This course provides you with expertise in international finance and gives you the opportunity to undertake an 8-week internship, in order to pursue a career within the finance profession. As well as a strong disciplinary base in international finance, it draws on other cognate disciplines including accounting, quantitative methods and economics. This will equip you with the skills and knowledge 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 international 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.
You should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours), or international equivalent, in accounting, economics or business studies, and preferably an adequate study of finance. Alternatively, you may have any other UK Honours degree (minimum Upper Second Class) or international equivalent and preferably an adequate study of finance. Exceptionally, non-graduates may also be considered if they have extensive, relevant work experience. You must show that you have the commitment to benefit from and contribute to the course, and the ability to pass the course modules. 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.
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 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.
International Risk Management
This module provides you with 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 8,000 - 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.
Choose one from the following:
Fixed Income Analysis
This module provides the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about traditional fixed income securities.
Forecasting Financial Markets
This module explores advanced ideas and applications of econometrics in finance and forecasting financial markets.
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.
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.
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, or 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 nongovernmental organisations.
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