Financial Economics MSc

The fascinating world of banking and financial markets is more than just headlines, it is the lifeblood of our collective global economies. Our MSc is designed for graduates with an economics-based degree, who are seeking to train themselves technically for their career in finance. Combining generic and specialist financial modules, the programme offers a comprehensive grounding in financial markets and banking from an economics perspective.

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The programme will be primarily targeted at students with an undergraduate degree in an economics-based degree but with a desire to obtain a technical training relevant for the world of finance.

With its blend of generic modules and specialist financial modules, MSc Financial Economics would be ideal for individuals wishing to embark on a career in the finance industry.

This course will give students an insight into financial markets and the world of banking from an economics perspective.


 The programme comprises 180 credits in total (credits given in brackets below). You will also submit a research dissertation.  

Core modules

In addition to the compulsory modules, you must choose 20 credits from the modules below:

Optional modules 

Please note all modules are subject to change.

Fees and funding

  • UK/EU students = £12,060
  • International students = £16,920

Please check with the School for the latest fees information. Learn more about fees and funding.

Business School Scholarships may be available, find out more about our scholarships.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Find out more.

Entry requirements

All entrants should have a good undergraduate degree (UK 2.1 or equivalent) in Economics or a related subject. Minimum subject requirements would be intermediate level Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics (or Statistics).

English language requirement will be IELTS 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

How to apply

Applicants are now closed for 2015 and will reopen for 2016 applications in early Autumn.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Students will gain an advanced training in general economics, ranging from microeconomics to macroeconomics, and in the principles of finance.

They will be able to formulate modules mathematically and to undertake advanced econometric analysis, with emphasis placed on applying the knowledge to areas of finance.

Your learning setting

The home of Birmingham Business School is University House, conveniently situated on the edge of the main campus opposite the main gate of the University. To the elegant old house of 1908, that houses staff rooms and social space, a new multi-million pound state of-the-art teaching and learning complex has been added giving a unique combination of historic elegance and cutting-edge facilities.

Our students benefit from advanced teaching technology. All fifteen lecture theatres and seminar rooms contain comprehensive audio-visual equipment and sound systems, as well as wireless connectivity and data projection. Three large PC clusters add to computing facilities already available to students across the campus. The main lecture theatre, seating 200, is often utilised outside term-time as a conference facility for local industry.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.

Career development advice

Our consultants offer an individual advice service, which includes:

  • Career review and objective setting
  • Job-seeking strategies
  • CV review
  • Application advice
  • Interview and selection advice
  • Working in the UK
  • International work enquiries

Skills coaching

Employers aren’t just looking for great qualifications. They want to see high-quality personal skills too, such as team working, leadership, presentation and interpersonal skills. Our Skills Development Consultants offer individual appointments to help you shape and hone these qualities.

Keeping you up to date

Our Employer Liaison Team regularly undertakes initiatives to attract employment/ project opportunities into the Business School. You can find information about vacancies and other openings on Careers in Business Online and on Business School noticeboards, as well as through the Careers and Employability Centre vacancy database .

Careers events and workshops

This is your chance to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with industry professionals. Our range of career management, personal development and employer events are a great opportunity to discover what’s open to you upon graduation – just sign up to the events to take part.

Using the Careers and Employability Centre

Postgraduate students in the Business School are very welcome to use the services provided by the Careers and Employability Centre such as online vacancy listings, employer presentations and fairs and accessing online careers information. You can use the Careers in Business team for individual appointments, CV checking, mock interviews and other job search-related activities.