Business Economics and Finance MSc

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Course options
    Internship / overseas study
  • School

Entry requirements

  • One of the following:
    A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) or equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.
  • Specific entry requirement:
    You will be required to have some foundational knowledge of Economics (successfully completed 10 ECTS credits, the equivalent of two standard undergraduate level modules).
  • For international students:
    An official academic transcript, with official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English also need to satisfy our English language requirements.
  • Full entry requirements
    See entry requirements below for full details
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Key Dates

Why choose this course?

Learn the key skills international employers want

Ranked 24th in Europe and 6th in the UK in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2019.

Course summary

Developed in collaboration with industry practitioners, this course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to kick-start your career within the financial sector.

You’ll master key theories and concepts of economics and finance as well as gain quantitative skills that are in high demand in the global job market.

The course concludes with a Business Project; a substantial piece of work designed to provide you with an opportunity to analyse a business problem and practically apply the knowledge and skills developed during the course.

You can choose to study this course as part of our double degree programme. 

Entry requirements

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University

Specific entry requirement: 

You will be required to have some foundational knowledge of Economics (successfully completed 10 ECTS credits, the equivalent of two standard undergraduate level modules).

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date.

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

  • Postgraduate masters students enrolling with Aston Business School with a 5.5 in one of the 4 IELTS sections will be required to engage with English language tuition as part of our professional development programme, The Aston Global Advantage.  There will be no extra cost to the student.

  • For students who do not meet our minimum academic and English language requirements for this course, we offer an alternative pathway to an Aston Master’s with Kaplan International College, London.
  • For more information about qualifications, view our Aston in your country webpage.

Applicants with extensive work experience:

We recognise the value of extensive professional experience. If you do not have the academic qualifications, but have extensive and relevant professional experience and a proven ability to succeed, we would welcome your application.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Why choose us?

We are one of just 1% of business schools in the world to hold triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

Our internationally renowned teaching and research staff are experts in the field of economics and finance. They’ve worked closely with policy makers and advised on national and regional economic policy. Many of them have first-hand experience of financial operations of organisations, having either enjoyed illustrious careers themselves or having helped to train businesses. This collective experience and variety of perspectives is incredibly beneficial.

Our graduates have secured coveted positions with high profile organisations around the world, including Ernst and Young, HSBC, BMW and central banks. Our strong links with industry have provided us with input and feedback to ensure you’re well-equipped for roles within the sector.

We attract students from all over the world. By working with people from different countries, you’ll develop your communication, teamwork, organisation and management skills in a multicultural context. These are highly desirable skills and experiences for those wanting to embark on careers with multinational companies. 

Our courses offer a range of opportunities to gain practical experience through things such as, consultancy projects and entrepreneurial opportunities. Find out more here. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU:           £10,550
International:  £18,850

Find out more about our scholarships here.  

Course outline

This course will provide you with the tools for a variety of financial positions in a range of organisations, from blue-chip companies to not-for-profit groups.

We welcome students with a background knowledge in economics or related subject areas, such as general business or management degrees. The programme focuses on three core components; economics, finance and the quantitative skills needed to work in the financial sector.

You’ll develop an understanding of the economic environment all firms operate in. We’ll look at how decisions taken by governments and policy makers affect financial markets, and how global events can have an impact on economies and individual organisations.

You’ll gain an insight into the workings of financial markets, investments and corporate finance. We’ll also examine the various products and services offered by firms within the financial sector. You’ll learn how to price these products and services and how demand can fluctuate, and pricing can be affected.

You’ll have access to specialist software used by economists and we’ll teach you how to obtain statistical insights from quantitative data. This will allow you to analyse financial information accurately and advise what impact a changing economic environment can have on firms, their products and services. These practical, statistical and analytical skills are crucial when working in the fast-paced world of global finance.

We’re committed to providing you with the skills and know-how which are in high demand with graduate employers. Therefore, as well as examining key theories and concepts, we put a lot of emphasis on the application of theories in the real world. For example, we look at mathematics with an emphasis on how this impacts organisations and how it influences their investments and strategic decision making.

This practical and analytical approach helps to enhance your understanding and will ensure you’re well-equipped for a range of graduate roles.

You’ll enjoy a stimulating range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and case studies. Then there’s simulations and lab sessions, where we use advanced software packages, including Datastream, to enhance your practical skills. There’s also the opportunity to develop other practical business skills, such as writing business plans and conducting country and market reports. You’ll also benefit from visits from guest speakers who are leading industry experts in the field of economics and finance.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules

  • Economics of Governance and Organisations
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics 1
  • Ethics in Academic Practice
  • Econometrics 2
  • Business Finance
  • Mircoeconomics 
  • The Aston Global Advantage
  • Business Project or Dissertation 

Optional Modules 

  • International Finance 
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies
  • International Business
  • Investment Banking
  • Strategic Management
  • Value of Investments
Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.


Taught modules will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. You will also be required to conduct relevant and up-to-date research involving a literature review, assimilating and analysing data and developing critical recommendations based on their findings.

Personal Development

  • Develop your knowledge of economics and finance subjects and key theories
  • Gain a diverse range of skills highly in demand by employers
  • Focus on how knowledge can be applied to a real world context 
  • Learn from leading academics who are experts in their research area. 
The Aston Global Advantage

More than a masters

The Aston Global Advantage is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Build a portfolio of professional business skills
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.


Student experience and employability

Overseas opportunities

We benefit from an extensive network of partner institutions, including some of the highest ranked business schools in the world, such as Kedge Business School in France.

Our overseas study programmes are all tuition-free and you’ll study and be assessed in English.


As part of this course you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and gain valuable professional experience. Work placements can last up to one year and help you stand out from the competition when applying for graduate roles.

Our students have been successful in gaining work placements in a wide variety of organisations, both in the UK and internationally. For example, one student recently spent time with a prestigious investment banking firm in Paris.

You’ll also be given the opportunity to support start-up businesses and SMEs with business projects through our Aston Business Clinic. Working with other students, you’ll collaborate to solve a strategic problem and make a real difference for a growing business.

Trips and visits

We have a range of networking opportunities and guest speakers on campus throughout the year. Industry professionals working in a variety of positions including the financial functions, will give you with an insight into their roles, responsibilities and challenges.

Graduate employers regularly visit campus throughout the year. You’ll be able to chat to companies about their graduate opportunities and get an insight into their selection process.

There’s also a number of field-trips and leisure activities that take place throughout the year, led by various University schools, societies and sports clubs.


Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.   


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