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.
- 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.
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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.
Background & Experience
For International Tax and 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 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:
- Industrial development expert
- Management associate (risk).
Our graduates have worked at:
- Caspian One
- Gates Group
- LBC Consult
- United Overseas Bank (Thai) PCL.
Industries Worked In
*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.