University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Economics, Finance and Banking

Overview If you're looking for a Master's that'll sharpen your knowledge of economics and finance and give you a deep insight into the financial services sector, this is the postgraduate course for you. On this MSc Economics, Finance and Banking degree course, you'll focus on business decision-making and strategy. You'll learn to interpret trends, identify market risks and assess public policy, while developing the forecasting techniques that'll make you a real asset to the financial services and banking sectors. When you graduate, your Master's degree can open doors to ambitious roles in the finance and banking sectors, business and commerce, industry, and private and public sectors. What you'll experience On this course you'll: Evaluate economic theories, principles and strategy Learn how to interpret trends and identify market risks Assess public policy arguments Develop financial forecasting techniques Study themes including financial markets, econometrics, regulation and international banking Use our Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trades Receive support and mentoring from staff, both face-to-face and via social media Complete an independent research project, based on economic research in a topic of your choice Tap in to our library's array of electronic resources, including ejournals and newspapers Work experience and career planning We'll help you find a job that puts your Master's degree to work, wherever your career aspirations lead you. Our Careers and Employability service is on hand to help you identify positions that match your skills and interests, and can help you put your best foot forward when you leave University. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities This course will provide you with the analytical skills needed to work in financial markets. You'll be in a strong position to enjoy a successful career in the finance and banking sectors, business and commerce, industry, and private and public sectors. Career opportunities include: Account manager Financial analyst Trader in financial assets Purchasing and acquisitions officer Econometrics Business professional Commercial, industrial or public sector manager Professional accreditations The University of Portsmouth is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). That means your degree carries a seal of approval for future employers, that the teaching you receive is top-class and relevant. When you graduate from this course you'll be also be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate. This demonstrates you know your way around the Bloomberg Suite - the technology used to access the same data, analytics and software used by city traders.

Entry requirements

MSc: A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject which includes some element of economics, mathematics or statistics, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering economic theories and principles and how they can explain the existence, nature and operation of retail, wholesale and international banking. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you'll engage in economic research on a topic of your choice. Here are the units you will study: Contracts, Markets and Regulation: You will learn about contemporary economic theories which assist with identifying issues, problems and solutions, and how these are applied to decision-making. Topics include the objectives of the firm, creating and sustaining competitive advantage, consumer behaviour and strategic choices, advertising and innovation, principal-agent theory, property rights and the boundaries of the firm, regulation, social welfare and public policy. Financial Econometrics: You will gain a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. The teaching philosophy is to take an applied approach, in order to provide you with a strong, intuitive understanding of the most important statistical techniques and how to apply them successfully to a wide variety of practical situations in finance. To do this, you will use the main statistical packages, such as Eviews and SPSS. Finance and Financial Markets: In the first part of this unit you will study corporate finance and financial decision-making. You will learn about the ideas and techniques used by corporations to make decisions on investment, financing, dividend policy and capital structure. In the second part you will study finance from the financial markets' perspective, covering stock and bond pricing models, portfolio investment and risk management using derivatives, such as futures, forwards, options and swaps. International Banking: In this unit you will study commercial and investment banking at national, international and global levels. Topics covered include money and the banking system, banking structures and regulations, risk management in banking, scale and scope economies and the measurement of competition in banking, determinants of bank crashes and failures, global banking and regulation, global financial markets and instruments and derivatives-related financial crises. Research Methods and Dissertation: You will need to complete a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment: We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, in-class exercises and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and aim to integrate new teaching technologies into our economics classrooms. How are you assessed? You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 14,700 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,400 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,400 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,900 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,400 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Student Recruitment Centre - Faculty of Business and Law
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02392842991