MSc International Finance

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Aimed at students without a financial background, this course gives you the mathematical and practical skills to pursue a career in international finance.

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    1 year, or 18 months for January start

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    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

Designed for students from a wide variety of non-financial disciplines and employment backgrounds, this course combines mathematical and communication skills to offer you a rounded approach to the world of international finance.

MSc International Finance will enhance your employability and open the doors to a global career. You'll be eligible for graduate level positions in areas such as banking, insurance and finance.

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Whether you are looking for a role in the provision and management of financial services or planning to undertake research in the area, this course will equip you with the appropriate theoretical and practical learning.

As well as communication and presentation skills, vital in this complex industry, you’ll gain knowledge of accounting practices, statistics, financial management, banking and insurance, plus a thorough overview of the international financial environment.

This is a full-time course and you will learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

You’ll graduate with the technical and informational analysis skills you need to create a rewarding career in the industry and the means to apply your knowledge of research methods.

Subjects include

You'll choose six subjects from the following, three from A and three from B; in addition  you'll study two compulsory subjects – Research Methods and Dissertation.  

A: Statistics, Probability & Risk; Financial Management; Financial Markets, Institutions and Banking; International Economic Law

B: Strategic Financial Management; International Banking and Insurance; Global Finance; Strategic Management in Global Banking



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

This degree will enhance your employability and open the doors to a global career. You’ll be eligible for graduate level positions in areas such as banking, insurance and finance.

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above.

Holders of UK degrees in Finance will not be admitted to this course.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. 

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU £6,466 £7,000
Overseas £12,620 £13,000
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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Modules that you will study as part of this course*

Dissertation ( SOE11130 )

Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination. Individual research, production of a dissertation, reflection on work undertaken.

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Financial Management ( ACC11118 )

The financial environment, types of debt and equity instruments and their features, measurements of the cost of capital including WACC, capital structure theories and practices, investment appraisal techniques including Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return, appraising investment under conditions of risk and uncertainty including M&A projects; working capital management and short term financing decisions, risk management policies involving operating and financial risk

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Financial Markets, Institutions and Banking ( FIN11128 )

Financial system: functions, structure, intermediaries and globalisation Interest rates: theory, determinants of supply and demand, equilibrium rates, policies Financial markets: money, bond, equity and derivative markets, integration, infrastructures Financial Institutions: insurance, savings, investment, asymmetric information, moral hazard interest Modern Banks: organisational structure, activities, risks, regulation, failures, competitive issues

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Global Finance ( FIN11108 )

The module will examine the structure and functions of the international monetary and financial system. It will analyse the development and the implications of the global financial marketplace. It will examine the functions, products, participants, operational arrangements of, and the linkages between, the money markets – short-term interest rate products, the foreign exchange market, the government and corporate bond markets, the equity capital markets and the international derivatives markets.

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International Banking and Insurance ( FIN11107 )

It will review the different trade finance techniques and schemes provided to develop international trade, including documentary credits, forfeiting and other specialist finance instruments. Examine the role of banks and insurance companies and government agencies in providing finance, insurance and guarantee schemes for international business. Be able to appraise the different products and services available in the international market. Analyse the different payment methods. Critically appraise the different techniques for managing risk within financing international trade. There will be an examination of the functions, generic products and operational mechanics of the foreign exchange market and the international financial derivatives markets – forwards, futures, options and swaps

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International Economic Law ( LAW11109 )

Legal framework of international economic law; World Trade Organisation (WTO) law; international financial regulation; regulation of multinational corporations; international investment law. economic co-operation; prevention or encouragement of cartels; convergence of laws regulating economic activity.

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Research Methods ( SOE11131 )

Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination.

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Statistics, Probability and Risk ( FIN11101 )

Nature of economic and financial data Graphical and numerical summaries of data. Applications to market efficiency Discrete probability distributions. Applications to option pricing and default risk Continuous probability distributions. Applications to stock prices and returns Bayesian probability and behavioural finance. Sampling distributions and statistical inference Simple and multiple regression. Potential difficulties, and applications to CAPM Forecasting with time series Use of software packages Report writing

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Strategic Financial Management ( ACC11106 )

Strategic financial management - nature and theories Sources of finance from a strategic point of view Strategic financial risk management Interest and market risk management Theory and practice of capital structure - impact to corporate strategy Dividend policy - implications to shareholder value Takeovers, mergers and acquisitions (M&As) Capital adequacy Option valuation

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Strategic Management in Global Banking ( FIN11127 )

Strategy: Definition, Development and Strategic Decision Making Financial Intermediation, Banking and Metrics The post-crisis regulatory landscape Customers, Markets and Marketing Managing International Businesses Organisational form, ownership, governance Change, IT and fostering innovation Managing risk, developing reputation Global Banking Opportunities

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* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.