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International Finance (MSc)

Course Description

MSc International Finance is for those working or hoping to work in finance or accounting. You'll gain an academic qualification in domestic and international financial operations and you'll address current challenges and issues facing the world's international financial institutions and markets.

The course links theory and practice in international financial matters through intensive, selective and expert orientated modules with a clearly defined business outlook. One of the main attractions of this course is that it provides a wide range of modules to suit your specific interests. The content focuses on financial markets, the analysis and management of financial intermediaries and their interaction with financial instruments, investment and risk management. This will see you studying a broad range of related topics such as asset fund management, portfolio theory and investment analysis, credit risk, and financial institutions main operations and performance within an international context.

This course provides analytical and business-led tools, including the use of databases such as Bloomberg and Thompson One-Banker. The course also includes training in specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo) and broad data facilities for research and analysis.

On this course you'll also take part in a residential weekend focused on personal development and in-depth learning. You'll exchange experiences and discuss current events and specific problems affecting the financial markets and institutions, with academics and a visitor practitioner.

This course is subject to successful re-validation in April 2015, course content may change.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/international-finance-msc


Core modules:
- Corporate financial management
- International financial markets
- Empirical finance
- Research design and methods
- Dissertation

Plus two elective modules from the areas of banking, investment, law, corporate governance and strategic management

You will also have the option to undertake a work placement. If you choose to do so, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience.

Students who successfully complete at least one banking pathway module and their dissertation in the area of banking will be eligible for the award of MSc International Finance (with Banking).

Students who successfully complete at least one investment pathway module and their dissertation in the area of investment will be eligible for the award of MSc International Finance (with Investment).

Students not meeting the above criteria will be awarded MSc International Finance.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, individual and group presentations and written examinations. A typical taught module involves a total of 200 study hours (52 contact hours and 148 group and private study hours).The use of specialist resources such as Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker are embedded within modules.


Graduates who possess an LSBU Masters degree in international finance are likely to be highly employable in trading and analyst positions, not only in the UK but throughout the world. Excellent career opportunities exist in finance, banking and investment. Graduates from this course have gone on to obtain positions in major international companies, financial institutions, regulatory agencies, credit rating agencies and financial consultant firms in the UK and overseas.

Past employability skills events held by the Department include:

"My Employability event"
- My dream job
- Preparing CVs and cover letters
- Using databases to research the company
- IT qualifications for your CV
- Preparing for interviews
- Managing expectations
- Internships

The optional placement in arelevant business area enhances your employability skills and enables you to apply accounting and finance theory to contemporary business practice.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.


In addition to academic rigour, the Masters is highly oriented to support your career development.

There is an optional placement in a relevant business area to enhance your employability skills and apply accounting and finance theory to contemporary business practices.

If you take part in a placement, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience.

A placement is not currently offered on the part-time mode.


Specialist industry software prepares our students with the digital skills that employers value. Students on our programmes have access to Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, NVivo, and SPSS.

Teaching and learning

This course will develop your key skills in:
- Understanding the core of international finance in the modern global marketplace
- Understanding the theoretical basis for understanding the nature of international financial operations and their complexity.
- Understanding of the employment of theoretical principles to deal with practical situations faced by investors, business and financial institutions
- Developing research problems/questions in the area of investment, banking and finance.

You will also benefit from the Department's experienced lecturers, excellent learning materials, and small class sizes. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussion facilitate more active modes of learning. You'll receive training in the use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker, and specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo)during seminar sessions and in the development of assignments, and dissertation/Business Project.

Visit the International Finance (MSc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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