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Economics and Finance, MSc

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MScFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 8000 per totalGBP 19000 per total

About Economics and Finance, MSc - at University of Leeds

This course provides an opportunity to combine an understanding of sophisticated economic theory with advanced finance concepts.

You'll look at micro and macroeconomics and the methodology of econometric research, whilst acquiring a solid grounding in corporate finance and the financial economics tools commonly used in financial services, quantitative investment analysis and research.

The course is developed and delivered by highly qualified staff with research and consultancy expertise. You'll take an open-minded approach to economic problems, studying current mainstream theoretical and applied techniques alongside a range of alternative critical perspectives, equipping you to meet the growing demand for economics that can address and resolve real-world problems.

Academic excellence

Our Economics department stands for a distinctive type of economics, which is realistic, interdisciplinary and policy relevant. We take an open-minded approach to economic problems, and draw on expertise from one of the major hubs of heterodox economics research in the UK.

Commentary and coverage in the media has highlighted the need for more philosophical discussion about how best to approach economics. Leeds University Business School has been recognised in The Economist as one of the few universities in the UK offering a 'model' for this approach. The University also hosts the Applied Institute of Research in Economics (AIRE).

In addition, you will learn advanced finance concepts from leading academics and practitioners in the Business School's Accounting and Finance department. You will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, including the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC).

  • Course content

    Throughout the year you'll study a set of core modules that develop your understanding of economics and finance. As well as microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and how it is applied to real-life problems, you'll build your knowledge of international banking and finance and corporate finance as a whole.

    This knowledge base will support your specialist learning when you choose from a range of optional modules. You could explore different areas of economics such as the economics of globalisation, or concentrate on financial topics such as international business finance or financial derivatives.

    These different elements of your learning will give you in-depth knowledge of specific topics alongside your broader grounding in economics and finance. You'll also sharpen your research skills and gain an awareness of different methodologies. All of these aspects will come together in your dissertation - an independent research project on a topic of your choice. You'll undertake this over a period of three months with the support of an academic supervisor.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Corporate Finance 15 credits
    • International Banking and Finance 15 credits
    • Macroeconomics 1 15 credits
    • Microeconomics 1 15 credits
    • Applied Econometrics 15 credits
    • Econometrics 15 credits
    • Economics Dissertation 45 credits

    Optional modules

    You'll also choose three optional modules.

    • International Business Finance 15 credits
    • Financial Derivatives 15 credits
    • Corporate Governance 15 credits
    • Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy 15 credits
    • Distributional Analysis in Economic Development 15 credits
    • Understanding the Global Economy 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Economics and Finance MSc in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.

    Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

    Assessment

    We use assessment methods such as exams, research reports, written assignments, essays and project work, depending on the modules you choose.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics, finance or accounting. A strong grounding in quantitative subjects, with high grades in these subjects, is essential.

    International qualifications

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Economics and Finance (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Economics and Finance (10 weeks).

    How to apply

    Application deadlines

    UK/EU: 31 August 2018

    International: applications received before 31 March 2018 will receive equal consideration. Applications made after 31 March 2018 will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June 2018. Should capacity be reached we reserve the right to close any course to new applications before the latest possible application date of 30 June 2018.

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
     
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Documents and information you'll need

    • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you're still studying
    • Two academic references
    • A personal statement
    • An up-to-date CV
    • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
    • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Fees

    UK/EU: £8,000 (total)

    International: £19,000 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

    We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

    There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible for, including:

    • Masters in Economics International Excellence Scholarships
    • Masters in Economics UK/EU Excellence Scholarship
    • Dean's Excellence Scholarship (UK/EU and International)
    • Leeds Alumni Bursary and Excellence Scholarship

    Read more about Business School scholarships.

  • Career opportunities

    This course will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to pursue a career in finance and economics, and certifies your abilities for prospective employers. It also provides a sound basis for you to study at PhD level.

    Graduates of our MSc Economics and Finance have careers worldwide as advisers, researchers and quantitative analysts in economic and financial institutions, consultancy and public service.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    You will be able to access careers and professional development support, which will help you develop key skills including networking and negotiating, and put you in touch with potential employers.

    The Careers Centre provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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  • Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics, finance or accounting and a strong grounding in quantitative subjects.

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

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