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Economics & Finance MSc

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The Economics & Finance MSc from King’s Business School provides rigorous coverage of both the theory and practice of economics and finance, driven by research, theory development, practical application and critical analysis.

Our course is designed to equip you with the economic and financial knowledge and skills you need to build a strong career in the business and finance sectors. You’ll learn about micro and macroeconomics, financial markets & services and the relationship between finance and econometrics.

But you won’t just learn the key quantitative skills you need for success. Our courses are underpinned by the underlying philosophies and methodologies of a social science approach to economics and finance. Numbers are important, but understanding how those numbers affect the wider world of finance and business is essential in the modern world.

  • Modules designed in collaboration with both public and private sector employers, ensuring you’re gaining the best knowledge, skills and experience while studying to access the career you want once you graduate.
  • Gives students strong skills in the fields of economics and finance, producing graduates with skills highly sought after by economics consultancies, research institutions, banks and financial sector firms.
  • Strong emphasis on data analysis equips students with skills that are easily transferrable to other industries, such as e-commerce, pharmaceutical, media, retail or hospitality.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year

Study mode Full-time

Credit value 180

Course intake 30

Course leaders

Dr Evangelos Dioikitopoulos

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty King's Business School



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Course detail


The programme provides you with rigorous coverage of both the theory and practice of economics and finance and a high quality, research-based education of practical relevance in economics and finance that is driven by a combination of research, theory development, critical analysis, and practical application.

The programme is designed to cover contemporary empirical evidence in applied economics, with a focus on labour markets and the health and education sectors and/or international economics as well as internal workings of corporations, financial institutions and financial services firms and their inter-relationships.

Course purpose

Our MSc in Economics and Finance is designed to produce professionals with skills highly sought after by economics consultancies, research institutions, banks and financial sector firms. Although the programme is economics and finance focused, given the wide-ranging applications of data analysis, the students will gain skills that are easily  transferrable to a wide range of other industries, including e-commerce, hospitality, retail, pharmaceutical and media.

Course format and assessment

The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:


Lectures, seminars and feedback


Per 15-credit module

Between 20 and 30 hours which typically consist of a combination of lectures, case discussion and class activities; there may be some variation in the precise format.

Approximately 120-130 hours.

Dissertation module

Dissertation workshops and one-to-one supervision.

Approximately 595 hours self-study and project work.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Pre-Sessional: Introductory Economics (0 credits)
  • Pre-sessional Mathematics for Economics and Finance (0 credits)
  • Microeconomics; understanding firms, consumers and industries (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics; understanding national income, consumption and investment (15 credits)
  • Econometrics; theory and application (15 credits)
  • Principles of Finance (15 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)
Optional Modules

You are also required to take 15 credits from:

  • Money, Macroeconomic Policy and the Financial System (15 credits)
  • International Economics (15 credits)

And 15 credits from:

  • Financial Derivatives (15 credits)
  • Financial Econometrics (15 credits)

In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Financial Derivatives (15 credits)
  • Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
  • International Economics (15 credits)
  • International Finance (15 credits)
  • Money, Macroeconomic Policy and the Financial System (15 credits)
  • The Economics of Labour, Education and Health (15 credits)
  • The Economics of Firm Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Risk Management (15 credits)

Matlab for Data Analytics (0 credits) will be delivered in the first semester and is conditional on passing the two pre-sessional modules.  

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. 


Entry requirements & how to apply

Minimum UK requirements

High 2:1


Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) in economics, finance, the natural sciences, mathematics, or social science, with evidence of a quantitative background. We encourage applications from applicants with a sciences background (e.g. Engineering).

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme.

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer as applications for this programme are very competitive.

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £100 applies.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
Personal Statement Yes  A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). 
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £15,675 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £31,350 per year (2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 


If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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