Taught course

Economics and Finance

Institution
University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in economics or an appropriate quantitative subject such as engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics.

You should have studied microeconomics (or economic theory, game theory, industrial organisation) and econometrics (or statistics, regression analysis or statistical inference).

You are also expected to have obtained good marks in at least five units/modules, comprising microeconomics and econometrics (or statistics), and three other quantitative units such as macroeconomics, calculus, matrix algebra, data analysis, game theory, operational research, probability, or financial engineering. These modules should preferably have been taken in your final two years of study.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Combining core economics with relevant finance topics, this course is one of the few of its kind, and ideal preparation for a finance-focused career.

If you are considering work in a financial institution, consultancy, ministry of finance or economics, or central bank, our MSc in Economics and Finance is an excellent choice.

Bringing together a compelling combination of training in advanced economic theory with relevant finance modules, our specialist master’s is one of the few courses in the UK offering this mix of subjects.

Starting with a comprehensive refresher course in essential maths and economics skills, we will go on to explore how economics can be used to help address real financial issues such as the global financial crisis.

You will use a deeper understanding of economic theory to gain additional insights into these events, and we will support your investigations with rigorous training in econometrics to allow you to interpret and analyse empirical data effectively.

The dissertation will give you the chance to work with one of our experienced lecturers on a topic of your interest and apply your knowledge to a specific problem.

Students have explored topics as wide-ranging as the potential impact of Brexit on the UK financial services sector to the effects of microfinance on poverty reduction in rural China. We offer a series of dissertation workshops in semester two to help you develop your research skills.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

analyse economic and financial data and critically evaluate existing research

understand the key issues surrounding major economic and financial debates and contribute to these

apply economic concepts to specific economic and finance questions

formulate an original research question and write at an academic level

Learning and teaching

Our teaching staff are all active researchers and regularly publish in the top economics journals, so you will be working with some of the UK’s leading thinkers in economics.

Graduate prospects

This course is designed to give you the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to secure work in a financial institution, consultancy, ministry of finance or economics, or central bank. It is also suited to those considering PhD study.

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. Recent students have progressed onto prestigious jobs around the world, including:

Senior Credit Analyst (Deutsche Leasing China)

Analyst Developer (Schroders)

Private Banking Executive (Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, London)

Relationship Manager (JP Morgan Chase, China)

Research Analyst (Farringdon Capital Management, Denmark)

Assistant Vice President (HSBC Commercial Banking, Hong Kong)

Head of Market Intelligence (Cisco Systems)

Investment Specialist (TKB Investment Partners, Russia)

Others have opted to stay in academia and complete a PhD.

Course brochure

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Taught Postgraduate Admissions
Email
pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1225 385 115