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Economics and Finance MSc

  • Entry requirements: 2:1 (or above)
  • Year of entry: 2017
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location: Loughborough
  • Part-time: Not available
  • School: Business and Economics

Programme information

Our MSc Economics and Finance programme will provide you with the capability to apply modern macroeconomic, microeconomic and econometric methods in order to assess and shape organisational, government and financial policy.

The programme is designed to equip you with the advanced theoretical and quantitative skills of a professional economist, for careers in government, international organisations, business, management consultancy and the financial sector and for higher awards by research. You will study economic theory and policy, the actions of governments, firms, households and intermediaries in national and global money, bond and foreign exchange markets.

You will examine both the microeconomic impacts for firms and the macroeconomic implications for the global economy, and will develop advanced theoretical and quantitative skills – highly sought after by employers in financial services and government – as well as transferable skills that will be of value in a range of other sectors.

Students will also sharpen their practical skills by completing a research project that allows them to apply their knowledge of economics and finance.

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Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in economics, business (with a strong quantitative component), finance, management science, operations research, mathematics, physics, or engineering. Applicants from other degree disciplines may be considered, but as for all applicants, good (2:1 or above) grades in relevant mathematics/statistics modules are expected.

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 requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

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. TOEFL with an overall score of 92, and no sub-test score below 22.

See full list of English language qualifications we accept, with full details on each.


You will be assessed by a combination of group and individual coursework as well as exams.

Take a look at our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake.

Further Career Prospects

Well-trained, numerate economists are in high demand in every sector of the economy. Graduates will be equipped with the skills of a professional economist for careers in government, international organisations, business, management consultancy and the financial sector and for higher awards by research. 

Example graduate destinations include: HSBC – Analyst; SSR Group (Sweden) – Associate FX Broker; Siemens – Finance Officer. Other students have gone on to further research study.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 2 £12,500 £18,500

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

Find out more about the support available for international students and UK/EU students undertaking a research degree or a taught programme.