This course provides you with expertise in global finance and enables you to pursue a career within the finance profession. As well as the strong disciplinary base in global finance, it draws on other cognate disciplines including behavioural finance, quantitative methods and economics. This will equip you with the skills and knowledge including behavioural finance, quantitative methods and economics, to 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 global finance, although this is desirable.
As a postgraduate finance student you will have access to 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.
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. However 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.
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.
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 enhances your understanding of the 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.
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.
An 8-10,000-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.
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Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
You will examine the theoretical and practical issues involved in the direction and control of companies operating in the UK and internationally.
Fixed Income Analysis and Trading
This module provides the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about traditional fixed income securities.
Forecasting Markets and Risk Modelling
This module explores advanced ideas and applications of econometrics in forecasting financial markets and risk modelling.
International Aspects of Business Law
You will gain a greater understanding of different aspects of international law, and be able to apply them to business and management problems arising in a global economy.
International Financial Reporting
This module will develop your systematic understanding of the principles underlying, and policy issues inherent in, the study of international financial reporting, with particular reference to multinational groups.
The module explores the role of accounting in the management of organisations, and the development and application of managerial accounting concepts and techniques. The emphasis is on practical applications, critical appraisal, contemporary approaches and international perspectives.
Modern Portfolio Management
You will develop your understanding of contemporary portfolio theory and investment management principles in order to actively manage a range of investment funds used by professional institutional investors and the private wealth management industry.
This course will develop your knowledge and management skills to enable you to pursue a career in multinational companies, overseas trade and any international organisation. Our graduates achieve success in general management, in relevant aspects of the economics of international business and as international finance specialists. Many return to their countries of origin and are employed in developing international business opportunities, or government institutions, while other graduates pursue careers with international charities and other non-governmental organisations.
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