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Global Finance (MSc)

Course Description

The course is designed to provide you with expertise in international finance and enable you to pursue a career within the finance profession. As well as the strong disciplinary base in international finance, you will draw on other cognate disciplines including accounting, quantitative methods and economics, and so be able to work with specialists in other areas and present findings and analysis to non-specialists. The course is open to people with no detailed prior knowledge of international finance, although this is desirable.

As a postgraduate finance student you will have access to a significant resource in the Financial Markets Suite, which uses the Bloomberg computer system to monitor real-time financial market movements and trends. It’s a resource available to very few UK universities, and one which provides a modern and progressive teaching environment combining finance theory with practice.

Core modules

- Behavioural Finance
This is a relatively new and increasingly popular field which provides explanations for people's economic decisions by combining behavioural and cognitive psychology theory with conventional economics and finance.

- Data Analysis
Through this module you will cover a range of data analysis methods and concepts.

- Financial Markets and Institutions
This module offers detailed coverage and analysis of global financial markets and institutions.

- Global Financial Markets
This module is concerned with both practical and theoretical issues related to international financial markets.

- International Risk Management
This module provides the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about international risk management.

- Modern Finance
You will gain an overview of fundamental topics in the field of finance, including capital structure, corporate value, cost of capital, dividend policy, financial instruments, investment, and modern portfolio theory.

- Project
An 8,000-10,000-word dissertation in the area of international finance.

- Research Methods in Finance and Accounting
This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of international finance.

Option Modules

Choose one from:
- Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
- Fixed Income Analysis
- Forecasting Financial Markets
- International Aspects of Business Law
- International Financial Reporting
- Managerial Accounting
- Modern Portfolio Mangement

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.


As an international finance postgraduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects as an international finance specialist, in senior positions in international finance, or in the economics of international business.

Our postgraduates have gone onto successful careers with international companies and charities and within overseas trade, with many of our international postgraduates fulfilling such roles in their own countries.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the Global Finance (MSc) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. Students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element

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