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Business Economics and Business Finance MSc

95% of our postgraduate students are in further education or full-time employment six months after completing their course (DLHE 2014/15)


Reasons to study Business Economics and Business Finance at DMU:

On this course, you will learn leading-edge economic theory and put that theory into practice by applying it to real-world problems. You will graduate with in-depth knowledge of international business and finance and be in the position of connecting the outcomes of such approaches to decision making within the broader context of national and international policy making. 

  • Excellent teaching quality
    Learn from leading academics with international reputations for research and teaching within their specialist areas
  • No previous knowledge or experience required
    You will have the opportunity to study the foundations of economics and finance, as well as study further challenging modules
  • Develop knowledge of international financial markets
    Adopting a cross-disciplinary approach, you will learn to identify, assess and communicate the impact of changes in international financial markets
  • Learn how to apply key economic and finance theory to industry
    You will develop the ability to apply quantitative financial techniques and assess the impact of key economic variables on the business environment
  • Improve decision making skills, essential in industry
    Prepares graduates for a career in organisational decision making from a finance perspective



At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time

Start dates: September 2016 or January 2017 

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: £7,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time

Start dates: September 2016 or January 2017 

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: £12,200

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

You should hold a good honours degree or overseas equivalent. Additionally, if you wish to study the Econometrics elective in semester 2 you must have studied a quantitative module in the final year of your undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with a grade equivalent to a 2:1.

Applications from those without formal qualifications but with significant professional experience in business or finance will be considered individually.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


Course modules

You will learn leading-edge economic, management and financial theory and put that theory into practice by applying it to real-world problems. A range of core modules underpin key business and financial principles:

  • Macroeconomics in a Global Context - presents an analysis of how the macroeconomy works in a global environment that is subject to international trade and factor endowment flows. You will gain the skills to relate the theory of macroeconomics to recent world events and debate the implications of macroeconomic policy.
  • Economics and Strategic Analysis - the aim of this module is for you to understand they key strategic decisions that individuals, firms ad organisations, face and the consequence of those decisions. You will also learn how to apply microeconomic models to solve current economic problems.   
  • Markets and Financial Institutions – introduces you to the complex area of financial intermediation and financial markets. You will look at the role of both the domestic and global financial systems and the regulations placed on them.
  • International Finance - explores the political, economic and technical dimensions of the international finance regime. You will also investigate the role of finance in the competitive struggle between nation states and multinational corporations to generate economic value. Finally, you will look at financial and risk appraisal of foreign trade and direct investment projects.
  • Strategic and Financial Decision-Making – considers corporate strategic investment decisions and the underlying financial management issues relevant to these decisions. You will focus on the allocation of funds within a business, financial appraisal techniques used in evaluating strategic options, sources of funds, the costs of those funds and alternative financing strategies.
  • Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in finance, accounting, management and business. It also aims to help you in defining a research topic and the production of a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.

You will also select one elective module aimed at developing economic knowledge and skills in an international context. Module choices might include:

  • Econometrics
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Managing Complexity
  • Trade Theory and Policy
  • Economics of Emerging Markets

Dissertation - You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of economics and finance. You will need to apply and enhance technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation (or executive company project), and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Facilities include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work and quiet study zones for individual work. 

The faculty has a large number of high-spec IT labs. The DMU bookshop stock a number of core text books and a range of background reading for your course, along with a variety of stationery.

The Oasis café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments. 

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

Enhance your existing qualifications and global career prospects with a specialist master’s in business economics and business finance.

This course will provide advanced preparation for careers in the policy making, organisational decision making and the financial world.

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50% off selected PG courses

We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.


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