Full-time (with placement): Up to 24 months / Full-time: 15 months / Part-time: 30 months
MSc International Finance is for those working or hoping to work in finance or accounting. You´ll gain an academic qualification in domestic and international financial operations and you´ll address current challenges and issues facing the world´s international financial institutions and markets.
The course links theory and practice in international financial matters through intensive, selective and expert orientated modules with a clearly defined business outlook. One of the main attractions of this course is that it provides a wide range of modules to suit your specific interests. The content focuses on financial markets, the analysis and management of financial intermediaries and their interaction with financial instruments, investment and risk management. This will see you studying a broad range of related topics such as asset fund management, portfolio theory and investment analysis, credit risk, and financial institutions main operations and performance within an international context.
In order to be considered for entry to the course(s) applicants will be required to have one of the following qualifications:
2.1 honours degree in any subject from the UK or Bachelors degree equivalent to UK Second Class Upper Division; or
2.2 honours degree in relevant subject area; or
Students with a non-relevant degree but with at least a 2.2. Honours and relevant work experience in financial services will be considered on an individual basis; or
the Fundamental Level (Knowledge and Skills) of the ACCA professional examinations; or
Completion of the Operational and Management levels of CIMA examinations; or
Other relevant professional qualifications including from overseas.
Required English language skills to undertake this programme IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5.
Accreditation of Prior Learning:
Applicants who have passed ACCA Fundamentals Paper F 9 (Financial Management) may be eligible to claim exemption from the Corporate Financial Management module. Applicants may be required to attend for interview by the Course Director or Admissions Tutor.
This course provides analytical and business-led tools, including the use of databases such as Bloomberg and Thompson One-Banker. The course also includes training in specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo) and broad data facilities for research and analysis.
Corporate financial management
International financial markets
Research design and methods
Plus two elective modules from the areas of banking, investment, law, corporate governance and strategic management
You will also have the option to undertake a work placement. If you choose to do so, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience.
Students who successfully complete at least one banking pathway module and their dissertation in the area of banking will be eligible for the award of MSc International Finance (with Banking).
Students who successfully complete at least one investment pathway module and their dissertation in the area of investment will be eligible for the award of MSc International Finance (with Investment).
Students not meeting the above criteria will be awarded MSc International Finance.
All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, individual and group presentations and written examinations. A typical taught module involves a total of 200 study hours (52 contact hours and 148 group and private study hours).The use of specialist resources such as Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker are embedded within modules.
Graduates who possess an LSBU Masters degree in international finance are likely to be highly employable in trading and analyst positions, not only in the UK but throughout the world. Excellent career opportunities exist in finance, banking and investment. Graduates from this course have gone on to obtain positions in major international companies, financial institutions, regulatory agencies, credit rating agencies and financial consultant firms in the UK and overseas.
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