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MSc International Financial Markets

Course Description


This course provides up-to-date coverage of the theory of financial markets and corporate finance, with a focus on practical application of knowledge. This MSc will develop your existing skills through advanced study in the areas of international finance markets and portfolio management with an emphasis on equity, bonds, derivatives markets, and how these markets may be applied to manage a portfolio of financial assets.


Corporate Finance 1 and 2; Financial Risk Management; Fixed Income Securities Analysis; Stock Market Analysis; Introduction to Portfolio Management and Exchange-traded Derivatives; Derivative Security Analysis; International Financial Policy; Quantitative Research in Finance.

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(Student Profile)

James Marti

167.jpg The course was an obvious choice because, with a background in Economics (which I studied at undergraduate level), I wanted to further my understanding of finance, possibly with a view to a career in the City. The MSc in International Financial Markets fitted my learning requirements perfectly.

The programme gave me a good knowledge of financial markets by putting a real-world spin on theoretical topics and discussing how they are applied in financial institutions and markets. It also helped me understand the way financial institutions function, which was vital when it came to applying for jobs in this arena. Certain theories are now used extensively in my work, such as strategic asset allocation, diversification and correlation, and the capital asset pricing model.

My postgraduate study has undoubtedly been worth the cost. I don’t think I would have my current job without my MSc from Southampton, and I certainly wouldn’t know nearly as much about finance as I now do – although, I realise, I have barely scratched the surface.

I am now in the second year of a two-year graduate programme with Kleinwort Benson Private Bank in the City of London, which I am really enjoying. I found this job whilst writing my masters dissertation over the summer, handed my dissertation in on the Friday, and started the following Monday!

The programme involves rotations of 3 to 6 months in departments across the bank, including private wealth management (working with the private bankers), portfolio management, product advisory (product specialists) and compliance. Within each of these departments I act as an integral part of the team, getting involved in everything from general admin to large, high profile projects. Additionally, I am given study leave to complete the necessary exams required by the FSA to be able to give advice to private clients in the future.

When I complete the graduate programme, I hope to be well on my way towards becoming a private banker, managing relationships with wealthy clients and giving them advice on all aspects of their investments. Hopefully, with my understanding of the bank’s structure, once I have some experience I will be a strong contender for a managerial role within the bank.


Entry Requirements

Minimum upper second-class degree from a UK university, or equivalent overseas/professional qualification; applications assessed on individual merit.

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