The programme is structured around three full-unit compulsory courses, in financial economics, financial econometrics and microeconomics. In addition students select a combination of two half-unit (each running over one term) optional finance courses offered by the Department, to investigate specialist finance topics, writing their dissertation in one of the two optional courses.
Students register in early September and undergo a tailored, mandatory pre-sessional programme incorporating careers skills development, networking and social events including with alumni, and the City Speaker Series whereby students attend exclusive and interactive talks from leading finance professionals. The main part of the pre-sessional programme is an intensive course in mathematics, statistics, economics and econometrics which allows students to review topics such as matrix algebra, multivariate calculus and differential equations. Students also undertake a mandatory course in probability and stochastic calculus to complement the material taught in Financial Economics.
All students must sit the exams in these courses. A poor performance in the pre-sessional or in-term exams will not result in students being barred from the programme but it may lead to them having to attend additional support sessions in the relevant area/s.
Mandatory Pre-sessional Course
Mandatory Core Courses
Mandatory In-term Supplementary Course for Financial Economics
Choose to the value of one full unit from the following list of half unit options (*half unit):
To fulfil the programme requirements, students must also complete a dissertation of not more than 6,000 words on an agreed topic in one of the optional half unit courses, and take an examination in the other.
**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