Business Economics and Finance MSc

This programme combines an advanced understanding of core economic principles with a focus on their application in the context of business and corporate finance.

Why Surrey?

At the University of Surrey, you will discover a School of Economics that enjoys a leading reputation for research and teaching built upon a commitment to theoretical and rigorously founded applied work.

One of the top Economics schools in the UK, we offer programmes that offer you a fundamental education in the skills necessary for using economics in your future career or in undertaking PhD research. They also allow opportunities for you to specialise in all aspects of the discipline, according to your own particular interests or career aspirations.

Programme overview

As with all our Economics programmes, our Business Economics and Finance MSc will give you a thorough education in the microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. This programme combines that understanding with two particular specialty areas.

Firstly, modules in the Economics of the Firm and Human Resource Economics are concerned with the importance of business issues in the study of economics and modern developments in personnel economics. The second area of specialisation focuses on the theory of finance and financial econometrics. The former will give you a thorough grounding in modern finance theory, while the latter is directed towards the principal econometric techniques that have been applied to financial data.

This programme provides you with knowledge and skills that are of immediate value in the job market, whilst also providing an excellent base from which to undertake further research. 

Research skills are honed as part of the programme and you will have the opportunity to use these skills to carry out a dissertation under individual supervision by an academic within the School of Economics.

Programme structure

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules, a module in research methods and a dissertation. You will also study an initial week of Quantitative Methods Induction.

Compulsory modules:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics I
  • Economics of the Firm
  • Econometrics II
  • Theory of Finance
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Human Resource Economics

Teaching and assessment

Modules are usually assessed by coursework and examinations. Typically, the coursework accounts for 25 per cent of the marks and the examination for 75 per cent. Coursework may take various forms, including essays, class tests, exercises and presentations. The Research Methods component is part of the Dissertation module and is assessed by coursework. This includes a presentation and a research proposal for your chosen area of study for the dissertation.

Candidates are required to gain at least 120 credits from taught modules. They will then be allowed to proceed to the dissertation which contributes 60 credits to the overall MSc. Upon satisfactory completion of the dissertation, the candidate will have achieved the required minimum of 180 credits for the award of the MSc. The minimum number of credits for a Postgraduate Certificate is 60. The minimum number of credits for a Postgraduate Diploma is 120.

Professional recognition

All MSc programmes and research degrees enjoy ‘1+3’, ‘3’ and CASE ESRC recognition (full-time and part-time).

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Programme leader

Dr Ciro Avitabile

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Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24 months

Start date:

Sep 2016

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a minimum of a Bachelors degree (a good UK 2.2) in economics or an equivalent qualification. Applicants without a Bachelors degree in economics should normally hold a 2:1 or equivalent qualification.

Each applicant is assessed on their own merit. Applicants who have a joint degree in economics and a related discipline, or who have had a wide involvement in the field of their desired specialisation will be considered, as may graduates in engineering, mathematics and science.

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English language requirements

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2016 £8,000 £16,000
Part-time Sep 2016 £4,000 £8,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees. Learn more.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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