Business and Financial Economics, MSc/PGDip

Business and Financial Economics, MSc/PGDip

Internationalisation of the world economy and the policy challenges it has posed for business and public decision-makers have increased the demand for economics graduates. This demand is evident in a wide range of national and international institutions, including central banks and finance ministries, commercial and investment banks, rating agencies, and business organisations. Opportunities are also available in international governmental and non-governmental organisations, central and local government departments, and economics and business media.

These employers reflect an ever-increasing demand for high-quality, evidence-based decision making that requires competence in applied economics and state-of-the-art data analysis.

This programme will enable you to respond to this increasing demand by combining solid training in theory and method with stimulating exposure to economics and financial data sources. The programme weaves a three-way linkage between business and financial economics theory, data analysis, and application of theory and method to policy and strategy issues in the world of business and finance.

The programme has a number of distinctive features. These include structured conversion, which will enable you to combine theory and evidence to produce evidence-based work, and rigorous application, enabling you to combine theory and evidence to develop evidence-based answers to economic and business issues. You will also become competent in data access and analysis, enabling you to access, manage and analyse data on a wide range of economic and business issues. A work placement will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills and prepare for work as a professional economist.

We are proud to say that we are first for student course satisfaction in London for Economics, according to both the Guardian and the Complete University Guide 2016 league tables.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To equip you with a sound knowledge of business and financial economics, which will help improve your analytical and problem-solving skills
  • To introduce you to new insights in the study of business and financial economics, which will develop your critical- and creative-thinking skills
  • To enable you to respond to the increasing demand for economics graduates by developing your skills and competence in business and financial economics.


International Business and Economics


Greenwich Campus


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

September or January start

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A good quality recognised degree in economics, industrial organisation, financial management or public policy (generally a minimum 2.2 or equivalent).

* Graduates in business studies, mathematics/IT, social sciences, and engineering are also welcome to apply - provided that economics or quantitative methods constitute a component of their studies.

* Students educated in a language other than English should normally have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent in a Secure English Language Test. Alternatively, students with an overall IELTS of 5 or 5.5 can study our Pre-Sessional English language programme prior to degree studies.


You are assessed through coursework, presentations, projects, closed-book examinations and a dissertation.

Career options

You can expect to find employment in: national and international business organisations specialised in various business sectors covered in the programme; financial market institutions and organisations including banks; policy-making institutions seeking economists with a sound applied economics background; NGOs with interest in business and economic policies and issues; and finance and business-relations departments of local governments.

Full time

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Our programmes in Economics will give you the knowledge and practical skills to meet the demands of both national and international employers.

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