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Financial Economics (MSc)

Course Description

If you're looking to build a career as an economist - a role which brings plentiful job opportunities in both the public and private sector - our course will equip you with the tools you need to succeed. Companies across all industries are recognising the crucial role economists can play in their business.

This course is an opportunity to develop analytical skills alongside economic and financial theories, which will enable you to play a leading role in planning, problem solving and taking a company forward.

What sets this course apart from other financial qualifications is our focus on how finance links with the wider economy. You will build an understanding of the latest economic theories in order to analyse the way in which firms take financial decisions and how these affect performance.

This is a course committed to combining finance and economics with a global outlook - and among your areas of study will be the topical issues in bank regulation, advanced macroeconomics and microeconomics, and statistical testing of economic theories.

Whether you're already working in the field and looking to progress, or are a recent graduate keen to get started in economics, our course will help you move forward.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/financialeconomics_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


All businesses have a financial outlook and the transferable skills you learn on our course are highly sought after by firms around the world.

If you are looking to build a career as an economist – a role which brings plentiful job opportunities in both the public and private sectors – our course will equip you with the tools you need to succeed. From consultancy, investment banks, insurance companies, international banks, retail giants, the United Nations, International Monetary Fund (IMF) or government bodies like the Ministry of Finance or Office for National Statistics (ONS) – you’ll find there is a huge demand for economists.

- Economist
- Asset Manager
- Financial Engineer
- Financial Consultant

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will study at our landmark Rose Bowl building - purpose-built for own Leeds Business School and a business hub within the city. Leeds is the UK's biggest centre for financial services outside of London and you will benefit from our great business links in the region. You will meet and hear from industry experts who work at the leading financial organisations in and around Leeds - a great chance to build your own contacts - while also learning from highly-experienced tutors in the field.

At Leeds Business School we're dedicated to supporting your professional development - that's why we also offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan. To see our full programme and to register for a lecture click here (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/guestspeakers).

Core Modules

Advanced Macroeconomics
Advanced MacroeconomicsCover the core principles of macroeconomic theory, with an emphasis on relevance for economic policy. Enhance your capacity to structure an argument and to make points accurately and consistently.

Advanced Microeconomics
Gain a firm grounding in advanced modern core principles of microeconomic analysis through rigorous analyses of advanced topics in microeconomics.

Applied Econometrics: Time series
Improve your understanding of econometric principles and modern methods, and learn to apply these techniques in the statistical testing of economic theories and models, and forecasting of economic and financial variables.

Bank Regulation & the Resolution of Banking Crises
Learn to apply relevant skills and professional judgement in assessing strategic position, determining strategic choice, and implementing action through business process and structural change.

Financial Economics
Gain a comprehensive economic analysis of the operation, efficiency and dependencies between financial markets and their associated institutions. You will also assess the impact upon the world economy of any failure of the financial sector.

You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

"We are proud of the success of our national and international graduates."
- Professor Christopher Prince
Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Financial Economics (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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