The MSc Finance and Economics draws on the School's strengths in economics, finance and econometrics to impart a rigorous and deep understanding of financial markets, grounded in financial economics and econometric methods.
It is an interdisciplinary degree taught jointly by the Department of Finance and the Department of Economics, allowing you the opportunity to study in two of the most highly rated departments in their subject areas in the world. The programme draws on the School's strengths in economics, finance and econometrics to impart a rigorous and deep understanding of financial markets, grounded in financial economics and econometric methods.
What makes this programme unique is that you are taught not only how to apply and use various well-known models, but also to understand the technical foundations underpinning these models, enabling with the highly marketable ability to alter, amend, empirically test and adapt the models to new market environments. The programme offers exceptional graduates from quantitative disciplines the opportunity to develop their understanding of financial economics, financial econometrics, microeconomics and macroeconomics to a very high level, and to further specialise in two areas of finance. The tools, techniques and deep understanding that you take from the courses are directly applicable to a wide range of real-world financial and other situations.
The research and teaching which informs the intellectual core of the programme enables you to examine financial markets through in-depth analysis based on financial and economic theory and statistical methods. You will learn about investments, asset pricing, derivatives and financial engineering through the coherent lens of financial economics. Through an extensive range of optional courses, students can gain exposure to corporate and international finance, portfolio and risk management, as well as specialised modelling skills including programming in MATLAB.
The MSc Finance and Economics is an ideal preparation for a variety of careers in the global financial services sector, with the emphasis on financial economics being particularly attractive to investment banks, the financial services sector more generally and consulting firms. The programme also provides a rigorous training and preparation for doctoral research in the area.