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Economic and Financial Analysis - MSc

Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Business and Law

Full time September MSc 1 year

About the course

Learn from the experts shaping debates on topics like Brexit, regional economic development, and sports governance. Their real-world policy making feeds directly into your course.

Working with academics, communities, and businesses, we carry out applied research that shapes and benefits our economy. 

We’ve designed this course for graduates who studied economics, finance or business-related degrees at undergraduate level. But it will also suit you if you have other relevant experience.

Sharing our expertise

Our teaching goes beyond most university economics courses by exploring both perspectives of economics and finance. Across all units, you’ll learn from experts with academic, policy and industry experience in the UK and Europe.

First, we’ll encourage you to challenge assumptions

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Entry Requirements

You will have a minimum 2:2 UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent), in a business, economics or finance related subject.

If your degree is not in one of these subjects, please contact the Business School to discuss your application.

We also welcome applications from candidates who may not have a degree but do have equivalent professional qualifications or significant relevant experience.

Course Content

Where is Manchester Metropolitan University

Student Profile(s)

Kimberly Lazo

“I have a friend who is studying here and she recommended that I apply. It was a straightforward process and the International team was very helpful and accommodating, especially during the visa process. They also helped me to understand funding options and the rules around working in the UK.

Manchester is a city of history and culture. It is a very student-friendly city and there is always something to do. Even after living here for a year, I still discover new places to go to and new restaurants to visit.

The course itself was extremely dynamic and allowed students to gain in-depth knowledge of the subject areas, even if they didn’t have a background in economics. We also had the opportunity to gain experience of dealing with real policy issues and to use different statistical software, which I found very helpful.

The small class sizes made it easy to interact with our tutors, who were always friendly and engaging. They really are world-class and use their professional links to open up exciting opportunities for students to ensure that our studies have real-world application. For example, we worked on a nudge for HMRC with an aim to prevent tax evasion.

We also had the opportunity to present a proposal to Eccles town centre with recommendations on how to encourage the youth back to the high streets. We used real time data to examine the issues and presented our findings in a panel discussion. Learning does not stop in the classroom, however. We were frequently invited to seminars and workshops that helped to expand our hands on knowledge of Stata, SPSS and Excel.

What I enjoyed most about the course was how it prepared me to write quality quantitative research papers. I was able to produce journal articles on health economics, which is an area I am very passionate about. I tackled issues such as smoking and life expectancy and the effectiveness of public policy in regulating tobacco consumption among young people. I also wrote my dissertation on how health care expenditure affects health outcomes for the frail and elderly.”

Through her lecturers’ research links, Kimberly secured an internship role as a policy researcher with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. “The programme equipped me with the necessary research and statistics skills to carry out my role with the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK.”

Ignacio Guzman

“I always had a curiosity in understanding how a country, region or market performs, and how different changes and scenarios can affect this performance. I also had an interest in how credit institutions work and in the assets and liabilities that compose the financial system.

Manchester Met offered a fantastic course combining two subjects, Economics and Finance, in which I was very interested as it’s important to value them together, especially in today’s society.

The lecturers had a fantastic hands-on approach that helped me develop skills that I needed and still use today. I was also extremely lucky to have the tutors I had, as they really cared about the course and their students. I learned and I was able to participate and interact with them a lot. They truly made a difference in the masters and in my career.”

Adedayo Alao

“I found the course content rich and fascinating. It covered a lot of my interests; behavioural economics, policy and finance. I particularly enjoyed the statistics and econometric part of the course in relation to behavioural science and policy related projects.

My tutors showed enthusiasm for the course and ensured the right tools were in place. Most importantly they focused on real world applications and job preparedness. They were highly accessible and invested in my success. There was an open door policy and I had a lot of time to discuss my projects and concerns. This allowed me to learn how to ask the right questions, think strategically and be able to clearly convey my desired goal.

Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the country and caters to different tastes. It is lively, welcoming and easy to get around. There is always something going on all through the year when you need a break and want to socialise."

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