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Economics, Finance and Management MSc

Course Description

This programme aims to take graduate students with only a limited knowledge of economics, management and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field.

You will read and assess the current literature in the main fields of economics, management and finance and form independent, informed judgements about it. You will then plan and embark on a programme of independent research (under appropriate supervision), undertaking a thorough literature review in a prescribed topic area or analysing economic, management or financial data and relating the results to theory.

The School of Economics, Finance and Management aims to provide excellence in teaching and learning within a stimulating research environment.

Programme structure

Core units
-Economics for Finance and Management
-Finance and Accounting
-Quantitative Methods for Economics, Finance and Management

Optional units - You will choose one option from each of the key subject areas of economics, finance and management and a fourth option from the entire range on offer. Optional units can vary from time to time but may include:

Economics options:
-Growth, Trade and Structural Change
-Industrial and Managerial Economics
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
-Introduction to Development Economics
-Law and Economics
-Personnel Economics

Finance and accounting options:
-Corporate Finance
-Financial Markets and Investment
-International Finance
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting

Management options:
-Electronic Commerce
-International Business
-Marketing Management
-Operations Management
-Project Management
-Strategic Management

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. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you choose your specific topic from one of these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you will be expected to acquire and use literature search skills for a range of electronic and traditional sources.


Some past students have gone on to more specialised studies, while others have progressed to employment, with the banking and accounting/consulting sectors being particular favourites.

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

(Student Profile)

Nam Anh Nguyen

5268.jpg I’m Nguyen Nam Anh from Vietnam. After graduating from Foreign Trade University in my country with a bachelor degree in Economics, I chose to study master in the United Kingdom as a next step in my occupation plan. According to the information on the Internet, University of Bristol made a strong impression on me at the first glance with its outstanding faculty and research facilities, especially a collaborate learning environment. Therefore, I unhesitatingly decided to become a part of this dynamic culture. After a half of term studying here, I realize that this is the best decision I have ever made.

At first, I was really impressed by the UK learning style, which encourages me study by myself. It totally differs from that of my own country. Here, I must spend most of time at the library and read a lot of textbooks under the guide of lecturers. That helped me understand deeply what I was taught rather than study for getting a high score in the final exam. Moreover, I also surprised about the close network among students, teachers and staff in our university which is via the official website, internal email and blackboard. It works great and very helpful for students, especially blackboard with the availability of all lecture slides, recording, and also previous exam papers.

Although in the beginning, I felt extremely nervous with the different learning style and also my English capability, it’s now no longer an issue to me thanks to the enthusiastic and friendly tutors and lecturers who helped me overcome all troubles. In Bristol University, every student will have their own personal tutor who is always available and willing to listen and share any problems with them, not only in study but also in life. Personally, I found it’s really helpful especially for international students who might face a lot of difficulties in their new life in a new country, just like me.

To sum up, I strongly think that I’ve been on right track and never regret with my decision to study in University of Bristol. The university has given me the necessary academic and theoretical background as well as precious experiences in life that, I believe, will put me in a very strong position to further my career upon graduation.


Entry Requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) that demonstrates mathematical ability.

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