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Course content

How do financial markets differ across the globe? How do international trading blocs (such as the EU) impact finance?

On this course, you develop a broad vision and understanding of the changing role and nature of finance and investments within the context of a global marketplace. You can become highly competent in dealing with exchange rates and portfolio management and develop advanced mathematical skills.

Essex Business School, where this course is taught, is ranked in the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF 2014) and is a truly international place to study. More than half of our staff and students come from overseas and our current Masters students join us from more than 40 different countries. Our global team of academics and practitioners ensure this course is informed by the very latest insights and financial issues from around the world.

Our MSc International Finance ensures you’re well-placed to secure a position in an international organisation, in areas such as corporate finance, investment management or trading.

You can study this course either full-time or part-time and you may be able to take advantage of University of Essex scholarships and discounts, including those for students joining us from overseas. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and IMC level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA.

Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

We have one of the largest finance groups in the UK, ensuring this course focuses on a wide range of contemporary issues in finance. Our work seeks to make a difference to the world we live in; our research has been presented to the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, and the Federal Reserve.

Our expert staff have backgrounds in both social science theory and industry practice and excel in areas including: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.
Essex Business School is also home to Essex Finance Centre, which organises seminars and conferences that our Masters students have the opportunity to attend.

Specialist facilities

Essex Business School in Colchester is a vibrant place to study with excellent learning and social facilities, including study skills support.

Make use of our industry-standard trading floor, complete with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, and enjoy learning in our modern lecture theatres. There are plenty of spaces for networking and group work, such as our freely-available study pods and innovation booths and Bonds café.

Your future

Deutsche Bank, ANZN Bank and IndisInd Bank Ltd are just some of the leading companies who employ Essex Business School graduates. Our courses lay the foundations for roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy and inspire many of our students to start their own business ventures.

We provide support to help you secure your dream job, internship or placement. In addition to our dedicated employability team, you can also seek advice from the University’s Employability and Careers Centre.

In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Example structure

-Exchange Rates and International Finance
-Dissertation
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-Derivative Securities
-Portfolio Management
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Risk Management (optional)
-Trading Global Financial Markets (optional)

Visit the International Finance - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

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