Use economics to better understand how financial markets function.

Join our online Economics for Finance course and enhance your economic skills across eight weeks.

  • Develop the economic knowledge that will help you make sense of financial markets.
  • Learn to apply basic economic models.
  • Explore behavioural finance, and discover why people make certain financial decisions.

Access this focused part of our MSc Finance on an online course you can fit around full-time work.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

Provided you meet the degree entry requirements, you may be able to use the credits you earn on this course towards this MSc.

What you’ll study

On this online short course, you’ll study the economic tools used within finance.

You’ll also:

  • investigate a range of economic theories and their relevance to finance
  • develop the fundamental economic knowledge that will enable you to explore more complex, specialised finance topics.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain market demand and where it comes from.
  • Explain market supply and where it comes from.
  • Discuss market equilibrium, the conditions under which markets are efficient, and examples of market distortions.
  • Describe the basic tools of finance, including present value, risk aversion, risk diversification, and efficient market hypothesis.
  • Communicate the key elements of behavioural economics and finance, prospect theory and myopic loss aversion.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Economics for Finance is an eight-week short course, delivered 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our MSc Finance, this course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching

Course materials are carefully planned and structured. You’ll have unlimited access to our custom-built study platform, designed for ease of use and communication. Also available as an app, you can study on computer, smartphone and tablet 24/7.

Guidance and support is one-to-one and unlimited. Your tutor will respond to any questions and provide feedback on your coursework within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • online tutorials
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from experienced academics and researchers from the University of Aberdeen’s Business School.


This course is assessed entirely online via:

  • a project in analysing team effectiveness (70% of your final grade)
  • a reflective review in the form of a 1,000-word research essay (30% of your final grade).

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. Provided you meet the degree entry requirements, you may be able to use these credits towards our:

MSc Finance

  • Study part-time, online.
  • Gain a deeper knowledge of core financial theory.
  • Develop key skills in corporate finance, portfolio analysis, asset valuation, derivatives and risk management.

Build your learning

We have a range of online business and leadership courses you can use to build your skills, earn university credits, and gain postgraduate qualifications.


Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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