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Financial Economics, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Financial Economics course at Kingston University will enable you to have a sound understanding of the functions, institutions and instruments of finance, and to know how and why financial systems differ. The MA provides an in-depth study of how finance affects the broader economy, and how the behaviour of firms, households and governments are adapting as the financial sector evolves.

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Key features

  • The Financial Economics course at Kingston University offers a good preparation for work in a range of public and private institutions that require a real knowledge of finance and its effect on the broader economy. The microeconomic skills you'll develop can be used in roles that undertake company valuation such as private banks or pension funds. 
  • Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.
  • The University's Economics department is actively engaged in research and publication on financial topics, and you will benefit from regular staff seminars and workshops.

What will you study?

You will study core aspects of macro- and microeconomic theories, taking a pluralist approach, and develop an understanding of the long-term historical and conceptual context of contemporary issues and debates. Consequently, you will master a range of economic analysis, key analytical skills and empirical background necessary to participate in discussions on financial economic issues.

You will work individually with a member of staff to choose a topic for your dissertation, research this topic and write up your conclusions. Your topic will be a contemporary issue relating to financial economics. You will work on your dissertation with a member of the Economics department who specialises in and pursues research in the field of financial economics.

Where this course will take you

Whilst studying this Financial Economics MA, you'll be taught a range of skills to enhance your employability. All students completing the programme will emerge with a sound understanding of the underlying analytical principles and research techniques used in financial economics, as well as the ability to write in a clear and coherent manner about the issues involved. The dissertation evidences the ability to produce an extended piece of research in this field, integrating and demonstrating mastery of this range of skills.

You will be equipped with the required knowledge and skills, and will be seen to be attractive to a range of employers involved in, or dealing with financial issues in both the public and private sector, including governmental and nongovernmental research organisations concerned with finance, financial institutions and industrial firms, government regulatory bodies and academic institutions; it also prepares individuals to act independently as specialists on financial affairs.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Economic Change and Ideas
  • Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
  • Financial Economics
  • Applied Econometrics and Methods
  • Economics Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • successful completion of a certified programme of study in an area appropriate to the content of the degree (normally a good second-class honours undergraduate degree or its equivalent, including, where appropriate, quantitative methods having been studied to an appropriate standard); strong academic performance in other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis;
  • relevant non-certificated learning; and
  • an appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7125 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7125 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Home and European Union 
  • MA part time £3,918
Overseas 
  • MA part time £7,755

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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