University of Essex

University of Essex

Financial and Business Economics

This course provides an economic approach to business and finance, by allowing students to study the economical principles that are at the heart of finance and business, and to develop an awareness of their applications; 1 compulsory module, topics in financial economics, covers a variety of topics in corporate finance and looks closely at 2 broad questions: how to raise funds to maintain the activity of the firm?; and who should control the firm?; students start with asset pricing algebra, and defining debt and equity in the firm as basic options, leading up to the Modigliani-Miller irrelevance theorems; students then graduate with key employability skills like numeracy and ICT knowledge; research skills; information and communication skills; and the ability to evaluate trends in business and finance.

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 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Econometric methods; economics of financial markets; mathematical methods; theory of industrial organisation; topics in financial economics; dissertation. Options: 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; microeconomics; monetary economics; panel data methods; political economy; time series econometrics; 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

Some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,785 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 14,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 4,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Economics
Telephone number: 
01206 872719