MSc in Economics and Finance


Aim of the programme

The aim of this programme is to take students with a prior knowledge of economics and give them a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied finance. The programme provides the essential postgraduate skills to those wishing to follow careers in areas associated with finance and economics, as well as those wishing to pursue further research.


Admissions Requirements

Either (i) an upper second class degree, primarily in Economics, from a UK university, or (ii) the equivalent from a non-UK university.

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Programme Structure

There is further information on individual modules in the module list section.

Compulsory core components:

  1. Advanced Microeconomics
  2. Advanced Macroeconomics or International Macroeconomics
  3. Theory of Finance
  4. Financial Markets
  5. Econometrics 1 & 2 or Econometric Methods for Research or Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics 

In addition, you can choose 20 credits of options from:

Category 1 modules:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Investment and Portfolio Management
  • Project
  • Topics in Financial Econometrics

Category 2 modules:

  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Continuous-time Finance
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions
  • Development and Finance
  • Emerging Market Macroeconomics
  • Financial Engineering
  • Financial Market Microstructure
  • Industrial Economics
  • Project Appraisal
  • Public Finance
  • Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications
  • Time Series

NOTES: Timetabling should permit any choice of category “1" options although it might rule out some combinations from category “2" options. 

Students may be allowed to take one optional unit in environmental economics offered by the Environment Department. Students wishing to do so must first ask their MS. Director and the Environment Department's MSc Director for permission, which is not automatic.

  • Applied Environmental Economics

Student's view

Wei Gu, student

Wei Gu
MSc in Economics and Finance 

The department has an excellent reputation in both research and teaching. All staff in the department are dedicated and many are internationally famous specialists in a range of economic topics. My course provides essential skills for postgraduate study, and enables me to have a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied economics and finance.

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