International Finance and Banking MSc
MSc International Finance and Banking
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Global Financial integration is a defining feature of the twenty first century. Our MSc International Finance and Banking course will help you build a finance career with a global perspective. Graduates from this course have the conceptual, analytical and professional skills needed in this new era of financial globalisation.
On this MSc International Finance and Banking degree course, you'll focus on multinational corporate finance and international banking. You'll learn about international money and financial markets, the theory and practice of corporate financial management, and analyse real-time financial market data movements on our Bloomberg terminals.
When you graduate, you'll be able to take on roles in corporate finance, and corporate financial services in banking and investment banking, accountancy and financial management.
The University of Portsmouth is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). On successful completion of your Bloomberg Market Concepts training you'll be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Learn from experts in the sector, with research and consultancy experience, and links in the industry
- Study econometrics, multinational corporate financial management, international banking and money markets
- Use our Bloomberg suite to analyse real-time financial market data and make virtual trades
- Access our extensive financial databases including Bloomberg, DataStream and Bank Scope, along with excellent library facilities and 24-hour internet access
- Complete an independent research project which showcases your skills and knowledge in the field
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate, you'll understand the complexities of modern financial markets and be in a strong position to pursue a career within the finance and industrial sectors, including investment analysis, securities trading, banking and investment banking, accountancy and financial management.
What jobs can you do with a International Finance and Banking degree?
Career opportunities include:
- commercial finance analyst
- bid pricing executive
- graduate econometrician
- hedge fund manager
- financial regulator
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
What you'll study on this MSc International Finance and Banking degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
Modules currently being studied
Core modules include:
- Corporate Finance: Technical Foundations
- Econometric Modelling
- Financial Econometrics
- Foreign Exchange Market Analysis
- International Banking, Financial Markets And Monetary Policy
- International Banking: Efficiency, Competition And Regulation
- International Money And Capital Markets
- Multinational Corporate Finance
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the international finance industry.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- computer-based workshops
- guest speakers
- live case studies
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
- September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
- January/February to May – teaching block 2
How you're assessed
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. Assessments will test your knowledge, and build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for your career.
MSc International Finance and Banking Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- A second-class honours degree in a relevant or related subject, which includes some element of statistics or quantitative methods, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Course costs and funding
UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time: £10,700
(including Transition Scholarship)
- Full time: £10,700
- Full time: £17,600
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
Starting in September 2021
- Full time study (1 year)
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.