Financial Economics and Accounting


October 2023


3 years

Colchester Campus



What causes ‘credit crunches’, and how do their effects spread throughout the economy? What determines the value of Pound Sterling relative to the US Dollar or Euro? How do stock market prices affect asset prices? Financial events are rarely far from the forefront of headline news. They have an impact that extends far beyond the financial sector to affect almost every aspect of daily life, including income, employment, prices, property value and cost of mortgages.

Our course is built on the core principles of economics and accounting, which are applied to your study of financial institutions (such as banks), financial markets (such as the stock exchange), and financial instruments. You receive a thorough introduction to all aspects of economics and accounting, so you master skills including:

  • Quantitative research methods
  • The preparation of financial statements
  • Accounting standards
  • Costing, budgeting and performance evaluation

With a focus on accounting and the economic analysis of financial issues, you receive a strong training in economics from one of the top-rated research departments in the UK; 4th in UK for research power in economics and econometrics (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021).You are also taught within Essex Business School. We are 20th in UK for research power in business and management (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021).Why we’re great

  • We are 4th in UK for research power in economics and econometrics (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021)
  • We are 18th in the UK for economics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • We give you diverse employment potential and the chance to meet future employers.

Our expert staff

Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists. Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs. Many of our academic staff also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today’s society as well as informing our teaching for the future. Our Essex Business School staff specialise in areas including: accounting and economic development in the public and third sectors; regulation and corporate social responsibility; finance and banking; accounting and finance in developing economies; and contemporary financial markets and their participants.

Specialist facilities

Take advantage of the learning resources within our Department of Economics:

Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university

You also have access to our landmark new Essex Business School building, the first zero carbon business school in the UK. Set around a lush winter garden, the Eden-style dome will give the building its own micro-climate. Our new building provides you with a stunning new work environment, offering:

  • A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
  • A light and spacious lecture theatre, with seating for 250 students
  • Study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • Dedicated office space for student entrepreneurs
  • Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
  • A café with an adjacent sun terrace

Click below to find out more about the entry requirements, course structure, fees and funding, etc.

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