The MSc Finance and Economics is a specialist, interdisciplinary degree based in the Department of Finance, and taught in conjunction with the world-leading Department of Economics. Drawing on the strengths of these highly respected academic Departments the programme has established itself as one of the most highly regarded and sought after specialist finance degrees in the world. The programme will be of particular interest if you envisage a career which calls for advanced analytical skills and draws on advanced knowledge of finance and economics. For over fifteen years the programme has been successfully preparing students for a wide range of high-level, global careers, and alumni enjoy a variety of challenging and rewarding positions in finance, banking, consulting, business, policy and academia.
What makes this programme unique is that students are taught not only how to apply and use various well-known models, but also to understand the technical foundations underpinning these models, enabling students with the highly marketable ability to alter, amend, empirically test and adapt the models to new market environments. The programme offers exceptional graduates from quantitative disciplines the opportunity to develop their understanding of financial economics, financial econometrics, microeconomics and macroeconomics** to a very high level, and to further specialise in two areas of finance. The tools, techniques and deep understanding that students take from the courses are directly applicable to a wide range of real-world financial and other situations.
The research and teaching which informs the intellectual core of the programme enables students to examine financial markets through in-depth analysis based on financial and economic theory and statistical methods. Students will learn about investments, asset pricing, derivatives and financial engineering through the coherent lens of financial economics. Through an extensive range of optional courses, students can gain exposure to corporate and international finance, portfolio and risk management, as well as specialised modelling skills including programming in MATLAB.
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**Note: to access the Macroeconomics course (half-unit), students will need to obtain approval from the course leader and fulfil specific pre-requisites including prior knowledge of macroeconomics at an intermediate level.