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Economics and Finance MSc

Course Description

This programme is designed particularly for students who have an appropriate degree and want to expand their career options by building their expertise in finance. You will develop your understanding of economic theory and econometrics, including recent advances in the subject, and acquire a solid understanding of finance theory and its applications to financial markets and corporate finance.

Programme structure

Core units
-Asset Pricing

Optional units - You must complete four optional units, of which at least three must be selected from:
-Advanced Corporate Finance
-Behavioural Finance
-Credit Risk
-Investment Management
-Quantitative Finance

The final unit can be taken from the following list:
-Economics of Education
-Further Microeconomics
-Health Economics
-Labour Economics
-Personnel Economics
-Policy Experiments
-Public Organisation

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words.


The programme provides excellent preparation for careers in investment management, financial research, trading, consulting and corporate finance, and for further academic study in finance.

Visit the Economics and Finance MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dulguun Ganbold

I came to the UK to study a postgraduate degree in Economics and Finance. Before choosing to apply to Bristol I visited the city and found it to be very lively with various different parks, shops, pubs and clubs. Most of the amenities are in walking distance which can save time and money on travelling.

For my undergraduate degree at National University of Mongolia I studied theories of economics, however, the application to real cases was lacking. For my postgraduate degree I wanted to learn how theories can be applied in the real world. Units in Economics and Finance provide me with theoretical understanding of financial and economic theories and how these theories can be applied in the market. Therefore, this programme was a good match for my need.

The course is very intensive. I have four subjects per semester, with total of 8 subjects. It requires a lot of independent studying. However, by correctly managing my schedule I always try to make time to socialise and meet my friends. Bristol has a multicultural society, I met many people from different nationalities and learnt from their culture and tradition.

The University has provided various supports such as the Accommodation office that gives advice and information on private renting, IT services department where I attended lectures on Microsoft excel and web design and Career centre where you can get career related advice on regular basis. Also, the university has a lot of different societies and clubs. I joined the investment club because I am interested in investment management and it is a great opportunity to meet other students who have similar interests and people from the industry. Clubs hold regular meetings and lectures with guests from industry experts.

My advice to international students is to be sociable and make friends with students from different nationalities which not only will expand your knowledge about new cultures and traditions, but also you will have companion for your who you can work with and who will have different perspective than you.

All in all, my experience at Bristol has been very enjoyable so far and I recommend Bristol University to students who wish to get excellent education and have great time in this beautiful city.

(Student Profile)

Carmen Dgedge

5267.jpg I decided to apply to the UK for my postgraduate degree. I did my research and found that the University of Bristol is one of the top 10 universities in the UK for Economics. It was very easy to apply and the staff was always there to help me when I needed it. I arrived earlier to do the pre-sessional course in English. I learned how to write and speak academically and it was very useful.

The MSc course is very tough. You need to have a good mathematical background and be committed to the course, revise the lectures, read articles, etc. I spend most of my time in the library or in group discussions with my classmates. It’s nice because I can meet people from other cultures and environments.

Bristol is a lovely and warm city. You can find many international and local students. I have lots of friends and when we are not in the library studying, we are out discovering the city day or night. I live in the city centre, so I don’t need to take the bus. I always walk and it is very pleasant. Last year I went to the balloon festival and it was amazing, I love it! I really love Bristol; it is a small and safe city and when I finish my course, I will miss every little thing.

The staff demand very hard work from students and we need to study by ourselves, but if we have any issues, they are there to help. I am sure that I will easily find a good job when I finish. In Mozambique if you have a Master degree from a good University it is easy to find a job. And Bristol University helps students to improve their weaknesses.

I love to go to gym and to church on Sunday morning. My friends and I like to get together in the kitchen in our accommodation and sometimes in some pubs. The UK is famous for its pubs and it is very good to relax, dance and meet friends. I like to travel during the weekends to some small and near cities!

For me, Bristol is the best place for an international student to study because of the reputation of the University, the helpful staff and the environment. I will miss this lovely city and University when I leave!


Entry Requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in economics, finance, mathematics or similar discipline.

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