International Finance and Banking MSc
MSc International Finance and Banking
If you want succeed in the arena of international finance, you'll need the skills, knowledge and qualifications to open the right doors, and set you apart from the competition.
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, 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).
You'll be eligible for student membership, which gives you access to networking and career opportunities.
During your studies, you'll also be prepared for CISI's Integrity Matters and Corporate Finance Technical Foundation examinations, industry-recognised professional qualifications which complement your degree.
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
When you complete your Bloomberg training, you'll also be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.
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.
Career opportunities include:
- commercial finance analyst
- bid pricing executive
- finance internship
- graduate econometrician
- hedge fund manager
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
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 160 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units include:
- Financial Econometrics
- Multinational Corporate Finance Management
- International Money and Capital Markets
- International Banking
- Research Methods and Dissertation
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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in 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 and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. Assessments will test your knowledge, and build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for your career.
- A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject which includes some element of Economics, Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time: £10,200
- Full time: £14,700
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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
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.
Admissions terms and conditionsWhen you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us 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.
- Subject area
- History, Politics and International Relations
- Accounting, Economics and Finance