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MSc International Finance and Banking

Course Description

This Masters in International Finance and Banking is a superb opportunity for you to gain expert knowledge in the forces that move the global economy and banks and non-bank financial institutions that sustain it. You will also develop a thorough understanding of the functioning of the financial services industry in general and international banking in particular. You will come to master the complex factors affecting the free movement of capital in the globalised world.

Aberystwyth University's School of Management and Business is one of only 20 business schools throughout the world to have its courses accredited by the prestigious AMBA (the Association of MBAs). By studying on this course, you will benefit from our staff's cutting-edge expertise and world-class tutelage which has won this prestigious accreditation.

This full time, one year advanced postgraduate degree was specially created to enhance your future career prospects. In addition to receiving world-class financial training, you will generate a broad range of skills which are highly desirable to employers in every sector. You will be confident in using the tools and techniques required for high-level research and analysis, and you will be experienced in argument formation and delivery to justify your positions.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/international-finance-banking-masters/

Suitable for

This degree will suit you:

- If you want to study a subject of truly global importance
- If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of financial and banking theory
- If you wish to nurture a career in financial services, banking or accounting
- If you desire skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer

Course detail

The MSc in International Finance and Banking will equip you with the skills and specialist knowledge required to test the theories, practices and conventional wisdom pertaining to banks, non-bank financial institutions, instruments and markets in the economic process. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate the contemporary role of the financial system within domestic economies and the globalised financial environment. By mastering these subjects, you will have a truly expert understanding of the force that shapes our world today.

Teaching in the School of Management and Business is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.


You will study topics including international finance, banking, regulation and the economic process and the six core study modules will provide the differing models, equations and perspectives required. For instance, in the module Research Methods in Finance, you will employ econometrics to analyse your subject matter. This will also prepare you for your final dissertation in which you will demonstrate your enhanced skills in critical thinking and creativity, analysis, synthesis and critical appraisal. There are no option modules on this course.

You will study within the energetic School of Management and Business where robust debate is encouraged. Lectures and seminars will require you to develop your own ideas and to express, justify and defend them against the competing claims of your peers. You are, however, expected to take responsibility for your learning through independent reading and further study. This course runs full time for one academic year.

In addition to this first-rate financial training, you will also nurture a skillset perfect for almost any role in any business or postgraduate workplace. You will be confident in financial management and banking; but also in planning and decision-making; and research, analysis and presentation. These traits will make you a desirable employee for financial and other institutions at national and international levels.


- Comparative Corporate Governance ACM2820
- Research Methods In Finance ECM1000
- Emerging Financial Markets ECM3020
- International Financial Regulation ECM4520
- Financial Assets And Markets ACM2020
- Modern Banking: Theory And Practice ACM2520
- Research Methods In Finance ECM1020
- Dissertation MBM9160


Assessment takes the form of; research proposals including a related bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each student will complete an integrative managerial report worth 60 credits, which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester.

Key Skills and Competencies:

- Study Skills:

Alongside the wealth of world-class financial expertise, you will master highly desirable skills in academic research, analysis, argument-formation, presentation and debate. You will also prove your abilities in reflection and self-improvement; you will be able to identify your academic weaknesses and remove them whilst building on your strengths.

- Self-Motivation and discipline:

Studying at MSc level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

- Transferable Skills:

The MSc programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.


Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your MSc will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained financial analyst capable of cutting to the heart of financial challenges of banking, regulation and development. You will also possess a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. Whether or not you pursue a career in international finance, banking or research, the prestige of an MSc from the AMBA-accredited School of Management and Business will open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/

Visit the MSc International Finance and Banking page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Student Profiles

IMLIS Fully Funded Excellence Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Institute of Management, Law and Information Science are offering two Fully funded Excellence Scholarships for September 2014 entry. These full fee scholarships are open to all Nationalities and are for full time study only on a Taught programme in the Institute. The scholarships cover full tuition fees only.
How to apply: Separate application forms for the funding will not be required. Please apply for your Taught Masters course by following the information on the following website: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply
Deadlines: 30th June 2014

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees


Selection Criteria: These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence (1st Class degree holder); relevant work or other experience may also be taken into consideration
Further information: For informal enquiries please contact your Postgraduate Advisors on [email protected] see the Terms and conditions for IMLIS scholarships.

Application Procedure

On application.

Further Information



IMLIS Taught Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

UK and EU students: 1st Class and 2:1 students: £2000 tuition fee scholarship. 2:2: £1000 tuition fee scholarship.
Overseas students: 1st Class and 2:1 students: £4000 tuition fee scholarship. 2:2: £3000 tuition fee scholarship.
How to apply: Separate application forms for the funding will not be required. Please apply for your Taught Masters course by following the information on the following website: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/
Deadlines: You must hold an offer for an eligible programme in the Institute by the 31st August 2014. Please note that decisions on applications for taught courses can take up to two weeks so please ensure that you apply will in advance of this deadline.
Selection Criteria: The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance and are subject to final grades. We will also consider relevant work or other experience when allocating scholarships.
Further information: For informal enquiries please contact your Postgraduate Advisors on [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Institute of Management, Law and Information Science are offering Taught Excellence Scholarships to external candidates (separate scholarship scheme for IMLIS and general Aberystwyth Graduates is also available) worth between £1000 and £4000. The scholarships for September 2014 entry are available for full time Taught programmes in the Institute and are open to all Nationalities.

Application Procedure

Please see the Terms and conditions for IMLIS scholarships.

Further Information



International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good Honours Degree (or its equivalent) in any discipline plus satisfactory references from your University. Candidates with equivalent experience and qualifications will be considered.

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