University of Essex

University of Essex

Financial Economics

The emphasis of this course is on the ways that economic reasoning can inform and illuminate the financial decision-making of investors and the financial choices made by firms. Students on this course therefore gain key skills in the analysis of complex financial data. The compulsory modules in economics of financial markets and topics in financial economics, give students the chance to gain a comprehensive understanding of financial economics. In particular, economics of financial markets explores the notions of risk and return in equity markets, both in the context of asset pricing and in the management of equity portfolios. In addition to key employability skills like numeracy and ICT knowledge, information and communication, students also acquire knowledge of how financial markets work and how to analyse them.

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 mpdules: Dissertation; econometric methods; economics of financial markets; mathematical methods; topics in financial economics. Optional modules include: Applications of data analysis; 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; panel data methods; political economy; theory of industrial organisation; 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

Research councils and 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

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