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MSc Finance and Econometrics

Gain a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied finance

2017/18 entry

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2017 (term dates)

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Our MSc in Finance and Econometrics will give you access to exceptional teaching and facilities.

Aimed at those with a prior knowledge of economics and/or mathematics, the programme provides a thorough grounding in the theory of finance, as well as the mathematical techniques needed to model complex data.

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Course content

Our MSc in Finance and Econometrics provides excellent training for careers in fields such as quantitative analysis, financial economics and financial econometrics. You'll follow a structured transition to independent research, covering topics such as financial markets, econometric methods for research and the theory of finance.

Taught by leading experts, you will complete modules to the value of 180 credits. These include 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 six compulsory core modules which amount to 90 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. Topics in Financial Econometrics (10 credits)
  5. Financial Markets (10 credits)
  6. Econometric Methods for Research (20 credits)

In addition you'll choose 10 credits of options from:

  • Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
  • Continuous-time Finance and Derivative Assets (10 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (10 credits)
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Intitutions (10 credits)
  • Financial Engineering (10 credits)
  • Financial Market Microstructure (10 credits)
  • Fixed Income Securities (10 credits)
  • Investment and Portfolio Management (10 credits)
  • Project (10 credits)
  • Time Series (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.

After completing my BSc here I decided to stay at York because I knew that I would be getting a first class education.
Carl, MSc in Finance and Econometrics

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.

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:

  • 10,000 word 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.

The course mixes a thorough grounding in the theory of finance as well as the mathematical techniques needed to model complex data. As the course starts from the basics, it is possible not to have done finance before and still get as much out of it as people who have.
Carl, MSc in Finance and Econometrics

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2017/18

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

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UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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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.

Careers and skills

This Masters will give you the essential postgraduate skills you need to follow a career in applied or quantitative finance, or to pursue further research. Employers will value your knowledge of econometric techniques and your ability to analyse financial markets. The MSc in Finance and Econometrics is also excellent preparation for a PhD.

Career opportunities

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

  • Banks
  • Consultancies
  • Investment companies
  • Government departments
  • International financial institutions
  • Universities.

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, primarily in economics with strong econometrics content.

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

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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