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Financial Economics

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Including A Level mathematics. A Level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 6/B in GCSE mathematics and 4/C in GCSE English language is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including a minimum of 5 in each higher level subject, one of which must be mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

DDM plus grade B or better in A Level mathematics. Contact Admissions team to confirm acceptable subjects.

UCAS Tariff

120

120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of grade B in A Level mathematics combined with acceptable level 3 qualification(s) equivalent to two A Levels (eg. BTEC diploma).

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time including placement abroad | 2022

Subject

Financial economics

On this degree you will develop highly valuable, transferable skills that open the door to a rewarding career in finance or economics.

You will study current economic theory and practice, financial economics, and the technical mathematics and statistics that underpin them. This supports your professional development, equipping you with the analytical abilities of a trained economist and specific knowledge of the economic aspects of financial markets.

- Develop sought-after quantitative skills required to analyse financial markets

- Show prospective employers your sound knowledge and understanding of the macroeconomic and microeconomic principles underlying various types of financial markets and instruments

- Learn the latest developments in all major fields of economics in a highly energised and supportive environment from lecturers recruited for their research excellence

- Stand out from the crowd with a professional placement year – past students have undertaken placements with organisations like PriceWaterhouseCoopers, HM - Treasury, RBS, Goldman Sachs and the Financial Ombudsman Service

- Enjoy professional and social opportunities through the student-led Economics Society

- Follow in the footsteps of recent graduates who now work for major global corporations.

Modules

The first year lays the analytical and conceptual foundations of economics with examples of the real-world application of economics to important fundamental problems. Year one is made up of 120 credits which consists of eight core modules.

1st year core modules:
- Introduction to macroeconomics (15 credits)
- Introduction to microeconomics (15 credits)
- Topics in applied macroeconomics (15 credits)
- Topics in applied microeconomics (15 credits)
- Data Analysis 1 & 2 (30 credits)
- Mathematics for Economists (post-'A' Level) 1 & 2 (30 credits).

Year two consists of modules that make up 120 credits.

The second year allows you to develop your core skills through intermediate-level courses. You can also begin to specialise in financial topics such as History of Economic thought, Nations and Firm in the Global Economy or Macroeconomics

2nd year core modules:
- Intermediate macroeconomics 1 & 2 (30 credits)
- Intermediate microeconomics 1 (15 credits)
- Econometrics 1 &2 (30 credits)
- Global financial markets (15 credits)
- Intermediate mathematical methods (15 credits).

The final year provides you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge of core tools to a supervised research project in financial economics. The final year core modules examine the financial aspect of the course while the electives allow further specialisation.

You may take a supervised project in economics (30 credits), plus four core 15-credit modules and 30 credits from the list of elective modules. Alternatively, you can take four core 15-credit modules and 60 credits of elective modules.

Core modules:
- Corporate finance (15 credits)
- Introduction to financial derivatives (15 credits)
- Financial economics (15 credits)

Elective modules:
- Economics project (30 credits) -International Finance (15 credits)
- Monetary Economics (15 credits) -Applied Econometrics (15 credits)
- Labour Economics (15 credits) -Development Economics (15 credits)
- Industrial Organisation (15 credits) -Computational Economics (15 credits)
- Company Law (15 credits) -Experimental Economics (15 credits)
- Advanced Quantitative Economics (15 Credits)
- Topics in Behavioural Economics (15 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessment is based mainly on coursework and unseen examination.

Your coursework may consist of:
- Standard essays
- Individual and group presentations
- Group reports
- Classwork
- Unseen tests
- Problem sets

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£17,120
per year
International
£17,120
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

City, University of London

City, University of London

Department:

Economics

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
low
Financial economics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

Teaching and learning

64%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
81%
low
Employed or in further education
68%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Business, research and administrative professionals
22%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Administrative occupations: finance

This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Economics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

£37k

£37k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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