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MSc Business Economics & Finance

Aston University MSc Business Economics and Finance

I applied to Aston not only because of its world class reputation, research and academic merit, but also the vibrant community of students and alumni."

Amman Kaur Atwal
Analyst at Willis Towers Watson

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2.2 minimum)

This course will provide you with further knowledge of economics and finance, developing your familiarity with key theories and providing you with a diverse range of skills in demand by employers. Our graduates go on to work at companies including Goldman Sachs, Ernst and Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

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In the top 15 Economics MScs in The Guardian University League Table 2016
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Learn the key skills international employers want
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Study abroad and internship opportunities
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Get consultancy experience on a live business dissertation project

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University

Specific entry requirement:

You will be required to have some foundational knowledge of Economics (successfully completed 10 ECTS credits, the equivalent of two standard undergraduate level modules).

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration of course: Full-time - 12 months
Start date:
September

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

The MSc Business Economics and Finance degree has been developed based on collaboration with practitioners who advised on the skills that are most valued in employment. The course is delivered by academics who are at the forefront of their research area, regularly interacting with policymakers and businesses to advise them on key decision making matters. It is an appropriate next step for those with a foundation knowledge of economics.

This course will provide you with further knowledge of economics and finance subjects and develop your familiarity with key theories that aid in understanding real world issues. In addition it will equip you with a wide of range of practical skills that are highly demanded by employers.

The course includes the key components of economics, finance and quantitative methods.

The finance modules will help you to develop an understanding of the workings of financial markets, investments, corporate finance and their constituents. The economics modules will develop your understanding of how the economy and business organisations function and how these areas are influenced by policymakers. By jointly studying the finance and economics modules, you will be able to develop an understanding of how financial markets and investment decisions are affected by changing economic and institutional environments. 

The quantitative methods modules will equip you with a practical, analytical and statistical understanding of the tools that can be used for solving financial and economic problems. You will have access to advanced statistical and econometric software packages to enable you to analyse financial and economic data. The combination of these technical and analytical skills complemented with an understanding of economics and finance will enable you to make effective recommendations about policy and investment problems. A consistent message we get from employers is that these skills are vital for a successful career.

Practical development will be embedded within the modules and assessments throughout the course. For example, you will be exposed to data handling, conducting analytical research, group work and report writing.

Core Modules:

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods

  • Economics of Governance and Organisations

  • International Finance 
  • Macroeconomics

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance

  • Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules:

Choose two modules from the following list, subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some modules and combinations:

  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Emerging Economies
  • International Business
  • International Entrepreneurship 
  • Strategic Management

  • Valuation of Investments

  • Business Finance

The course then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.

Assessment

Taught modules will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. You will also be required to conduct relevant and up-to-date research involving a literature review, assimilating and analysing data and developing critical recommendations based on their findings.

Personal Development

  • Develop your knowledge of economics and finance subjects and key theories
  • Gain a diverse range of skills highly in demand by employers
  • Focus on how knowledge can be applied to a real world context 
  • Learn from leading academics who are experts in their research area.  

Course director

Dr Rakesh Bissoondeeal
Dr Rakesh Bissoondeeal is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. He was previously a Research Fellow at Glasgow University and a Visiting Lecturer at Nottingham University. His research combines themes from the fields of Economics and Finance. He has also worked closely with Kimal Plc on a government funded project.  

More than a masters

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year.

You'll choose between a 12 month or 18 month masters and have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Build a portfolio of professional business skills
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

Learn more

This course will prepare you for a career in the financial sector, for example, as an Economic or Financial analyst. Aston graduates with similar expertise have been employed by organisations such as HSBC, BMW, HM Treasury, Goldman Sachs, Ernst and Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers in various locations around Europe and throughout the World.

Fees: 

UK/EU:          £11,200  
International:  £17,650

Scholarships:
Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here


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