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The MSc Finance (major: Economic Policy) is designed principally for postgraduates working on economic policy in government, central banks, other public organisations, international institutions and consultancy. It enables you to deepen your understanding of the principles, applications, and context underlying economic policy with a focus on policy's financial aspects.
Teaching & Learning
The MSc is made up of eight courses. Each course is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one course at a time, but each course is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.
You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each course with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
Before the start of each course you have enrolled in, you will be sent a package containing all of the course materials that you need to complete the course - the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any course related software.
To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Online Study Centre, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the OSC, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the course using discussion forums. The OSC also provides access to the course Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.
For each course, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in October, and complete two assignments during the course study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
You will choose five core courses.
* Macroeconomic Policy & Financial Markets
* Microeconomic Principles & Policy
* International Finance
* The International Monetary Fund & Economic Policy
* Public Financial Management: Planning & Performance
* Public Financial Management: Revenue
You will also choose three courses from the list of electives or core courses.
* Project Appraisal & Impact Analysis
* Finance in the Global Market
* Bank Regulation & Resolution of Banking Crises
* Banking & Capital Markets
* Quantitative Methods for Financial Management
* Risk Management: Principles & Applications
* Econometric Principles & Data Analysis
* Econometric Analysis & Applications
* Financial Econometrics
* Modelling Firms & Markets
* Corporate Finance
* Corporate Governance
* Research Methods
Minimum Entry Requirements:
You should have a good first degree, from a recognised university, in economics, business or other appropriate discipline (qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits). You are required to have internet access in order to participate in this programme.
English language requirements:
You are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading, writing and study skills. Where English is a second language, applicants will be asked to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body
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