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MSc Economics and Finance

Course Description

The Economics and Finance MSc programme is designed to provide an education in advanced economic and finance theory and quantitative methods, while allowing you to specialise or take options in a range of subjects reflecting the School’s main areas of research expertise in finance. It prepares you for work as a professional economist in the financial and banking sectors, public sector and international organisations.

All of our MSc degrees equip you with a range of quantitative and analytical skills, and the ability to communicate complex economic concepts in a clear and concise style. Our programmes not only offer a stimulating education in economic theory but also develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills to a range of national and international problems in the areas of finance, development, agriculture and the environment.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/200/economics-and-finance

Course structure

The Economics and Finance MSc is studied over one year full-time or two years part-time and is divided into two stages: eight taught modules (six of which are compulsory) and a dissertation.

There are compulosry modules in Financial Economics: Capital Market Instruments, Financial Economics and Asset Pricing, Advanced Macroeconomics, Econometric Methods, Time Series Econometrics and Research Methods. These modules build upon students’ existing knowledge, understanding and skills.

Students develop a deeper understanding of economic and finance theory, quantitative and research methods, and policy applications. The teaching and learning of skills are carefully integrated into the structure of the modules and degree programme. The final two modules are chosen from a range of options based upon the finance research interests of our academic staff.

All of our MSc programmes require some mathematical analysis, and we recognise that students have widely differing backgrounds in mathematics. The first week of all our MSc programmes includes compulsory intensive teaching in mathematics, refreshing and improving your skills in order to equip you with the techniques you will need for the rest of the programme.

Students who successfully pass the taught element of the programme proceed to the dissertation stage where you undertake a supervised project of your choice on an Economics/Finance topic.

Advice on choice of dissertation topic and management is given during the taught stage of the programme. The dissertation stage develops students’ research skills and follows on from the Research Methods module. Student dissertations are supervised by academic staff.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

EC805 - Advanced Macroeconomics I (15 credits)
EC817 - Research Methods (15 credits)
EC820 - Time Series Econometrics (15 credits)
EC821 - Econometric Methods (15 credits)
EC822 - Financial Economics: Capital Market Instruments (15 credits)
EC824 - Financial Economics and Asset Pricing (15 credits)
EC815 - Growth and Development Theory (15 credits)
EC816 - International Finance (15 credits)
EC802 - Advanced Microeconomics of Consumers, Marketsand Welfare (15 credits)
EC803 - Trade and Development (15 credits)


Assessment is through a wide variety of methods including seminar presentations, extended essays, short projects, in-class tests, examinations, and the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide a stimulating education in the principles of economics and finance, and their application, in which high-quality teaching motivates you to achieve your full potential. The teaching is informed by the research and scholarship of our teaching staff

- build on your existing knowledge, abilities and skills and develop a deeper understanding of economic and financial theory, econometrics, financial econometrics and quantitative techniques and policy applications to specific areas

- provide options to enable you to study selected areas of economics and finance in depth

- develop your ability to apply economic and financial knowledge, analytical tools and skills in a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems

- develop your independent research skills and prepare you for work as a professional in the fields of economics and finance or related areas

- provide you with information and advice on future employment and further postgraduate study.

Research areas

Labour and education economics
Staff research includes work in the areas of wage distributions, skills and job quality, education, migration and trade.

Macroeconomics, money and finance
Staff research in this area includes: macroeconometric theory; monetary policy; financial markets and macroeconomic performance growth theory and international macroeconomics; theoretical models of business cycles, labour market search and financial sources of economic fluctuations; DSGE models; growth theory and empirics.

Microeconomic theory, games and behaviour
Research interests cover public economics especially tax policy; gambling and uncertainty; international trade and government procurement; health economics; public goods; leadership in co-ordination games; industrial organisation; theoretic modelling; economic history.

Development economics
Research interests include work on growth; trade; the balance of payments; different aspects of migration and remittances on growth; applied studies focusing on particular developing countries.

Agri-environmental economics
Research interests cover non-market valuation, food safety, information economics applied to environmental problems, design and evaluation of agri-environmental policies, biodiversity, agricultural productivity, European agricultural policy, agricultural trade policy.

Transport and regional economics
Research strengths are the regional impact of transport investments; the economic evaluation of infrastructure; regulation and alternative funding models; the economics of public-private partnerships.


Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

A postgraduate degree in the area of economics is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates have gone on to work as economists in international organisations, the financial sector, business, UK and overseas governments, and to further postgraduate training and academic careers at Kent, UK and overseas universities. Recent MSc graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as BNP Paribas, AXA, FactSet and PwC.

The School's employability officers and the University's Careers and Employability Service are available throughout the year to offer one-to-one advice and help on all aspects of employability at any stage in your postgraduate studies. We also offer online advice on employability skills, career choices, applications and interview skills.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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

(Student Profile)

Isaac Sserwanja


What attracted you to postgraduate study at Kent?

Well before I completed a BSc in Mathematics, I planned to study for an MSc in Economics, so after graduating I considered a number of different universities. Several of the members of staff at the School of Economics are producing world-class research and I wanted a department with a strong research culture in case I decided to stay on for further study. The University had been consistently voted by students as one of the best and there are excellent facilities for postgraduate students such as a new graduate college. The location was also a major factor in my decision. With only an hour and a half’s commute by train to London, I felt Kent was right for me.

What is good about your course?

The MSc in Economics and Finance strikes the right balance between the skills required for a career in the financial services industry and an understanding of the theories and principles that underpin economic systems.The current global economic environment has put the subject of economics in the spotlight, so as an Economics student I feel privileged to be learning about topics such as causes of business cycles, and how best to limit the effects of recessions.

How are you finding your course?

Having done my undergraduate studies in Mathematics, adjusting to the way things are done in Economics was initially challenging, but hard work, help and encouragement from both my lecturers and fellow students have contributed towards my satisfaction with the course. There are periods when the course does get quite demanding but I have learned to work consistently and to start assignments well before the deadline, the result being better quality of work and that I better understand economic principles.

What support do you receive as a postgraduate?

I have found subject seminar sessions and lecturer student hours invaluable, especially for clarification of lecture material, and advice on essays and other assignments. The School also provides a fully networked computing suite for MSc students where we meet to discuss group projects or to work on assignments individually. Overall, I find the staff very helpful and approachable.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

I have not fully decided what to do after graduation but my main options are either to pursue a PhD in Economics or to follow a career in financial services as a financial analyst or as an actuary.

(Student Profile)

Dan Young

Why did you choose to study economics at Kent?

Initially, I really liked the campus and had heard good things about Kent. I chose economics because I had enjoyed studying the subject and went on to have an excellent undergraduate experience here. When I finished the course, I didn't have a job lined up so thought I would do something productive and carry on with what I knew while, at the same time, improving my career prospects.

What have you particularly enjoyed?

The School of Economics has felt like a little community, and we all get on well and help each other out. There's a real international mix, too, with students from all over the world. Everyone has a different point of view, so there's always interesting discussions.

How have you found the teaching?

There is more one-to-one interaction with the lecturers and they really care and get involved, so it feels like we are all working together.

How does postgraduate study differ from undergraduate study?

It's more intense and there's a lot more work. At undergraduate level you tend to be spoon fed initially then progress to independent working. At Master's level, the lecturers will give you guidance, but it's up to you to read through things to understand the material. So it's the next step up.

What's the level of support like?

If you don't understand something, you can talk to a member of academic staff after a lecture or there are certain times during the week when they are guaranteed to be in their office. You can just go and ask them – they are very approachable and will take the time to work through a problem with you.


Scholarships for Excellence - 7 Awards

The School of Economics is offering a number of scholarships for outstanding students on MSc programmes for 2016/17.A number of Scholarships for Excellence, worth 60% of the tuition fee for one year, are available for outstanding students, either Home/EU or Overseas.

Value of Scholarship(s)

60% of the tuition fee


All our scholarships will be awarded to the best qualified students on a competitive basis. Students may be considered for more than one scholarship, but they will not be awarded more than one. The award of these scholarships is conditional on students accepting a University of Kent School of Economics offer for a place to study.

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for any of the School of Economics scholarships should complete a short application form. Early application is encouraged.The closing date for this scholarship is Monday 27 June 2016. Decisions will be made shortly after this date.

Further Information



School of Economics Alumni Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The School of Economics is offering Alumni Scholarships of £1,000 each, available for undergraduates currently studying at Kent’s School of Economics who will graduate in July and continue with an MSc starting in September 2015. These scholarships are in addition to a Kent Graduate School Scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible students must achieve a final overall mark of 65% or above. Students may be considered for more than one scholarship, but they will not be awarded more than one. The award of these scholarships is conditional on students accepting a University of Kent School of Economics offer for a place to study.

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for any of the School of Economics scholarships should complete a short application form. Early application is encouraged.The closing date for alumni scholarships is Friday 1 July 2016 at 12 noon. Decisions will be made shortly after this date.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Economics or Economics-related subjects (non-UK students refer to contact person)

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