The course is aimed at students who would like to further their knowledge of Economics/Finance/Accounting and extend it in the direction of business economics and banking, with an emphasis on internet technologies. The degree aims to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse the opportunities and threats facing corporations and financial institutions due to the emergence and proliferation of new technologies. The course concentrates on applied aspects of economics, finance and banking rather than the theoretical approach.Students study 8 taught units, followed by a dissertation, all contained within the 12 month duration of the course.
This course will enable students to utilise economic concepts and models to demonstrate the relevance and importance of the development and growth of the internet and its impact on economic activity of various types. Students will be able to evaluate the relevance of economic theories and principles and how they can explain the existence, nature and operation of retail, wholesale and international banking. In addition, public policy issues of banking will be considered. You will also gain an understanding of applied corporate and e-banking financial issues, linking to business decisions and strategy.
MSc Business Economics With E-Banking
The programme consists of three sequential stages each of one semester's duration (or one academic year for those taking the part time option).
Stage 1 from October to January (leading to PgC) provides the building blocks of principles and theories needed for advanced studies in business economics, finance and banking. Emphasis in stage one is divided between the academic rigour of the main theory courses and the development of more applied courses designed to develop relevant business skills.
Stage 2 from February to June (leading to PgD) is designed to introduce more advanced aspects of business economics, finance and the internet.
Stage 3 from June to September (leading to MSc) consists of a 14,000 word dissertation.
This unit concentrates on the economic approach to understanding businesses and their behaviour. In particular, you will be able to understand, apply and evaluate the relevance of various microeconomic theories of the firm to different types of business. Consideration will also be given to business competitiveness and how this is affected by technological innovation. Insights are also possible into the effect of the organisational architecture of firms and how the legal and regulatory environment can constrain firms' behaviour.
Quantitative Economics for Business
This unit should ensure that all students are familiar with the mathematical and statistical/econometric skills essential for the theoretical and applied work that will be found in other units and which is needed for the up-to-date treatment and analysis of current issues. The topics covered should also enhance the ability to read and understand articles in academic journals. Both theoretical and applied practical aspects are covered, with an emphasis on the use of econometric computer software.
Economics of Banking and Money
This unit is designed to show how economics can explain the existence, nature and operations of retail, wholesale and international banking. Public policy issues will also be considered. In addition to understanding the importance of banking to the national and international economy, students will also consider such aspects as managing market risks, trends in banking efficiency and the arguments for (prudential) regulation.
This unit introduces the concepts, methodologies and basic methods of undertaking and implementing research in economics and the social sciences.
Applied Corporate Finance
Whether from an investment bank perspective or from within the finance (treasury) department of a corporation, an assessment of the financial health of a company is paramount. This unit introduces and exposes you to corporate financial management, valuation and investment, with the emphasis being on corporate risk analysis. It is an applied course, equipping you with the tools necessary to critically analyse, evaluate and offer recommendations on firm specific financial and business data.
e-Banking and Finance
This unit provides the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse the opportunities and threats facing the banking industry due to the emergence and proliferation of new technologies. As well as being familiar with such new developments, students will be able to relate the feasibility and practicalities of new technologies for the practice of banking and finance, describe the consequences of these innovations for the theory of banking and assess the opportunities and dangers of adopting the new technologies.
Economics of the Internet and the Digital Economy
Successful students taking this unit will appreciate the relevance and importance of economic concepts and models in explaining the development and the pattern of growth of the internet and the digital economy and its impact on economic activity of various types. They will understand the strategies employed by firms engaged in the struggle for survival and success in the digital economy and will be able to assess the arguments about the need for regulation to ensure competition.
In Stage 3 you will undertake an investigation of an appropriate, closely specified topic, using the skills you have learnt. You will have the opportunity to initiate, design and conduct a piece of research using original thought and independent judgement. You will have a supervisor from a member of the academic staff who will be able to advise you at regular meetings. Although preliminary work is undertaken earlier in the year, the dissertation is normally completed over the summer months, allowing a 12-month phase for the MSc from start to finish.
The part time mode for the course (available for home/EU students) has the same philosophy and sequence of subjects as the full time mode, and students may alternate between the full and part time modes if such a pattern is best suited to their circumstance