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MSc Finance and Economics

About the MSc programme 

The MSc Finance and Economics is an interdisciplinary degree taught jointly by the Department of Finance and the Department of Economics, allowing students to study in two of the most highly rated departments in their subject areas in the world. The programme draws on the School's strengths in economics, finance and econometrics to impart a rigorous and deep understanding of financial markets, grounded in financial economics and econometric methods.

Students will learn about investments, asset pricing, derivatives, portfolio management and corporate finance through the coherent lens of financial economics. The programme provides a thorough exposure to econometric methods, including time series analysis, with applications to financial models and data.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Finance and Economics in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

The MSc Finance and Economics is an ideal preparation for a variety of careers in the global financial services sector, with the emphasis on financial economics being particularly attractive to investment banks, the financial services sector more generally and to consulting firms. The programme (the research track in particular) also provides a rigorous training and preparation for doctoral research in the area.


Application code: LN43 (check availability)

Start date: The mandatory pre-sessional course starts in late August 2017

Duration: 10 months full-time only (see Bologna process)

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in a quantitative subject, with at least a year of calculus and semester of linear algebra (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: Not required for students who are currently studying on, or graduated from, a three-year undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK. However, the GMAT or GRE is recommended for students unlikely to graduate with a 1st class degree or equivalent.

Fee level: UK/EU £25,944 (provisional EU); overseas £26,448

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Intake/applications in 2016: 60/840

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