About the course
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
Research Methods in Finance
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.
Key Skills and Competencies
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.
A good Honours Degree (or its equivalent) plus satisfactory references from your University. Previous experience in a relevent subject is necessary.