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Financial Economics MA Hons
The MA (Hons) in Financial Economics provides a structured, cumulative and rigorous foundation of economic concepts, principles, analysis, techniques and knowledge. During your studies, you will develop your analytical and decision-making abilities through training in quantitative and model-based methods of analysis. Over the course of study, students engage with specialist topics including portfolio management, asset pricing and corporate finance.
Financial economics is studied up to Honours level in both the Faculty of Science (BSc) and the Faculty of Arts (MA). Students who have a background in the Arts or who wish to study financial economics alongside Arts subjects at St Andrews should apply for the MA. For those interested in studying financial economics alongside Science subjects, the BSc (Hons) in Financial Economicsmay be of interest instead.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:
- Mathematics for Economists
Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:
- Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Intermediate Microeconomics
- Statistics for Economists
If you decide to take financial economics in your third and fourth years, you must take four compulsory modules:
- Financial Economics: Asset Pricing
- Financial Economics: Corporate Finance
- Portfolio Management
In addition, you may choose from a wide variety of advanced options. Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Decision and Game Theory
- Economic Fluctuations
- Economics of Development
- Economics of the Environment
- European Macroeconomics
- Incentives and Contracts
- Inequality and Redistribution
- Innovation Economics
- International Trade
- Mathematical Economics
- Political Economy
- Public Economics.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and laboratories, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
Graduates with a degree in financial economics have some highly sought-after skills and pursue careers in a wide variety of fields. A degree in financial economics will greatly enhance your analytic and decision-making abilities. You will significantly improve your quantitative abilities and greatly enhance other transferable skills highly valued by employers.
Popular career destinations among recent graduates include:
- economic consulting
- management consulting
- business intelligence analysis
- broadcasting and journalism
- risk management
- research analysis
- financial services analysis.
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