The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).
Our Department of Economics was ranked joint third in the UK in the most recent RAE, reflecting our well established international reputation for excellence. We have an international reputation for the outstanding quality of our research and graduate training.
The financial crisis and global recession have triggered a search for new perspectives in economics training that can deal with the challenges posed by highly interconnected and globalised financial and industrial organisations. Our MSc Computational Economics, Financial Markets and Policy provides a revolutionary way to address the many issues raised in macro-economics and financial regulation.
Our MSc Computational Economics, Financial Markets and Policy provides a rigorous training in economics and finance. By using a multi-agent computational and simulation modelling approach to complement your work in statistics and econometrics, you investigate a wide array of economic phenomena that can also aid in policy design. You will be given laboratory-based instruction to build a range of agent-based models that include systemic risk analysis with financial networks and market micro-structure of stock markets.
Our course has a strong policy orientation and operational content. It will appeal to those aiming to pursue careers in regulatory institutions, financial modelling, the civil service and real-world problem solving. It will also be an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to progress into further research.