University of Essex

University of Essex

Financial Economics and Econometrics

This course includes theoretical and applied aspects of econometrics to complement subjects in financial markets and corporate finance; in the estimation and inference in econometrics module, students gain an understanding of the theoretical foundations of econometrics, which enables them to justify, or criticise where appropriate, the use of particular econometric methods; they learn how these methods are applied to the analysis of financial market data in another core module, empirical methods of economics and finance; they also see the economic rationale for different approaches in modules like economics of financial markets and topics in financial economics; these seek to equip students with the right combination of skills for rigorous analysis to underpin high-level policy advice or decision making in the fast moving financial sector.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2 degree in economics or a related discipline. (If your first degree is not in economics, or your economics training does not provide sufficient technical expertise for direct entry to an MSc, then we have a full-time Diploma). If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Economics of financial markets; estimation and interference in econometrics; time series econometrics; topics in financial economics; dissertation. Optional modules include: Applications of data analysis; banking; behavioural economics 1 (individual decision making); behavioural economics 2 (games and markets); computational agent-based macroeconomics, financial markets and policy design; economic development theory; economics of incentives, contracts and the firm; game theory and applications; international finance; international trade; macroeconomics; mathematical methods; microeconomics; monetary economics; panel data methods; political economy; theory of industrial organisation; topics in labour economics.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, students work on a dissertation or individual project included in their final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Economics
Telephone number: 
01206 872719