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MSc Finance and Investment (Economics, Money and Finance)*

The MSc Finance and Investment (Economics, Money and Finance) is available as a 1 year full-time or 2-4 year part-time programme.

This program is suitable for graduates with finance, economics, business, mathematics or related learning backgrounds and was tailored for people with or without work experience who intend to go on to work for industry. It places particular emphasis on economic coverage of financial and monetary themes, but it is also a good choice for students who have economic and monetary economic research interests.

This program will help you establish a mature and comprehensive understanding of economics, money and financial frameworks and mechanisms. This course will equip candidates with the needed techniques, knowledge in the banking, finance and monetary area, as well as research institutes specialized in the above sectors. 



It is designed to meet the needs of those who:

  • wants to work in companies or governments as an economist;
  • wants economics Masters training with emphasis on finance or monetary economics (useful for many jobs)

On successful completion of the programme, students will obtain:

  • Advanced level knowledge of core areas of economics, monetary and financial policy;
  • Advanced level knowledge of core quantitative skills and research methods;
  • The knowledge and skills to undertake postgraduate research;
  • The knowledge and skills to conduct research and write reports;
  • The knowledge and skills to gain employment as professional economists or in other careers;

On completing the programme, you may find the following potential employees:

  • Investment companies
  • Universities
  • Central banks
  • Business banks
  • Government
  • Non-Government Organizations


The programme is studied over one year (full-time). The academic year consists of two fifteen week semesters, each containing twelve weeks of teaching. The revision and assessment takes place at the end of each semester. While most summative assessment takes place at the end of the semester, some takes place during the teaching period along with a range of formatively assessed exercises, essays and projects. In addition, after successful completion of exams in Semester Two, students proceed to undertake a dissertation.

Students take 180 credits worth of modules. In Semester One students take four core compulsory modules in the analysis of economics theory and policy and quantitative methods, totalling 60 credits. In Semester Two, all students take two required 15 credit modules relating to monetary and financial policy. In addition, two further 15 credit modules are chosen from those offered by the School. After completion of the taught stage of the course, students proceed to take a 60 credit Dissertation that consists of two parts. First, Economic Research Methods (15 credits) provides an introduction to research methods including alternative approaches which is assessed via a critical literature review. Second, the Dissertation itself (45 credits).

Course Structure


Code Title Credits
ECON4043 MSc dissertation: Economics 45
ECON4044 Microeconomics: consumer and firm behaviour 15
ECON4045 Macroeconomics: Economic Cycles, Frictions and Policy 15
ECON4046 Economic Data Analysis 15
ECON4047 Economic Research Methodology 15
ECON4048 Monetary Theory and Practice 15
ECON4049 Macroprudential Policy and Financial Conduct 15



Group 1

Students must take a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
ECON4050 Economics of Corporate Finance 15
ECON4051 Economics of Household Finance 15

Group 2

And a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
ECON4052 International Trade Theory 15
ECON4053 Development Microeconomics 15
ECON4054 Financial and Macro Econometrics 15


Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on the Online Programme Catalogue

Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change.  


Admission Requirements

Course Requirements: 2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent) with significant economics content.

IELTS Requirements 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have a degree from a UK institution, are required to provide IELTS. However, applicants from certain countries may have these requirements waived subject to the University of Nottingham Policy for Waiving English Language Entry Requirements at:

How to apply

Mainland Chinese students: click here
Oversea students: click here

For further information, please contact Prof. Chang Liu via email

* Note: For students who need degree verifications from the Chinese Ministry of Education, please note the verification document only states the degree titles without the specialisation in brackets.