MSc Financial Economics

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

This applied economics degree will prepare you for a career in commerce with corporations and government bodies involved with stock markets, project investment and the finance industry.

The content covers a wide variety of subject matter, so you can keep your career options open or progress to a research degree.

The programme emphasises the development of the skills required by applied economists. This is achieved through the core modules in economic analysis, finance and quantitative techniques. A range of optional modules allow you to explore your own areas of interest. 

Content and structure

The MSc Financial Economics is one year full time or two years part time. Plus the dissertation module.

You'll need to take and pass eight taught modules over two semesters, four in each. These are examined at the end of each semester. Five are core modules, while three are chosen from option modules.

After you've completed the second semester's taught modules, there is a 10-week period to write your dissertation. We'll support you through dissertation workshops and input from your supervisor. To be awarded the MSc Financial Economics you will have to pass the examinations and complete the dissertation to the required standard.

See below for details of the core and optional modules across the two semesters. 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Core modules

ECN603 Asset Pricing




Academic year

Core module

ECN6800 MSc Dissertation


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information for disabled students

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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