- International Accounting & Analysis: Explore the principles for producing financial statements, outline the theoretical and regulatory framework financial accounting operates in and offer techniques for analysing corporate financial reporting.
- International Corporate Finance: The aims of this unit are to address the importance of the corporate finance function in an internationally diverse corporation and to offer a framework for assisting corporate decision makers in a complex, dynamic and inherently uncertain external environment.
- Economics of Money & Financial Markets: A solid grounding in the economic concepts surrounding the monetary system and financial markets.
- International Direct Taxation: The globalisation of business means that firms must not only understand the domestic tax systems in the states in which they operate, but also the ways in which those systems interact. Direct taxes at the federal level usually account for between 10 and 30 per cent of pre-tax profits and this unit aims to foster an understanding of the international tax system and the principal tax planning techniques open to multinational firms.
- Portfolio Construction & Theory: The aim of this unit is to equip you with the knowledge of finance theory and the ability to structure portfolios of financial assets within that context.
- International Investment Management: To understand the workings, structure and importance of the global investment marketplace and its role in risk analysis and management at practical and theoretical levels.
- Research Project: The Research Project provides Master's level students with an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in a relevant area of particular interest.
- Optional Work Experience: You will have the opportunity to undertake work experience as part of the research project unit, subject to interview and availability. The type of work being undertaken will be relevant to your course of study and will provide experience that informs your final research project. Combining work experience with the research project aims to attach further practical context to the value of your learning experience.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
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Download the programme specification for MSc International Finance
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Background and experience
For International Finance we are looking for applicants who:
- Have excellent analytical and decision-making skills
- Show an enthusiasm to the subject area
- Demonstrate effective communication skills.
Students will typically have an interest in international and multi-cultural world economy. We encourage applications from those who are committed to their studies and are capable of working well in teams.
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications – there are no interviews or additional selection activities. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. For more information, take a look at our post graduate how to apply pages.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent
- For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
Some of our Finance Graduates are now undertaking roles such as:
- Finance manager
- Financial consultant.
Our students have previously worked for:
- Caspian One
- Gates Group
- LBC Consult
- Mainstreet Bank Limited
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
*The above are taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data.
Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the finance sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.
Dr Dermot McCarthy
Framework leader for Accounting, Finance and Economics
Dermot's research interests are cross-disciplinary, encapsulating areas of economics and employee relations. More specifically, his research focuses on public-sector economics, theory of the firm, public-sector industrial relations, employee share-ownership, and employee psychology. Dermot havs published a number of papers relating to the impact of privatisation and employee share-ownership on employee attitudes and commitment in the workplace.