Taught course

Financial and Business Economics

University of Essex · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree or equivalent in economics or relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

Careers in business and finance often require an economic approach, which our MSc Financial and Business Economics provides by allowing you to study the economical principles that are at the heart of finance and business, and to develop an awareness of their applications.

One compulsory module, Topics in Financial Economics, covers a variety of topics in corporate finance and looks closely at two broad questions: (i) how to raise funds to maintain the activity of the firm, and, (ii) who should control the firm. You start with asset pricing algebra, and defining debt and equity in the firm as basic options, leading up to the Modigliani-Miller irrelevance theorems. You graduate with key employability skills like numeracy and ICT knowledge, research skills, information and communication skills, and the ability to evaluate trends in business and finance.

Our Department of Economics maintains a world-class reputation for our outstanding quality research and teaching. We were ranked joint third in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), reflecting our well-established reputation for excellence. Many of our staff, who are world renowned experts in their fields, have been elected to leadership roles in learned societies and have been editors of leading economics journals.

Essex economists are engaged in a variety of research networks and collaborate with economists at other universities in the UK and overseas. Much of our research is related to policy and we often provide advice to government and non-government organisations. The top quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high profile academic journals like Economic Journal, Journal of Econometrics, American Economic Journal and Journal of the European Economic Association.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation50 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 647