Economics and Finance student profile
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MSc Economics and Finance
2016 intake - 1 year full-time
- About the programme
- Career opportunities
- Entry criteria
- Next steps
Why study Economics and Finance
Programme Director, Dr Christopher Spencer explains how the programme will equip you to achieve your career ambitions and how it differs from a Masters programme in finance.
Our specialist MSc in Economics and Finance provides an exciting opportunity for you to gain an insight into the pressing economic issues of our times and learn how to assess, adapt and apply modern macroeconomic and microeconomic models to transform organisational or government policy.
In short, it is designed to equip you with the skills of a professional economist, for careers in government, international organisations, business, or as preparation for PhD study.
Unlike a masters in finance, you will learn to understand and model issues affecting financial markets through the holistic lens of an economist; assessing both the microeconomic impacts for firms, as well as the macroeconomic implications for the global economy. You will develop advanced theoretical and quantitative skills, highly sought after by employers in the financial services sectors of industry and government, as well as transferable skills that will be of value for a range of other sectors.
There is the opportunity to specialise in various fields of finance. All students register for the MSc in Economics and Finance. However, depending on the choice and availability of modules and dissertation topic, it is possible to graduate with an MSc in Financial Economics instead.
This MSc also provides basic training for doctoral level research, including a sound foundation in research methods and economic theory, whatever your field of specialisation.
Learning, teaching and assessment
Teaching on the Economics and Finance programme is provided by our world-renowned specialist staff using a number of methods, including: lectures, seminars, group work, feedback forums, one-to-one sessions with programme tutors, and workshops. Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and skills-based courseworks.
The School reserves the right to vary the list of all modules.
- Macroeconomic Analysis
- Microeconomic Analysis
- Research Communication (two-semester module)
- Research Methods
Optional Modules (choose one)
- Financial Economics
- Introduction to Measure Theory and Martingales
- Stochastic Models in Finance
- The Financial System
- Further Quantitative Techniques for Finance and Economics
- Research Communication (two-semester module)
Optional modules (choose three)
- Applied Banking and Financial Modelling
- Asset Management and Derivatives
- Banking and Financial Markets
- Comparative Banking
- Corporate Finance
- Development Finance
- Economics and Energy Policy
- Stochastic Calculus and Theory of Stochastic Pricing
Choice of Semester 2 modules may be restricted by the option selected in Semester 1.
- Dissertation: a 9,000 - 12,000 word supervised dissertation to be completed over the summer on an approved topic of your choice.
Well-trained, numerate economists are in high demand in every sector. This programme prepares you for a career as a professional economist in banking, education, finance, government or industry, and for higher awards by research (for example a PhD).
Example destinations include:
- HSBC – Analyst
- Phones 4u – Finance Graduate
- Siemens – Finance Officer
- SSR Group (Sweden) – Associate FX Broker
We ask for an upper second-class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent overseas qualifications in a subject which has a substantial quantitative component. Good (2:1) grades in quantitative modules are required. Some previous economics is recommended. For this, previous study of macroeconomics and microeconomics is desirable. Eligible quantitative subjects include accounting, maths, physics, chemistry, engineering, computing, and finance.
See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required.
English language requirement for international students
IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component
The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course.
If you are interested in studying our Economics and Finance MSc please follow the links for further useful information:
- Fees and funding - find out how much your programme will cost
- How to apply - tips on the application process
- Masters open days - a chance to visit the facilities and meet our academics
- Student experience - find out about our award-winning student experience
- Student profiles - read profiles and watch videos from our students and alumni
- Accommodation - find out about living in Loughborough
- International students - extra information for international students
To enquire about our Economics and Finance programme please contact:
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223621