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International Economics, Banking and Finance MSc


Course Description

This programme aims to offer knowledge and expertise for a position of responsibility in an international bank, financial institution, central bank or government agency.

The course offers those with a substantial economic or finance background the opportunity to specialise in more depth in the areas of Money, Banking, Finance and Trade. It contains challenging theoretical and applied elements which will equip you for responsible posts in the financial and commercial world.

The course is designed to be relevant to a wide range of students from both developed and developing countries with career aspirations in a wide variety of banking and financial contexts.

It provides excellent preliminary training for those who wish to pursue further research with a view to a career in a research institution or central bank. It will also be of interest to those who are currently working in a financial institution or other private or public sector body, such as a central bank or national treasury.

Distinctive features:

• You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.

• You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).

• You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).

• You may also enrol for a module on electronic trading using our Trading Room facility.

Structure

You will undertake a range of core and optional modules across two semesters which are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of a range of areas relevant to the finance, economics and banking sectors.

In the first semester you will undertake four core modules.

In the second semester you will take three core modules as well as one optional module.

Upon successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to the dissertation. The dissertation is designed to enable you to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in the taught modules to individual independent research under academic supervision.

Core modules:

Principles of Finance
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics: Economics of Uncertainty
Quantitative Methods
Issues in Money Banking and Finance
Principles of Money and Banking
International Banking
Dissertation

Optional modules:

International Trade
Economic Forecasting
International Finance
Marketing of Financial Services
Investment and Electronic Trading

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic

Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

Career prospects

Graduates have a good employment rate with alumni working in the European Commission, Eurobank, Bank of England and Chinese financial institutions amongst many others.

Visit the International Economics, Banking and Finance MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

May Zhang (MA International Public Relations)

I chose Cardiff University because it is one of the leading schools in the United Kingdom and it has a high ranking and good reputation in China. Longer term, I want to become a marketing or branding manager in the fashion industry. For this reason I took two postgraduate programmes at Cardiff and I firmly believe they will help me to fulfil my career ambitions.

(Student Profile)

Sharifah Adlina Syed Abdullah (MSc International Economics, Banking and Finance)

"I have very much enjoyed my course and the facilities (computers, libraries and lecture theatres) in Cardiff Business School are excellent. I have also found the city of Cardiff to be very friendly. The university and the city centre are very close to each other and, to help you feel at home, there is also a range of different foods available, including Asian, Continental, Caribbean and Western. During my time here, I have found a good balance between studying and doing social activities with my two children, husband and friends."

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Geraint Harvey (Human Resource Management)

“I initially decided to pursue a taught postgraduate course to enhance my employment potential, but decided to stay on and read for my doctorate because of the encouragement and enthusiasm offered by members of staff at all levels within the School. Cardiff Business School has an enviable reputation, both in the UK and abroad, and the support offered to postgraduate students in the School is exceptional.”


(Scholarship)

Master's Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC


“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

from £3,000

Eligibility

Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.
See our website for full details of how to apply for this scholarship: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/masters-excellence-scholarships

Further Information

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/postgraduate/funding/master-scholarships.html



Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for graduates with a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree (GPA 3.0/4.0) at undergraduate level and the following previously studied modules: microeconomics, macroeconomics and one quantitative module. Applications will be considered from recent graduates with an Honours degree from an approved university or those with a similar level of qualification gained by other methods. Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or work experience may also be considered under certain circumstances.

Last Updated

27 June 2017

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