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MSc Economics and Finance

Gain a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied finance and economics

2017/18 entry

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2017 (term dates)

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Globalisation means an ever-increasing demand for specialists in economics and finance.

This intellectually demanding course will provide you with the essential skills you need to follow professional careers in these areas or to pursue further research.

Aimed at students with a prior knowledge of economics, our MSc in Economics and Finance will give you a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied finance and economics. You'll join one of the largest and most successful economics departments in the country and be taught by highly qualified staff.

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Five-star learning

York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.

Course content

On the Economics and Finance masters degree you'll follow five compulsory core components, in areas such as advanced macroeconomics and econometrics, theory of finance and econometrics. You’ll be able to supplement this with a wide choice of optional modules.

Taught by leading experts, you will complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.

Modules

For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five compulsory core modules which amount to 80 of your 100 required credits:

  1. Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)
  2. Advanced Macroeconomics or International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  3. Theory of Finance (20 credits)
  4. Financial Markets (10 credits)
  5. Econometrics 1 (10 credits) and Econometrics 2 (10 credits) or
    Econometric Methods for Research (20 credits) or 
    Econometrics 1 (10 credits) and Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)

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

  • Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (10 credits)
  • Continuous-time Finance and Derivative Assets (10 credits)
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
  • Development and Finance (10 credits)
  • Emerging Market Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  • Experimental Economics (10 credits)
  • Financial Engineering (10 credits)
  • Financial Market Microstructure (10 credits)
  • Financial Risk Management (10 credits)
  • Fixed Income Securities (10 credits)
  • Investment and Portfolio Management (10 credits)
  • Labour Economics (10 credits)
  • Project (10 credits)
  • Public Finance (10 credits)
  • Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications (10 credits)
  • Time Series (10 credits)
  • Topics in Financial Econometrics (10 credits)

A full list and descriptions of modules are available.

* Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

The MSc programme at York offers the kind of modules that fit my career and research interests, and allow me to enrich my understanding of financial markets, emerging markets, social policy and economic models. The programme provides solid foundations for a future career in financial services or for a future research degree in economics or finance.
Lutonadio, MSc in Economics and Finance

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2017/18

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£8,120£19,550

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

This Masters combines a variety of different teaching methods, including:

  • Formal lectures
  • Seminars
  • Problem-solving classes
  • Practical computer-based sessions.

A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and monitor progress. The department also has a vibrant research community. You’ll be able to attend the seminars and research workshops in which staff and invited speakers discuss their research.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Alcuin College and elsewhere on Campus West.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Formal types of assessment in this course include:

  • Dissertation
  • Exams
  • Group project
  • Seminar presentation
  • Essays

As you study modules you’ll take part in assessments that do not contribute to your final mark, instead giving useful feedback on your progress and understanding.

Studying an MSc in Economics and Finance at the University of York was one of my greatest experiences. The lectures and seminars were very well organised and also our lecturers delivered intellectual and insightful material. The University of York has a great reputation in the UK and also internationally, thus employers highly value its students.
Clinton, Economist, Central Bank of Malta (graduated 2013)

Careers and skills

The Economics and Finance masters degree will act as a springboard into a career in an area related to economics and finance. It is also an ideal preparation for a PhD. Around 80 per cent of MSc graduates from the department go on to economics related careers.

Career opportunities

You'll gain the skills that will allow you to work in a variety of organisations. Recent graduate job positions include:

  • Economist (including with HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs)
  • University researcher
  • Financial analyst
  • Consultant.

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • Independent working
  • Time management and people skills
  • Communicating research
  • Performing statistical analysis
  • Analytical and technical research skills.

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
Degree

You should have at least a 2:1 degree from a UK university, primarily in Economics.

If your first degree was awarded by an institution outside the UK, see our country-specific information.

If you do not have a strong background in economics, but have other relevant qualifications or experience, you can take a Summer Session course in Economics and Quantitative Methods.

English language

If your native language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic: 61 overall with a minimum of 55 in each component.

We also accept other English tests. Visit postgraduate English language requirements for further information.

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You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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