City, University of London

City, University of London

Financial Economics

This MSc course has been designed following extensive consultation with alumni currently employed in a variety of finance sector occupations. It addresses both the theoretical knowledge and the analytical skills required for careers in a broad range of financial and finance-related institutions, not just in the private sector but also in central banks, financial regulatory authorities and finance ministries. The MSc also provides a solid academic foundation if you wish to pursue doctoral research in financial economics, and guidance is readily available if you are considering further study.

Entry requirements

You should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and one of the following:
a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in economics or a related discipline (e.g. finance); and
a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in engineering, applied mathematics, mathematics, theoretical computer science, statistics, physics or any other quantitative natural science.
We also consider applications which do not meet these criteria but demonstrate a high degree of relevant professional experience. If you have not previously taken economics, we offer a free pre-sessional course in economic analysis.

All students must also meet the English language requirement for the programme as specified in the next section.

Course modules

Dissertation route modules -
Core modules:
Financial Markets (30 credits);
Econometrics (30 credits); and
Economics Research project (60 credits).
Literature survey route modules -
Core modules:
Financial Markets (30 credits);
Quantitative Methods (30 credits); and
Economics Literature Survey (30 credits).
Elective modules:
Economics of Regulation and Competition (15 credits);
The Economics of Micro-Finance (15 credits); and
Economics and Business Strategy (15 credits).

Electives -
Group one:
Financial Derivatives (15 credits);
Asset Pricing (15 credits); and
Corporate Finance (15 credits). Or
Group two:
Quantitative Finance with Matlab (15 credits);
International Macroeconomics (15 credits); and
Corporate |nvestment under Uncertainty (15 credits).

Assessment methods

Each taught module is assessed through a combination of coursework and one final examination. For most modules the coursework contributes 30% of the overall mark and the examination contributes 70%. The nature of the coursework which the lecturer assigns varies according to the module, for example essays, presentations or computer-based data analysis and calculations.

Overall assessment is based on your performance in the taught modules and a dissertation or literature survey. Students require 180 credits to pass the MSc. The weighting of each module within the overall mark is determined by the credit value assigned to that module.

Sponsorship information

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 16,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 6,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 6,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 6,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 6,750 per Year 1 (England) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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