MSc Finance and Econometrics Masters

University of Southampton
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MSc Finance and Econometrics (1 year)

This programme is designed for students with a particular interest in the more quantitative aspects of the subject and is one of the few programmes in the UK to offer specialist training in advanced econometric techniques and their application to Finance.

Introducing your course

Establish a career with any of the world’s most affluent financial institutions, government regulators, or in academia. The MSc Finance and Econometrics degree at the University of Southampton is one of the few programmes in the UK to offer specialist training in advanced econometric techniques and their application to Finance. Your particular interest in the more quantitative aspects of the subject, and the programme’s emphasis on small-group teaching and student interaction with the department’s leading experts will take you to the frontiers of finance and econometric analysis.

Programme Overview

The full-time programme lasts 12 months, with nine months of taught modules between October and June of the academic year, followed by three summer months of supervised research for a Masters’ dissertation.

Part-time programme lasts 27 months and consists of the same components as the full-time version. Students consult with the Head of Masters to establish a detailed plan of studies to fulfil the programme requirements.

You can expect to enjoy predominantly small-group teaching and a considerable degree of individual attention from members of staff. MSc students are strongly encouraged to attend our seminars and research workshops. Our MSc students usually form a lively and cohesive group which plays an active role in the Division's academic and social life.


If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the admission team at If you have questions regarding the academic aspect of the programme, please contact the Head of Masters’ programmes in Economics, Dr. Antonella Ianni, at

Key Facts

Our graduate programmes are structured to provide students with research and vocational training of the highest standard. Our research-training programmes are recognised by the ESRC.

You can expect to enjoy predominantly small-group teaching, and a considerable degree of individual attention from members of staff. MSc students are strongly encouraged to attend seminars and research workshops in the Department. The MSc students usually form a lively and cohesive group which plays an active role in the academic and social life of the Department. 

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements

We welcome applications from students who have, or expect to have, a good undergraduate degree in economics (upper second-class or higher). Strong candidates from related fields will also be considered. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Quantitative methods

All applicants should have academic background in quantitative methods, such as mathematics, statistics, or econometrics. Those applying to MSc Economics and Econometrics or MSc Finance and Econometrics should be particularly competent in these areas.

English Language Requirement

For applicants whose first language is not English, the IELTS requirement is an overall score of 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component. Please visit our international pages to find out about the University's regulations about English language requirements and support.

Selection process

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Typical course content

The programme starts with an intensive two-week module Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics designed to ensure that students have the quantitative skills necessary to successfully undertake the core modules.

Students may switch between MSc programmes in the Department of Economics within the first days of the academic year, subject to approval of the Head of Masters’ programmes.

Most modules are assessed by examination at the end of each semester.

The final three months of the programme are spent preparing a Master’s dissertation, to be completed by the end of September. This research is conducted with supervision provided by a member of Economics academic staff with related research interests. The dissertation is a core, compulsory module.

Year 1ECON6004 Credit[?]:  20 20 60 20ECON6020 Credit[?]:  60 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:


Equipment Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
Stationery You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Books Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Equipment IT: Software licences - Publicly available software in public workstations and some available via iSolutions, but otherwise purchase.
Printing and copying In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Modules are taught using a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, group or project work.

Each module will involve one or two sessions each week spread over the semester. For each module, students will be expected to write one or more essays (or equivalent), make presentations and contribute to seminar discussions.

Some modules are assessed by essays, others by exams and some by a mix of these methods. Exams are held at the end of each semester.

Lectures offer an overview of a topic, an explanation of difficult concepts or a discussion of key issues. Lectures presume a certain amount of additional reading, so it is often a good idea to read references before attending the corresponding lecture.

Seminars provide a forum for a closer examination of particular aspects of each module and are an important part of the learning process. Usually it is only by discussing and questioning aspects of a subject that their full implications can be understood. Students prepare papers and lead discussions or debates, and so develop their written and presentational skills.

A particular feature of the learning environment in the Economics Division is the research-led teaching. Academic staff research in areas of important contemporary significance and bring to their teaching modules their experience of working in the wider world.

The increasing use of web-based, video-based and PowerPoint-based teaching methods demonstrates our commitment to the effective use of available equipment and resources.


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