistical understanding of the tools that can be used for solving financial and economic problems. You will have access to advanced statistical and econometric software packages to enable you to analyse financial and economic data. The combination of these technical and analytical skills complemented with an understanding of economics and finance will enable you to make effective recommendations about policy and investment problems. A consistent message we get from employers is that these skills are vital for a successful career.

Practical and transferable skills development will be embedded within the modules and assessments throughout the course. For example, you will be exposed to data handling, conducting analytical research, group work and report writing. Each of these will help you develop the transferable skills needed for successful employment.

Core Modules:
-Advanced Quantitative Methods
-Economics of Governance and Organisations
-International Finance
-Valuation of Investment
-Macroeconomics
-Quantitative Methods for Finance

Optional Modules - Choose two modules from the following list, subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some modules and combinations:
-Entrepreneurial Strategies
-Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Emerging Economies
-International Business
-International Entrepreneurship
-Strategic Management

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Taught modules will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. You will also be required to conduct relevant and up-to-date research involving a literature review, assimilating and analysing data and developing critical recommendations based on their findings.

You will be taught by academics who have a world-leading profile in terms of their research and teaching. Some colleagues have received national awards for their excellence in teaching and their research is recognised through publications in world leading journals. Our colleagues also interact regularly with businesses and policymakers and understand the commercial applications of what they teach.

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a career in the financial sector, for example, as an Economic or Financial analyst. Aston graduates with similar expertise have been employed by organisations such as HSBC, BMW, HM Treasury, Goldman Sachs, Ernst and Young and Price Waterhouse Cooper in various locations around Europe and throughout the World.

Visit the Business Economics & Finance - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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