Our International Banking and Finance MSc is an excellent next step if you have an undergraduate degree in the field of banking and finance. We’ve designed the course to meet the needs of the international financial community and the City of London, increasing your job prospects after graduation.
The course is designed primarily for students working in the banking and finance sector therefore core modules are timetabled to be held in the evenings and allowing independent study and related activities to be undertaken during the day.
On this MSc course you’ll experience the global environment of the banking and finance sector, taking advantage of the University’s location in a world city. Our students and tutors come from all parts of the globe and will enrich your learning and cultural experience. You’ll hear from industry experts who will give guest talks and presentations, providing real-world insights into the international banking and finance sector. This is also one of a few courses in the UK that includes the study of a core module covering investment banking as well as commercial banking.
You'll be trained to use Bloomberg and become a part of the global elite of finance professionals who use the platform in relation to commercial and investment banking, international corporate finance, financial derivatives and risk management, as well as financial regulation and compliance.
Our course is built to enhance your job prospects and allow you to grow professionally. Our Careers and Employability Service team will support you throughout your degree and help you make future career decisions. You’ll also get a chance to learn a new language (German, French, Spanish or Arabic) to boost you international career prospects.
You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods, including individual and group presentations, coursework problem sets, mini-projects, placement employer assessment, in-class tests, seen and unseen exams.
You’ll be required to have:
Credit transfer (where a student has completed units of study contributing towards a degree or a diploma) is possible if there is evidence that the material covered in any module has been satisfactorily assessed to the appropriate level. Credit can also be awarded for prior experiential learning that broadly matches modules within the curriculum and, where appropriate, evidence of attainment is available.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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 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.
The module examines the theoretical and applied aspects of regulation and compliance in the financial services industry. Relevant theories, models and empirical evidence are used in the analysis of regulatory and compliance issues across the globe.
This module aims to develop:
1. awareness and understanding of the theory and practice of the role of regulation and compliance in the financial services industry.
2. a reflective approach to the analysis of issues relating prudential regulation, conduct of business, compliance functions, customer due diligence and dispute resolution.
3. academic skills including academic reading and writing, memorisation with understanding, analysis, critical thinking and research
4. preparedness for the intellectual and analytical challenges of surveillance and combating of money laundering, terrorism, corruption, insider dealing, and other forms of financial crime at a local and global level
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.
The module will enable students to develop skills in the interpretation and financial statement analysis to enhance decision making process.
The course provides an understanding of how the value of businesses is captured in financial statements. It focuses on fundamental accounting concepts, principles and techniques in relation to financial statements analysis.
The module will also explore management accounting techniques and examines their use in management decision making.
Finally, the module will link financial statement analysis to corporate financial strategy using different cases to illuminate understanding.
This module is designed to enable postgraduate students the opportunity to gain a minimum of 30 days work experience relevant to their course, to evaluate the activities of the host organisation, to carry a work-based project or piece of research, to identify and articulate skills and knowledge developed during the placement and to obtain employer feedback.
This module addresses the important role that effective and ethical people management practices can have in supporting and sustaining successful CSR strategies. Indeed the thematic argument of this module is that successful CSR needs and requires an approach to human resource management that places the individual person at the heart of the employment relationship. The module argues that CSR strategy cannot be divorced from our internal people management strategies.
The module discusses issues which are highly pertinent and timely. In recent times, there have been a number of high profile cases presented in the media which have highlighted unethical and exploitative practices. Furthermore there is empirical evidence demonstrating an increasing tendency towards job insecurity, precarious work, stagnating wages, controversial employment contracts such as the growth of part-time and zero hours contracts (which are often not in the interest of employees). Even those in full-time and secure employment are often experiencing work intensification, declining terms and conditions and greater levels of stress.
The module challenges learning partners to reflect on how our organisations can embrace and adopt people management practices which encourage and engage our employees within the framework of responsible and ethical management.
This core module captures the crucial importance of people as a route to organisational success. The module explores the ever changing and fast paced contextual environment within which the contemporary organisation must function; in particular it examines contextual issues around globalisation, diversity and cross cultural management; and discusses how organisational human resource management practices can respond effectively. The module seeks to emphasise the powerful, strategic and pivotal role HRM can play in building and sustaining organisational capabilities and acknowledges the intersectionality of cross cultural management.
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.
Our academic programme allows you to tailor your learning to future career plans. If you want to progress into a senior role within the banking and finance industry, a master's degree is increasingly becoming a requirement.
Our postgraduate students were able to progress on to senior roles in global organisations such as HSBC, JP Morgan, Barclays, Deloitte and Google.
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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Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.
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