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  • Objectives
    Designed in collaboration with industry professionals this course focuses on the economic analysis of financial issues, financial products and international financial markets. This course concentrates on the economic analysis of contemporary issues in the economic and financial environment such as corporate governance, investment and financing decisions, international trade and investment flows.

    During the programme you will be able to select specialist modules from a wide range of options in the fields of finance and economics. Students have the opportunity to do an in-company consultancy project and apply for and complete a three-month internship in a relevant company.

    We have recently introduced a new framework for our full-time Masters programme, covering some significant and exciting developments that have come about through consultation with our students, staff and alumni.* The new framework will facilitate greater engagement with external businesses and organisations, leading to an enhanced student learning experience.

    *This framework is not currently applicable to our MBA or professional suite.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirementsApplicants should be competent in using the English language, have good literacy and numeracy skills, and be interested in a career in economic or financial analysis. Applicants for the full-time course should have: * A UK undergraduate degree with quantitative analysis and at least intermediate-level study of Economics and/or Finance. * A recognised equivalent qualification from the UK or other countries that fulfil these requirements will also be acceptable. * Have worked or are working in a relevant economics or finance occupation that demonstrates the equivalent knowledge and skills through employment and training. These candidates will be considered on an individual basis and be required to provide a written CV demonstrating that they meet the requirements for admission.English language requirementsApplicants whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of English language proficiency to the level of IELTS 6.5 (to include a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing); paper-based TOEFL 560 (to include the Test of Written English (TWE) at 5 or above); or computer-based TOEFL 220.
  • Course description
    After a grounding in economics, finance and quantitative analysis, you will do specialist modules on the economic analysis of the international economy, including financial aspects of the international economy.
    The curriculum includes specialist modules investigating the economic analysis of markets, investment and financing decisions, corporate governance as well as trade and investment in an international context.

    • the opportunity to complete a three-month internship in a relevant company
    • innovative delivery of modules
    • individual research project
    • consultancy project
    • external input from academics and industry professionals.

    • Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance
    • Information and Risk
    • Macroeconomic Environment
    • International Banking and Financial Markets
    • Economics of Finance
    • Organisation, Ownership and Control
    • Research Planning and Methods for Economics and Finance
    • 15,000-word Individual Research Project

    Optional modules
    • Economic and Financial Modelling
    • Macroeconomic Modelling
    • Business Problem-Solving Using Economics
    • Economics of International Trade and Investment

    How do you study?
    The modules are taught sequentially with intensive block teaching over the course of a week followed by a period of independent study, including assignment preparation and completion.

    A range of teaching and learning methods are used in the intensive block teaching period depending on the module being studied. These methods include large group teaching, small group tutorials, research supervision, interactive teaching, industry-specific workshops (involving guest speakers, project work, etc), eSupported learning, guided and directed individual and group study and a variety of multimedia approaches.

    You will also undertake independent and group-based learning outside of the classroom. This will take the form of background reading, research, assignment preparation and assignment completion. Independent learning is guided by individual or group meetings with tutors to enable more personal support and feedback.

    The week-long induction programme at the start of the course introduces you to the staff, outlines the course, and provides you with the opportunity to explore the various available learning and support resources, including the Library, Careers Service, International Office and Student Support Services. In addition, you will be able to engage in management and team building conducted by specialist trainers. For students whose first language is not English, additional English language support will be provided as appropriate during the course to aid your learning.

    Hear from the Programme leader on the course.

    AssessmentA variety of assessment methods are used including; tests, essays, individual and group projects, reports and presentations.

    A new framework We have recently introduced a new framework for our full-time Masters programme, covering some significant and exciting developments that have come about through consultation with our students, staff and alumni.*

    Our portfolio of programmes offer a wide range of relevant courses in business and management, allowing you to specialise in your specific field of interest, whether this is in management, marketing, finance or a distinct field within each of these disciplines. Each programme has been developed in response to industry needs and focuses on work-based projects, ensuring that when you graduate you will have a masters degree which is relevant and attractive to prospective employers.

    All of our taught postgraduate courses will now share a common delivery platform. The new framework includes some shared modules where the content overlaps, giving you even more opportunities to work collaboratively with students from different backgrounds and disciplines, the new framework will also facilitate greater engagement with external businesses and organisations, leading to an enhanced student learning experience, designed to build on the core strengths, knowledge and experience of Nottingham Business School's staff.
    * this framework is not currently applicable to our MBA or professional suite

    Real-world experienceAll of our courses are vocationally-oriented, providing the skills and experience that are relevant to and valued by employers.

    The real-world consultancy project, carried out in collaboration with local organisations, continues to be a key factor in the success of our courses and one on which we are keen to build. The new framework, in which the consultancy experience forms the basis of a 40-credit project, has preserved and extended this opportunity to provide you with work-based experience that is of genuine value to your future career.

    Teaching and Learning StrategyEach course is structured to encourage constructive learning within a student-centred learning environment, placing an emphasis on self-directed study, critical thinking and team work. With this in mind, our courses include a range of teaching methods, such as interactive workshops and tutorials, rather than a reliance on large group lectures.

    As our students come from across the globe and have different learning experiences, an integral element of each course is ensuring that support and guidance is in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.

    As part of the new framework, we are committed to providing programmes that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules; interactivity is a key feature of every module.

    Professional recognition
    Nottingham Business School is one of the UK's leading full-service business schools, providing a wide range of Business and Management education services for individuals and organisations. The School's reputation within the international and global business world continues to go from strength to strength as a result of its consistent performance in terms of accreditation, student performance and research, and its impressive client base.

    Resources and facilities
    Nottingham Business School's professional approach to management education is supported by a suite of state-of-the-art teaching rooms and the latest in communication and information technology. The School provides a high quality management learning environment, designed to encourage creative thinking about real world issues confronting managers and their organisations.

    For further information about our resources and facilities please visit the Nottingham Business School website.

    Special features
    Employment skills are crucial for any graduate. Full-time students will be given the option to complete two work-based activities, a short in-company consultancy project and a three-month internship in a relevant work-based role. The internship will enable you to use the specialist knowledge and skills acquired during the programme in a relevant work-based environment. Students will learn to critically reflect on the specialist and generic skills, knowledge and attributes developed and utilised. There is a management and team-building programme facilitated by practitioners as part of the course's induction programme.

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