Financial Economics MSc

Duration and mode of study

One year full-time or two years part-time (one day per week).

Start Dates

October each year.

Entry requirements

Students should have an upper second-class honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university, preferably with economic, business or accounting analysis and some mathematical or statistical content.



Home/EU: £7,470
International: £15,855

Course aims

The course offers a comprehensive training in the principles of finance, investment analysis and analytical methods of modern finance. This course provides a foundation for professional activities as economic or financial analyst in business, government, or a major international organisation. This degree has approval by the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute. This certifies that the MSc in Financial Economics Curriculum covers more than 70% of the CFA® Candidate Body of Knowledge and the choice of the CFA® Track electives provides an excellent preparation for Levels I and II of the CFA® exams.

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Course modules


  • Behavioural Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Investment Management
  • Investment Project (short dissertation)
  • Principles of Finance
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and Finance

One option module from the following (full-time students only):

  • Applied Macroeconomics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • International Money and Finance
  • The Macroeconomic Environment
  • Marketing Microstructure and Trading

You can also take the following additional modules to complement your study for the CFA qualifications:

  • Ethics in Finance and Investment
  • Exams Preparation for CFA Level 1

Teaching and assessment methods

Teaching is by a variety of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by written examination, assessed coursework, presentation, and a dissertation. The percentage of the final mark awarded for the continuously assessed component varies across modules. There are nine taught modules examined in January and June followed by a 15,000 word dissertation written over the period July to September.

Find out more about this course on the Department of Economics website


MSc Admissions Advisor
Department of Economics
T. 0116 252 2157/5113
F. 0116 223 1028

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