MSc Financial Economics
For a Career in Finance
The MSc in Financial Economics is a one-year full-time programme.
Our MSc in Financial Economics provides a foundation for a career as an economic or financial analyst in business, government or a major international organisation. You will receive comprehensive training in the techniques and principles of finance and investment analysis along with the economic principles underlying them. You will also have the opportunity to use Bloomberg, the industry standard platform for investment and trading.
This degree is approved by the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute, the providers of the foremost qualification in investment management. The program covers over 70% of the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (when taken with the CFATrack modules) and provides an excellent preparation for Levels I and II of the CFA exams.
You will have access to CFA Institute textbooks, journals, webcasts, and other educational resources. You will also benefit from our professional development events held in conjunction with the UK Society of Investment Professionals, the local membership body for CFA Institute candidates, charterholders, and members.
“Students in this programme are exposed to the Candidate Body of Knowledge, concepts and principles that have been identified by investment experts worldwide as essential to global practice. By mastering these fundamentals of the CFA Programme, students will be well on their way to earning the highly-valued CFA charter.”
Stephen Horan, Head of University Relations at CFA Institute.
The Department of Economics also awards 5 scholarships each year to the MSc Financial Economic students. These scholarships provide assistance with the fees for the CFA exam registration. For more information please click here.
The core modules for the degree are listed below. In addition to the core modules you can take the following courses to complement your study for the CFA qualifications:
Ethics in Finance and Investment
Exams Preparation for CFA Level 1
The below syllabi for the module outlines are provided for you as a guide only as specific details will be confirmed nearer the start of the course. Please be aware that they are subject to change and so you are strongly advised not to buy any books in advance.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Financial Statement Analysis||Corporate Finance|
|Investment Management||Financial Derivatives|
|Principles of Finance|
|Quantitative Methods for Business & Finance|
Plus two optional modules from the list below in the second semester:
|Applied Macroeconometrics||Financial Systems and Economic Performance|
|Applied Microeconometrics||Fixed Income Securities (CFATrack elective)|
|Behavioural Finance||Game Theory|
|Financial Risk Management (CFATrack elective)||International Money & Finance|
|The Macroeconomic Environment|
Students are also required to complete a dissertation written over the period July to September.
Download the Economics Postgraduate Module Specifications (pdf).
Please note that Module Specifications are subject to change. Please see the bottom of each report for the date it was last updated.