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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
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.
Association of Corporate Treasurers (Exam Exemption).