Financial Economics

MSc, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... want to acquire the specialist knowledge and skills you need to advance your career as an economist or financial analyst.

Course Description

Our MSc in Financial Economics is approved by the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute and provides you with a foundation for a career as an economic or financial analyst in business, government or a major international organisation. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of finance, investment analysis and analytical methods of modern finance. You will also have the opportunity to use Bloomberg, the industry standard platform for investment and trading.

You will gain an advanced understanding of the key theories and concepts of finance and investment through our core modules. You will be able to pursue your own areas of interest in two core modules and through your dissertation.

You will gain a strong command of analytical techniques, computing and research methods for problem solving and develop your critical analysis of economic theories and debates. The degree will equip you with confidence in the use and presentation of economic arguments in your professional role.

The MSc in Financial Economics opens up career options as an economic or financial analyst in business, government or a major international organisation. The course also prepares you for a PhD.

If you choose to study this course part-time then it will take two years rather than one year. Your teaching will take place one day per week - this will be on a Wednesday for the first year.

Key Facts
Start date
October each year

MSc Admissions Advisor
Department of Economics
+44 (0)116 252 2157 or 5113

Department of Economics website

Why Leicester?

If you complete a full 12-month MSc degree at Leicester, you then have the opportunity to complete a 6-month MSc with Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

At Leicester you will be taught by leading experts, who have both an excellent academic reputation and real-world experience.

Academic staff at Leicester have produced research on economic growth and development, economic transition in Eastern Europe, the East-Asia crisis and UK monetary and fiscal policy.

The department is regularly consulted by government agencies around the world. We also provide expertise to international economic institutions such as the IMF, OECD and the World Bank.

Course Structure

Additional Information


Our MSc is approved by the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute. The programme covers 70% of the CFA® Candidate Body of Knowledge and provides an excellent preparation for Levels I and II of the CFA exams. You will have access to CFA educational resources.

CFA Institute logo 

You will also benefit from our professional development events held in conjunction with the UK Society of Investment Professionals, the local membership body for CFA Institute candidates, charter-holders and members.

Hong Kong Partnership

Once you are studying here in Leicester you can apply to complete a six-month MSc International Banking and Finance (MIBF) programme in the Department of Economics at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. After completing a 12-month course at Leicester and a six-month course at Lingnan you will receive two MSc degrees - one from each university.

You will also have the opportunity to remain in Hong Kong and search for employment, under Hong Kong’s Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates, even if you do not hold a formal job offer.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, classes and computer practicals. You will be supported throughout your studies by department staff who are also available for private supervision. Each week on average you will receive six to eight hours of lectures and four hours of seminars.

Your course modules will generally be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework projects. Some modules are assessed by demonstrated skills in computing or by seminar presentation where this is appropriate.

Your dissertation, which should be no longer than 5,000 words, will give you experience of a typical task that you may have to undertake in a graduate role. It will demonstrate a great deal of independent research along with analysis, critical thinking and the application of techniques.

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent from a recognised university with economic, business or accounting analysis and some mathematical or statistical content.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £10,070

    The Department of Economics awards five scholarships each year to students on the MSc in Financial Economics. These scholarships provide assistance with the fees for the CFA exam registration.

  • Starting in 2016

    • £16,570

    The Department of Economics awards five scholarships each year to MSc Financial Economic students. These scholarships provide assistance with the fees for the CFA exam registration.

Career Opportunities

Our finance and economics courses have been developed to match the needs of employers and are highly regarded within business and government, whether national or international.

The Department of Economics has a strong history of supporting students throughout their studies and beyond into their future careers. Many of our students have gone on to work in major banks, companies, and governments, or pursued careers in academia and education.

A postgraduate qualification from the University of Leicester is career changing. It can be the spring board to promotion with your current employer, the platform from which to launch a new career, or simply an aid to becoming more effective in your current role.

If you are already in employment, enhancing your career by studying at postgraduate level gives a clear signal to employers that you are committed to developing your skills and knowledge and have studied to a higher level.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Financial Economics MSc 1 year full-time October Apply Now
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