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International Trade and Finance - MSc

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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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More about this course

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
  • Financial Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Environmental Economics and Investment
  • Practical Sustainability
  • Consultancy

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.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

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.

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:

  • 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:
    • autumn semester - Thursday evening

    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.

    The module aims at helping students to

    1. develop a thorough understanding of international economic theories and concepts;
    2. realise the link between theories and applications in the international economic context;
    3. enhance the students’ ability to offer informed and reasoned policy advices;
    4. develop students’ research skills and cultivate a critical awareness of contemporary issues.

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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 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
    • 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 afternoon

    This module aims to enable the student to understand the processes of contracting, working with and addressing the recommendations of consultants, within the sustainable business framework. The module, by introducing the methods of consultancy, will help prepare the student themselves for eventual career development in this area.

    The module aims to introduce students to the different skills necessary for the management of the contribution to an organisation of external advisors in the field of sustainable business development.

    The aims of the module are:
    1 To provide students with an understanding of the role of the consultant in developing sustainable businesses.
    2 To be able to define when the need for consultancy arises
    3 To manage the appointment of consultants
    4 To work with, guide and learn from the contributions of consultants
    5 To be able to manage the process of incorporating the advice of consultants within the company

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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:
    • 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 - Tuesday afternoon

    This module focuses on the external and internal environmental factors that affect business

    It enables the student to take up the opportunity to become familiar with the award winning practical achievements of the University in the area of environmental protection.

    This will incorporate an introduction to the practices and achievements of the University’s Sustainability Department. It will lead to a one-day practical training to undertake an environmental audit, organised by the University Estate’s Department, followed by a Practical Audit exercise conducted on site among University employees. This will lead to the award of the Certificate in Environmental Auditing.

    During the semester the students will be addressed by professional environmentalists and managers fully involved in changing their industries to meet and raise environmental standards.

    Students will also have the opportunity to work with staff organising the ‘Green Week’ held in the spring at LMU, and are invited to listen to the attendant outside speakers.

    Subsequently the students will be required to prepare a three thousand five hundred word proposal for a sustainability report.

    The proposal may be a function of a work experience during the third semester after completion of the taught course work, or the result of independent research. Students will investigate a sector, an organisation, an industry or issue with the aim of making clear recommendations from the research carried out. Each student will agree a topic for the report with the module leader. This proposal cannot be the same as that which you intend to submit towards the Project Module.

    The module aims to introduce students to the different challenges the dramatically worsening environmental conditions within which both business and social life is conducted and contemporary responses to them.

    The aims of the module are:
    1) To provide students with the practical skills necessary to undertake successful auditing of the working environment.

    2) To develop environmental analysis techniques in relation to theory.

    3) To foster a critical awareness and deep interest in Practical Sustainability and combine knowledge and analysis acquired in core modules to develop sustainability management skills.

    4) To enable students to produce a professional business report proposal 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 - 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

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.

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

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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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