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MSc International Finance & Banking


Course Description

This inter-disciplinary course blends economic, mathematical and financial theory with a range of analytical approaches to solve complex problems and implement successful solutions.

On graduation, you will be ready to use your expertise and knowledge in the international finance and banking industries, and contribute to business, society and the global economy.

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Why choose this course?

• Study the changing contexts in which international finance companies and banks operate, learn to appreciate the integrated nature of the subject, and discover how to relate hard and soft issues to problem solving
• Explore the subject’s inter-relationship with other disciplines, such as investment and accounting
• Develop the ability to apply your knowledge of finance and banking to highly complex issues and the changing external context in which they operate
• Gain mastery of complex and specialised knowledge, and boost your career prospects and earning potential
• Benefit from an enhancement in your lifelong learning skills and personal development, take the opportunity to work with self-direction and originality, and make a major contribution to business, wider society and the global economy.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/international-finance-and-banking

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

On this course you will undertake four 30 credit Units and one 60 credit project unit.

Our courses are designed engaging, attractive and flexible in the current global marketplace. There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable.

Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.

• Induction Week
• Unit 1 (30 credits)
• Unit 2 (30 credits)
• Unit 3 (30 credits)
• Unit 4 (30 credits)
• Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits

The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.

Modules(unit order depends on your start date):

• Bank Management
• The Global Economic Context
• Financial Regulation and Fraud Management
• Financial Markets and Portfolio Management

Capstone project

This Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:

• Professional Practice - the central aim of this unit is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the commercial context in which organisations operate. By reflecting upon your existing knowledge and experience you will be required to respond to a number of work-based scenarios through critical evaluation to determine an appropriate course of action.

• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.

• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Assessment

In line with the Business School's commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand international finance and banking in practice.

It is the expectation of the course that you understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous finance and banking expertise for a business.

Career

By completing the course you will have the skills and experience to find career opportunities in international banking and financial services industry:
• Retail Banking
• Investment Banking
• Corporate Relationship Management
• Regulatory Compliance Management
• Instrument trade
• Project Finance

You will also be well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MSc International Finance & Banking page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.You should have a good first degree in a relevant subject, such as, accounting, finance, banking and economics, or closely-related disciplines at Honours level, or equivalent. English language requirements: View Website

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