MSc Economics of International Finance and Trade


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Our Applied Training Programme is designed to provide training in new and vocationally attractive skills in Economics, this Master's will develop your knowledge and understanding of international finance and trade with an emphasis on explaining the global flows of goods, services and finance from both an investor's and corporate perspectives.

The course provides training that places specialist areas in a wider economic context and shows how the insight from economics can improve workplace performance. You will take compulsory modules in economics, financial econometrics, international trade and international finance. You will also have the opportunity to undertake your own research.

As part of your training you will develop specific skills highly relevant in the work place, including training in the use of statistical and quantitative software packages (eg STATA)


MSc Economics of International Finance and Trade is a one year applied training degree  designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of international finance and trade with an emphasis on explaining the global flows of goods, services and finance from both an investor’s and corporate perspectives.

This course fits into our Applied Training Programme which is designed to provide training in new and vocationally attractive skills in Economics. It is appropriate either for graduates with no economics background who wish to understand how markets work and to develop the analytical skills of an economist, or for graduates in economics who wish to develop specialist expertise without committing to full research training.  This course provides training that places specialist areas in a wider economic context and shows how the insight from economics can improve workplace performance.

You will develop specific skills highly relevant in the workplace.  These include training in the use of statistical and quantitative software packages (e.g. STATA).  The course provides you with a firm grasp of some of the methods, models and techniques currently used by firms and in international finance. As part of the course, you will have the opportunity your own research on a topic of particular interest to you.

This course lays the foundations for a career in a wide range of financial professions, including international finance and risk management.

Course Structure

You will take compulsory modules in economics, financial econometrics, international trade and international finance.  Teaching is provided by members of academic staff, often in a relatively informal learning environment, and programmes may incorporate lectures, seminars, and practical work, including computer lab sessions.

As this programme has a particular focus on the international economy, there are modules specifically designed to give you expert knowledge in this area. These include International Trade, which will introduce models of international trade explaining patterns in global flows of goods, and International Finance, which examines finance from both an investor’s and corporate perspective.

In the autumn semester there is also the option to take the module Financial Markets and in the spring semester Risk Management and Trading.  Financial Markets is a technical module which involves the study of financial models that can explain equilibrium asset prices and the term structure of interest rates.  Risk Management and Trading is a module to introduce the techniques designed to measure market and credit risk and provide you with an insight into how trader behaviour contributes to bubbles and crashes.


Assessment will be carried out through combinations of coursework and exams.  You will also write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, supervised individually by an academic from the School.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 140 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module is designed to introduce students to micro and macro economics analysis, and to familiarise students with a wide range of economic tools which can be applied to issues relating to their Applied Training Programme. The module covers, in particular, consumer and producer choice, market equilibrium, market structure, externalities and public goods, the macroeconomics of inflation, unemployment and growth and macroeconomic policy.




All students taking the ECO MSc degrees in Economics, Environmental Economics, Experimental Economics, Industrial Economics, Finance and Economics, Media Economics, International Business Finance and Economics and International Business, and Economics and International Relations, are required to submit a dissertation. This module prepares students to write a dissertation of a length and technical complexity as specified in their Course Guide, on a topic approved by the Course Director or other authorised person.




This is a module of two halves. The first half introduces some basic econometric techniques, and the problems which arise in their use. The second half applies the skills acquired in the first half to particular problems in financial economics such as the capital asset pricing model, exchange rate forecasting, testing the efficient markets hypothesis, modelling non-constant volatility and estimation of VAR models; Granger-causality testing, and option valuation. With the aid of the specialist econometric software package STATA, theoretical models are estimated and tested using real data.




This module comprises two sections. The first section examines finance from an investor's perspective, highlighting aspects of portfolio diversification and asset pricing. In the second section, we focus on corporate finance, examining corporate governance issues, how operations are funded (capital structure), and how firms return money to shareholders (payout policy). Particular attention is paid to international topics, including how to price assets across segmented markets, and the benefits, or otherwise, of international portfolio diversification.




IN TAKING THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT TAKE ECO-7019B In this module we develop our understanding of the international economy, specifically international trade. We explain the patterns in the global flows of goods using a number of different models of international trade theory. We ask who benefits from trade, who it can harm, and relate our insights to the current debate about globalization. The module also deals with controversial issues like the effect of trade on the environment and strategic trade policy.



Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module looks at the operation of capital markets and their relationship to the financial structure of firms, from the point of view of an economist interested in the relationship of asset prices that emerge from financial markets and real levels of productive investment in the economy. The main question revolves around the following - do asset prices formed in financial markets provide accurate signals for resource allocation?




This module provides an introduction to the economics of financial markets. The first part of the module introduces some key concepts, such as: whether markets are efficient, (the Efficient Markets Hypothesis); and the various ways risk can be measured including VaR and variance of return. The module proceeds to cover the theory of consumer choice and then mean-variance portfolio theory; before the analysis of asset pricing models. Such models include: single and multi-factor models of asset returns, the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), and the Arbitrage Pricing Theory Model (APT). As well as focusing on the theory of these issues, students will learn how to conduct and evaluate statistical tests of these models. In the process students learn how economic theories are formulated and empirically tested. The module is suitable for those interested in a career within the financial sector or those interested in further study in financial economics.




This is a technical finance module aimed at students wishing to pursue careers in the financial sector. The module is accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (and together with ECO-M021 replaces the CT8 module). The focus will be on valuation and risk analysis of financial products and positions. The module will be highly analytical, with weekly exercises and assessment balancing mathematical problems and practical exercises involving Excel. Topics covered will include: continuous-time stochastic processes, stochastic models for security prices, bonds, term structure of interest rates, futures and forwards, options, hedging and credit risk.




This is a spring semester module focused on the microeconomics of money and banking. It builds on autumn modules ECO-7014A (Banking Econometrics); ECO-7012A (Financial Markets); and ECO-7011A (Economic Concepts); it also compliments ECO-7015B (International Finance). The module provides an overview of the global financial system with an emphasis on the UK and European experiences and markets. There are three main components of the module. (i) we examine the role of financial markets, institutions and instruments in the economy, including the determination of interest rates and asset prices. (ii) We also examine the development of banks, and bank-like institutions, including an analysis of the 'Shadow Banking System' and innovation in financial instruments. (iii) Finally we examine the role of the Central Bank in regulation, supervision and prudential management of the financial architecture. Other issues covered include: important models in financial development; issues in financial deregulation; modelling bank runs; exploring systemic risk, financial crisis and contagion; and aspects of financial market efficiency.




This module is structured around three main questions: why do multi-nationals exist? What are their beneficial effects? Why might they sometimes be a cause for concern? In answering these questions we confront a variety of theoretical and empirical methodologies (eg, oligopoly theory, transactions costs, econometric, case studies in corporate strategy) and draw upon various branches of Economics (international, industrial, labour, financial and political economy).




The first part of the module begins by introducing concepts such as risk and volatility in financial markets. With the aid of the econometric computer package STATA, theoretical models will be estimated and tested using real data. Students will learn how to calculate risk using daily and high-frequency data. The second part of the module introduces algorithmic trading using Excel VBA. Students will learn the techniques traders use to test the validity of their trading strategies.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Economics or other relevant subject
  • Degree Classification 2.2 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

Applicants who have not studied Economics at undergraduate level are expected to have studied relevant maths/statistics modules in their degree, in order to gain admittance to this course.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on them attaining a particular class of  degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here: International Graduate Diploma in Economics.

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact

Special Entry Requirements

The School of Economics runs an intensive course in Mathematics and Statistics for Economists in the fortnight preceding the Masters programme in September. Whilst this course is not compulsory, it is recommended that you attend. The course will run from 11th September 2017 - 22nd September 2017.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,365
  • International Students: £15,000

Fees listed are inclusive of the optional 2-week pre-sessional Mathematics and Statistics for Economists course.

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

Living Expenses

Approximately £9,135 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for more detailed information about funding for prospective Economics students.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

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Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.


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