MSc Finance and Economics

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This MSc Finance and Economics degree is designed to provide students with a general training in economics, whilst enabling specialisation in the area of Finance. Faculty who teach on this programme include international experts in several areas of economics and individuals with practice experience of the Stock Market.

The MSc Finance and Economics is offered over one year full-time.

Is the MSc Programme right for you?

Postgraduate Options: Graduate Diploma, MA or MSc

The School of Economics offers a diverse range of taught postgraduate study opportunities:

The Graduate Diploma provides core training in Economics for graduates (or those with an equivalent qualification) who do not already…

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This MSc Finance and Economics degree is designed to provide students with a general training in economics, whilst enabling specialisation in the area of Finance. Faculty who teach on this programme include international experts in several areas of economics and individuals with practice experience of the Stock Market.

The MSc Finance and Economics is offered over one year full-time.

Is the MSc Programme right for you?

Postgraduate Options: Graduate Diploma, MA or MSc

The School of Economics offers a diverse range of taught postgraduate study opportunities:

The Graduate Diploma provides core training in Economics for graduates (or those with an equivalent qualification) who do not already have an extensive recent economics background - acting as a progression route to further postgraduate study, particularly for our MSc Programme.

The Applied Training Programme (Master of Arts) is designed to provide training in new and vocationally attractive skills in Economics. It is appropriate for graduates in Economics who wish to develop specialist expertise without committing to the full research-led training Academic and Professional (MSc) programme. It is also appropriate for those with a limited Economics background but with an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in the applied area. These courses should appeal to students who wish to pursue a career in the areas of finance, management, international business, international relations and the mass media.

The Academic and Professional Programme (Master of Science) is designed to provide intensive research-led training in advanced economic theory, econometrics and research methods. This route is suitable for those who aim to gain employment as professional economists in government, financial institutions, business, commerce, industry, international agencies and other similar organisations. The MSc Programme is also suitable for those seeking eventual PhD enrolment and/or an academic career as a lecturer in Economics. Many of our former PhD students now hold academic posts as lecturers in University departments both in the UK and overseas.

ESRC Research Centre for Competition Policy

Students undertaking the MSc Finance and Economics degree also benefit from close collaboration with research conducted by the ESRC Research Centre for Competition Policy - one of the University's Research Centres working at the forefront of policy debates in competition economics at international level, with senior advisory links with the European Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trade and the UK Competition Commission. Students are encouraged to attend the Centre's workshops, seminars and conferences and so are able to interact with leading academics and practitioners from across Europe and the United States.


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Entry Requirements Degree Subject: Economics Degree Classification: 2.1 or equivalent Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 92 (minimum 19 listening, 21 speaking, 19 writing and 20 reading)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests such as TOEIC and the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.

INTO UEA and INTO UEA London run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk (INTO UEA Norwich) or pseuealondon@into.uk.com (INTO UEA London).

Special Entry Requirements

September Pre-Sessional Courses

The School of Economics runs intensive courses in Mathematics and Statistics for Economists in the fortnight preceding the Masters programme in September. This course is compulsory and incorporates the techniques of calculus and matrix algebra; in addition, students are introduced to the econometric software package which will be used in their MSc programme.

The Academic and Professional Programme (Master of Science)

The MSc programme is designed to provide intensive research-led training in advanced economic theory, econometrics and research methods. It is suitable for those who aim to gain employment as professional economists in government, financial institutions, business, commerce, industry, international agencies and other similar organisations. The MSc is also suitable for those seeking PhD enrolment and/or an academic career as a lecturer in Economics. Many of our former PhD students now hold academic posts as lecturers and professors in University departments both in the UK and overseas.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Teaching is provided by members of academic staff, often in a relatively informal learning environment, and programmes may incorporate lectures, seminars, and practical work. Students are normally required to complete a combination of core and specialist modules. All our modules are year-long so we can develop an integrated in-depth approach. Assessment is by written assignments, examination, and a dissertation.

Thank you for your interest in Economics at UEA. We are a research-inspired School known for its friendly and stimulating environment. We are committed to providing a first-rate academic experience where excellence in teaching goes hand in hand with internationally renowned research.

Economics at UEA has been ranked joint 4th for teaching and 3rd for support in the 2012 National Student Survey (NSS).

Success Indicators International Reputation
  • Our students have consistently ranked their student experience among the highest of Economics departments in the UK, and we are always in the top 10.
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University has again in 2012 ranked us in 8th position among UK universities for economics/business.
  • In the rankings of economics departments published at econphd.econwiki.com, UEA is ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK for ‘decision theory/experiments’.
Student Satisfaction
  • In our BSc Economics scheme 100% of students were satisfied with the quality of the course, 97% say staff have made the subject interesting, 100% say staff are good at explaining things, 97% students say the course is well organized and is running smoothly and, 97% say that resources are good enough for their needs (KIS, 2012)
  • "So far my university experience has been phenomenal...", 1st Place in What Uni? Student Choice Awards.
Research
  • The Centre for Competition Policy is at the forefront of policy debates in competition economics at the international level, with advisory links with the European Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trading and the UK Competition Commission
  • The most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 found 65% of our research output was world leading or internationally excellent, with 95% in total being deemed of international standing.

How we do it
  • Excellence in Teaching: We augment traditional teaching methods with learner-centred strategies such as interactive workshops and classroom experiments. To enhance the student experience, we integrate these methods with a variety of innovative assessment approaches.
  • Research-Inspired: We have internationally renowned researchers who have the experience to provide a practical angle to the academic rigour of Economics.
  • Collegiate Environment: Economics at UEA provides for a lively close knit community with friendly, approachable academic staff.
  • Tailored Support: The School prioritises pastoral care with all students allocated a Personal Adviser. Learning enhancement support is embedded within the delivery of our courses, ensuring that students receive as much support as they need.
  • Quality Control: Course quality is continuously monitored by obtaining written feedback from our students on each module they take. Each June there is a thorough review of our teaching.
  • Module Choice: Economics at UEA provides a wide range of integrated contemporary modules, enabling students to explore the diverse analysis offered by economics.
  • Quality Resources: The University Library offers an excellent range of legal materials and electronic resources with a dedicated Social Sciences Faculty Librarian available to help you find the information you need.
  • Career Prospects: As well as the University careers service, Economics at UEA has a dedicated careers adviser. Engineered for employability, our programmes offer excellent opportunities.
  • Norwich- A Fine City: Voted one of the best small cities in the world (The Times Good University Guide). UEA was voted joint 3rd for 'Good Security' out of 113 Universities in the 'Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey' in 2011 and the University of East Anglia has been voted the safest University in England three years in a row.
Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2012/2013 will be:

  • UK/EU Students: £5,215
  • International Students: £12,615

NB: Fees listed are inclusive of the 2-week pre-sessional Mathematics and Statistics for Economists course.

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

Living Expenses

Approximately £7,500 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for more detailed information about funding for prospective Economics students.


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