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Financial Economics (BSc (Hons))

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Programme Description

Our Financial Economics degree has been developed to meet a need in the market for highly skilled professionals who combine the specific knowledge of financial products and markets with the analytical abilities of a trained economist. 

In a career as a trader, analyst or financial manager you will need to be equipped to make rapid and often far-reaching strategic and operational decisions.  The aim of this degree is to develop your analytical abilities in the discipline of economics, with particular reference to finance. 

This BSc Financial Economics will appeal to anyone who combines an interest in economic issues at the local, national and global levels with a desire to develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills suitable for a finance-oriented career.

Unique Aspects of the Programme

The BSc Financial Economics aims to provide a rigorous, coherent, and practice-orientated knowledge of financial markets, institutions and organisations, including market processes and government regulation, in the context of an international perspective.

This programme aims to provide you with the unique skills required to understand how financial, business and economic environments operate.

Economics broadly, and its subfield of Financial Economics provides a powerful range of ideas and research methods (theoretical and empirical) to explain and understand financial processes, events, and prospects.  This Programme draws on this resource to equip you with the tools and skills required for successful careers in the financial sector.  Its objectives are to provide a broad understanding of financial theory and the economic framework from which that theory has been developed to explain the operation of the financial sector, its markets, institutions, and organisations.

 

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Effectively utilise economic theories, concepts, models, and frameworks as apparatus of thought for decision-making in financial economics.
  • Solve practical tasks and problems in finance and foresee methods of solution.
  • Effectively manage new financial instruments.
  • Work in operating financial brokerage firms, economic institutions, banks, investment management firms that manage investment and pension funds.
  • Work in consulting companies, in the departments of share capital firms responsible for raising capital or work with investors.
  • Work and effectively use the opportunities presented by the international finance market.
  • Know the place and specifics of today's contemporary financial market integrating into a global economy.
  • Conduct empirical research (problem specification, collecting, organising, describing, and analysing finance and economic data and information) and be able to present your results in technical and non-technical modes.
  • Know how to work responsibly, thoroughly, independently and quickly and to organise your work so as to be able to effectively collaborate with colleagues and clients alike.
  • Communicate your thinking, ideas, and analysis of business, financial and economic matters through writing reports, preparing and making presentations, and engaging in public deliberations.
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Modules

Year 3

Year 4

  • Business Econometrics and Forecasting

    Year 4

    Business Econometrics and Forecasting (EC2206)

    EC2206 The use of economic theory and econometric methods to understand and evaluate the economic environment of business.

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  • Economics and Markets after the Crisis

    Year 4

    Economics and Markets after the Crisis (EC3208)

    To explore, evaluate and use concepts and theories to analyse and explain the functioning of markets and economies in the context of the global financial crises of the late 2000s and early 2010s.

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  • Time Series Analysis

    Year 4

    Time Series Analysis (EC3209)

    To study modern techniques used to examine trends in, and between, financial time series data. Such techniques are commonly used in both risk management and forecasting in Finance.

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  • Money, Credit and Banking

    Year 4

    Money, Credit and Banking (EC3213)

    The objective of this module is to provide students with a theoretical and practical appreciation of the relationships between money, credit provision and the banking system in a modern capital markets setting.

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  • International Finance

    Year 4

    International Finance (EC3214)

    The objective of this module is to provide students with a theoretical and practical toolkit for analysing activity and key events in international capital markets.

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  • Economics of Corporate Strategy

    Year 4

    Economics of Corporate Strategy (EC3215)

    Formulation of strategic business decisions using economic theory and business cases.

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  • Economics of Strategic Behaviour

    Year 4

    Economics of Strategic Behaviour (EC3216)

    Formulation of strategic business decisions using economic theory and business cases.

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  • Finance and Capital Markets

    Year 4

    Finance and Capital Markets (EC3217)

    To further develop concepts and frameworks in the study of financial markets.

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  • Portfolio Analysis

    Year 4

    Portfolio Analysis (EC3218)

    To further develop concepts and frameworks in the study of financial markets.

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For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

Prospective students must successfully complete two years of study at their Chinese university.

Prospective students must successfully pass courses taught by staff of the Department of Economics in UCC, where these are offered at their Chinese university, or where they are not, must achieve a grade of at least 70% in 8 credits of Economics.

Also, prospective students must satisfy University College Cork’s English language proficiency requirements. Currently, this means an IELTS score of 6.0 or successful completion of the China Summer School.

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