University of Bath

University of Bath

Applied Economics (Banking and Financial Markets) online MSc

With today’s businesses having to do more with less, implementing economic theory is key. This is why we put the practical application of economics at the heart of our economics degree.

By cutting away the abstract ideas and positioning economics firmly in the real world, we can help you apply advanced economics in your chosen field. Based on such secure foundations, our economics degree is ideal for students, with at least elementary numeracy, to learn the core economics techniques they need to progress their career.

As the first university in the UK to offer a master’s in applied economics online, this course gives those unable to interrupt their careers to attend campus, a unique opportunity to make their mark.

Taught by published researchers at the Department of Economics, your studies will be fuelled by the latest thinking in economic theory, econometrics and finance. To ground these contemporary ideas and theoretical approaches, our lecturers explore their application in a real-world setting, using case studies and interactive exercises. This approach ensures you have the skills and the confidence to put what you’ve learnt into practice after graduation.

The Guardian recently rated the University of Bath’s undergraduate economics degrees first for career prospects after six months. Whether you’re looking to work in government or industry, in banking or in finance, we’ll support your career aspirations.

Entry requirements

  • Typically you should have a first or second class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent. We welcome applications from those with a 2:2 honours degree (or its international equivalent) in subjects with a high level of economics content
  • To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a social science or business-related discipline such as business administration, finance, accounting, international trade, banking, financial management, public finance or politics
  • We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree

International students

If your first language is not English you will need IELTS with a grade of at least 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 in any of the four parts (listening, reading, writing and speaking). If you completed your degree in the UK within the last 2 years, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Course modules


  • Strategic decision making and games (10 credits)
  • Applied microeconomics (10 credits)
  • International monetary policy and institutions (10 credits)
  • Public finance (10 credits)
  • Applied macroeconomics (10 credits)
  • Financial markets (10 credits)
  • Applied financial economics (10 credits)
  • Applied econometrics (10 credits)
  • Economics of financial institutions (10 credits)
  • Public policy analysis (10 credits)
  • Applied behavioural economics (10 credits)
  • Applied behavioural finance (10 credits)
  • Applied research methods (20 credits)
  • Master’s project (40 credits)

Sponsorship information

The tuition fees for our three-year online master’s in economics are £722* per 10 credit unit (10% alumni discount). Fees can be paid in instalments corresponding with the course units. To qualify for an MSc you will require a total of 180 credits.

Student finance UK or EU

If you are a master's student with Home (UK) and European Union (EU) fee status starting University in 2019/20 academic year, you may be eligible to apply for a loan for your studies.

Employer funding

Your employer may be willing to fund your MSc economics and finance, especially if it will benefit their company. If you think this would be feasible, speak to your manager, then speak to us.

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