The Master in Financial Economics (MFinEc) is designed for graduates who have completed undergraduate programs in economics of finance, who are seeking to develop their finance skills to a much higher level by studying more advanced finance topics. The MFinEc is also designed for graduates of technically-based undergraduate programs (maths, physics, computer science and engineering) who do not have a degree in finance, economics or business, but who are looking to gain a rigorous knowledge of key concepts in finance and develop into quantitatively oriented and highly analytical finance researchers who may possibly be interested in an academic career.
The Master in Financial Economics program is taught on-campus. The typical duration is one and a half years of full-time study or 3-5 years part-time study. Entry to this program requires a Bachelor (or overseas qualifications deemed equivalent) with a distinction overall (weighted average mark of 75 or better).
completion of a recognized bachelor degree
meet English requirements.
* Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
The Master in Financial Economics offers advanced disciplinary depth, exposing students to latest thinking and research findings in finance and economics. Applied learning activities, both in and out of classroom, ensure participants are familiar with and can undertake critical analysis of the latest theories, techniques and practices in a chosen subject area. This program will give graduates a strong foundation in financial economics to allow them:
To pursue a PhD degree in Finance with a coursework that is designed according to high international standards such that the graduates will be competitive on the international academic job market. Please see the School’s PhD program; or
To conduct highly analytical or quantitative research in finance for businesses and government bodies.
The Master in Financial Economics consists of 8 courses and a research component.
Semester 1 (24 UOC)
ECON6001 Microeconomic Analysis (6 UOC)
ECON6004 Mathematical Economics (6 UOC)
FINS5579 Research Methods in Finance 2 (6 UOC)
FINS5580 Contract & Corp Fin Theory (6 UOC)
Semester 2 (24 UOC)
ECON6101 Advanced Micro Analysis (6 UOC)
ECON6201 Advanced Econometric Theory (6 UOC)
FINS5576 Adv. Topics in Asset Pricing (6 UOC)
FINS5581 Empirical Methodol in Corp Fin (6 UOC)
Semester 1 (or Summer Semester) (24 UOC)
FINS5582 MFinEc Research Component (24 UOC)
This research component consists of a Master thesis with an empirical and/ or theoretical content. Students who are accepted into the Academic track of the School’s PhD program; are allowed to complete this Master thesis in the Summer Semester following Semester 2.
The following preparatory courses will be available for those students who have not completed the presumed knowledge requirements. The acceptance to the MFinEc can be conditioned on taking at least one of these courses.
Mathematics and Statistics for Financial Economics
Fundamentals of Microeconomics and Finance
These courses will be taught in February, immediately before the first semester. If these courses are taken, successful completion is required before students may advance to the 8 units of coursework. (Taking these courses may incur a cost for the student).
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