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MSc Money and Banking

Course Description

Why are banking and finance so important for our economy? How do banks work? How do their activities affect business cycle fluctuations or even economic crises? And how can economic policy, particularly monetary policy, steer the banking sector and the overall economy towards desirable outcomes? Our MSc Money and Banking provides fascinating insights into these questions.

The course is structured around two key modules: Banking and Monetary Economics. Banking introduces you to the basic principles of financial intermediation and money creation, looking at both commercial and investment banks. It will offer a conceptual perspective at the services provided by these institutions and the way they interact with the wider economy. Monetary Economics focuses on theoretical and empirical questions regarding the monetary transmission mechanism, the implementation of monetary policy and its interaction with financial markets.

These two key modules are complemented by a range of further modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. The curriculum will therefore not only provide specialised training in money and banking but also equip you with state-of-the-art tools and methods in economics and finance.

If you wish to pursue a career in the financial industry, central banks, civil service or academia, MSc Money and Banking is for you. Our course will help you develop a profile that is in high demand in these sectors. You will graduate with key transferable employability skills preparing you for a successful career in this exciting and fast-changing environment.

Why study MSc Money and Banking at Essex?

Our Department of Economics maintains a world-class reputation for our outstanding quality research and teaching. We were ranked joint third in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), reflecting our well-established reputation for excellence. Many of our staff, who are world renowned experts in their fields, have been elected to leadership roles in learned societies and have been editors of leading economics journals.

Essex economists are engaged in a variety of research networks and collaborate with economists at other universities in the UK and overseas. Much of our research is related to policy and we often provide advice to government and non-government organisations. The top quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high profile academic journals like American Economic Review, Econometrica and Review of Economic Studies.

Successful applicants to our new Masters courses are eligible for £1,000 scholarships, awarded based on merit, find out more: http://www.essex.ac.uk/economics/study/scholarships/masters-scholarships.aspx.

Visit the MSc Money and Banking page on the University of Essex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Our applicants should have an Upper Second Class Honours degree in economics or a related discipline. (If your first degree is not in economics, or your economics training does not provide sufficient technical expertise for direct entry to an MSc, then we have a full-time Diploma). If English is not your first language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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