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International Financial and Political Relations (MSc)

Course Description

The contemporary world is connected by global networks of finance as never before, yet it remains a world where nation-states still exert considerable control. Global flows of money are pivotal in the making of our modern world, but are shaped by regulation in geographically-specific ways to produce a financial landscape of opportunity and threat.

This programme explores this intersection of finance and politics, offering an overview of the changing nature of finance systems and the governance of the global economy, with a specific focus on the forms of money space created across the globe.

Combining the disciplinary expertise of geographers, economists and political scientists, it provides a unique understanding of the making of the contemporary world.

Core study areas include international relations theory, research methods, research design, and international politics: issues and policies.

Optional study areas include institutions and policy making in the European Union, modern languages, comparative foreign policy: issues and cases, independent study and a Jean Monnet module (Europe).

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/phir/intl-financial-political-relations/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules:
Semester 1*
- International Relations Theory
- The Financial System
- Globalization: Key Debates and Issues

Semester 2*
- Doing Global Research
- Banking and Financial Markets OR Regulation of International Banking
- International Politics: Issues and Policies
- Comparative Foreign Policy: Issues and Cases
- Dissertation

* Semesters in which modules are taken are subject to possible change.


Applicants are encouraged to attend open events, and informal interviews are sometimes conducted. Overseas students are often accepted on their grades and strong recommendation from suitable references.


Examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

Careers and further study

This programme has vocational relevance for those seeking employment in government, commerce or industry, making it ideal for recent graduates in social sciences disciplines, as well as business people, government and voluntary sector employees, planners, teachers and local community representatives who are interested in extending their knowledge and skills.

Scholarships and sponsorships

Support may be available in the form of scholarships, and studentships are awarded on a competitive basis.

Why choose politics, history and international relations at Loughborough?

The Department provides a convivial environment for postgraduate study with excellent facilities and supervision. Standards of teaching on postgraduate programmes have been ranked very highly and are delivered by subject area specialists.

Our staff includes experts internationally renowned in their field, and the Department has many associates and friends in organisations in Europe and beyond. The Department is also a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, in recognition of our track record in teaching and research into European integration.

- Research
The Department has a vibrant and friendly research environment, with over 15 research students, fully supported by expert staff in a wide number of subject areas. Our research spans four broad areas; European Union and the surrounding area, Modern History, International Relations and Political Theory.

- Career Prospects
100% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Graduate destinations include Citizen’s Advice, International Medical Corps UK, Lakehead Social Planning Council, Ministry of Defence and RWS Translation.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/phir/intl-financial-political-relations/

Visit the International Financial and Political Relations (MSc) page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

High lower second class (2:2) degree, of 55% or over, or upper second class (2:1) honours degree or equivalent in economics, finance, geography, politics or cognate subjects.

Course Fees

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