- Start date:
- September 2016
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements:
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject Full entry requirements.
- Language requirements:
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
- UK/EU fees:
- International fees:
Integrated financial markets and global businesses contribute significantly to modern banking, which is inseparable from international finance.
This programme gives you a comprehensive overview of central issues in banking and international finance, with an understanding of the forces that sway financial markets as well as the theories underlying commercial and international banking. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that can be practically applied, and put them to the test in real-life scenarios through practical exercises.
You’ll learn from highly qualified tutors with research and consultancy expertise in credit, banking and finance. A strong research culture and excellent links with industry, commerce and professional bodies will give you the rare opportunity to gain a real understanding of the current challenges and issues facing the world’s international financial institutions.
Leeds University Business School is ranked in the world's top 50 for Masters in Finance (Financial Times 2015). We have strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions, giving our students a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments. This means you will benefit from a Masters course that is highly relevant to the current business environment.
As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC).
- Course content
This programme develops your knowledge of international finance and business to an advanced level.
You’ll develop your existing skills in quantitative data analysis, applying financial methods and theories to solve complex business problems. You’ll examine the global financial sector as you study corporate finance, international business finance and commercial banking.
You’ll be able to gain specialist knowledge with your choice of optional modules in a range of subject areas, including International Investment, Economics of Globalisation and Risk and Insurance.
To demonstrate the knowledge and skills you gain during the programme, you’ll submit a dissertation at the end of the year. This independent research project will allow you to focus on a topic of your choice, which could be related to your career ambitions.
Throughout the programme we support you to develop the professional skills that will be critical for a successful career in the financial services.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
You’ll study nine compulsory modules including your dissertation. You'll also take two options, which must include at least one from List A.Compulsory modulesOptional modules- Quantitative Methods
- Corporate Finance
- Applied Finance
- Research Methods in Finance
- Commercial Banking
- International Banking and Finance
- Critical Skills for the Finance Professional
- Accounting and Finance DissertationList A:
- International Investment
- Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy
- Information and Organisation Design
- Forensic Accounting and Finance
- International Business Finance
- Corporate Governance
- Financial Reporting and Analysis
Learning and teaching
Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their cutting-edge research informs their teaching. We use a range of teaching methods so you can benefit from their expertise including lectures, workshops, seminars, computer simulations and tutorials.
Independent study is also vital for this programme allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.
Thanks to our links with major companies across the business world, you can also gain a practical understanding of key issues. Recent activities have included field trips to various corporate headquarters, CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness events.
For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Read more about professional development activities for finance students.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. They include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs.
Optional modules may also use other assessment methods, depending on what you choose.
- Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as accounting, finance, economics, mathematics.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Economics and Finance (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Economics and Finance (10 weeks).
How to apply
UK/EU/International: Closed for 2016 entry
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you’ll need
- A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
- Two academic references
- A personal statement
- An up-to-date CV
- Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
- A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Scholarships and financial support
We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.
Find out more about scholarships.
- Career opportunities
Graduates of the MSc Banking and International Finance can expect to have worldwide appeal to employers in finance, investment banking and financial services.
Many of our recent graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in commercial and investment banking, corporate finance and financial analysis. Alternatively, the course can provide an excellent grounding for a career in financial journalism.
This Masters is also an excellent qualification for individuals seeking to pursue a postgraduate research degree.
We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from our dedicated Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.
Read more about our careers and professional development support.
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My favourite memory is preparing a group presentation. I had the chance to work with people from all over the world. It was exciting to express our own thoughts to solve a problem, rather than copying...Dalan Zhang, China
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