City, University of London

Course Introduction

This world-class degree will enable you to understand the economics of financial markets and develop the analytical abilities of a trained economist, preparing you for a wide range of career and study options. This course has been developed for ambitious, motivated students who want to develop the valuable skills that will prepare them for a wide range career options in economics and finance. You will study current economic theory and practice, financial economics, and the technical mathematics and statistics that underpin them.

The Financial Economics undergraduate degree was originally developed to meet a gap in the educational market, answering the needs of students and employers. As a result, this course is focused on creating highly skilled graduates with the analytical abilities of a trained economist and specific knowledge of the economic aspects of financial markets.

This course aims to develop your analytical abilities in economics, providing you with the quantitative skills required to analyse financial markets. Successful completion is a signal to prospective employers of your sound knowledge and understanding of the macroeconomic and microeconomic principles underlying various types of financial markets and instruments. For example, you will understand the design and pricing of options, futures and other derivatives, the pros and cons of financial regulation or the optimal asset management within firms.

At City, you will learn the latest developments in all major fields of economics in a highly energised and supportive environment from lecturers recruited for their research excellence.

The degree will help you answer key questions, such as: what is the macroeconomic role of finance? What are the quantitative tools used most commonly for financial analysis? What are the practical roles and obligations of major financial institutions?

This course will also prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate study and careers options in economics and finance. That is why graduates from our programmes are currently working at renowned organisations, such as Moorhouse Consulting, DBRS, XL Catlin, Private Infrastructure, Bearing Point and Goldman Sachs.

On this course, you can also broaden your horizons and prepare for your career through our exciting placement year schemes and student-led Economics Society activities.

Course Modules

The first year lays the analytical and conceptual foundations of economics with examples of the real-world application of economics to important fundamental problems. Year one is made up of 120 credits which consists of eight core modules.

1st year core modules:

- Introduction to macroeconomics (15 credits)

- Introduction to microeconomics (15 credits)

- Topics in applied macroeconomics (15 credits)

- Topics in applied microeconomics (15 credits)

- Data Analysis 1 & 2 (30 credits)

- Mathematics for Economists (post-'A' Level) 1 & 2 (30 credits).

Year two consists of modules that make up 120 credits.

The second year allows you to develop your core skills through intermediate-level courses. You can also begin to specialise in financial topics.

2nd year core modules:

- Intermediate macroeconomics 1 & 2 (30 credits)

- Intermediate microeconomics 1 & 2 (30 credits)

- Econometrics (30 credits)

- Global financial markets (15 credits)

- Intermediate mathematical methods (15 credits).

The final year provides you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge of core tools to a supervised research project in financial economics.The final year core modules examine the financial aspect of the course while the electives allow further specialisation.

You may take a supervised project in economics (30 credits), plus four core 15-credit modules and 30 credits from the list of elective modules. Alternatively, you can take four core 15-credit modules and 60 credits of elective modules.

Core modules:

- Economics project (30 credits)

- Corporate finance (15 credits)

- Introduction to financial derivatives (15 credits)

- Financial economics (15 credits)

- Applied econometrics (15 credits)

- Money and banking (15 credits)

Elective modules:

- International finance (15 credits)

- Monetary economics (15 credits)

- Development economics (15 credits)

- Industrial organisation (15 credits)

- History of economic thought (15 credits)

- Company law (15 credits)

- Economics of European Integration (15 credits)

- Advanced quantitative economics (15 credits).

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) Other Fees