Aston University
Business Economics and Finance MSc
Aston University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

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.

You’ll enjoy a stimulating range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, simulations and lab sessions. You will use advanced statistical software packages, and have access to Datastream, a global financial and macroeconomics data platform, to enhance your practical skills.

There is also the opportunity to develop other practical business skills, such as writing business plans, and country and market reports. You’ll be able to benefit from visits of guest speakers who are leading industry experts in the field of economics and finance.

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.

How will my knowledge and skills develop? You’ll develop an understanding of how the economic environment affects firm performance and behaviour, and vice versa. Furthermore, you’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 will also examine the various products and services offered by firms within the financial sector. You will learn how to price these products and services and how demand volatility (uncertainty) can impact on pricing.

We are 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 emphasis on the real world application of theories. For example, we teach quantitative methods as a tool for investment and strategic decision making.

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

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.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 5.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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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). 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 to Aston Business School with a 5.5 in one of the four 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. 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.


Tuition Fees Business Economics and Finance MSc

EU £21250 year 1
England UK £11900 year 1
Northern Ireland £11900 year 1
Scotland £11900 year 1
Wales £11900 year 1
International £21250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Aston University

Aston University was established in 1895 in Birmingham, England. With students from over 120 countries, Aston University is proud to call itself a safe and welcoming campus for international students. As a publicly funded research university, students enrolled on all courses enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources, including robotics labs and laser cutting workshops. With a strong academic reputation around the world, applicants can expect to graduate as formidable experts in their chosen fields.

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