M.Sc. Business Economics, Finance and Banking

University of Portsmouth

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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On this course you can:

* Use the Universitys Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
* Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
* Tap in to our Librarys vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

The University is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). You will be able to enrol as a student member of the CISI, allowing you access to a range of professional networking and career development opportunities. On graduating you will be eligible for associate membership of the CISI.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

* the government sector
* commercial banks
* insurance companies
* regulatory bodies


You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering economic theories and principles and how they can explain the existence, nature and operation of retail, wholesale and international banking. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where youll engage in economic research on a topic of your choice.
Here are the units you will study:
Business Economics: Applying economics to decision making can greatly enhance business planning and help build successful strategies. This unit you will learn how to formulate problem-solving strategies for business problems using relevant quantitative and case study materials. Topics covered include:

* pricing strategies
* creating and sustaining competitive advantage
* information and incentives
* regulation

Applied Econometrics: On this unit you will become familiar with essential econometric techniques and their applications, and will learn how to undertake econometric analysis, assess the properties and limitations of different econometric methods and evaluate and interpret key results. Topics covered include:

* unit root testing; co-integration, vector error correction models
* estimation and forecasting using ARMA and ARIMA models
* modelling stochastic volatility; ARCH and GARCH models
* AR(I)MA models with (G)ARCH errors, and their application to financial data

Finance and Financial Markets: You will develop a critical understanding of corporate finance, as well as a deep knowledge of the economics of financial markets and their instruments in this unit. You will be able to evaluate factors that influence corporate decision-making process, and how financial managers can use financial markets and their instruments. Topics covered include:

* portfolio theory, CAPM and APT
* factor models, efficient market hypothesis, behavioural models;
* market risk and volatility
* futures and options markets

Banking: This unit gives you the opportunity to investigate the operation of banking and financial management at the national, international and global levels. You will analyse the international operations and management of financial and non-financial multinational firms, and critically appraise the regulation of banking and finance. Topics covered include:

* banking structures and regulation
* measurement of competition in banking
* international money, bond and equity markets
* derivatives-related financial crises and issues

Research Methods and Dissertation: Students on all our economics postgraduate courses complete a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice. On completing this programme you will be ideally placed to develop your own research projects and work within professional research teams.

Teaching and Assessment

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, in-class exercises and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and aim to integrate new teaching technologies into our economics classrooms.

How are you assessed?

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.


A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject which includes some element of Economics, Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



Association of Corporate Treasurers (Exam Exemption).


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