MSc Economics and Finance 2016

Combine an understanding of sophisticated economic theory with advanced finance concepts

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics and 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:
International fees:

Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), this programme 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.

Taught by highly qualified staff with research and consultancy expertise in economics and finance, 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, ranked in the world's Top 50 for Masters in Finance (Financial Times 2015). 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 submit this by the end of the programme in September.

Course structure

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

You’ll take seven compulsory modules including your dissertation, as well as three optional modules.

Compulsory modules
Optional modules
- Corporate Finance
- International Banking and Finance
- Macroeconomics 1
- Microeconomics 1
- Applied Econometrics
- Econometrics
- Dissertation
- Comparative Economics
- Corporate Governance
- Distributional Analysis in Economic Development
- Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy
- Financial Derivatives
- Global Economics Co-ordination and Governance
- International Business Finance
- Understanding the Global Economy: Capitalist Institutions, Growth and Crises

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

Learning and teaching

You’ll experience a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars and computer classes. Optional modules may also use other methods such as tutorials or practicals. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.


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 and quantitative subjects.

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

UK/EU: 31 August 2016

International: Closed for 2016 entry


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


UK/EU: £7,000

International: £17,500

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

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills. Find out more about scholarships.

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 programme 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.

As a Masters student 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.

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.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide 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.

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