All of our MSc degrees equip you with a range of quantitative and analytical skills, and the ability to communicate complex economic concepts in a clear and concise style. Our programmes not only offer a stimulating education in economic theory but also develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills to a range of national and international problems in the areas of finance, development, agriculture and the environment.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain a knowledge and understanding of the following:
- The concepts, principles, theories, models and methods of modern advanced financial economics, macroeconomics, econometrics and quantitative methods.
- The econometric, mathematical, statistical and computing methods used in Financial Economics.
- Sources of financial data and methods used to analyse such data, and ability to make use of sources and methods.
- Model building in financial economics and critical analysis of such models.
- Application of core economic theory and reasoning to applied topics.
- Research methods and management.
- Specialist supervised dissertation topic and quantitative methods project.
- Economic analysis of policy.
- Chosen specialist areas in Financial Economics selected from a range of options.
- Critical evaluation of major debates and articles in advanced financial economics literature
You gain the followinh intellectual skills:
- Ability to abstract the essential features of a complex system.
- Ability to think about what are the important variables and fixed parameters in analysing a problem.
- Ability to analyse complex issues using deductive and inductive reasoning.
- Ability to organise and use information to analyse complex issues and construct and test different hypotheses.
- Ability to review literature critically and appreciate alternative explanations and analyses of a problem.
- Ability to effectively work under supervision for the dissertation and manage supervised dissertation and quantitative projects.
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- Analytical skills in Financial Economics.
- Ability to develop and understand models of behaviour at financial markets.
- Ability to apply economic principles and analysis to a range of issues, problems and policies.
- Ability to abstract the essential features of an economic issue, problem or system.
- Knowledge of the principal sources of financial data and information and ability to use and present this information.
- Be able to carry out economic/econometric analysis of financial data.
- Ability to synthesize and compare critically different economic analyses of an economic issue.
- Ability to research the literature on an economic/financial issue.
- Research management skills.
- Ability to apply economic skills to investigate supervised dissertation and quantitative methods projects.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- Effective communication of analysis and ideas both orally and in written form.
- Ability to assemble, analyse, use and present data.
- Understanding and ability to use economic, mathematical and quantitative methods to analyse issues and problems.
- Development of Information Technology skills through using statistical and econometric packages, bibliographic searches and word processing coursework.
- Independence in initiating and executing work.
- Ability to analyse and solve problems.
- Ability to think critically about proposed analyses and solutions to a problem or issue.
- Ability to define and test hypotheses.
- Become responsible for managing own learning and academic performance.
- Research management skills acquired through managing supervised dissertation and quantitative methods projects.
The programme aims to:
- provide a stimulating education in the principles of Financial Economics and their application, in which high quality teaching motivates students to achieve their full potential. The teaching is informed by the research and scholarship of teaching staff.
- build on the existing knowledge, abilities and skills of all students, and to develop a deeper understanding of economic theory in its relation to finance, econometric and quantitative techniques and policy applications to specific areas.
- provide options to enable students to study selected areas of Financial Economics in depth.
- develop in students the ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills in a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems.
- develop the skills necessary for independent research and to prepare students for work as professional economists in the area related to Financial Economics.
- provide information and advice on future employment and further postgraduate study.