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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.

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.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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.

How to apply

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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