Taught course

Financial Econometrics

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

Our MSc Financial Econometrics builds on the strengths of our Department of Economics and Essex Business School in a unique way, by combining a practical approach to finance with a strong theoretical approach in econometrics. This mix of approaches is designed to make a successful graduate of this course very attractive to a variety of financial institutions, from investment banks and insurance companies to central banks and research departments.

Alongside our focus on financial econometrics, we provide a wide choice of optional modules, and a dissertation, allowing you to focus on topics of interest to you and your future plans. This course provides essential postgraduate skills that help you pursue a successful career in applied or quantitative finance, or undertake further research.

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.

Alongside this, Essex Business School was rated second (accounting and finance subject area) in the UK in the most recent RAE, meaning you are taught, supported and supervised by research-active staff who are leaders in their field.

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