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MSc Economics and Finance

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Dr Jun Hou - Programme Leader

Dr Jun Hou - Programme Leader

Jun Hou is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Lincoln International Business School. Jun was previously a research officer (Post-doc) at the Department of International Development (QEH), University of Oxford. He engaged in several EC and ESRC funded projects, focusing on MNEs, FDI, innovation and development issues in developing countries. Jun also worked in several international organisations including the Overseas Development Institute, London (ODI) and The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Welcome to MSc Economics and Finance

MSc Economics and Finance at Lincoln aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in many of the key concepts, modelling approaches, and research methods deployed in current mainstream economics thinking, which also have important applications within finance.

Intended for graduates in economics-related subject areas who are looking for an advanced programme to enhance their career or explore further research opportunities, the course aims to fuse quantitative methods and advanced economic theory with relevant finance topics.

The course can provide students with the opportunity to analyse the current dynamic environment within the context of appropriate contemporary theory and research. With appropriate levels of sophistication, they can develop the tools and frameworks to analyse issues. Through this process, students can acquire skills that will better enable them to explore and analyse new issues as they emerge.

The aim is to prepare graduates for a career as an economist in fields such as the investment banking industry, international or government organisations, and research roles. By featuring strong research and enquiry skills, it also aims to help those wanting to progress to a PhD.

How You Study

The MSc in Economics and Finance is a one-year master's course combining advanced study and research. Not only is there an opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of economic theory but also it places particular emphasis on economic coverage of financial themes.

The course features two economic theory modules, two finance, and two econometrics modules. Each candidate will take eight modules and write a dissertation. The dissertation will give students the chance to work with one of the department's experienced lecturers on a selected topic and apply their knowledge to a specific problem.

Skills and models embedded in this programme include: international trade; flexible and fixed exchange rates; assets and exchange rates; output, exchange rates, and macroeconomic policies in the short run; closed economic equilibrium; consumer theory; consumption dynamics; investment; real-business-cycle models; game theory; and information economics.

The quantitative methods provided in econometrics include: instrumental variables and two stage least squares; method of moment estimation; simultaneous equations models; forecasting; and panel data modelling.

An Introduction to Your Modules


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Applied Econometrics for Economics and Finance 2023-24ECO9206MLevel 72023-24This module aims to illustrate the further techniques of empirical investigation in economics by using real-world empirical applications in the fields related to economics and finance. The topics covered will reflect the development of contemporary applied econometrics. It can also advance students analytical skills of using econometrics software and packages that are essential for students who wish to pursue a professional career in economics, finance or related disciplines.CoreApplied Economic Issues 2023-24ECO9214MLevel 72023-24In the spirit of student as producer, the aim of this module is to inculcate the student in the enquiry process with the production of a short piece of original research being the outcome. Students will be applying a certain range of methods and tools that they might be expected to undertake as practitioners. To add a further real-world dimension, this is to be undertaken collaboratively.CoreDissertation and Research Design for Finance 2023-24FIN9105MLevel 72023-24The dissertation provides the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on the aspects relating to their Master's programme. The vehicle will be the researching and writing of a dissertation, based on the methods delivered in the pre-requisite QM modules. The dissertation is the capstone of the Master's learning process and allows the student to demonstrate mastery in scholarship of a programme related topic that they have selected in amalgamation with supervisory tutors.CoreEconometrics for Economics and Finance 2023-24ECO9210MLevel 72023-24This module builds upon the principles and methods of statistics and introduces classical econometric modelling by using cross-sectional and panel data. It also aims to equip students with analytical skills of using econometrics software and packages that are essential for students who wish to pursue a professional career in economics, finance or related disciplines. Real-world data will be used in this module to facilitate learning and to develop problem-solving skills.CoreFinancial Technology 2023-24ECO9209MLevel 72023-24This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the major areas of Financial Technology, the ability to understand blockchain technology, and why so many firms are implementing the technology, as well to reflect on the history, behaviour, and impact cryptocurrencies have had on the financial sector. Students will gain a broad appreciation of recent developments in FinTech, including money and payment, digital finance, alternative finance and, importantly, FinTech regulation.CoreInternational Macroeconomics and Finance 2023-24FIN9026MLevel 72023-24This module equips students with an in-depth and applied-oriented understanding of theoretical and empirical problems addressed in the field known as International Finance (also known as International Macroeconomics / Open Macroeconomics) and to bring students up to the research frontier in International Finance. It draws heavily on financial modelling and financial econometrics.CoreTopics in Macroeconomic Theory 2023-24ECO9215MLevel 72023-24The module covers the fundamental models in the economic growth and key macroeconomic issues in the field of modern macroeconomics. The emphasis will be on learning theoretical concepts and analytical techniques, as an aide to understanding contemporary macroeconomic problems. The deterministic growth models will be used to shed light on the often mysterious process of economic growth at both world and country levels, as well as on income and growth differences across countries.CoreTopics in Microeconomics 2023-24ECO9217MLevel 72023-24This module presents the techniques necessary to analyse microeconomic problems on an advanced level. During this module students will study how and under what conditions markets and market-clearing prices achieve an efficient allocation of resources, the distributional properties of the market equilibrium and the role of the government, and problems of asymmetric information. The module provides the foundation for advanced modules in International Trade, Industrial Organisation, Behavioural Economics as well as for the micro-foundations of macroeconomic models.CoreBehavioural Economics 2023-24ECO9220MLevel 72023-24This module presents important concepts and insights from Behavioural Economics. It considers applications from various areas, eg, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Experimental Economics, Economic Policy and Finance. The module will cover different ways to depart from the assumption of economic agents as homo oeconomicus, ie, agents with standard preferences, rational behaviour and rational expectations. These departures from homo oeconomicus include cognitive biases, simple rules and heuristics, and non-standard preferences. Next, the consequences of relaxing rationality assumptions are discussed on a wide range of applications. The module will also discuss empirical and experimental support for different behavioural models.OptionalMachine Learning Applications in Finance and Economics 2023-24ECO9221MLevel 72023-24Machine learning has become more prominent recently due to the availability of vast amounts of data and more affordable computing power. Machine learning excels at handling large and complex volumes of data with more variables than observations, something the business, policy, economics and finance has in increasing quantities. Leading banks and financial services companies are deploying AI technology, including to streamline their processes, optimise portfolios, decrease risk and underwrite loans among other things. Having the skills to master sift through the plethora of data, to find useful patterns will be highly prized over the coming years.OptionalMonetary Economics 2023-24ECO9222MLevel 72023-24The module aims to develop understanding of why monetary policy matters, what central banks can do to improve the financial markets and economic performance through the use of conventional and unconventional monetary policy instruments and when monetary policy decisions may be impotent. It also aims to help students to gain skills of economic analysis to the conduct monetary policy under uncertainties considering recent the global financial crisis.Optional

Fees and Funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

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Entry Requirements 2023-24

This is a specialist MSc programme. Courses in this category attract entrants who have a background in the subject or a related subject area, acquired through previous study. A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in Economics or a related subject with a strong quantitative element, such as Finance, are required.

Candidates may be invited for interview to provide effective information and guidance or for non-standard entry.

Student Managed Investment Fund

Lincoln International Business School offers the Student Managed Investment Fund (LSMIF), which is an investment fund created, operated, and maintained by students within the school, with everything running within the real-world environment of finance.

Students will be managing real money with the with objective of positive returns whilst managing risk. Industry veteran and long-time lecturer Hao Quach will help support the students throughout, with many years of experience in all aspects of investment banking and 20 years teaching in multiple countries, Hao will use his experience to ensure the stability of the fund and provide guidance. Read more about the Student Managed Investment Fund.

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Bloomberg Terminal

Students can take advantage of the Bloomberg Terminal, which is designed to help industry professionals make better-informed investment decisions by offering the latest market news along with historical data and an international network for secure and and reliable communication.

Bloomberg Terminal offers a practical resource for students to reinforce the theories they learn in lectures, as well as enable them to become familiar with the tools being used by today’s financial services professionals.

 

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Career and Personal Development

This course can provide the skills needed for those wanting to work as a professional banker, or in a financial institution, business, commerce, international agencies, and other similar organisations. It is also suitable for students wanting to progress to a PhD.

Working in Partnership

Lincoln International Business School works with students and organisations to enhance the contribution of business to society. For students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge to improve their career readiness.

The University of Lincoln is a member of AACSB, a global nonprofit association connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Find out more.

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100 Funded Field Trip Places

Lincoln International Business School students can expand their horizons and see international business in action by joining funded international trips to exciting overseas destinations.

LIBS 100 gives students the opportunity to enhance their global mindset, connect with our global community and partners, and learn from international experts through 100 funded field trip places each academic year.

Places are open to all students enrolled on a programme within Lincoln International Business School.

Find out more about our 100 funded field trip places for students.

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Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.