University of Bath

Degree level: Postgraduate

Applied Economics with Banking and Financial Markets (Taught)

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Course summary

Gain a strong grounding in advanced economics. Take your knowledge a step further by applying it to the field that most interests you. Our MSc Applied Economics and MSc Applied Economics with Banking and Financial Markets provide rigorous training in all the main aspects of economics. We are one of the only universities in the UK offering this level of specialisation on this type of master's. Starting with a comprehensive refresher in essential maths and economics skills, you will go on to receive advanced training in the analysis of problems in applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and strategic decision-making. Most importantly, you will then have the opportunity to tailor the course to the area of business or policy you are most interested in, giving you additional expertise and a head start when seeking work in that field. You will develop your knowledge of quantitative methods beyond undergraduate level and gain the mathematical, statistical and econometric skills to carry out quantitative analyses of applied economics problems. You will consolidate your research skills further during the dissertation, which you will work on over the summer under the supervision of one of our experienced lecturers. The research training you receive will prepare you well for going into research positions in a government or commercial context. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • analyse and interpret economic data and critically evaluate existing research
  • apply economic concepts to specific economic and policy questions, focusing in particular on the area of business or policy that most interests you
  • design and undertake independent research projects
If you're in China, you can view our course film on YouKu. Learning and teaching Our teaching staff are active researchers and regularly publish in the top economics journals. You'll benefit from their economic expertise. Graduate prospects Both courses are ideal preparation for careers within government or industry that require a thorough knowledge of economics. Recent graduates of our MSc Applied Economics course have gone on to work in a wide variety of roles, such as:
  • Business Manager
  • Macro Economist
  • Risk Controller
  • Sales Manager
The organisation's graduates have gone on to work at include:
  • HSBC
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • NielsenIQ
Recent graduates of our MSc Applied Economics with Banking and Financial Markets course have gone on to work in a wide variety of roles, such as:
  • Analyst
  • Analytical Consultant
  • Account Manager
  • Loan Manager
The organisation's graduates have gone on to work at include:
  • Deloitte
  • People’s Bank of China
  • PwC
  • Morgan Stanley


  • Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
  • These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units:
  • Semester 1
  • Applied microeconomics
  • Applied macroeconomics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Strategic decision making and games
  • Applied research methods
  • Semester 2
  • Applied financial economics
  • Financial markets
  • Economics of financial institutions
  • Plus two optional units
  • Summer
  • Applied economics: Policy brief or Economics: Masters dissertation
  • Optional course units
  • These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
  • International monetary policy and institutions
  • Public policy analysis
  • Economics of politics
  • Public finance
  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Applied behavioural economics
  • Experimental economics
* Applied behavioural finance

Assessment method


  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online assessment
  • Practical work
- Written examination

Entry requirements

* You should have a bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. * We welcome applications from those with a 2:2 honours degree (or its international equivalent) in subjects with a high level of economics content. * To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a social science or business-related discipline such as business administration, finance, accounting, international trade, banking, financial management, public finance or politics. * We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. * If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

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Applied Economics with Banking and Financial Markets at University of Bath - UCAS