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International Banking and Finance - MSc

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Why study this course?

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.

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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.

Assessment

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.

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Entry requirements

You’ll be required to have:

  • a minimum of a lower second class (2.2) honours degree, or equivalent undergraduate degree from overseas, or an equivalent professional qualification, or relevant work experience.

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.

Modular structure

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:

  • The module examines the theoretical and applied aspects of the role and functioning of domestic and international commercial and investment banks. Relevant theories, models and empirical evidence are used in the analysis of banking operations and strategies across the globe.

    This module aims to develop:
    1. awareness, understanding and appreciation of the theoretical and applied aspects of the role of commercial and investment banks in the financial system.
    2. a reflective approach to the analysis of structures, strategies, current issues, activities and research relating to commercial and investment banking.
    3. academic skills including academic reading and writing, oral communication, team working, analysis, critical thinking and research.
    4. preparedness for the intellectual, analytical and interpersonal challenges of management and leadership positions in commercial and investment banks.

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  • 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 Finance, Banking and Economics PG course/s. Students will critically investigate international trade, banking and finance related issues. The aim should be to make proposals or recommendations for the future and / or a contribution to extant theory.

    This module’s work is built on the research skills that students acquired in the Research Methodology module. Students are expected to utilise rigorous investigative techniques and standards of data collection and analysis as they write their postgraduate research-based report.

    The report will be between 12-14,000 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:
    • spring semester - Thursday evening

    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

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

    The module explores the theoretical underpinnings and empirical evidence concerning the activities of corporate finance from an international perspective. The module offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge in a range of areas related to the international financial system, theories explaining foreign exchange rate behaviour, hedging currency risks, sources of finance for international trade and investment projects for both large and SMEs, the effect on international capital structure of investment decisions, risk exposure and management of risk, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and multinational working capital management. These will be dealt with within the overall framework of their relation to international corporate activity. The module stresses the application of relevant theories, models and the current underlying empirical evidence for the analysis and evaluation of major corporate activities and decisions.

    The aims of the module are:
    • To provide a framework for students to explore corporate strategies and decisions in an international perspective.

    • To offer thorough coverage of the international monetary climate, including theories that describe the determinants of foreign exchange rates, Financing international trade, Raising capital from global capital markets, foreign exchange risk management and international capital budgeting and investments.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday evening

    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 aims to introduce students to the different skills necessary for effective research and project writing, including research techniques and requisite standards of data collection and analysis.

    The aims of the module are:
    To provide students with the research and other practical skills necessary to undertake successful research and project writing on the subject of global business.
    1. To formulate a coherent research proposal with appropriate aims and objectives and a realistic plan of execution.
    2. To develop thorough analysis and synthesis of theory and practice in relation to the chosen topic.
    3. To foster a critical awareness and deep interest in a global business issue and combine knowledge and analysis acquired in core modules to explore that topic fully.
    4. To enable students to produce a research project and to provide an opportunity for critical self-reflection, studying and research skills and knowledge.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    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.

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

    The module requires students to obtain a minimum of 20 days / 140 hours (up to six months full-time employment depending on the structure of the postgraduate degree programme) in a business project role, relevant to their course discipline. The assessment strategy will encourage students to articulate their skills and knowledge gains obtained from the professional experience.

    Students will be required to:
    • critically analyse the professional experience in the context of the workplace by applying relevant knowledge and theory acquired from their postgraduate programme;
    • undertake a project in the professional experience context that demonstrates critical and analytical abilities and a reflective appraisal of their achievement in this task
    • critically self-reflect on their personal development in the professional role and analyse how this experience relates to planning their future career.

    Students will be contacted to ensure they understand requirements of securing work related activity in advance. Support is provided to find and apply for suitable opportunities through the Placements and Careers teams. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team. Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a certain level of responsibility.

    In all cases, the work related project must be approved by the Placement Team prior to the project commencing.

    It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the Placement and Careers team to assist them in finding a suitable role.

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

    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.

    The module aims to provide students with:
    1. a systematic knowledge and understanding of the principles of environmental economics;
    2. a critical awareness of sustainability debates both within economics and between economics and other disciplines with respects to environmental degradation brought about by economic activity across the globe;
    3. an ability to participate in policy debates;
    4. an awareness of the impact on businesses of the changing nature of the natural and regulatory environment;
    5. a range of transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge that will be of value to employers.

    The module also aims to develop students' skills, in particular: self-assessment and reflection; academic study skills; subject research; quantitative analysis; data analysis; problem solving; applied analysis; literacy; academic study skills; critical thinking; self-assessment and reflection.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday evening

    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.
    The module aims of this module are
    • to provide students with a technical understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of major exchange-based and over-the-counter financial derivatives,

    • to discuss the concept of financial market risk, its measurement and management using financial derivatives.

    • to give students some practical experience of the methods used in risk management.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday evening

    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.

    The module aims to introduce students to the different theories, methodologies and data sources which will allow them to monitor and understand the relation between trade, investment and economic growth, with the consequences for economic and social development.

    The aims of the module are:
    1 To provide students with an understanding of the distinction between economic growth and economic and social development.
    2 To be able to explain the different theories of the relations between trade and economic growth
    3 To be able to explain the contending explanations of the relation between economic growth and development.

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  • 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.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday 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.
    The module aims to introduce students to the different theories, methodologies and data sources which will allow them to monitor and understand the logistical strategies developed by the major global producers and consumer goods intermediaries. These connections and processes are part of the development of global trade and economic growth, and have profound consequences for economic and social development.
    The aims of the module are:


    1 To provide students with an understanding of the nature of logistics studies.
    2 To ensure that the students are able to explain the different theories and techniques applied to the study of logistics
    3 To enable students to understand the types of logistics companies and the processes they use in moving goods around the world.
    4 To define and explain to the students supply chain management concepts, such as the trade-off between inventory and transport costs, which have influenced the production strategies of multinational enterprises.
    5 To outline the types of technologies used to provide visibility in the supply chain and increase efficiency.
    6 To provide an overview of the disruptive innovations which are being developed to make international logistics more efficient, and the impact these will have on supply chain strategy.
    7 To explain the increased level of risk, which has evolved through the relocation of production processes to developing countries and how multinational enterprises should deal with it. Global waste recycling issues.
    8 To provide a background to the increasingly important role which ethical and environmental factors play in the development of sustainable and economically viable supply chains. The circular economy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    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.

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

    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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After the course

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.

Additional costs

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

Start your course in January

You don't have to wait until September to start this course at London Met – why not start in January?

If you're a UK or EU student, you can simply call our January hotline on or complete our fast-track online application form.

If you're an international student, you'll need to complete our standard online application using the "Apply direct" button.

Use the apply button to begin your application.

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.

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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