Integrated financial markets and global businesses contribute significantly to modern banking, which is inseparable from international finance.
This course gives you a comprehensive overview of central issues in banking and international finance, with an understanding of the forces that sway financial markets as well as the theories underlying commercial and international banking. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that can be practically applied, and put them to the test in real-life scenarios through practical exercises.
You’ll learn from highly qualified tutors with research and consultancy expertise in credit, banking and finance. A strong research culture and excellent links with industry, commerce and professional bodies will give you the rare opportunity to gain a real understanding of the current challenges and issues facing the world’s international financial institutions.
As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC). This research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc Banking and International Finance; you will benefit from a curriculum that is informed by the latest knowledge and critical thinking.
You will also benefit from our strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions. This provides a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments, giving you a masters degree that is relevant to the contemporary environment.
This course develops your knowledge of international finance and business to an advanced level.
You’ll develop your existing skills in quantitative data analysis, applying financial methods and theories to solve complex business problems. You’ll examine the global financial sector as you study corporate finance, international business finance and commercial banking.
You’ll be able to gain specialist knowledge with your choice of optional modules in a range of subject areas, including International Investment, Economics of Globalisation and Risk and Insurance.
To demonstrate the knowledge and skills you gain during the programme, you’ll design and carry out your own research dissertation in the final semester. This allows you to focus on a topic of your choice, developing your ability to tackle the most pressing challenges currently facing the industry.
Throughout the course we support you to develop the professional skills that will be critical for a successful career in the financial services.
You’ll study eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.
You'll also take two options, one of which must be either International Investment or Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy.
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.
In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops. Thanks to our links with major companies across the business world, you can also gain a practical understanding of key issues.
For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Read more about professional development activities for finance students.
Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. They include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs.
This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.
Graduates of the MSc Banking and International Finance can expect to have worldwide appeal to employers in finance, investment banking and financial services.
Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in commercial and investment banking, corporate finance and financial analysis. Alternatively, the course can provide an excellent grounding for a career in financial journalism.
This masters is also an excellent qualification for individuals seeking to pursue a postgraduate research degree.
We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support and training as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from the support of a Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.
We’re committed to offering a wide range of development and training opportunities. Recent activities have included CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness networking events.
Read more about our careers and professional development support.
The University of Leeds Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
This new course strengthens the profile of Bangor Business School in being one of Europe's foremost institutions for financial research and education, the no. 1 Business School in the UK for research in Accounting, Banking & Finance (Research Assessment Exercise 2008), and achieving an outstanding student satisfaction rating of 95% for Finance studies in the most-recent National Student Survey (2013).
The course develops a broad vision and understanding of the changing role and nature of international finance within the context of globalised markets. The programme offers students a unique opportunity to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in the global financial sector, and to study advanced theory and practice relating to international financial markets and international financial management.
The programme provides management and business training at an advanced level covering the latest developments in International Finance. Students will acquire an understanding of practical managerial issues surrounding the running of international financial institutions, analysing the main features of international financial systems and markets. An important objective is to familiarise students with the latest strategic, managerial and industrial developments in the international financial services industry.
The course is a full-time programme lasting 12 months. It consists of two parts:
Is a wholly taught component, contributing 120 credits. All taught modules carry a credit weighting of 15 credits. Part 1 is taught during the two semesters which make up the academic year. Teaching during semester 1 normally runs from late-September to December, with examinations in January. Teaching during Semester 2 normally runs from late-January to early-May, with examinations in May and June.
This consists of either a supervised Dissertation of around 10,000 words, or a structured Advanced Taught Programme of Summer Study that is specific to your chosen degree. Part 2 is completed during the summer months, from late-May to September. If you undertake a supervised Dissertation, you are expected to submit your Dissertation by September in the calendar year following your initial registration for your postgraduate degree. The assessments for the Advanced Taught Programme of Summer Study are also completed during September in the calendar year following your initial registration.
Current Issues in International Finance
International Financial Markets
International Financial Management
Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management
Optional modules (choose 2):
International Taxation: Policy and Practice
Graduates of the MSc International Finance are expected to obtain employment in a variety of careers in finance, and will be ideally positioned to take up a position in investment management, corporate finance, trading or consulting. Some students would progress into further postgraduate research study.
The HEC Paris MSc in International Finance (MIF) program caters for highly-motivated top achieving graduates looking to succeed in a career in finance and consulting. The program has a strong analytical focus yet is accessible from either business and finance (business track) or economics, math, physics, engineering (accelerated track) backgrounds.
A ‘tailored-designed’ approach towards education is at the core when designing programs at HEC Paris. This is shown in at least two aspects of the HEC Paris MSc International Finance curriculum:
The number of hours spent in the classroom by HEC MIF graduates significantly exceeds international standards. Around half of that time will be spent in front of world class researchers, imparting you state-of-the-art knowledge. The other half will be spent in front of top-level practitioners. The latter is one of the many ways in which the learning experience at HEC Paris differs to most and adds another dimension to teaching. We feel it is important to complement theoretical teaching by using top researchers and practitioners lectures to give our graduates that "extra edge" over graduates from other institutions. The more competitive the environment, the more important having that extra edge is.
Who your peers are matters: with regards to the quality of your learning experience, the perception of potential employers and for the value of your network after you graduate. This is why academic performance is at the top of our admissions criteria. However at HEC we look for more than just academic excellence: smart, ambitious individuals will underperform without adequate interaction. We put a strong emphasis on group interaction and encourage it in any way we can. For instance:
At HEC Paris, we pride ourselves on the fact that ties built on campus between both professors and students continue after students graduate and become alumni. Our alumni get directly involved in guiding the "new generation" of HEC MIF students and to make sure they achieve the same success as past students. A few examples:
With 29 different nationalities making up the class of 2016, the International Finance program is equally as enriching on a cultural level. Working alongside a diverse group of nationalities can be highly educational and rewarding and is a true highlight of the program for many. London is the main hub for HEC MIF graduates in terms of placements although we also have alumni working in Continental Europe, Asia, Americas, and the Middle East.
The MSc in International Finance and Banking will equip you with the skills and specialist knowledge required to test the theories, practices and conventional wisdom pertaining to banks, non-bank financial institutions, instruments and markets in the economic process. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate the contemporary role of the financial system within domestic economies and the globalised financial environment. By mastering these subjects, you will have a truly expert understanding of the force that shapes our world today.
Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organisations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.
You will study topics including international finance, banking, regulation and the economic process and the six core study modules will provide the differing models, equations and perspectives required. For instance, in the module Research Methods in Finance, you will employ econometrics to analyse your subject matter. This will also prepare you for your final dissertation in which you will demonstrate your enhanced skills in critical thinking and creativity, analysis, synthesis and critical appraisal. There are no option modules on this course.
You will study within the energetic Business School where robust debate is encouraged. Lectures and seminars will require you to develop your own ideas and to express, justify and defend them against the competing claims of your peers. You are, however, expected to take responsibility for your learning through independent reading and further study. This course runs full time for one academic year.
In addition to this first-rate financial training, you will also nurture a skill set perfect for almost any role in any business or postgraduate workplace. You will be confident in financial management and banking; but also in planning and decision-making; and research, analysis and presentation. These traits will make you a desirable employee for financial and other institutions at national and international levels.
This degree will suit you:
- If you want to study a subject of truly global importance
- If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of financial and banking theory
- If you wish to nurture a career in financial services, banking or accounting
- If you desire skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer
Comparative Corporate Governance
Financial Assets and Markets
International Finance and Capital Markets
Modern Banking: Theory and Practice
Assessment takes the form of; research proposals including a related bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each student will complete a MSc dissertation worth 60 credits, which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester.
Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your MSc will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained financial analyst capable of cutting to the heart of financial challenges of banking, regulation and development. You will also possess a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. Whether or not you pursue a career in international finance, banking or research, the prestige of an MSc from the AMBA-accredited School of Management and Business will open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.
Alongside the wealth of world-class financial expertise, you will master highly desirable skills in academic research, analysis, argument-formation, presentation and debate. You will also prove your abilities in reflection and self-improvement; you will be able to identify your academic weaknesses and remove them whilst building on your strengths.
Self-Motivation and discipline
Studying at MSc level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.
The MSc programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.
This intensive programme covers an intellectually sophisticated curriculum to provide you with an in depth knowledge of financial theory and practice, with a distinctive focus on the global marketplace. It will give you a thorough understanding in the area of international finance to help you develop a critical appreciation of the issues surrounding global organisations in rapidly changing economies.
You will take three core and three optional courses and undertake a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation, on a finance-related theme.
You will develop the knowledge to work in a variety of financial functions, and for a variety of firms such as banks, insurance companies and financial service companies. International Finance alumni have gone on to be finance managers, credit analysts, auditors and corporate portfolio managers around the world. Employers include Samsung, Price Waterhouse Coopers, KPMG, Barclays, E&Y, Shenzhen Media Group, China Merchants Bank and Bank of China. We have a dedicated careers and employability team who provide 1-2-1 support and advice, group workshops, employer events on campus and networking opportunities throughout the year to help you with your career prospects.
You are ambitious to succeed in global banking and finance. Your strong quantitative skills give you an ideal starting point as you begin to investigate the deeper levels of strategy and operations in banks and banking markets. Your interest in banking is matched by your desire to establish yourself in this highly competitive marketplace where pressure and risk management accompany job satisfaction and financial rewards.
The course will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate the rapidly changing global banking landscape.
Take a step closer to your successful career in global banking and finance with this highly practical MSc. This course is tailormade to develop professional standards and competence for those wishing to pursue careers in the banking industry. Cass offers an innovative blend of theoretical and vocational learning equipping you with the outlook, the skills and the temperament to make things happen.
You’ll be based within a stone’s throw of the City of London, giving your studies a uniquely practical orientation with regular teaching from senior bankers and finance professionals.
We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.
To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:
Assessment of modules on the MSc in Banking & International Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.
The Banking and International Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, mainly dedicated to:
This master's degree is designed to help launch a career in the banking industry, but also as central bankers, supervisors and regulators. It offers the foundation for a varied range of careers.
The degree is fully accredited by the Chartered Bankers Institute (CBI), which ensures its content is kept up to date and relevant to the industry.
Graduates from the MSc Banking and International Finance move into a variety of careers, from investment banking (Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, UBS, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs) to commercial banking (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, BNP Paribas); to rating agencies (Fitch, S&P) to securities sales and trading desks at major finance firms, foreign exchange desks, hedge funds, private banking, asset management, credit products, financial and credit risk management consultancy
If you want an exciting career in the financial markets of the world and you are confident with numbers, this programme will give you an edge when working in financial markets in terms of understanding of theory and practice in finance internationally. You are able to evaluate risks and understand decisions which are applicable to multinationals, governments and other organisations in developing and emerging markets. This programme will broaden your knowledge and enable you to work for international organisations within corporate finance, investment management, trading and accounting professions.
You develop analysis of a range of issues in international trade and the international monetary and financial systems, including foreign direct investment, balance of payments, sovereign debt, international currency and commodity markets. This will involve drawing on relevant elements of international macroeconomics, trade theory, the theory of option pricing, futures, the economics of international financial markets and other key elements of international finance.
This is an industry where there will always be plenty of opportunities globally in areas such as industry, investments, securities, trading, banking, investment banking, accountancy and financial management. The programme is supported by excellent research over decades within economics and finance including the Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance (ACREEF) which has been able to collaborate successfully with business in the oil and gas industry centre of Aberdeen. Graduates studying the programme have gone on to senior managerial positions.
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