Taught course

Financial Economics

University of Bradford · Bradford Centre for International Development

Entry requirements

A typical application would include a good Honours degree or equivalent with substantive economics content, or a recognised pre-Master qualification with substantive economics content. However the University welcomes applications from all potential students regardless of their previous academic experience; offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in Financial Economics is designed to enhance the knowledge of graduates who have interests and career aspirations in financial institutions or international financial organisations. Course content includes advanced micro and macroeconomics, econometrics, together with a range finance-related issues.

In particular, the course is structured to provide an understanding of the application of economic analysis to financial markets and institutions, the role of financial institutions and markets in the domestic and international economy, the different approaches to economic decision making in finance, and the economic governance structures and institutions that support the financial system.

Recent economic events have revealed the fragile and complex nature of the connections between different economies globally, and the significance of domestic and international financial markets in increasing the interdependence of economies and their exposure to external risks. This course relates closely to the ongoing debate about the nature of the financial system, its regulation, and its future role in national and international economies.

In addition to developing your subject knowledge, the MSc in Financial Economics is designed to offer you a range of transferable skills, useful in a range of careers and situations beyond university. At the University of Bradford, we emphasise the applied aspects of study to understand the world around us, with a focus on the impact of economic forces and the role of policy in shaping change.

Through our small group teaching in seminars and workshops, you will have the opportunity to experience hands-on computing, personal research and essay/report writing, case studies, data analysis, group work, individual projects and presentations.

The main fields that our graduates have entered include careers in: accountancy, banking, insurance companies, management consultancy, marketing and sales. Others take public posts in teaching, local government or the Government Economic Service.


For the academic year 2012/13, the Division of Economics is offering two schemes:
a) up to 5 awards of up to £2,000 each, for International (i.e. non-Home/EU) students applying to study any full-time MSc within the Division of Economics. These will be offered on a competitive merit basis, full details and terms and conditions of which are available by contacting the Division.

b) awards to all candidates who, by 1 September 2012, have successfully completed a University of Bradford bachelor's degree, in any subject/School, regardless of fee status, with honours in either class I (20% of the appropriate tuition fees) or class IIi (10% of the appropriate tuition fees)


Core courses:
Macroeconomics Theory and Policy [core, sem1, 20 credits]
Microeconomics Theory and Policy [core, sem1, 20 credits]
Econometrics and Research Methods [core, sem1, 20 credits]
International Banking and Financial Markets [core, sem2, 20 credits]
Financial Economics [core, sem2, 20 credits]
Dissertation in Financial Economics [core, sem 3, 60 credits]

Optional courses include:
International Economics [option, sem2, 20 credits]
Finance for Development [option, sem2, 20 credits]
Project Appraisal and Economic Analysis [option, sem2, 20 credits]
Public Policy Analysis and Management [option, sem2, 20 credits]

Information for international students


Fees and funding

For information on Scholarships please see General Programme details.


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

PG Admissions
+44 (0) 1274 233081