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MSc Business Economics and Finance

Course Description

This programme combines an advanced understanding of core economic principles with a focus on their application in the context of business and corporate finance.


At the University of Surrey, you will discover a School of Economics that enjoys a leading reputation for research and teaching built upon a commitment to theoretical and rigorously founded applied work.

One of the top Economics schools in the UK, we offer programmes that offer you a fundamental education in the skills necessary for using economics in your future career or in undertaking PhD research. They also allow opportunities for you to specialise in all aspects of the discipline, according to your own particular interests or career aspirations.


As with all our Economics programmes, our Business Economics and Finance MSc will give you a thorough education in the microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. This programme combines that understanding with two particular specialty areas.

Firstly, modules in the Economics of the Firm and Human Resource Economics are concerned with the importance of business issues in the study of economics and modern developments in personnel economics. The second area of specialisation focuses on the theory of finance and financial econometrics. The former will give you a thorough grounding in modern finance theory, while the latter is directed towards the principal econometric techniques that have been applied to financial data.

This programme provides you with knowledge and skills that are of immediate value in the job market, whilst also providing an excellent base from which to undertake further research.

Research skills are honed as part of the programme and you will have the opportunity to use these skills to carry out a dissertation under individual supervision by an academic within the School of Economics.

Programme structure

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules, a module in research methods and a dissertation. You will also study an initial week of Quantitative Methods Induction.

Compulsory modules:

- Microeconomics
- Macroeconomics
- Econometrics I
- Economics of the Firm
- Econometrics II
- Theory of Finance
- Financial Econometrics
- Human Resource Economics

Teaching and assessment

Modules are usually assessed by coursework and examinations. Typically, the coursework accounts for 25 per cent of the marks and the examination for 75 per cent. Coursework may take various forms, including essays, class tests, exercises and presentations. The Research Methods component is part of the Dissertation module and is assessed by coursework. This includes a presentation and a research proposal for your chosen area of study for the dissertation.

Candidates are required to gain at least 120 credits from taught modules. They will then be allowed to proceed to the dissertation which contributes 60 credits to the overall MSc. Upon satisfactory completion of the dissertation, the candidate will have achieved the required minimum of 180 credits for the award of the MSc. The minimum number of credits for a Postgraduate Certificate is 60. The minimum number of credits for a Postgraduate Diploma is 120.


All MSc programmes and research degrees enjoy ‘1+3’, ‘3’ and CASE ESRC (http://www.esrc.ac.uk/) recognition (full-time and part-time).


Our Admissions Policy (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/policies/postgraduate-admissions-policy) provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

Further information for applicants - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/applicants

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

Student Profiles

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a minimum of a Bachelors degree (a good UK 2.2) in economics or an equivalent qualification. Applicants without a Bachelors degree in economics should normally hold a 2:1 or equivalent qualification.Each applicant is assessed on their own merit. Applicants who have a joint degree in economics and a related discipline, or who have had a wide involvement in the field of their desired specialisation will be considered, as may graduates in engineering, mathematics and science.

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