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International Trade and Finance - MSc

Why study this course?

Our International Trade and Finance MSc course will develop your knowledge of the global economy, its structure and the roles you could undertake within this evolving world.

You'll also be invited to formal and informal events that support the scheduled teaching programme. These can include talks from guest speakers, outside visits or broader postgraduate student meetings and activities. This will further develop your understanding of the contemporary international trade and financial environment.

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On our master’s course you'll examine and refine your understanding of the drivers of international, inter and intra-corporate trade and investment that are shaping today’s global economy.

We’ll guide your understanding of the different economic theories that aim to explain trade and international investment, as well as the policies and practices of trade and investment across the world. Core modules you’ll study include International Corporate Finance; Research Methods for Global Business; Growth, Trade and Development; and Financial Derivatives and Risk Management.

Specialist subjects

You’ll have a variety of option modules to choose from so you can develop specialist knowledge within global finance and trade. Specialist subjects include:

  • International Logistics
  • Emerging Markets in the Global Economy
  • Environmental Economics and Investment
  • Principles of Islamic Finance and Economics
  • Islamic Banking and Capital Markets and Translating for International Organisations

Major players on the world stage

We will give particular attention to how the actions of states and international organisations affect global patterns of trade and finance. This includes the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, the European Union (EU) and the governments of China and the United States of America.

Understanding the impact these have organisations on trade and finance is very important to your career. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you’ll be to work for such international and national organisations.

Teaching staff and guest lecturers

You'll be taught by our experienced staff who will help develop your understanding and knowledge to a high standard. To build on your learning even further, we will invite guest lecturers and other visiting experts in the field of international trade and finance to share their insights with you.

Starting or developing your career

Whether you’re keen to start work in the international arena or progress further within an established career, our International Trade and Finance MSc is ideal for developing your knowledge and skills.

You’ll be well prepared for employment in international organisations, businesses, banks and the finance sector because of what you've learnt. See the After the course section for more details.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a range of essays, formal examinations, reports, portfolios and presentations. This wide range of assessment types will serve you well in your career by refining your ability to use persuasive techniques and influence others with your knowledge.

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum classification of second class, lower division (2.2) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline
  • GSCE Maths at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)


A full university application form will need to be submitted including a detailed statement to support your application to the course. You should also submit an up-to-date CV and copies of award certificates.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester
    • summer studies

    This is an integrative module which seeks to bring together issues/functional areas of the course. Students will investigate International Trade & Finance issues with the aim of making recommendations for the future and / or a contribution to extant theory.

    The report will be between 8-10,000 words in length. Each student will agree a topic for the report with the module leader, who will then allocate the student a supervisor.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday

    The module introduces the main theoretical and empirical developments in international trade, finance and capital flows and intends to help students understand how these influence the formulation of trade policies. The module also analyses the role and assesses the impacts of institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organisation. The current debates in the international economy and case studies will be drawn upon to illustrate the links between the theoretical concepts and practical realities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday

    This module provide students the opportunity to study major exchange-based and over-the-counter financial derivatives, the concept of financial market risk, its measurement and management using financial derivatives.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday

    This module will enable the students to understand the relation between trade, growth and economic and social development. The focus will be on the continued evolution of the international division of labour, its causes and the consequences for economic development, overall economic growth and social change.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday

    The module explores the theoretical underpinnings and empirical evidence on corporate finance in an international perspective. The module offers students to develop the knowledge areas of international monetary system, the theories that describe the determinants of foreign exchange rates, sources of financing international trade and projects, international capital structure and investments, risk exposures and management, hedging currency risk cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and multinational working capital management in the overall framework of their impact on international corporate activities. The module also stresses the application of relevant theories, models and empirical evidence for the analysis and evaluation of major corporate activities and decisions made by global firms.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday

    This module enables the student to bring together different areas of the course, allowing the student to reflect on their learning across the course, to inform a focussed research project.

    The student research project shall be based on global business issues. The research project will reflect the analytical and technical depth of the taught modules in the course.

    Students will submit a research proposal (3000 words) that will focus on global business issues emerging from the MSc International Trade & Finance or MSc CSR & Sustainability course. Each student will agree a topic for the project/ dissertation with the module leader, who will then allocate the student a supervisor.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday

    This module develops student’s knowledge and understanding of the main theories, policies and issues of economic development in emerging economies. It examines
    changes in emerging economies concentrating in particular on the BRICS countries. It considers the factors that have led to the growth of these economies and their implications for the global economy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday

    The module allies economic principles in an investigation of the causes, consequences and possible solutions to problems of environmental degradation and climate change. The three major themes in the module are (i) the determination of the optimum levels of environmental resource usage (ii) the analyses of alternative ways of attaining those targets and (iii) the impact of these actions on business decision making. The crucial notion of 'sustainability' is a key investigation. So are the proximate and underlying causes of environmental problems. The main aim of the module is to introduce students to the economists’ way of analysing environmental problems.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module will enable the student to understand the actual processes of the exchange of goods and services between partners in global trade, and the logistical arrangements within transnational corporations across state and regional boundaries. The focus will be on the economic imperatives which have influenced the development of global supply chain management, the micro-economic dynamics affecting the transport and logistics sector and the disruptive trends which are transforming the industry. It will include increasingly relevant concerns such as ethics and sustainability in global supply chains and the importance of understanding risk, especially in developing markets.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module deals with the key operations of Islamic banks. It deals with the Islamic financial markets, scope and instruments, the concepts of venture capital, investment funds, unit trusts, securitisation and Sukuk in accordance with Islamic principles. It also explores co-operation between conventional and Islamic financial institutions.

    Also, the module is to acquaint the students with characteristics and trends in the emerging capital markets. It provides the students with comprehensive understanding of conventional and Islamic markets in terms of instruments, regulations, level of maturity, depth and sophistication.

    It deals extensively with various Islamic capital products, with a focus on structure of Islamic funds, sukuk, derivatives, leverage and hedges.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module provides an insight into the development of Islamic Finance, one of the fastest growing sectors in the global financial system. It will explore the key concepts, financial products and practical operations of the sector. It will also look at the underlying principles of sharia-compliant finance and highlight key differences to conventional finance practices.
    Delivery will be a combination of lectures, seminars and small group discussions with learning supported by web based learning resources, self-directed reading and industry expert external speakers.
    Students will be issued with a module handbook, and guidance on reading, most of which will be available through the Learning Centre, others through Weblearn.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday
    • autumn semester - Wednesday

    This is an elective module, which focuses on translating texts induced in institutional contexts. Based on two main international institutions, UN and EU, the module consists of both theoretical part, delivered in a classroom-based mode and practical part, which consists of students working and liaising with their language-specific tutors remotely. The module looks at specificity of texts authored by the institutions in question and provides students with an opportunity to utilise institutional resources (available online) to create target texts complying with institutional standards.

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Core modules include:

  • Economics of International Trade
  • International Corporate Finance
  • Financial Derivatives and Risk Hedging
  • Growth, Trade and Development
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional modules (of which two should be chosen) include:

  • Emerging Markets in the Global Economy
  • Environmental Economics and Investment
  • International Logistics
  • Translation for International Organisations
  • Islamic Finance
  • Islamic Banking and Capital Markets
  • Principles of Islamic Finance and Economics

The knowledge and skills you’ll develop will enable you to enter a variety of careers in UK and international organisations including a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations.

As well as providing a firm base for securing employment, our MSc provides the opportunity to enhance your current career. You’ll find many of our master's alumni working in a diverse mix of industries around the world, including a large number in finance and international trade roles.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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