MSc Economic and Financial Analysis

What challenges do future economies face, and how should we respond? Help us find the answers and explore new perspectives at Manchester Met.

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Overview

Learn from the experts shaping debates on topics like Brexit, regional economic development, and sports governance. Their real-world policy making feeds directly into your course.

Working with academics, communities, and businesses, we carry out applied research that shapes and benefits our economy. 

We’ve designed this course for graduates who studied economics, finance or business-related degrees at undergraduate level. But it will also suit you if you have other relevant experience.

Sharing our expertise

Our teaching goes beyond most university economics courses by exploring both perspectives of economics and finance. Across all units, you’ll learn from experts with academic, policy and industry experience in the UK and Europe.

First, we’ll encourage you to challenge assumptions underlying mainstream models of economics.Then, you’ll apply your understanding of research and techniques to a range of assignments.

From quantitative modelling to cryptocurrencies, the diverse areas develop your critical thinking skills and ability to deliver a meaningful argument.

When you graduate, you’ll be able to confidently assess a new financial product or innovation for its chances of success – as well as its impact on the financial system.

You could develop the skills you need for roles in banking, finance, analysis, government and regional development.

Features and Benefits

  • Economics and finance experts – learn from expert academics and leading professionals who advise organisations like AJ Bell, the United Nations, UEFA and the World Trade Organization.
  • Location – Manchester boasts one of the largest financial services economies in Europe. You’ll be surrounded by renowned companies and a community of financial professionals.
  • Leading industry speakers – we invite business leaders from various industries onto campus to share their knowledge with our students.
  • Free access to Bloomberg Terminal & Strata – leading global platforms used by the world’s banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
  • Future Economies University Research Centre – we partner with public and private companies such as AJ Bell to create original research with purpose and impact.
  • Postgraduate internship programme – put your skills into action with this optional unit which allows you to gain up to 14 weeks of work experience in industry.

"The tutors really are world-class and use their professional links to open up exciting opportunities for students to ensure that our studies have real-world application.” Kimberly Lazo, MSc Economic and Financial Analysis.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"We’re at the heart of shaping post-Brexit debates, economic development, sports governance, core cities, and devolution in Manchester and the North West.”

Professor Donna Lee, Director of Future Economics.

Career Prospects

We’re a double-accredited business school recognised for our global management education. This means your degree is internationally recognised. 

There’s high demand for economics and finance graduates with the skills to analyse, interpret and interrogate a range of complex data. You could apply your critical and analytical skills to roles in banks, hedge funds, research consultancies and think tanks in the UK and overseas.

Graduates from this programme have applied their skills to a variety of careers in both public and private sectors, including:

They’ve also kick-started their careers with the Government Economics Service, the Office of National Statistics, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Bank of England. 

Or, if a certain area captures your attention, you could delve deeper with a PhD.

Learn more about graduate careers

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Entry requirements

You will have a minimum 2:2 UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent), in a business, economics or finance related subject.

If your degree is not in one of these subjects, please contact the Business School to discuss your application.

We also welcome applications from candidates who may not have a degree but do have equivalent professional qualifications or significant relevant experience.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“We teach a mainstream core curriculum in economics, international business; the impact of sports governance and the development of sport as a business.  But as a modern university, we go much beyond that…”
 
Listen to what Donna Lee, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in that area, with the professional skills that employers are seeking.

Industry experienced teaching expertise

Teaching staff on this programme combine a rich mix of industry qualified and research active academic staff. 

Units on the programme are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas, before embarking on a dissertation. 

Core units

  • Behavioural Economics
  • Financial Economics 
  • Quantitative Modelling
  • Financial Statistics 
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Pluralist Economic Analysis
  • Dissertation

Option units

Choose two from a list including: 

  • Cryptocurrency, Banking Crisis and Human Behaviour
  • Intervention Design and Social Media Analysis
  • Advanced Finance 
  • Language 
  • Internship

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Placement options

Postgraduate internship programme

Employers look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate relevant and practical work experience. All Masters students at the Business School are encouraged to undertake an optional, short-term internship with a real business in order to develop relevant experience relating to their studies. 

The Postgraduate Internship Programme is an optional unit which allows you to gain up to fourteen weeks of work experience in a business environment; putting your studies into practical application, at the same time as gaining practice credits, which are recorded on your degree qualification transcript. 

A dedicated Placement and Project Coordinator will guide you through this process, by sourcing and advertising suitable roles throughout the year, offering 1-2-1 application advice, and supporting you to make speculative applications to source your own Internships. 

Internships can be part-time or full-time but must fit around your scheduled classes.

Employer testimonial - Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

"We have established an excellent relationship with academics at Manchester Met who have collaborated with the Chambers on a variety of projects. A number of good MSc Economic and Financial Analysis students have also gained internships with the Greater Manchester Chambers of Commerce Research and Analytics Team. 

This is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, and the research and analytics team provides high-quality research and cutting-edge insight and intelligence on a variety of aspects of the British and world economy. Interns have received training on SQL and Excel VBA to support their work on wide variety of topics, which have included Devolution in Greater Manchester, Business Rates, the Quarterly Economic Survey and the gender pay gap.

The students’ ability to absorb quickly this training and contribute to outcomes is because of the applied statistical and economics knowledge and skills the students have acquired during their MSc. These are great assets. In fact, we have subsequently offered a number of the students full time positions at the end of their internships."

Christian Spence
Former Head of Research & Policy, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Department of Economics, Policy and International Business

Our Economics, Policy and International Business Department advances knowledge on the issues that matter on a contemporary global stage.

The department is committed to teaching excellence and is led by world-class professionals and academic economists. Reacting to the global needs of the digital age, its aim is to enable students to explore the vast areas influenced by economics and policy.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

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Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,280 for many Postgraduate Courses

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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For more information on how to apply please visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/

Please note, to apply for this course, you only need to submit one reference. While the application form does ask for two, providing one reference (preferably from an academic institution or an employer), will allow your application to be processed.

Advanced Standing

If your qualifications are relevant, you may be eligible for ‘entry with advanced standing'. This entry route gives academic credit for your current qualifications. 

Please note, advanced standing applications cannot be made using the apply online feature. If this applies to you, please instead complete the Postgraduate Application Form.

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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