University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Finance and Economics

The MSc in Finance and Economics is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the University of St Andrews' School of Economics and Finance. The programme consists of traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer lab work; and a 15,000 word dissertation in an area of your choice. Courses are assessed both continuously and with end of semester exams. Every MSc student is assigned an adviser at the beginning of the year. Your adviser will provide you with individual guidance on essay planning and writing, module choice, dissertation topics and academic conduct.

Entry requirements

A strong 2.1 degree classification from a recognised UK university in Economics, 2.1 in Finance with a significant Economics component or 2.1 joint Honours in Economics and another subject that includes substantial training in micro, macro and econometrics.

Course modules

All students taking a Finance and Economics MSc must take three compulsory modules in the first semester. These are: econometrics methods and applications: advanced level training in econometric methods; investment analysis: investment value analysis, risk and return and one of: macroeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern macroeconomics; microeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern microeconomics. In the second semester, students take one compulsory module and are able to choose two optional modules from a selection of topics. The compulsory module is: corporate finance: the relationship between corporate liabilities and corporate actions. Optional modules: monetary policy: key issues in monetary policy; financial intermediation: the main theoretical issues involved in financial intermediation with a focus on analytical models; portfolio theory and management: key issues in asset allocation and portfolio composition and management at an advanced level; experimental economics: the methodology of experimental economics and the dialogue between theoretical and laboratory-based empirical work; corporate governance and risk: investigation of the problem of how a collection of corporate liabilities are affected in value by corporate actions; mergers and acquisitions: key issues in mergers and acquisitions literature; risk management: classical techniques in risk and insurance.

Assessment methods

Assessment is a combination of coursework and a 15,000 word dissertation due at the end of the academic year.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 17,090 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 8,000 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 8,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Secretary