MSc Economics and Finance 2017

Combine an understanding of sophisticated economic theory with advanced finance concepts

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2017
Duration:
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics, finance or accounting and a strong grounding in quantitative subjects. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
£7,500 (total)
International fees:
£18,500 (total)
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Overview

Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), this course provides an opportunity to combine an understanding of sophisticated economic theory with advanced finance concepts.

You’ll look at micro and macroeconomics and the methodology of econometric research, whilst acquiring a solid grounding in corporate finance and the financial economics tools commonly used in financial services, quantitative investment analysis and research.

Developed and delivered by highly qualified staff with research and consultancy expertise, you’ll take an open-minded approach to economic problems, studying current mainstream theoretical and applied techniques alongside a range of alternative critical perspectives.

In this post-financial-crisis era, in which some previously held conventional wisdom has come under criticism, you’ll meet the growing demand for economics that can address and resolve pressing real-world problems.

Academic excellence

Our Economics department stands for a distinctive type of economics, which is realistic, interdisciplinary and policy relevant. We take an open-minded approach to economic problems, and draw on expertise from one of the major hubs of heterodox economics research in the UK.

Recent commentary and coverage in the media has highlighted the need for more philosophical discussion about how best to approach economics. Leeds University Business School has been recognised in The Economist as one of the few universities in the UK offering a 'model' for this approach. The University also hosts the Applied Institute of Research in Economics (AIRE).

In addition, you will learn advanced finance concepts from leading academics and practitioners in the Business School’s Accounting and Finance department. You will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, including the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC).

Course content

Throughout the year you’ll study a set of core modules that develop your understanding of economics and finance. As well as microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and how it is applied to real-life problems, you’ll build your knowledge of international banking and finance and corporate finance as a whole.

This knowledge base will support your specialist learning when you choose from a range of optional modules. You could explore different areas of economics such as the economics of globalisation, or concentrate on financial topics such as international business finance or financial derivatives.

These different elements of your learning will give you in-depth knowledge of specific topics alongside your broader grounding in economics and finance. You’ll also sharpen your research skills and gain an awareness of different methodologies. All of these aspects will come together in your dissertation – an independent research project on a topic of your choice. You’ll undertake this over a period of three months with the support of an academic supervisor.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

  • Compulsory modules

  • You’ll take seven compulsory modules including your dissertation.
  • Corporate Finance15 credits
  • International Banking and Finance15 credits
  • Macroeconomics15 credits
  • Microeconomics15 credits
  • Applied Econometrics15 credits
  • Econometrics15 credits
  • Economics Dissertation45 credits
  • Optional modules

  • You'll also choose three optional modules.
  • International Business Finance15 credits
  • Financial Derivatives15 credits
  • Corporate Governance15 credits
  • Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy15 credits
  • Comparative Economics15 credits
  • Global Economics Co-ordination and Governance15 credits
  • Distributional Analysis in Economic Development15 credits
  • Understanding the Global Economy: Capitalist Institutions, Growth and Crises15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Economics and Finance MSc in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

Assessment

We use assessment methods such as exams, research reports, written assignments, essays and project work, depending on the modules you choose.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics, finance or accounting. A strong grounding in quantitative subjects, with high grades in these subjects, is essential.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Economics and Finance (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Economics and Finance (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

International: 31 March 2017

UK/EU: 31 August 2017


Apply

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
 
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.


Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: £7,500 (total)

International: £18,500 (total)

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible to apply for, including:

  • Masters in Economics International Excellence Scholarships – apply by 30 April 2017
  • Masters in Economics UK/EU Excellence Scholarship – apply by 31 July 2017

Read more about scholarships and funding.

ESRC studentships

This course is recognised by the ESRC as a research-intensive Masters qualification and is approved for receipt of ESRC studentships. This means you may be able to obtain funding for the Masters if you have already negotiated a PhD place. Please see our PhD pages for more information.

Career opportunities

This course will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to pursue a career in finance and economics, and certifies your abilities for prospective employers. It also provides a sound basis for you to study at PhD level.

Graduates of our MSc Economics and Finance have careers worldwide as advisers, researchers and quantitative analysts in economic and financial institutions, consultancy and public service.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

You will be able to access careers and professional development support, which will help you develop key skills including networking and negotiating, and put you in touch with potential employers.

The Careers Centre provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

In my year at Leeds, I lived up to my academic potential as a result of a highly qualified and professional faculty, and gained the confidence to take a step forward in life and expand my networks.

Saad Kamran, Pakistan
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I know that I made the best choice... I was so inspired by the course mix. Everyday I could relate the lectures and seminars to the realities of the financial sector in my country.

Felix Nkhoma, Malawi
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The course brings you theoretical knowledge in economics and practical knowledge in the financial world. Teachers always encouraged us to think critically... there's no such thing as silly questions.

Phuong Tran, Vietnam
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