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Course content

Why take this course?

This course will help you deepen your knowledge of economics and finance, and develop your understanding of the financial services sector.

It combines theoretical and applied aspects of economics, finance and banking alongside an understanding of business decisions and strategy. You’ll interpret trends, identify market risks and assess public policy arguments as well as develop your financial forecasting techniques.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade. On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

The University is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

The government sector
Commercial banks
Insurance companies
Regulatory bodies

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering economic theories and principles and how they can explain the existence, nature and operation of retail, wholesale and international banking. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll engage in economic research on a topic of your choice.

Here are the units you will study:

Contracts, Markets and Regulation:

You will learn about contemporary economic theories which assist with identifying issues, problems and solutions, and how these are applied to decision-making. Topics include the objectives of the firm, creating and sustaining competitive advantage, consumer behaviour and strategic choices, advertising and innovation, principal-agent theory, property rights and the boundaries of the firm, regulation, social welfare and public policy.

Financial Econometrics:

You will gain a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. The teaching philosophy is to take an applied approach, in order to provide you with a strong, intuitive understanding of the most important statistical techniques and how to apply them successfully to a wide variety of practical situations in finance. To do this, you will use the main statistical packages, such as Eviews and SPSS.

Finance and Financial Markets:

In the first part of this unit you will study corporate finance and financial decision-making. You will learn about the ideas and techniques used by corporations to make decisions on investment, financing, dividend policy and capital structure. In the second part you will study finance from the financial markets’ perspective, covering stock and bond pricing models, portfolio investment and risk management using derivatives, such as futures, forwards, options and swaps.

International Banking:

In this unit you will study commercial and investment banking at national, international and global levels. Topics covered include money and the banking system, banking structures and regulations, risk management in banking, scale and scope economies and the measurement of competition in banking, determinants of bank crashes and failures, global banking and regulation, global financial markets and instruments and derivatives-related financial crises.

Research Methods and Dissertation:

You will need to complete a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice.

Programme Assessment

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, in-class exercises and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and aim to integrate new teaching technologies into our economics classrooms.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and banking sectors. Opportunities include business professionals and commercial, industrial and public sector managers, as well as many other positions with responsibility for decision making. We liaise closely with employers and professional bodies to ensure that all our courses are relevant to their business and recruitment needs. Our overall aim is to help you find a fulfilling and financially rewarding job once you graduate.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Financial analyst
Account manager
Trader in financial assets
Purchasing and acquisitions officer

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





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