Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £14,500 *
International Fees £15,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The Finance MSc (with Banking or International Finance pathway) has been designed to meet the emerging needs of employers in the global financial services sector. This highly flexible course provides you with financial skills that are at the cutting edge of developments in the industry. 

The Finance (International Finance) MSc opens the door to a wide range of international financial careers for graduates, including financial analyst/manager, project finance, consulting, mergers & acquisitions, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and more. Our graduates are equipped with the practical and technical skills needed to work anywhere in the world, whether it be in a multinational company, financial institution or government setting. Additionally, formal classes are complemented with external speakers from industry, employability workshops, and social networking events to help prepare you for a professional career in finance.  

During your time at Westminster Business School, you will have access to our state-of-the-art Financial Markets Suite (FMS), which exclusively uses the Bloomberg platform. Here, you will receive hands-on training and apply academic theory to practice. Bloomberg is widely used in the global financial services sector, and the skills acquired during your MSc will be an important addition to your CV. 

As a postgraduate student, you will have access to the University of Westminster’s Careers and Employability Service. Our career consultants provide support with career planning, CVs & interviews, mentorships, internships, and much more. Students can use these resources for up to three years after graduation.
 

Course structure

Finance (International Finance) MSc students take four core modules in the first semester, which are specifically designed to build a strong foundation in finance. Students can then choose whether to pursue a Banking or International Finance pathway specialisation, depending on their area of interest.

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules (Both Banking and International Finance Pathways)

Contemporary Finance provides a detailed understanding of the main theoretical and empirical principles of financial decision-making in contemporary business enterprises. Financial theory is combined with practice to understand essential topics in the field, including capital structure, investment appraisal methods, dividend policy, modern portfolio theory and valuation of financial securities.

Financial Modelling is designed to provide you with the required skills in financial mathematics and statistics to pursue a career in either banking or international finance. We will cover such topics as matrix algebra, differential calculus, probability theory, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, forecasting and modelling volatility.

Financial Risk Management will introduce you to the structure of financial markets and institutions. The module examines the different types of risk faced by organisations and how these risks are managed. Topics covered include the identification and management of foreign exchange risk, interest rate risk, credit risk and the existing regulatory frameworks. The module also addresses current challenges facing banks and multinational corporations.

The Project involves undertaking intensive research in an area of Banking or International Finance (depending on your chosen pathway). Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, you will prepare an 8,000-10,000-word dissertation based on a topic of interest.

This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process. It covers qualitative and quantitative research methods, and how they should be applied in practice. There is a strong focus on research design, data collection and analysis, and the presentation of findings.

International Finance Pathway modules

Financial statements provide the most widely available data on public corporation’s economic performance to investors, debtholders and others. This module is designed to provide you with a thorough insight of how financial statements can be better understood when corporations’ business strategies and motives are taken into account. 

Conducting business internationally involves many challenges. This module is designed to provide you with a robust understanding of challenges associated with international transactions, available financing options, the management and hedging of key risks, and how to efficiently manage assets and liabilities of multinationals. 

Optional modules (International Finance Pathway)

This increasingly popular field provides explanations for people’s economic decisions by combining behavioural and cognitive psychology theories with conventional economics and finance. Behavioural finance explains how people make financial decisions, and also enriches existing models and theories by offering new insights on the behaviour of investors. 

Global banking examines the role, structure and operations of domestic and global banks. This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the key risks to which banks are exposed, as well as how to manage these risks.

This module will provide you with a robust understanding of entrepreneurial finance in an international context. You will learn about the life cycle of a firm, fundamentals of entrepreneurial planning, risks and rewards involved in start-ups, financial models for new businesses, venture capital valuation, and how to attract funds.  

 This module examines the steps involved in the financing of international trade. It looks at the risks associated with trade and the assessment of these risks, as well as different methods companies can use to pay for this trade, such as bonds, guarantees and standby letters of credit.

This module provides you with a detailed understanding of project finance practices. It involves the application of financial theory to plan, design, model and value large scale projects undertaken or sponsored by governments, private sector firms, private finance initiatives or special purpose vehicles.

This module provides you with a thorough understanding of short-term financial risks, such as capital, liquidity, interest rate, and management of these risks. The module also examines short-term financing options, the function of the corporate treasury, and the macroeconomic and regulatory environment.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). Relevant degree disciplines include finance, economics, business studies or management. In exceptional cases, applicants may be accepted based on their professional qualifications or extensive work experience in the global financial services sector.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing.

Applicants are required to submit one reference.

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A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). Relevant degree disciplines include finance, economics, business studies or management. In exceptional cases, applicants may be accepted based on their professional qualifications or extensive work experience in the global financial services sector.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing.

Applicants are required to submit one reference.

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Careers

If you take the international finance pathway, you will have the in-depth knowledge of financial theory and practice to pursue careers in areas including international management, consultancy with major international firms operating across national boundaries or international financial analysis.

The University of Westminster is committed to developing employable graduates by ensuring that:

  • Career development skills are embedded in all courses.

  • Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available to students.

  • Staff continue to widen and strengthen the University’s links with employers in all sectors, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of the University’s career education and guidance provision.

  • Staff are provided with up-to-date data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements, which will inform the service delivered to students.

All full-time postgraduate WBS students have the option to take an additional Internship Module. This is an opportunity for you to gain professional practical experience relevant to your studies. Internships can be taken part-time throughout your course, or part/full-time in the summer. Internships need to be a minimum total of 112 hours. Duration of the internship can be between 6 weeks and 12 weeks.

One of the primary objectives of the Internship module is to empower our Postgraduates students to develop a range of professional skills and a better understanding of their chosen career field, which will be useful in becoming successful professionals in the future.

Our business experience team will support you in your search for an internship through face-to face meetings, a dedicated website and vacancy listings, application and interview help and keeping in contact while you undertake the role.
 

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Student Profiles

Cem Ulgen

Finance (International Finance) MSc

I chose Westminster because of its diverse student population, quality academic staff and Central London location.

Sarah Taylor

Finance (International Finance) MSc

The lecturers focus on practicality and employability, and help us work towards our goal of securing a job.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £14,500 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £15,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Bloomberg Suite

Students on this course have access to our purpose-built Financial Markets Suite (FMS).

 

Bloomberg Suite teaching

 

Read more about this state-of-the-art platform used by leading global investment banks.

Facilities

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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