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International Trade & Finance (MA)

Course Description

This course is driven by the increasingly global nature of the financial services industry and the continued expansion of international trade.

The qualification is relevant if you are a management professional responsible for serving overseas customers and clients through exporting, or if you are involved in overseas commercial activities. It is particularly relevant if you are working in, or intending to work, in organisations with a global reach, or involved in international strategic alliances. The course will provide you with the expertise required for general management positions in international organisations.

In addition to UK-based delivery, market interest in China and Vietnam prompted the development of a collaborative arrangement for delivery in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Hangzhou, China. If you are studying in China, you will have the option to study one semester in Leeds as part of your course.

Faculty of Business & Law website - https://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/fbl/

January entrants please note: in order to complete 12 months of academic study delivered in University term time, the total length of your programme will be 18 months to include recognised University vacation periods.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/internationaltrade_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


A wide range of private sector, public sector and not for profit organisations are increasingly looking for well qualified managers with international financial, economic, legal, marketing and strategic understanding and capability. If you are studying in Leeds, the local and regional economy offers a range of potential employment and career opportunities in regional and international organisations.

- Export Finance Director
- Trade Operations Officer
- Trade Finance Supervisor
- Trade Product Manager

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Leeds Business School is located in the centre of the economically vibrant city of Leeds, the financial and commercial centre of the north of England. Our course embodies international subjects, issues and perspectives and is established in the UK, China and Vietnam. In China this course has research links with a major Chinese university. It is clearly focused on key international trade and finance aspects and is international in its content, its students, its delivery team and is delivered internationally in the UK, China and Vietnam.

We're dedicated to supporting your professional development - that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan. To see our full programme and to register for a lecture click here (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/guestspeakers).

Core Modules

Economics of International Trade
Gain a sound understanding and appreciation of the international economy in terms of trade and its impact on the macroeconomic stability in which businesses operate.

International Corporate Finance
You will evaluate the theory and practice of modern international corporate finance, focusing on modern developments in international markets and funding products, and their relationship to the needs of international business.

International Trade & Law
Examine the legal system of the World Trade Organization which governs the relations of states and other international players in the legal framework within which nations trade.

Management of International Finance
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the economics of the operation and organisation of national and international financial systems.

Trade, Development & Growth
Examine the interrelationship between the theoretical rationale for trade and its policy and practice in relation to the issues of development and growth within the developing world.

You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Option modules

Corporate Finance
Evaluate the fundamental concepts and theories of modern finance, identifying how these can be effectively applied in both national and multinational organisations.

Corporate Strategy
Develop a strategic organisational perspective as well as a basis for progression and application of strategic level skills, competencies, and decision-making capability.

Cross-Cultural Human Resource Management
Understand the special characteristics of HRM in Multi-National Corporations, specifically considering convergence and continuing divergence in the structures, policies and practices of different countries.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the International Trade & Finance (MA) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups. Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.All applications for a Scholarship must be received by the University by 31 May 2015.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.
To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online form at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pages/postgraduate-support-scheme-apply/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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