Economics, Finance and Banking MSc
MSc Economics, Finance and Banking
If you're looking for a Master's that'll sharpen your knowledge of economics and finance and give you a deep insight into the financial services sector, this is the postgraduate course for you.
On this MSc Economics, Finance and Banking degree course, you'll focus on business decision-making and strategy. You'll learn to interpret trends, identify market risks and assess public policy, while developing the forecasting techniques that'll make you a real asset to the financial services and banking sectors.
When you graduate, your Master's degree can open doors to ambitious roles in the finance and banking sectors, business and commerce, industry, and private and public sectors.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Evaluate economic theories, principles and strategy
- Learn how to interpret trends and identify market risks
- Assess public policy arguments
- Develop financial forecasting techniques
- Study themes including financial markets, econometrics, regulation and international banking
- Use our Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trades
- Receive support and mentoring from staff, both face-to-face and via social media
- Complete an independent research project, based on economic research in a topic of your choice
- Tap in to our library’s array of electronic resources, including ejournals and newspapers
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you find a job that puts your Master's degree to work, wherever your career aspirations lead you. Our Careers and Employability service is on hand to help you identify positions that match your skills and interests, and can help you put your best foot forward when you leave University.
You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
This course will provide you with the analytical skills needed to work in financial markets. You’ll be in a strong position to enjoy a successful career in the finance and banking sectors, business and commerce, industry, and private and public sectors.
Career opportunities include:
- Account manager
- Financial analyst
- Trader in financial assets
- Purchasing and acquisitions officer
- Business professional
- Commercial, industrial or public sector manager
The University of Portsmouth is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). That means your degree carries a seal of approval for future employers, that the teaching you receive is top-class and relevant.
When you graduate from this course you'll be also be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate. This demonstrates you know your way around the Bloomberg Suite – the technology used to access the same data, analytics and software used by city traders.
- A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject which includes some element of Economics, Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time: £10,200
- Part time
- Year 1: £3,400
- Year 2: £6,800
- Full time: £14,700
- Part time
- Year 1: £4,900
- Year 2: £9,800
Fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units include:
- Contracts, Markets and Regulation
- Financial Econometrics
- Finance and Financial Markets
- International Banking
- Research Methods and Dissertation
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- student presentations
- in-class exercises
- practical sessions using the Bloomberg Suite
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You are assessed in ways that reflect individual topics. You'll get help to build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.
Admissions terms and conditionsWhen you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
- Subject area
- Accounting, Economics and Finance