MSc Financial Economics

Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences

Discover the powerful ideas that shape economic theory and influence real-world situations.

Our academics advise government departments and organisations such as the International Labour Organisation, the World Bank and UNESCO.

We specialise in applied economics and econometrics including labour, international finance, health, education and development.

That breadth of expertise helped us to create the SF6D utility index, used by decision makers around the world to evaluate the cost effectiveness of health care interventions.

About the course

This course prepares you for a career as an applied economist in commerce, financial institutions and markets, government or academia. You can choose an area to specialise in.

There are computer practicals, lectures, seminars, surgeries and workshops. You're assessed on essays, project work and exams. The dissertation gives you the chance to conduct your own research.

Core modules

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometric Methods
  • Modern Finance
  • Asset Pricing

Optional modules

  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Applied Macroeconometrics
  • International Trade
  • Development Finance
  • International Money and Finance
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Monetary Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Evaluation

Teaching

  • Computer practicals
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Surgeries
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework (including essays and project work)
  • Exam

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Economics graduate


Sheffield is a very welcoming city that provides many opportunities to try different things and meet new people. The staff in the Department of Economics are at the cutting edge of research and go the extra mile for their students.

Nicholas Durno, postgraduate student in Department of Economics

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A good 2:1 undergraduate degree in economics usually with mathematics and statistics components. We will also consider students with very good degrees in related subjects with strong economics, finance (not accounting finance), mathematics and/or statistics components.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

We can help you develop all the skills you need to become a professional economist. Our graduates work for financial services and consultancy firms, government departments here and abroad, and international organisations like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Facilities

We provide support for Microsoft Office, Eviews, Microfit, Maple, SPSS, and support and training for STATA.

Our newly refurbished building is near to The Diamond and the Information Commons which hold an extensive collection of economics books and journals. Many of our resources are now available online.

Our research influences policy

The academics who will teach you advise major UK government departments and international organisations including the International Labour Organisation, the World Bank and UNESCO. We also advise private sector organisations.

Our main research interests are applied economics and econometrics including labour, international finance, health, education and development. The SF6D utility index for valuing health status was developed at Sheffield. This index is used by decision makers around the world to evaluate the cost effectiveness of health care interventions.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Mrs Louise Harte
T: +44 (0)114 222 3456
E: l.harte@sheffield.ac.uk