MSc Finance & Economics
Discover how to apply your economics knowledge to finance with our MSc Finance & Economics
Explore the most advanced tools in finance and use your economics background as a springboard to increase your career options. Benefit from the combined approach of Warwick Business School and the Department of Economics, two of the University of Warwick’s top departments.
This course is ideal for you if you already have a strong grounding in economics, are highly numerate, and want to learn to apply your knowledge to finance. You will be considering jobs in the City or in the capital markets of your own country, in areas such as asset management, corporate finance, trading, financial regulation, and economic and financial consulting and central banking.
As the anticipation of jobs being challenged by Artificial Intelligence becomes a reality, we aim to share the skills and depth of understanding needed to design, develop, and supervise these new forms of financial intelligence.
In line with the CFA curriculum we have launched a new module on Ethics, Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance, offering you the opportunity to study with a European business school partner.
WBS and the Department of Economics benefit from excellent links to key financial institutions and employers, and this course has benefited from industry recommendations.
Eight compulsory modules cover key material in finance, economics and econometrics while two optional modules allow you to focus on your preferences. Every year we offer optional modules, available through various study routes, delivered here at WBS. Please note that availability and delivery modes may vary.
Modules are taught by staff from both WBS and the Department of Economics at Warwick through a combination of lectures, classes and computer lab sessions.
Assessment is a mix of exams and coursework with your dissertation bringing all your learning together at the end.
Lectures & classes
Lectures introduce key theories, concepts and economic models. In classes you will solve financial problems and numerical exercises, analyse case studies and make presentations of research published in academic journals.
As part of a recent review of the MSc Finance & Economics, WBS has launched an exciting new compulsory module on Ethics, Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance. This module will be run in conjunction with at least one of WBS’ key European business school partners, and as such will offer the opportunity to study overseas, providing you with access to contextualised content and a global voice on the concepts of ethics and financial market regulation.
Lab work will give you hands-on experience of using software to perform finance-related calculations and conduct realistic simulations. Econometric methods are also taught in the lab, so you will learn to apply econometric software to empirical research and financial market estimations.
A 6,000 word dissertation gives you the opportunity to test and apply techniques and theories you have been learning and to complete an original piece of research. You will be supervised and supported by one of our academic staff or Teaching Associates and will usually submit your dissertation in early September.
The finance programmes are challenging technical courses. To succeed on these courses you will need strong mathematics and statistics or econometrics ability, this could be demonstrated by a high 2.1 or 1st achieved in a relevant subject at Undergraduate level.
Your degree would normally need to be in economics, or have had a substantial economics component, and you must have taken courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory at an intermediate level. Competencies are also required in calculus, statistics and econometrics.
You are unlikely to be considered if your degree is in business, commerce, or other similar areas as it is unlikely that you will have had sufficient formal training.
GMAT & GRE
We do not require a GMAT or GRE score, but a well balanced score (700+) may strengthen your application.