Financial Economics - MSc

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Studying Financial Economics at postgraduate level gives you the opportunity to advance your knowledge of econometric and quantitative methods, and economics and financial theory, while learning about financial architecture and classical finance curriculum. With opportunities to further specialise in areas such as time series econometrics and computational finance.

Overview

Take your degree a step further with this flexible and valuable MSc that will open doors to careers in international organisations, the financial sector and overseas governments. Be part of a university that has a strong research culture and an international reputation for applied microeconomics, quantitative macroeconomics theory and economic development.

Reasons to study Financial Economics at Kent

  • you'll study in our new Kennedy building, home to our economics community, with excellent facilities, ideal for teaching analytic tools.
  • you’ll have access to the excellent research facilities in The Templeman Library
  • you’ll be part of one of a few courses in the UK to offer specialist training in advanced econometric methods and their application
  • you’ll 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
  • you'll learn from inspiring lecturers who advise UK, European and international organisations

What you'll learn

Build on your existing knowledge, abilities and skills by developing a deeper understanding of economic theory in its relation to finance, econometric and quantitative techniques, whilst choosing modules and areas of interest within Financial Economics to specialise in. You’ll develop the skills necessary for independent research and application to real world problems.

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About the School of Economics

The School of Economics is dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research, as demonstrated by our results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 and recent national student surveys. Our academic staff are active in research, and teaching and learning are informed by the School’s thriving research culture and strong cosmopolitan academic community.

We currently have 35 academic staff, with about 35-40 MSc and PhD students, which has the benefit of a good community for interaction between students but also means that each student receives a good deal of individual attention in classes and workshops. It also means that we are able to offer excellent facilities for research.

Our postgraduate student community is global with many of the students originating from outside the UK and Europe. There are also a number of different nationalities represented within the academic staff. You will be able to integrate into this multicultural environment and build yourself an international professional network for the future.

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree from they UK or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in economics or a combined degree in economics and another subject. Applicants must also have a good level of quantitative skills (eg a pre-university school qualification in mathematics).

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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Course structure

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time

The Financial Economics MSc is studied over one year full-time or two years part-time and is divided into two stages: eight taught modules (six of which are compulsory) and a dissertation.

There are compulsory modules in Financial Economics: Advanced Macroeconomics, Financial Economics, Econometric Methods, Advanced Topics in Financial Economics, International Finance, Money and Credit and Research Skills. These modules build upon students’ existing knowledge, understanding and skills. Students will also have the choice of two optional modules. 

You develop a deeper understanding of economic and finance theory, quantitative and research methods, and policy applications. The teaching and learning of skills are carefully integrated into the structure of the modules and degree programme. The final two modules are chosen from a range of options based upon the finance research interests of our academic staff.

All of our MSc programmes require some mathematical analysis, and we recognise that students have widely differing backgrounds in mathematics. The first week of all our MSc programmes includes compulsory intensive teaching in mathematics, refreshing and improving your skills in order to equip you with the techniques you will need for the rest of the programme.

Students who successfully pass the taught element of the programme proceed to the dissertation stage where you undertake a supervised project of your choice on an Economics/Finance topic.

Advice on choice of dissertation topic and management is given during the taught stage of the programme. The dissertation stage develops students’ research skills and follows on from the Research Methods module. Student dissertations are supervised by academic staff.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from  other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

As well as the compulsory modules, you also choose two from a list of optional modules. Once you have successfully completed the taught elements of the programme, you will progress to the Economics Dissertation.

Teaching

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is through a wide variety of methods including seminar presentations, extended essays, short projects, in-class tests, examinations, and the dissertation.

Programme aims

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.

Learning outcomes

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

Intellectual skills

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.

Subject-specific skills

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.

Transferable skills

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.

Fees

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9500
  • EU full-time £14500
  • International full-time £19300
  • Home part-time £4750
  • EU part-time £7250
  • International part-time £9650

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

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Funding

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Independent rankings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, over 87% of our Economics research was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for publications and environment.

Research

Research areas

The School of Economics has a strong research culture and an international reputation in several fields, particularly applied microeconomics (labour and agri-environmental), quantitative macroeconomic theory, macro and microeconometrics and economic development.

The School is home to two research centres and one research group:

Centre for Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS)

CEAS has a long history of participating in agri-environmental research and policy debate. Founded in 1974 to conduct research into the implications of the UK's entry to the European Economic Community, CEAS has developed into a centre of research excellence, focusing on food and agri-environmental policy in the UK and Europe.

Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC)

MaGHiC brings together a large number of researchers at the School whose main interests lie in the wide area of macroeconomics. MaGHiC is the focal point for macroeconomic research, impact and training at the University of Kent. The centre's main focus is on the analysis of macroeconomic issues, including productivity and growth, labour markets, income distribution, business cycles and macroeconomic phenomena from a historical perspective. The group also has technical strength in computational economics, macroeconometric modelling and forecasting, and expertise in building long-run macroeconomic time series and reconstructing historical national accounts.

Microeconomics Research Group

In addition to the two research centres, the School has an active microeconomics research group, whose members’ research spans applied and theoretical microeconomics, and microeconometrics. The group’s research covers a wide range of areas with the main focus being on development economics, labour and education economics, microeconometrics, games and behavioural economics, the economics of food, economic geography, industrial organisation, political economy, networks and the economics of taxation.

Careers

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 92% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2017 and responded to a national survey, were in work or further study within six months (DLHE). 

A postgraduate degree in the area of economics is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates have gone on to work as economists in international organisations, the financial sector, business, UK and overseas governments, and to further postgraduate training and academic careers at Kent, UK and overseas universities. Recent MSc graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as BNP Paribas, AXA, FactSet and PwC.

The School's employability officers and the University's Careers and Employability Service are available throughout the year to offer one-to-one advice and help on all aspects of employability at any stage in your postgraduate studies. We also offer online advice on employability skills, career choices, applications and interview skills.

Study support

Postgraduate resources

The School provides rooms specifically for use by MSc students, with computer facilities and open space for discussion and group work.

All MSc students are assigned an academic adviser to be their point of reference for advice, support and guidance during their studies. They are also allocated a supervisor for the MSc dissertation, who can advise on data and provide comments on methodologies and the written material.

The School has an active and inclusive research culture involving all postgraduate students, with a regular seminar programme during the year mixing internal workshops with events to which we invite outside speakers. There is also a student Economics Society, which invites its own speakers for discussion of economics topics, and Kent Invest Society which manages a virtual portfolio.

An international school

Our postgraduate student community is global with about half the students originating from outside the UK and Europe, including Africa, China, India, the Middle East, Pakistan, Russia and the USA. We have strong links with universities in Australia, Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Japan and the USA, among others. Economics staff teach on the postgraduate courses provided by the University of Kent at Brussels. You will be able to integrate into this multicultural environment and build the foundations for an international professional network.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

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