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MSc Finance and Business Economics


Course Description

This course is ideal for students looking for a finance degree with a focus on economics in a business context.

You will receive expert advanced training in both finance and related areas of business economics.
This course is evenly balanced with modules examining the links between international macroeconomics and global capital markets.

A major piece of empirical research, in finance or business economics, completes your studies and allows you to research an area of interest in detail. You’ll graduate from the course equally equipped to pursue careers in financial services, banking or industry, or an academic career via a PhD.

Course structure
(All taught course units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
• Data Analysis for Business Economics
• Essentials of Finance
• International Macroeconomics and Global Capital Markets

One elective unit from:
• Derivative Securities
• Foundations of Finance Theory
• Portfolio Investment

Semester 2
• Corporate Finance
• Financial Econometrics
• The Analysis of Business Structures

One elective unit from:
• Advanced Empirical Finance
• Financial Statement Analysis
• International Finance
• International Trade:
• Theory, Policy and Practice
• Mergers and Acquisitions: Economic and Financial Aspects
• Real Options in Corporate Finance

Summer research period
Research dissertation [60 credits]

The dissertation is an integral part of the course. It gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course. It normally consists of a piece of empirical work in finance or business economics.

Examples of recent dissertation projects include:
• The role of institutional investors in corporate governance
• Corporate governance in the UK
• Corporate payout policy
• The information content of equity analyst reports of Chinese firms
• Forecasting international real estate returns
• Abnormal returns over the merger cycle
• Security offerings

Visit the MSc Finance and Business Economics page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1, a degree in economics, finance or business studies, with excellent results in finance and economics subjects. TOEFL/IELTS may be required for non-UK students. There is a non-refundable application fee of £60. Apply now! You can submit your application before you graduate.

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