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MSc Business Economics & Finance

Course Description

The MSc Business Economics and Finance degree has been developed based on collaboration with practitioners who advised on the skills that are most valued in employment. This programme will provide you with further knowledge of economics and finance subjects and develop your familiarity with key theories that aid in understanding real world issues. In addition it will equip you with a wide of range of practical and transferable skills that are highly demanded by employers.

The course is delivered by academics who are at the forefront of their research area, regularly interacting with policymakers and businesses to advise them on key decision making matters. It is an appropriate next step for those with some foundational knowledge of economics.

Key benefits
Study a degree ranked top 15 in the UK in Economics by the Guardian University League Table 2016
Focus on the application of knowledge to a real world context
Learn from leading academics interacting regularly with policymakers and businesses

Core Modules:
Advanced Quantitative Methods
Economics of Governance and Organisations
International Finance
Valuation of Investment
Quantitative Methods for Finance
professional Development Programme

Optional Modules, choose two modules from the following list, subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some modules and combinations:
Entrepreneurial Strategies
Entrepreneurial & Innovation in Emerging Economies
International Business
International Entrepreneurship
Strategic Management
The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment
Taught modules will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. You will also be required to conduct relevant and up-to-date research involving a literature review, assimilating and analysing data and developing critical recommendations based on their findings.

You will be taught by academics who have a world-leading profile in terms of their research and teaching. Some colleagues have received national awards for their excellence in teaching and their research is recognised through publications in world leading journals. Our colleagues also interact regularly with businesses and policymakers and understand the commercial applications of what they teach.

Course director:
Dr Rakesh Bissoondeeal
Rakesh is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. He was previously a Research Fellow at Glasgow University and a Visiting Lecturer at Nottingham University. His research combines themes from the fields of Economics and Finance. He has also worked closely with Kimal Plc on a government funded project.

Career opportunities
This programme will prepare you for a career in the financial sector, for example, as an Economic or Financial analyst. Aston graduates with similar expertise have been employed by organisations such as HSBC, BMW, HM Treasury, Goldman Sachs, Ernst and Young and Price Waterhouse Cooper in various locations around Europe and throughout the World.

Visit the MSc Business Economics & Finance page on the Aston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

One of the following: a good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class), equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University (with some foundational knowledge of Economics). As well as: two professional references, at least one must be from an academic referee, an official academic transcript of your university grades to date, a completed application form. For International Students: an official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants.

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