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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This interesting and wide-ranging course is a conversion course, which is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

Modern businesses, especially those who operate in the international market, need a firm understanding of their financial position and their tax affairs. Here at the Business School, we have one of the UK's strongest teaching teams in taxation, and are therefore best positioned to provide you with a unique set of skills that are in high demand.

We begin by developing your understanding of how corporations report their financial data (Financial Reporting), before moving onto examine the implications international taxation and taxation policy can have for the modern global corporation. This course will also provide you with the transferable skills needed for a successful future career in accounting and finance: effective teamwork, objective analysis and effective communication.

Join us for a webinar on Thursday 10 November at 2pm to find out more about this course.

Key information

Next start date:

September, 2017


Bournemouth Univeristy, Lansdowne Campus


12 months for September start, or 16 months for January start including a summer vacation

Relevant subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree at 2:2 or above or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements

Course details

This course takes our expertise in tax teaching and mixes it with some of the best aspects of our finance course. You can expect your studies to be both intellectually stimulating and practical.

Core units

  • International Accounting & Analysis: This unit has three aims. These are: to address the principles involved in the production of financial statements, outline the theoretical and regulatory framework within which financial accounting operates and provide techniques for analysing and evaluating corporate financial reporting.
  • International Corporate Finance: The primary aims of this unit are to address the critical importance of the corporate finance function within an internationally diverse corporation and to provide a framework to assist corporate decision-makers in a complex, dynamic and inherently uncertain external environment.
  • Economics of Money & Financial Markets: Gain 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 understand the domestic tax systems where they operate and the ways these systems interact. Direct taxes at the federal level usually account for between 10 and 30 per cent of pre-tax profits. This unit aims to foster your understanding of the international tax system and the principal tax planning techniques open to multinational firms.
  • International Indirect Taxation: Indirect taxation is now one of the most important forms of taxation for most countries, with the exception of the United States, as it regards revenue earned for most governments and has a major impact on domestic and international businesses. Value Added Tax (VAT) in some form has been adopted by nearly every country. This unit will develop your understanding of the nature and importance of indirect taxation in domestic and international trade.
  • Public Finance & Tax Policy: Following the global financial crisis in the late 2000s, public finances have become central in academic, political and populist debate. This unit focuses on the revenue side of public finance.
  • Research Project: An opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in an area that interests you.
  • Optional Work Experience: You can take work experience as part of the Research Project unit, subject to interview and availability. Combining work experience with the Research Project adds a practical context to your learning experience.

Programme Specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MSc International Taxation & Finance.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Selection criteria

Background & Experience

For International Tax and Finance we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a good understanding of financial, legal and economic theories
  • 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.

Selection Methods

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 how to apply pages.

Full entry rquirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:

  • 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 are in doubt.

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 overall or equivalent with 5.5 in all other components.

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:

  • Advisor
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Industrial development expert
  • Management associate (risk).

Our graduates have worked at:

  • Caspian One
  • Gates Group
  • LBC Consult
  • RBS
  • United Overseas Bank (Thai) PCL.

Industries Worked In

  • Business
  • Management
  • Finance

*The above are taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

What our students say

Diana Giuliana

The course has taught me to be better in group work and communicate with other nationalities which is very important for companies which should enhance my employability.

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Professor Maurizio Borghi

Our students are a part of the very active research community with regular guest speakers and conferences with excellent links to major global research centres.

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