MSc Economics and Finance

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This programme is especially designed for those holding an appropriate degree who wish to expand their career options by building expertise in finance. This MSc allows you to develop your understanding of economic theory and econometrics, including recent advances in the subject, and to acquire a solid understanding of finance theory and its applications to financial markets and corporate finance.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units:

  • Asset Pricing
  • Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

Optional units

You must complete four units, at least three of which should be selected from:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Banking
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Investment Management
  • Quantitative Finance

The final unit can be taken from the following list:

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Further Econometrics
  • Further Macroeconomics
  • Health Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Microeconometrics
  • Policy Experiments
  • Programme Evaluation

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.


The MSc is completed with a project-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words. The dissertation topic is decided upon after discussion with a supervisor. You will be able to draw from lists of suggested dissertation topics.

Entry requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in Economics, Finance, Mathematics or similar discipline.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


The programme provides excellent preparation for careers in investment management, financial research, trading, consulting and corporate finance, and for further academic study in finance.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Our overall deadline is 1 July 2016.

The school welcomes all applications that fulfil our admissions criteria. However, in order to select a balanced international student cohort, and in response to very high demand from students from China, applications for some countries may close earlier in the year. Any such decision will be reviewed on a regular basis.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

Categories 18 and 19 apply. Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol.

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Graduate Studies Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1519 Email:

Graduate Studies Office
School of Economics, Finance and Management
8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TN


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