Careers in business and finance often require an economic approach. Our MSc Financial and Business Economics allows you to study the economic principles that are at the heart of finance and business, and to develop an awareness of their applications.
You investigate topics including: -Topics in corporate finance -How to raise funds to maintain the activity of a firm -Asset pricing algebra -Defining debt and equity -Modigliani-Miller irrelevance theorems
We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of: -Game theory and strategic interactions -Theoretical and applied econometrics -Labour economics
The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies.
Our University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.
This means that our course can form part of a prestigious 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £21,575.
Our expert staff
Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists of our time.
Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs, with students coming from across the globe to study, research or work with us.
Many of our researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future.
Take advantage of our wide range of learning resources to assist you in your studies: -Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university -Access a variety of economics databases and multiple copies of textbooks and e-books in the Albert Sloman Library
After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree – many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study.
Alternatively, our course also prepares you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level.
On our course you will develop key employability skills including statistical analysis, mathematical techniques, research, analytical reasoning and modelling.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a range of high-profile organisations: -PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) -Ernst and Young -EXL Service
More generally, our graduates find employment in roles such as business and financial analysts, management consultants, government officials, and economists for banks and other financial organisations.
We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
-Dissertation -Econometric Methods -Economics of Financial Markets -Mathematical Methods -Theory of Industrial Organisation -Topics in Financial Economics -Monetary Economics (optional) -Economic Development Theory (optional)