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Birkbeck, University of London

Financial Economics (MSc)

Birkbeck, University of London

Key information

Course title: Financial Economics

Start date: 
October 2015
October 2016

This programme is designed to equip you with tools and techniques for investigating important economic issues. It provides a thorough grounding in mathematical and econometric techniques, as well as microeconomics, and examines why financial markets are prone to crises, studying the details of past and present crises, and subsequent policy responses. You will learn to express original ideas in academic papers and to test them with the use of econometrics. The study of econometrics covers linear and dynamic linear regression models, a wide variety of hypothesis tests, and techniques for estimating systems of equations. Techniques are illustrated with economic examples, such as models with rational expectations, as well as consumption, production and money demand functions.

Entry requirements

First or second-Class Honours degree, or its equivalent, in either a directly relevant or a highly quantitative subject, or the Birkbeck Graduate Diploma in economics or Graduate Diploma in finance. We expect all of our MSc students to be competent with intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, multivariable calculus, linear algebra and statistics. Non-EU students are encouraged to submit GRE or GMAT results. In some cases, the admissions tutor may request these results in order to make a decision on your application. In that case, you should upload your score report to the online application system as if it were an additional transcript page. Relevant practical work experience also taken into consideration. Demonstrable qualities, such as good time management and the ability to cope under pressure, are vital. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

  • Option modules provide specialised modules with current themes
  • option module availability varies across years. Core modules: Dissertation
  • econometrics
  • financial markets and regulation
  • microeconomics
  • quantitative techniques. Option modules: Advanced econometrics
  • advanced economic theory 1
  • corporate finance
  • industrial economics 1
  • international economics 1
  • monetary economics.


Qualification Study Mode Fees Duration
MSc full-time
£9950 (Home fees)
£14075 (Overseas fees)
1 year
MSc part-time evening
£4975 (Home fees)
£7050 (Overseas fees)
2 years

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