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Postgraduate taught

MSc Behavioural Economics and Finance

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year 2020
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Entry requirements

A 2:1 with honours in an Economics, Finance or Psychology related discipline.

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Economics

Overview

  • For students who’ve studied economics as the principal focus of an undergraduate degree, or as a minor part of a quantitatively-focussed degree
  • Combine the intellectual rigour of a standard MSc in Economics with insights stemming from the intersection of economics, social psychology and cognition
  • Explore individual choice, behavioural economics and experimental economics which will take you from the standard models that underpin behavioural sciences, to the current developments in the field
  • Gain a thorough grounding in the research methodology behind experimental economics, and the statistical training to analyse and interpret data from experiments
  • Use our established FEELE Lab ((Finance and Economics Experimental Laboratory at Exeter) for research in experimental economics
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Accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB

10th for Economics in the Complete University Guide 2020

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 with honours in an Economics, Finance or Psychology related discipline from a recognised university, including degrees where Economics is a "minor" subject.  Evidence of mathematical/quantitative ability is required.

We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications.

English language requirements

Click 'Read more +' below to view IELTS, TOEFL IBT and Pearson Test of English language requirements.

English language requirements:

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. The programme in its entirety runs from September to September. 

  • During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits.
  • Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.
  • Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list.

Fees

UK/EU fees per year:

£10,900

International fees per year:

£19,400

Scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarships are available for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.

£1 million in scholarships available

We want to ensure that postgraduate study remains accessible to the brightest minds of the future. We therefore have a range of full and part-fee scholarships for postgraduate students looking to study at the Business School in 2020. Please see our scholarships page for more information.

Scholarships

The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Teaching and research

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

Lectures 

The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules. 

Seminars and tutorials 

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments. As a postgraduate students in the Department of Economics you will be able to participate in the established Economics Seminar Series. 

Assessment 

Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June 

Research-led teaching 

University of Exeter Business School research has global impact, with the majority of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.* 

*Research Excellence Framework 2014 

Our programmes are designed to be flexible, whilst also giving you the opportunity to specialise if you wish. You will explore not only traditional economic models, but the latest application of economy theory including behavioural and experimental economics, giving you course content that is world-relevant. 

Each programme draws upon the internationally rated research undertaken within the department, and the experience of our academics in developing economic policy at organisations such as the Bank of England, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the United Nations. 

Economics research 

We are a research-intensive faculty and our world-leading research is actively shaping the world around us, and we combine this with innovative teaching techniques, unique to our Business School. You can also participate in experiments contributing to this cutting-edge research through our state of the art research laboratory FEELE (Finance and Economics Experimental Laboratory at Exeter). 

You will be taught by internationally respected academics who are at the forefront of their research. We draw upon disciplines across the social sciences and give emphasis to the dynamic nature of enterprise, global connectivity and the management and leadership of the global challenges that lie ahead. 

The Business School is home to the following research centres: 

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This course is not only helping me to develop my Economic knowledge but also key transferable skills such as presenting and coding, which I wasn’t expecting to gain. These skills will be a big bonus when I graduate.

Audrey

MSc Behavioural Economics and Finance

Careers

Our Master’s programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect advanced communication and technical skills, team-working and independent research, project-management and the very latest specialist knowledge from their postgraduate recruits.

Our MSc in Behavioural Economics and Finance will enable you to develop the professional and behavioural economic and financial skills and subject expertise that will make you a valuable asset from the start of your career.

Careers in Behavioural Economics and Finance

You may choose to apply an MSc in Behavioural Economics and Finance in a variety of roles including:

  • Economist
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Tax adviser/analyst
  • Statistician

According to your location and career goals, you can choose to work in public or private sector roles, from large multi-national companies such as the ‘The Big Four’ Accounting and Professional Services firms, to government departments such as The Government Economic Service (GES). International organisations like the International Monetary Fund, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the EU Commission or UN, together with banks, insurance companies, accounting firms, consultancies and not-for-profit organisations all seek economists with the latest technical expertise and knowledge. This programme’s emphasis on social psychology and experimental approaches within economics could enhance your competitiveness with policy-makers such as the analysis of tax compliance by HM Treasury or savings decisions by workers of interest to governments around the world.

By carefully selecting your optional modules such as Banking & Financial Services, Domestic & International Portfolio Management, Economics of Banking, Economics of Corporate Finance, International Trade & Regional Integration, or Macroeconomics, you can start to develop a specialisation to enhance your employability in your chosen field. Your dissertation research will provide further evidence of subject specialism of interest to future employers.

Our Careers & Employability team will help you identify your career path and support your route to a fulfilling global career.

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Business School careers service web page for more information.

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Enhance your degree with Study Abroad opportunities

Double Degree

Spend your first year at Exeter and a second year at another world class international institution, resulting in two Masters degrees and the opportunity to expand your knowledge even further. We offer two fantastic Double Degree options with:

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management in France
  • Fudan University School of Economics in China*

*The opportunity to study with Fudan is specific to MSc EconomicsMSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Money, Banking and Finance and MSc Financial Economics programmes.

For more information on Double Degrees and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.