Explore our Economics and International Financial Economics taught Master's degree.
Economics and International Financial Economics MSc offers an unbeatable combination of strong core studies and specialist, advanced options. At Warwick’s Department of Economics, ranked 1st in the UK (The Good University Guide 2023) and 22nd in the World (The QS World University Subject Rankings 2023), you will conduct academic research with guidance from world-leading experts.
Our exciting MSc in Economics and International Financial Economics is designed to link economic theory and empirical economics with the practice of international finance.
The course will provide you with a thorough grounding in advanced core areas of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, econometrics and research methods, plus the opportunity to specialise in international financial economics, engaging in contemporary theoretical and empirical debates.
You will be automatically enrolled on a pre-sessional Mathematics and Statistics programme to equip you with the relevant methodological skills you need to succeed. By the end of the course, you will be able to read and understand research papers and articles in academic journals, build theoretical models, and initiate empirical research and evaluate its findings.
Skills from this degree
- Rigorous advanced training in economic analysis and techniques, which includes opportunities to contribute to current economic research and debates
- Analytical approach to thinking about problems, policies and decision-making in economics and international financial economics
- Research skills; use of library and internet as information sources; locating, extracting, analysing, and presenting material
- Numeracy and quantitative skills; use of mathematics and diagrams, understanding data, statistical analysis
- IT skills; word processing and spreadsheets; specialist econometric or statistical software; internet applications
- Written and oral communication skills
Frequently Asked Questions
General entry requirements
2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) specialising mainly in economics. This means you should have achieved a good standard in undergraduate courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics/economic statistics at an intermediate level.
We also expect a good standard achieved in mathematics taken at undergraduate level.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:
- Band A
- IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
The following basic structure applies to MSc Economics and International Financial Economics:
Microeconomics A or Microeconomics B
Macroeconomics A or Macroeconomics B
The Microeconomics and Macroeconomics modules will develop your understanding of advanced economic analysis, with more applied versions (A) or more technical/theoretically orientated versions (B). As a guide, we expect students opting for the B versions of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics to have obtained the equivalent of a First class mark (70%) in their undergraduate studies, though we will consider a request to take a B variant even if that prerequisite is not met.
Quantitative Methods: Econometrics A or Quantitative Methods: Econometrics B
Econometrics A covers fundamental econometrics research skills and Econometrics B will supplement the development of these key and fundamental professional skills by looking at more advanced topics.
You will have the opportunity to pose an interesting research question in economics and international financial economics, to find the correct methods for analysing the question, including development of theoretical models and/or analysis of data where appropriate, and to write up your results independently.
Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:
- Topics in Global Finance
- Investment and the Financial System
- Game Theory
- International Trade
- Monetary Economics
- Public Economics
You will choose three optional modules to complete.
You will have a combination of lectures, and small group support and feedback classes. You will also learn through independent study, which will include reading journals and books, completing problem sets and assessments, revising for exams and undertaking research.
In the summer term and summer vacation your independent study time will increase as you complete your research dissertation. Your dissertation work will normally be individually supervised on a one-to-one basis and we have an effective personal tutor system providing individual support.
We encourage one-to-one interaction with our world-leading academics and offer great flexibility in the optional modules that allow you to specialise or diversify your studies.
Your lecture size will naturally vary, especially for the optional modules, but also for core lectures.
Some of the larger modules may have 50-200 students in them. You will then typically have weekly support and feedback classes with around 15-20 students.
Typical contact hours
An average of 8-10 hours of lectures and 3 hours of classes per week.
Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.
Pre-Sessional Mathematics and Statistics
The MSc Economics and International Financial Economics is a quantitative degree and students will need to be competent in several areas of mathematics. You are required to attend pre-sessional course, Introductory Mathematics and Statistics, which will be taught in the two weeks before the University’s main term begins.
The course is designed to ensure that your maths and statistical knowledge and skills are at the standard required for you to succeed on the rest of the MSc course and it consists of both lectures and small group learning. Further information can be found at the following Economics webpageLink opens in a new window.
For MSc students, assessment is through formal examinations, coursework and an individually supervised research dissertation.
Feedback is a vital part of the assessment process, as it helps you to reach your full potential by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your work and the actions needed to develop your understanding and enhance your performance.
Feedback is provided in a variety of ways, including:
- Grades and comments on marked work
- Solutions to problem sets
- Verbal feedback from tutors and peers in classes
- Advice and Feedback hours with academic staff
- Personal tutor meetings
Your career in Economics
Graduates from our Master’s courses have gone on to work for employers including:
- Bank of America
- Bank of China
- China Merchants Bank
- European Central Bank
- Frontier Economics
- HM Treasury
- World Trade Organisation
They have pursued roles such as:
- Business and financial project management professionals
- Chartered and certified accountants
- Quality assurance and regulatory professionals
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Careers in Economics Webinar Series with speakers from our Economics Alumni community
- Careers in Economics Fair with key employers held annually in November
- Investment Banking Uncovered
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Mock Assessment Centre workshops
- Manage Your Digital Identity and Use LinkedIn Effectively
Economics at Warwick
We are committed to rigorous training of the next generation of economists in the tools and techniques of the discipline, producing cutting-edge research that has wide and deep impact on society and the economy, and creating strong collaborations. Our work has established Warwick Economics as one of the leading centres of economic research internationally.
We hold regular live chats for prospective students and offer holders. Please see the live chat schedule for Economics.
Our Postgraduate courses
- Behavioural and Economic Science (Economics) (MSc)
- Economics (Diploma plus MSc)
- Economics (MSc)
- Economics and International Financial Economics (MSc)
- MRes/PhD in Economics
Academic Resources Portal
The Department of Economics have put together a portal of academic resources recommended by faculty members for anyone who may be considering studying economics at postgraduate level.
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
Please contact your academic department for information about department specific costs, which should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
There are a number of scholarships available for students looking to undertake study a Taught Masters in Economics at the University of Warwick. Below are the scholarships relevant for students looking to study within the Department of Economics.
The Department of Economics will award one Master’s scholarship (of 100% of tuition fees) to an outstanding applicant who has firmly accepted their offer by the 20th May 2024 on one of our one-year taught MSc courses.
The Department of Economics will award two Master’s scholarships (of 50% of tuition fees) to students who are nationals of, and domiciled in any country located in Africa or South America, who have firmly accepted their offer by the 20th May 2024, on one of our one-year taught MSc courses.
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.
The University of Warwick offers a number of Warwick Taught Masters Scholarships, which are available to eligible Home/EU students from under-represented groups who wish to start a postgraduate taught master's course.
Scholarships and bursaries
Find out how to apply to us, ask your questions, and find out more.
How to apply
Applications to our Economics Master’s programmes typically open in October and close in June.
Throughout the year we attend exhibitions and fairs online and in-person around the UK. These events give you the chance to explore our range of postgraduate courses, and find out what it’s like studying at Warwick. You’ll also be able to speak directly with our student recruitment team, who will be able to help answer your questions.
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