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Finance and Economics (MSc)


Course Description

The MSc in Finance and Economics is a 12 month taught programme. This course is to prepare students for jobs at a senior level in a wide variety of areas: economics, finance, commerce, insurance, academia, diplomatic service and banking.
The course incorporates traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer lab work as well as a 15,000 word dissertation. The first two semesters are taught modules with the third semester focusing on your dissertation. In the first semester there are two compulsory modules; “Econometrics Methods and application: advanced level training in econometric methods” and “Investment analysis: investment value analysis, risk and return”. Alongside these courses one of the following must also be taken; “Macroeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern macroeconomics” or “Microeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern microeconomics”.
In the second semester, students are only required to take one compulsory module, “Corporate Finance: the relationship between corporate liabilities and corporate actions” and a choice of two different modules ranging from “Monetary Policy: key issues in monetary policy” to “Risk Management: classical techniques in risk and insurance”.
Your third semester focuses on your 15,000 word dissertation based on a subject within finance and economics that you are interested in, chosen either from a list of topics or developed with your supervisor who will support you through the process. The supervisors you will be working with have helped to make the School tenth in the UK and second in Scotland in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework. So you will be learning from and working alongside academics who are creating world-leading research.
Any student who is awarded the MSc with distinction is automatically offered a place in our PhD programme will develop a bespoke study plan in consultation with an expert member of staff.

Visit the Finance and Economics (MSc) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A strong 2:1 degree classification from a recognised UK university in Economics, 2:1 in Finance with a significant Economics component or 2:1 Joint Honours in Economics and another subject that includes substantial training in micro, macro and econometrics.

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