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Economics and Finance - MSc

Course Description

About the course:
-Learn the empirical and practical applications of economics and finance as well as core theory
-Boost your employability within a wide variety of industries by developing strong analytical and problem solving skills
-Engage with our diverse academic faculty and industry practitioners
-Benefit from the combined expertise of both the ICMA Centre and the Department of Economics
-Utilise the ICMA Centre’s finance-oriented in-house careers development programme


MSc Economics and Finance is designed to prepare graduates to work as economists in the investment banking industry and other international or government organisations or in research related roles. It is delivered jointly by the ICMA Centre and the Department of Economics. Students admitted to the programme will therefore benefit from rigorous training in both economics and finance and benefit from range of specialist modules offered by both departments.

The programme is structured with a strong emphasis on the combination of theory and practice. It gives students both breadth and depth of understanding of economics and finance in a systematic way, combining theoretical, methodological and practical issues. Participants learn how to apply and use models but also the theoretical foundations behind the models. They also study micro and macroeconomics and acquire solid understanding of corporate finance and financial economics, which will equip them with strong practical and analytical skills for financial services, investment analysis and research.


The MSc Economics and Finance will provide you with subject-specific skills enabling you to apply economic principles and models, whilst also understanding the larger driving forces shaping social policy as well as financial markets and skills in statistical analysis.

The programme will help you develop specialized analytical skills, enabling you to successfully enter multiple industries as a professional economist, or in a number of professional roles with an eye for economics. Graduates are well placed to work as economists in the investment banking industry and other international or government organisations or in research related roles.

This course will boost your employability in several other areas due to the strong demand for highly numerate graduates and the widely transferable analytical and problem solving skills developed by students who have both an economics and finance background. The programme will also enable you to embark upon further education and particularly a research degree (PhD) in the areas of Economics and Finance.

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

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Graduates that have taken Economics modules as part of their degree would be preferred although degrees from any discipline will be considered. Applicants must also demonstrate a satisfactory level of numeracy and have basic knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics. We may ask you to submit a GMAT score if we think it appropriate in your individual case.

Last Updated

13 January 2017

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