University of Essex

University of Essex

Accounting and Financial Economics

This course offers compulsory modules evenly split between both; economics modules cover mathematical methods and the analysis of financial markets; Essex business school modules include: management accounting and issues in financial reporting, in order for students to gain in-depth knowledge of the use of accounting information in organisational control and decision making, plus the use of financial statements and the problems of measurement and disclosure; graduates of this course are well placed for success in decision making in the interface between economics and accounting; key skills include analytical reasoning, mathematical methods and the evaluation of business accounts.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2 degree in economics or a related discipline. (If your 1st degree is not in economics, or your economics training does not provide sufficient technical expertise for direct entry to a Master's, 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; issues in financial reporting; management accounting; mathematical methods; dissertation. Options: Audit theory; bank strategy and risk; behavioural finance; corporate finance; corporate reporting and analysis; critical marketing; econometric methods and applications; economic development theory; economics of incentives, contracts and the firm; exchange rates and international finance; financial decision making; financial modelling; game theory and applications; international finance; international financial reporting; international trade theory; macroeconomics; management in organisations; management psychology; microeconometrics; microeconomics; perspectives on corporate governance; philosophy of management and accounting; postgraduate mathematics preparation; research methods and methodologies in accounting and management; research methods in finance: empirical methods in finance; theory of industrial organisation; topics in financial economics; topics in labour economics; trade and development.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your 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
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 24 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