Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Economics, Finance or a related subject. You will have successfully completed modules in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Econometrics and Mathematics, including Calculus, Statistics and Probability.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides essential grounding for those aspiring to analyst and decision-making roles within corporate and commercial banking or within government and regulators.

You will become proficient with modern methods of econometric analysis, forecasting, and risk assessment. You will analyse financial markets, the institutional framework of the money and banking sectors, and the role of governments and central banks in shaping the financial environment. You will learn to work with macroeconomic models used by central banks, fiscal authorities, and research departments in financial institutions.

In your final term, your knowledge and skills will be used in writing a research dissertation on a project of your choice. You will be personally supervised by an expert in the subject area of your topic, while developing highly marketable experience in rigorous analysis and presentation of your work.

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of roles in banks and financial institutions, consultancies, central banks, and financial regulators. This programme is also excellent preparation for pursuing doctoral research.

Potential careers

Analyst (Financial, Investment, Quantitative, Risk)

Portfolio Manager

Investment banker

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

LUMS Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1524 592938