Taught course

Financial Economics

The University of Manchester · Economics

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in economics, finance, mathematics or a related subject with economic theory, mathematics and econometrics studied at a high level.

Applicants with a 2:1 in a less technical economics degree, with for example, economic theory only studied to intermediate level, or a 2:2 in a technical economics degree may be considered for entry onto the MA Economics course.

When applying, please submit these supporting documents, in addition to the on-line form;

- Copy of transcript from undergraduate degrees (interim transcripts are acceptable if you have not yet finished the degree);

- English language evidence (for applicants from non-native English speaking countries.

Months of entry


Course content

The demand for highly skilled experts in financial economics continues to increase rapidly in the modern economy. This demand exists in the public sector (central banks, international organisations, academic institutions) and especially, in the private sector (commercial banks and insurance companies).

This course is designed to meet this demand, for those of you who seek a quantitative degree in financial economics, by combining a solid training in microeconomic and macroeconomic principles, as well as the quantitative methods and theory needed for the analysis of financial markets.

Financial economics is a fascinating area, having a history marked by outstanding achievements. A remarkable feature of this discipline is that its theoretical highlights (such as the Black-Scholes formula) turned out to be extremely important in practice. Fundamental ideas and tools of financial economics that were developed at the interface between mathematical economics and finance created new markets essentially based on concepts suggested by academics.

A central goal of the course is to demonstrate the use of these ideas and tools in contexts where they are indispensable and widely exploited. The course will expose you to quantitative techniques and theory that will be useful in the financial industry - a portfolio manager, risk management consultant, or financial analyst.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
0161 275 4471