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A truly multidisciplinary course, our MSc International Business and Finance will give you a thorough understanding of business and finance operations in an international context. It is ideal for students from a generalist background who want to develop specialist skills with a global perspective.
Our course brings together disciplines such as economics, international business and strategy, finance and behavioural finance. We will introduce you to relevant statistical and modelling skills and develop your awareness of critical issues such as regulation, pricing and evaluating financial performance.
You will explore key questions around international financial markets, the psychology of financial decision making and the importance of interest rates and exchange rates for international business. You will also acquire essential research skills to analyse the operation and impact of financial market strategy.
Throughout the MSc International Business and Finance course you will meet industry experts from our thriving network of professional and business leaders. We collaborate directly with prestigious names such as Lloyds Bank Corporate, London; the Bank of England Midlands Office; HSBC Nottingham; Eversheds; Price Waterhouse Cooper; PKF Cooper Parry; Smiths of Derby; GI Insight, Leicester; and Kitchencraft. Many contribute to our MSc programme with thought-provoking guest lectures.
You will gain fresh insights through company visits, such as behind-the-scenes tours of the iPro Stadium, Derby Arena, Crown Derby and high performance engineering company epm:technology. You can also extend your contacts through networking at Institute of Directors workshops, company taster days and events held by the University’s own Network of Entrepreneurs.
As you chart your career direction, you’ll have the opportunity to receive mentoring from influential business figures. Our mentors range from international trade advisors and banking specialists to senior managers from our partner companies – all are happy to share their experiences and insights with you.
Career development planning is an integral part of this course. Every student benefits from the support and advice of a personal tutor who is part of the programme team. You’ll also have access to our first class professional careers service even after you’ve graduated.
The culmination of the MSc International Business and Finance is your Independent Study where you select a theme which reflects your international financial interests and career ambitions. This is your chance to gain in-depth research and critical thinking skills which will serve you well in your future career.
The range of topics covered is vast. Among recent examples, our students have investigated profitability across Western and Islamic banking; behavioural bias in the Russian mortgage market; religious cultural difference in financial decision making; funding SMEs in Nigeria; saving and spending patterns among young people in Qatar; and the Cypriot economy after financial crisis.
You will capitalise on your University experience by participating in a two-day industry-standard residential course in Leadership. In addition, you can work towards a special award which recognises your leadership abilities and enhanced consultancy skills. As part of the Futures Award in Leadership in International Business, you will undertake extra-curricular activities which strengthen your professional development, including business consultancy work, volunteering, fundraising activities and networking opportunities.
Our Futures Award participants have had the chance to hear from regional industry leaders such as Mel Morris, Chairman of Derby County FC and an initial investor in King Digital Entertainment, the company behind the computer game sensation Candy Crush.
We use a diverse range of teaching and learning methods to provide a motivating study experience. At each level we provide support to help you develop your academic and applied skills and to promote your personal development.
The MSc International Business and Finance course entails a combination of campus teaching with study support materials online and access to an extensive range of online journals through our library facilities. You’ll be inspired by a mix of lectures, group work, discussions, workshops, case studies, practical data analysis and personal networking. We offer specific guidance on study texts, journals and online study materials.
There is a wide range of coursework assessment methods, many designed to enhance your transferable skills. You may be developing strategy documents and international business analysis reports, creating presentations and videos, or evaluating information from Bloomberg on international markets and organisations. You may be working alone or as part of a team.
Assessments can also involve essays, building a portfolio of relevant work or computer-based assignments and you may be marked on elements of reflective practice. Some modules may have a formal examination.
Visit the International Business and Finance (MSc) page on the University of Derby website for more details!
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