Financial Economics

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174 place StudyQA ranking:2402 Duration:12 months

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This programme is a springboard into a career as an economist. Whether you are looking to work in the Civil Service, a leading bank, a multinational organisation or an insurance company, this programme can help you achieve your aims. It is also an ideal choice for anybody who sees his or her future as an analyst for a major investment company.

The programme is designed to provide an understanding of economic and financial theory, together with specialist econometric and mathematical techniques. It provides a platform for economics students with a particular interest in finance and will also be of interest to applicants who are already practicing economists or have work experience in the financial sector.

Completion of the MSc in Financial Economics is an excellent foundation for progression onto a research degree. At the heart of the programme are core modules in financial theory, plus a choice of further options in Finance, Economics or Econometrics. Non assessed intensive computing training covering Thomson Reuters Datastream and other financial databases and software, is incorporated into relevant modules. Alongside the formal lecture programme, you will be able to participate in the Economics Seminar Series. The summer dissertation represents your chance to carry out original research in financial economics.

Like all postgraduate economics programmes in the School, our MSc Financial Economics is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). For UK and EU students, this means you can apply to the ESRC for funding assistance with both tuition fees and living expenses if you are intending to progress to a PhD.


We are very proud of our graduates who have careers across a broad range of sectors and are working all over the world. Example destinations of recent graduates of the School's postgraduate programmes include:

* Director, Strategic Matters UK
* Business Analyst, Dresdner Kleinwort
* Operations Specialist, Bear Stearns
* Business Consultant, Transition Consulting
* Account Executive, IMG
* Financial Business Analyst, Reuters
* Chartered Financial Analyst, 7city Learning
* Equity Analyst, Japanese Bank
* Trainee Fund Manager, Scottish Widows
* Finance Analyst, The Arcadia Group
* Business Analyst, Dresdner Kleinwort
* Assistant Economist, Customs and Excise
* Economist, Bank of Estonia
* PhD Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Science
* Associate Lecturer, Universidad de Castilla, Spain (PhD Economics)
* Risk Analyst, GE Capita
* Trainee Accountant, Citibank
* Investment Analyst, Stamford Associates
* Account Manager, Renaissance Group, Nicosia
* Investment Analyst, Capital Finance
* Senior Executive, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prague
* Economist, Civil Service
* Global Share Dealer, Deloitte
* Ship Broker, Ssy
* Banker, Standard and Chartered

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. The programme in its entirety runs from October to September.

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that all options are available timetable permitting and may change.

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.
Compulsory modules
Module / Credits

* Research Design and Dissertation (BEEM115) / 60

* Fundamentals of Financial Management (BEAM047) / 15

* Optimisation Techniques for Economists (BEEM103) / 15

* Topics in Financial Economics (BEAM029) / 15

* EitherAdvanced Finance Theory (BEEM114) or Economics of Corporate Finance (BEEM117) / 15

* EitherMacroeconomics (BEEM100) or Microeconomics (BEEM101) / 15

* EitherQuantitative Research Techniques I (BEEM102) or Quantitative Methods for Finance (BEEM104) / 15

* EitherQuantitative Research Techniques II (BEEM112) orFinancial Econometrics (BEEM116) / 15

Total credits 165
Optional modules
You will choose one 15 credit option from a regularly updated selection. Recent modules are shown below:

Module / Credits

* Advanced Econometrics (BEEM113) / 15

* Advanced Finance Theory (BEEM114) / 15

* Banking and Financial Services (BEAM033) / 15

* Domestic and International Portfolio Management (BEAM036) / 15

* Economics of Banking (BEEM119) / 15

* Economics of Corporate Finance (BEEM117) / 15

* Experimental Economics and Finance (BEEM109) / 15

* Financial Econometrics (BEEM116) / 15

* Game Theory and Industrial Organisation (BEEM121) / 15

* Growth and Development (BEEM106) / 15

* International Macroeconomics and Finance (BEEM111) / 15

* International Trade and Regional Integration (BEEM108) / 15

* Public Economics (BEEM107) / 15

* Quantitative Research Techniques II (BEEM112) / 15 Learning and teaching
Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials
Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments. As a postgraduate students in the Department of Economics you will be able to participate in the established Economics Seminar Series.

Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.

A 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an economics or finance-related discipline from a recognised institution. Evidence of mathematical/quantitative ability is also required.English language requirements * IELTS overall score of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any section. * TOEFL IBT overall score of 90, with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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