Don't miss our weekly Masters newsletter | Sign up now Don't miss our weekly Masters newsletter | Sign up now

  MSc Financial and Business Economics


University of Essex    Department of Economics

Full time & Part time October MSc 1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time
Business & Management (5) Economics (10) Finance (14)

FindAMasters summary

Embark on a transformative academic journey with the MSc Financial and Business Economics programme at Essex. Delve into the core economic principles underpinning the realms of finance and business, equipping yourself with a profound understanding of their practical applications. Explore diverse topics including corporate finance, asset pricing, and debt-equity dynamics, guided by our esteemed research stars in economics. Benefit from our exceptional research power, particularly in game theory, econometrics, and labour economics. Stand out in the competitive landscape of business and finance with a dual award opportunity, enabling you to earn two Masters degrees in just two years. Our programme nurtures essential skills like statistical analysis and analytical reasoning, preparing you for a successful career as a business analyst, economist, or financial consultant. Join us with a 2.2 degree in economics, maths, engineering, or related fields, and unlock a world of possibilities in the dynamic spheres of finance and business.

About the course

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 4th in UK for research power in economics and econometrics (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021). Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of:

Read more about this course

Entry Requirements

A degree with an overall 2.2 in a discipline related to economics such as: Economics, Maths, Engineering, Finance, Physics or any other degree with a strong maths component.

The Degree should contain some economics components including Macroeconomics; Microeconomics or Econometrics.

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.



 Course Content

Visit institution website

Where will I study?

Where is University of Essex

Student Profiles

Mariña Fernández Salgado

“I am particularly concerned with social and economic inequality and I wanted to study economics so that I could improve my understanding of such issues and hopefully, to some extent, contribute to a better world.

I chose to do my MSc and then my PhD within the Department of Economics at the University of Essex as it is one of the top rated departments in economics and was recently ranked third in the UK. Furthermore, it is a strong department in applied labour economics and game theory, my areas of interest.

I highly value the academic environment of the Department. The benefit of a relatively small department is the high interaction among the members of stuff and the students. I also appreciate the multiculturalism of the University. It gives you the opportunity to mix with students who are coming from all over the world and have first-hand information on past and current international conflicts and issues.

I have not decided yet what to do when I finish my studies, as it depends on my thesis and its impact. I think that I would like to either continue in academia or work for an international organisation.”

Domenico Tabasso

“After my BA I worked as a research assistant at an Italian university. During that period I realised that I wanted to start a proper career in research, so applying for a PhD was therefore a natural choice. I decided to study at Essex because the Department of Economics is internationally famous for the quality of its researchers and particularly well known in my field of specialisation, labour economics.

I particularly liked the atmosphere in the Department. Staff were always willing to discuss research issues in a constructive and very informal way, so it was a very stimulating and enriching environment. I also appreciated the fact that Essex’s Department of Economics is very well connected with other universities in the UK and internationally. This means some of the best economists in the world come to Essex for seminars, conferences and workshops. For a PhD student, feeling part of such a vibrant community was an extremely motivational and rewarding factor.

One of my fondest memories of Essex is the spring and summer time, when the good weather made it easy to meet up with friends and colleagues on campus. I made some really good friends – and met my future wife – at the University.

After graduating, I started my career as an academic researcher and now work as research fellow at the University of Melbourne, in Australia. Having my PhD from Essex has been crucial for entering the academic job market. The Department’s staff were extremely helpful during the period in which I was looking for a job and their contributions were very important for successfully completing my studies and starting my new career."

Search Suggestions

Based on your current searches we recommend the following search filters