MSc International Finance

Postgraduate, Full-time

International Finance MSc



Our course has been developed for those without a background in finance industry who wish to pursue a career in the sector

Overview

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.


Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

1 year

Start date:

JanSep


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Course details

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.

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.
  • calendar How you’ll be taught This is a full-time course and you will learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

    This is a full-time course and is split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September.

    Duration:

    • September starts: 12 months
    • January starts: 18 months with a three-month break over the summer (after the first taught trimester)

Modules

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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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

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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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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 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 £7,280
Overseas £13,000 £13,520


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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
  • finance