MSc Finance and Economics
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Science
- Course Length
- 1 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
On this course, you'll develop your expertise in the fields of finance and economics by taking on intensive research-led training in advanced economic theory, econometrics and research methods, combined with a particular focus on finance.
Alongside core modules in economic theory and financial econometrics, you'll have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules, giving you the chance to tailor the course to your own interests and goals.
This MSc is ideal for you if you’d like to work as a professional economist in government, financial institutions, business, commerce, international agencies and other similar organisations. It's also suitable if you’re thinking of going on to a PhD.
Our MSc Finance and Economics is part of our Academic and Professional Programme – designed for people who want to pursue a professional career within finance or economics or move into PhD study.
It’s ideal for you if you’ve studied economics before and are looking to specialise further – through intensive, research-led training in advanced economics with a particular specialty in finance. You should already have a good undergraduate degree (equivalent to a 2:1 or a 1st) with a substantial component of economics, or a graduate diploma in economics.
You'll build your expertise with core compulsory taught modules in microeconomic theory and financial econometrics, along with a range of optional modules. Along with your dissertation, this is an area where you can tailor the course to meet your own personal interests and aspirations.
Your dissertation – which you'll write towards the end of your year with us – gives you the freedom to choose your own topic from within the area of finance and economics. Throughout your dissertation, you'll benefit from supervision and support from a member of the School of Economics.
We offer specialised structural support to help you negotiate your masters course. This includes compulsory, intensive pre-sessional training before the start of teaching on your course modules. This training incorporates the techniques of calculus and matrix algebra and an introduction to the specialist econometric software that you'll use in your MSc programme.
Study and Modules
The MSc Finance and Economics is a one-year course. In each semester, you'll take three modules, followed by writing your dissertation in the period between June and August.
In your autumn semester, you'll take Economic Theory I, Financial Econometric Theory, and an optional module. You can choose from optional modules including Applied Econometrics, Economic Theory II, Financial Mathematics, International Finance, and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
In spring, you'll take a further three options from the list above, giving you a great deal of freedom to adapt your degree programme to suit your interests and career aspirations.
Although you'll write your dissertation between June and August, you'll begin your dissertation module with a sequence of dissertation training lectures and workshops in spring. Here you'll discover how to choose a topic, how to access data and search literature and how to analyse quantitative data.
You will be able to take advantage of further dissertation training workshops in late June and early July.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 80)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
UEA’s School of Economics is lively, friendly, research-orientated and committed to excellence in teaching. We have an international reputation in many key areas, including theoretical and applied economics. Our research interests include behavioural economics, competition economics, environmental policy, conflict, contests and corporate behaviour and finance and financial markets.
Teaching on each of your modules will be spread over two semesters. In a typical module, you'll have lectures and seminars. Your seminars are more interactive than lectures and provide you with an opportunity to raise questions arising from lectures.
In your econometric modules, you'll learn how to conduct econometric analysis using specialist econometric software.
You'll also become practiced in independent study, spending time working on coursework assignments, preparing for seminars, and doing your own wider reading.
Your coursework will be in a variety of forms – including take-home assignments, seminar presentations, written tests, computer tests and your dissertation (which you will submit at the end of August).
Throughout your course, you'll be given guidance on your work and constructive feedback to help you improve. You will receive written feedback for all pieces of coursework and further guidance will be available from module organisers.
If you have additional needs due to disabilities such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia, please talk to our Student Support Service about how we can help.
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors degree 2.1 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- English Foreign Language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in only two components with 6.0 in the others)
PTE (Pearson): 64 (minimum 59 in two components only with 64 in the other two)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the English requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA run pre-sessional English courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is September each year.
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are:
UK Students: £10,500 (full time)
International Students: £19,800 (full time)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
Upon completing this MSc, you can pursue a variety of careers as a professional economist in government, industry and international agencies as well as positions in the financial sector.
Past graduates from the School of Economics have gone on to work for HM Treasury, the Home Office, Bank of England, Aviva, Barclays, M+A Partners, BDO, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Goldman Sachs, Grant Thornton, HSBC, JP Morgan, KPMG, Lloyds, PwC and Santander amongst others.
You'll also be well qualified to enter a PhD programme with a view to continuing to an academic career. Several of our former PhD students now hold academic posts as lecturers in university departments both in the UK and overseas.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers you could enter after this degree include:
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