Applied Economics (Banking and Financial Markets) online MSc

Put economic insights into action

Fuel your mind. Transform your career.

Government agencies, businesses and research institutions rely on professionals who can glean insights from financial data to make strategic decisions in a global economy. With the University of Bath’s online MSc Applied Economics (Banking and Financial Markets) course, you will engage in a comprehensive study of economic theory and gain practical skills to support efforts to improve lives and sustain economic growth.

Our applied economics course cuts through the abstract to focus on how economics works in the real world. You’ll learn applied economics theory from big names in this field and receive cutting-edge software training that enables you to mine and analyse complex data. This online course also includes case studies and interactive exercises to demonstrate how organisations address financial crises, economic issues and other pressing challenges.

In addition to practical skills, Bath’s online applied economics course provides a flexible learning experience. As a result, you can work full-time while seeking your MSc degree part-time.

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Minimum duration:

2 years, 6 months

Start dates:

January, May and September


Cost per 10 credits £722** (10% alumni discount). Fees are paid in instalments corresponding with the course units. The MSc totals 180 credits.

Entry requirements:

• A first- or second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent
• An undergraduate degree in a social science or business-related discipline such as business administration, finance, accounting, international trade, banking, financial management, public finance or politics
• We welcome applications from those with a 2:2 honours degree (or its international equivalent) in subjects with a high level of economics content

International students:

Applicants must have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 for any of the four parts (listening, reading, writing, speaking)

Acquire the economics expertise you need

Bath’s online MSc Applied Economics course includes three phases to prepare you fully for in-demand economics careers.

  • Phase 1: Delve into a comprehensive overview of economic theory, exploring microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
  • Phase 2: Learn the quantitative tools and analysis methodologies that apply to banking and finance.
  • Phase 3: Apply the skills you’ve developed through this course to research real-world issues, gaining practical experience to stand out to employers seeking skilled economists.

Some of the units offered in this course include:

Delve into the theoretical tools used in behavioural economics and learn to evaluate the role of public policy.

Develop your research, data handling and data description skills while learning to present and interpret complex economic data.

Explore monetary policy at an advanced level while learning the precise use of concepts and mathematical models.

Online learning that is active and engaged

engaging content

hands-on interactive assignments

interaction and networking

digital resources

For people with existing work and lifestyle commitments, our online MSc courses are a passage to sought-after careers. Our Virtual Learning Environment makes our online Master of Science degrees as immersive as our on-campus courses. So, wherever you choose to study, you’ll always be engaged with the content, your lecturers and your fellow students.

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Gain an edge in the global job market

We designed our online MSc Applied Economics course to equip you with the technical mathematics, data analysis and econometrics skills needed to recognise business opportunities and address pressing issues. Seek this degree to prepare for many in-demand roles, including financial or risk analyst, investment banker, applied economist, or portfolio manager.

This course provides high levels of student interaction, which lets you network with aspiring economic professionals. Many of our students have experience with leading UK and international firms, such as Airbnb, Bosch, Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Organisations that have employed our campus MSc graduates

What will you learn?

  • Analyse, interpret and critically evaluate economic data and research
  • Apply principles to respond to economic and policy issues
  • Design and implement your own research projects
  • Use microeconomics and macroeconomics to guide strategic decision making
  • Develop the necessary mathematical, statistical and econometrics skills
  • Acquire research skills to support future commercial or doctoral research

More than 50 years of educational excellence

In 1966 the University of Bath was established by Royal Charter. Last year we ranked top 10* in the UK and have a reputation for research and teaching excellence. Additional rankings include:

Ranked 2nd in Accounting and Finance by The Complete University Guide 2025*

Ranked 4th for student experience in Economics by the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024*

The best part of the program is that it does not feel like a virtual program. I enjoy the discussion forum where I can learn and share knowledge about any subject matter with brilliant minds from all over the world. The course incorporates technology in research and analytics, which has shaped my trading strategies and skills immensely.


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Explore comprehensive economic theory and gain quantitative skills to address real issues businesses and societies face.

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**Valid up to and including September 2024 intake. Tuition fees are liable to increase each January. You should budget for an increase of up to a maximum of 5% each year.