Developed in collaboration with industry practitioners, this course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to kick-start your career within the financial sector.
You’ll master key theories and concepts of economics and finance as well as gain quantitative skills that are in high demand in the global job market.
The course concludes with a Business Project; a substantial piece of work designed to provide you with an opportunity to analyse a business problem and practically apply the knowledge and skills developed during the course.
Economics of Governance and Organisations
This module examines the theory and methods that companies use to determine their firm governance organisational structure and decision-making. For example, we consider how executive pay and reward may lead to strategies for short-term economic gain rather than long-term prosperity.
Here you’ll gain an insight into a range of large-scale or general economic factors, such as why we have inflation, what determines whether a country is growing or not, how different financial shocks occur around the world and how policymaker decisions affect country economics.
Ethics in Academic Practice
This module provides an introduction to the Academic Offence framework. By completing the resources you will understand the key principles underpinning the submission of academic assignments. These principles can then be applied to the rest of the modules studied at the university.
This module builds on the introductory level quantitative methods and introduces you to concepts and techniques essential to the analysis of social science data. It focuses on different methods that are used in the applied research, including difference in difference panel data, instrumental variables and limited dependent variables.
This module looks at the key principles and challenges of financial management decisions. You’ll develop an understanding of the characteristics, influencing factors and the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of financing. You’ll also apply mathematical techniques for a range of commercial tasks, such as the evaluation of investment decisions.
The Aston Global Advantage
The Aston Global Advantage is our professional development programme that runs throughout all MSc programmes at Aston Business School. Focusing on professional development and employability, this integrated module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key transferrable skills you will gain throughout the year.
Business Project or Dissertation
The Business Project/Dissertation is a chance for you to carry out an original piece of work applying material that you have learnt in the taught element of your degree. Specific requirements will be explained relating to different degree programmes but in summary you must demonstrate both theoretical and practical knowledge of your chosen area of specialism.
Note: Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.
Select one optional module from:
This module explores current challenges and issues faced by organisations in the global marketplace. We look at how the international financial environment can affect firms and their strategies, specifically what steps they take to negate these risks. For example, firms hedging against currency fluctuations.
This module deals with primary performance evaluation methods used in the investment banking industry. The underlying methods form the cornerstone for valuing companies on a standalone basis, including an assessment of whether a given public company is overvalued or undervalued.
Select one remaining optional module from:
This module will develop your understanding of the global business environment and the factors which affect entrepreneurs’ strategies in relation to growing their business abroad. You’ll analyse the main entry modes for new companies looking to do business overseas. We also assess the implications of economic policies and technological advances on new business internationalisation.
This module will give you the basic and fundamental knowledge of international business theories and concepts. It will cover selected topics from a wide spectrum of activities in the international business environment. It will also develop your skills in applying the theories into practice through experiential learning such as case study analysis and class discussions.
Economic Environment of Business