International Finance and Banking

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The MSc International Finance and Banking degree programme provides you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in banking, with an emphasis on the international banking business.

The knowledge you gain will be applied within a framework of corporate governance and sustainability, equipping you with the skills to appreciate and evaluate the crucial role that ethical governance plays in the success of international business organisations such as banks. These skills will be underpinned by sound financial theories, concepts and empirical evidence.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) degree, or equivalent, in any discipline.  Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.

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Course Overview

You will gain an in-depth understanding of international finance with the banks as the purveyors of finance in a globalised world. You will study banking and financial intermediation, international financial markets and the roles that banks play in those markets. You will examine and evaluate the importance of central banking and international regulatory frameworks such the Basel III and the important roles they play in maintaining a sound international financial system. Throughout the degree, you will have the opportunity to study and understand the concept of risk management, especially with respect to managing portfolios of bank risk assets.

About this course


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. 

Course Fees:

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.

Modules September start - 2024

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Corporate Finance ABM1320 20
Banking and Financial Intermediation ABM1520 20
Corporate Governance and Sustainability ABM5420 20
Dissertation ABM1960 60
Financial Research Methods ABM1420 20
International Financial Markets and Investments ABM1220 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
International Finance and Capital Markets ABM1820 20
Portfolio Analysis and Management ABM1620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


This degree is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. More specifically, you will develop your understanding of organisational behaviour and structure, and you will be able to research, interpret, and use business and financial data in decision-making processes. You will also develop your problem-solving, decision-making, analytical and creative thinking skills, in addition to teamworking, time management and organisational skills.

Potential careers include:

  • Financial strategy
  • Actuarial profession
  • Corporate banking
  • Tax
  • Investment analysis
  • Financial trading
  • Retail banking.

Transferable skills include:

  • Understanding organisational behaviour and structure
  • Improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data
  • Deep understanding of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes
  • The ability to communicate clearly written and spoken
  • Effective problem-solving
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills
  • Decision-making
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Time-management and organisational skills
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance.

Teaching & Learning

You will be taught by expert academic staff across lectures, tutorials and seminars. In addition to individual essays and written exams in some modules, students are assessed on other activities that require report-writing, presentation and research skills.

Modules include:

  • International Financial Markets and Investments
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Financial Research Methods
  • Banking and Financial Intermediation
  • Corporate Governance and Sustainability.

A final dissertation will also need to be submitted for completion of your MSc.