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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 Business School 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.
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 Aberystwyth Business School 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 Business School 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.
Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.
Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.
One year full-time. The academic year (September to September) is divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June; June to September.
Assessment takes the form of; research proposals including a related bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each student will complete a MSc dissertation worth 60 credits, which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester.
A good Honours Degree (or its equivalent) plus satisfactory references from your University. Previous experience in a relevent subject is necessary.
English Language Requirements:
If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.
Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.
Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.
Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
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
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.
Key Skills and Competencies
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.
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.