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Financial Economics (MSc)

Course Description

In a steadily globalising world, the demand for specialists in finance and economics continues to grow. This demand exists across a host of institutions, ranging from policy-making authorities such as central banks and international organisations to commercial banks and brokerages.

The Financial Economics MSc course at City is designed to meet increasing demand by combining solid training in economic theory with practical exposure to the field of finance through a variety of specialised options. It is especially distinctive in the three-way link it establishes between economic theory, quantitative finance and financial regulation.

See the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/financial-economics

Course Content

The range of electives you can study on the Financial Economics MSc course, as well as the coverage of topics within each of the core areas, reflects the relationship between economic theory, quantitative finance and financial regulation. Both the course design and its delivery draw upon the department's expertise in the areas of economic theory, econometrics, financial theory, financial mathematics, corporate finance and regulatory economics.

One of the most exciting aspects of the course is the unique opportunity to combine exposure to regulatory and policy aspects of finance with a thorough training in theory and quantitative methods.

This MSc course has been designed following extensive consultation with alumni currently employed in a variety of finance sector occupations. It addresses both the theoretical knowledge and the analytical skills required for careers in a broad range of financial and finance-related institutions, not just in the private sector but also in central banks, financial regulatory authorities and finance ministries.

The MSc also provides a solid academic foundation if you wish to pursue doctoral research in financial economics, and guidance is readily available if you are considering further study.

Course Structure

The teaching takes place over 2 terms from September to June. Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions finish the programme at the end of September when they submit their dissertation or literature review. Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August resit exam session submit their dissertation or literature review in December.

Note: for part-time students, the modules are taught on weekdays during the daytime, alongside the students who are studying on the full-time Master’s programme. Please contact us for further details.

We are introducing a revised programme structure for students who join from September 2016.

Students take 1 of the following 2 paths:

Dissertation path: 120 credits from taught modules and 60 credits from a dissertation
Literature survey path: 150 credits from taught modules and 30 credits from a literature survey

‌Read the current programme specification - http://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/274602/PSFINE-MSc-Financial-Economics.pdf

Teaching and Assessment

The Financial Economics MSc course is delivered through a flexible combination of lectures, seminars and computer lab sessions. Lectures introduce you to the key theories, concepts and economic models. In seminars you have the opportunity to solve applied problems, analyse case studies and make presentations of research published in leading academic journals.

The computer labs provide you with practical experience of using computer software to perform calculations and conduct realistic simulations. In addition, econometric methods are taught in lab sessions, so you have the opportunity to apply econometric software to empirical research and financial market estimations.

When appropriate, "practitioner slots" - such as research seminars conducted by external financial experts, presentations by invited academics etc. - will be incorporated into module delivery.

We also offer pre-sessional induction courses on economic analysis for students who need to build up their background in the fundamental aspects of financial economics.

- Assessment
Each taught module is assessed through a combination of coursework and one final examination. For most modules the coursework contributes 30% of the overall mark and the examination contributes 70%. The nature of the coursework which the lecturer assigns varies according to the module, for example essays, presentations or computer-based data analysis and calculations.

Overall assessment is based on your performance in the taught modules and a dissertation or literature survey. Students require 180 credits to pass the MSc. The weighting of each module within the overall mark is determined by the credit value assigned to that module.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance - http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support


‌ •Bursaries may be available to self/funding UK/EU students who have excelled at undergraduate level. For more information please contact the course administrator, Madina Howard ()
‌• Every year the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation offers one or two studentships, worth roughly £10,000 each, to students who have been accepted to do a Masters degree in Economics or Finance at a top UK university. The Foundation tends to favour applicants who have an interest in going into journalism, though this should not preclude others from applying. For further information, please see the Marjorie Deane website at http://www.marjoriedeane.com
‌• Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates - http://www.city.ac.uk/alumni/recent-graduates/graduate-loyalty-discount

Career Prospects

The Financial Economics postgraduate course has been designed following extensive consultation with alumni currently employed in a variety of finance sector occupations. Our students come from all over the world and typically have a background in economics, finance or mathematical subjects.

Our recent graduates have found positions in:

‌•Financial institutions
‌•Governmental agencies
‌•American Express
‌•Central Bank of China
‌•Financial Service Authority
‌•Ecobank Group
‌•Montpelier Asset Management

The skills and knowledge you develop throughout the Financial Economics postgraduate programme will allow you to pursue a career in a variety of roles within economics and finance. City’s Careers, Student Development and Outreach service can help you with working towards your career goals.

City boasts a global alumni network of thousands and you will also be able to attend career events during your Masters year.

Visit the Financial Economics (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and one of the following: a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in economics or a related discipline (e.g. finance); a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in engineering, applied mathematics, mathematics, theoretical computer science, statistics, physics or any other quantitative natural science

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