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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Economics Finance / Accounting (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

The aim of the MSc Economics & Finance is to produce highly skilled professionals who can analyse, understand and explain the complex economic and financial issues that arise in a globalised world.

Jointly delivered by the Departments of Economics and Accounting & Finance, you will study the interaction between economics and finance, which is now critical to understanding the world we live in.

Training in these subjects will equip you for finding employment in the public or private sector as economists, analysts or consultants.

There is a strong emphasis on developing and applying skills learned in classes to real-world situations.

The practitioner seminar series within our Professional Development for Economists class provides you with opportunities to learn from senior figures in business, consultancy and government about the key economic issues of the day and their own journey to the top of their chosen career. Many of the speakers are our own graduates.

We're ranked 2nd in the UK for Accounting & Finance in the Complete University Guide Subject Tables 2020.

What you'll study

The programme is centred on a suite of core classes designed to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills in a range of economics, finance, analysis and quantitative methods subject areas. You'll be able to pursue your own individual interests and further develop specialised skills relevant to your chosen career paths through a wide range of elective classes.

Summer Project

The MSc is completed by producing a piece of research in the summer term. You'll have the choice to undertake a substantive piece of applied work on a topic that is of particular interest to you, with supervision provided by an appropriate member of staff (in Economics), or to undertake shorter empirical projects in Finance during the summer months. These choices lets you apply the skills and learning you have developed during the course of your taught classes.


As a graduate of this course, you'll be well suited to find employment in any job where a good knowledge of economics and finance is required. Students recently graduating from the course have secured jobs including Analyst, Liquidity Risk Reporting Analyst, Credit Officer, Tax Associate, Partner, and Consultant.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



The aim of this class is to provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of financial accounting and financial analysis, the ability to interpret financial statements and their use in assessing the financial position and performance of companies. This class provides an introduction to the principles of accounting and the analysis of financial statements. It will enable you to prepare financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and to interpret and analyse these statements. Particular emphasis is placed on the accounting concepts and information employed in financial analysis and decision taking. You'll develop the ability to prepare and interpret financial statements and construct cash forecasts. In addition, you'll develop an understanding of the demand and supply for accounting information; an appreciation of the role of financial analysis and analysts; and an awareness of the statistical characteristics of accounting numbers.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Minimum second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent in any subject. Relevant backgrounds include economics, finance, business studies, management, mathematics, environmental studies, politics, public policy and international affairs. We also welcome applications from students with strong career experience in a relevant field.

University information

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