MSc International Banking & Finance

Postgraduate, Full-time

International Banking & Finance MSc

Develop your skills in international banking based on a critical understanding of theories and research in banking and finance


Whether you're contemplating a career in business or currently working and looking to upgrade your qualifications, this course will give you the tools you need to be a successful manager in a fast moving, challenging global banking environment.

Covering issues that range from the global economic environment, organisational behaviour, and how to navigate strategy during a time of great change in geopolitics, markets and regulation, this course addresses the essentials of modern business and opens doors to increased employment opportunities at a postgraduate level.

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1 year

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Course details

The MSc in International Banking & Finance will familiarise you with the most current developments in global financial markets from the unique perspective of banking institutions.

The programme aims to prepare you for a career in banking and finance by enabling you to develop expertise in key areas of international banking institutions management.

You’ll acquire a critical understanding of current theories and research in the fields of banking, finance and law and develop the practical skills to apply this knowledge within an institutional framework.

You’ll learn to evaluate alternative theories and methodologies in international banking and finance and to make critical judgements on their applicability to complex issues where there is incomplete information.


  • Financial Management
  • Financial Markets, Institutions and Banking
  • International Economic Law
  • International Banking and Insurance
  • Strategic Management in Global Banking
  • An optional module
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • calendar How you’ll be taught This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters.

    You will learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

  • note and pen Assessments There are a range of assessment types using coursework and exams aligned to the learning outcomes of each module, which in turn are aligned to the programme learning outcomes.


Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Dissertation ( FIN11130 )

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

Further information

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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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.

Further information

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.

Further information

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.


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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional 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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £7,000 tba
Overseas £13,000 tba

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Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


  • International banks and financial institutions
  • International, regional and national regulatory agencies
  • Government agencies and policy think-tanks
  • Journalism and financial news
  • Academics and research
  • Consultancy
  • Industry and commerce
  • Non-profit development agencies