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MScFinancial Economics

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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You gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of financial economics. In particular, you explore topics including:

- Notions of risk and return in equity markets, both in the context of asset pricing and in the management of equity portfolios
- Optimisation theory
- How economic arguments work
- The role of equilibrium

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of:

- Game theory and strategic interactions
- Theoretical and applied econometrics
- Labour economics

The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies.

Programme structure

Year 1

Econometric Methods
Economics of Financial Markets
Mathematical Methods
Topics in Financial Economics
Applications of Data Analysis (optional)
Computational Agent-Based Macro-Economics, Financial Markets and Policy Design (optional)
Economic Development Theory (optional)
Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
Game Theory and Applications (optional)
International Finance (optional)
International Trade (optional)
Macroeconomics (optional)
Microeconometrics (optional)
Microeconomics (optional)
Panel Data Methods (optional)
Political Economy (optional)
Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
Time Series Econometrics (optional)

Career opportunities

On our MSc Financial Economics you will gain key skills in the analysis of complex financial data. In addition you will develop key employability skills like mathematical techniques, statistical analysis and computer skills and acquire a deep knowledge of how financial markets work and how to analyse them.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a range of high-profile organisations:

Ernst and Young
Amba Research
Indicus Analytics

More generally, our graduates find employment in roles such as business and financial analysts, management consultants, government officials, and economists for banks and other financial organisations.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States