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International Banking and Finance MSc

The International Banking and Finance MSc is ideal for those wanting to pursue careers in banking, finance, or investment management.
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Overview

Reasons to study International Banking and Finance at DMU:

The course will enable you to develop skills in the analysis of international financial markets and institutions, and provide you with a conceptual and theoretical grounding in current concepts and techniques in bank financial management, portfolio management, financial econometrics, business analytics and associated areas.

You will also be introduced to a range of empirical techniques enabling you to analyse sectoral dynamics, the impact of innovation on performance, and the impact of regulation and policy interventions on the financial services industry. The modules you will take consider international aspects of banking and finance and you will have the option to work on an Executive Company Project or traditional dissertation during the summer. There are also opportunities to get involved with a #DMUglobal international experience programme such as a visit to New York City’s financial district and choose a language study option.

The course has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Education Partner accreditation. This accreditation aims to help students achieve a globally recognised professional qualification at the same time as their degree, ensuring they have a competitive edge upon graduation. A number of sponsorships are available each year to students enrolled on the course to gain the Introduction to Securities and Investment professional qualification. 

The course offers a range of benefits including:

  • Opportunities to design your own course through combining core and optional modules, enabling you to design your own personal pathway 
  • Course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI), enabling you to gain a CISI professional qualification while studying for your MSc
  • Bank Financial Management - sophisticated, software driven experience with the Cesim Bank simulation, which is particularly useful to facilitate understanding of the front and back office operations of a bank and their interaction in a competitive environment
  • Applied Trading - providing an intensive experience within the Bloomberg Trading Room working with industry standard software
  • Business Analytics - an innovative module which reflects modern business requirements and expectations with regard to dealing with large, high dimensional data sets
  • Opportunity to pursue an Executive Company Project
  • Teaching from academics with experience across many segments of the finance industry
  • Portfolio developed in partnership with business
  • Access to the postgraduate wing of the £35million Hugh Aston Building

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Scholarships

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

#DMU Global High Flyers Award
The #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (subject to terms and conditions).

DMU Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the DMU Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

International Scholarships
Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

 


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme codes:
September: N31073

Duration: 
September: 12 months 

Start dates:
September 2020

Location of study: Leicester Castle Business School

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £9,500

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about  additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme codes:
September: N31073

Duration: 
September: 12 months

Start dates:
September 2020

Location of study: Leicester Castle Business School

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees for international students will be £15,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course. 

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Banking or Business-related subjects with a minimum pass of a Second-Class Honours, an equivalent overseas qualification, or an equivalent professional qualification. 

Professional qualifications deemed to be of equivalent standing, relevant work experience and strong quantitative degrees (Statistics, Engineering, Maths and Physics) will be considered on an individual basis. 

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Core modules

  • Research Methods 
    This module provides you with a broad understanding of business and academic research methods. It is designed to help students prepare for a Dissertation or Executive Company Project. You will be guided on the selection and planning of a suitable research project. The module will review research design, paradigms and ethics, including the broader ethical impact of research. Through undertaking this module you will cover a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection and analysis. You will also be guided as to how to use financial datasets (Bloomberg and Reuters) available at DMU. 
  • International Financial Markets and Institutions 
    This module guides you through the role and function of the domestic and global financial system, non-deposit financial institutions and financial markets. This will cover interest rates, debt securities, equity markets and the foreign exchange market, as well as crises and regulation in financial sectors.
  • Bank Financial Management 
    This module provides you with an introduction to the financial management of the commercial banking enterprise, and gives you an understanding of the basic issues involved in value creation and risk management for banking firms. You will be equipped with the technical and analytical tools, and strategic abilities needed for managerial responsibility in the financial management of the banking firm.
  • Credit and Lending
    This module explores the key areas surrounding credit and lending, starting with the relationship between the banker and customer, through business lending procedures, and ending with credit risk practices for banks.
  • Financial Econometrics 
    This module introduces the theory and practice of financial econometric modelling techniques including the generalised method of moments (GMM), error correction models, ARCH-GARCH and time-series forecasting.
  • International Banking and Financial Regulations 
    This module covers the legal and regulatory environment in which banks and other financial institutions operate, national and international standards and interpretation and enforcement by the relevant authorities. You will learn about banking supervision and the Basel Core Principles.

Optional modules

  • Portfolio Management
    This module is taught from the portfolio manager’s perspective and explores issues in price formation for all the major asset classes. Markets will be investigated with particular attention to the fundamental and non-fundamental components of securities pricing. To this end you will examine the standard valuation methods in addition to concepts arising from the behavioral finance literature. Optimal portfolio allocation will also feature. The overriding objective of the module is to provide a framework for well-placed investment decisions and to become familiar with the various investment strategies, providing a knowledge base for those wishing to pursue professional qualifications in this field.
  • Applied Trading
    This module provides a broad understanding of the skills needed to turn clients' investment objectives into trading strategies. It is designed to prepare participants for roles in investment firms, regulators, and clients. Guidance on the links between finance theory and trading will be part of your programme of study. You will manage a simulated sub-portfolio on behalf of a virtual client. During the module, you will report to, and make trading recommendations on behalf of, this client. Your advice will be in response to real-time daily news, and changes in your client's investment objectives. This module offers a unique chance for you to apply your knowledge of finance theory, and portfolio management to a changing situation. You will become familiar with many aspects of the trading floor and you will learn how to analyse the impact of trading strategies on risk, return, and transaction costs. You will also gain an understanding of hedging, and how to manage client cash flows.
  • Sustainable Banking, Finance, and Development
    This module explores the role and linkage of banking and finance in economic development, and considers both the sustainability of banking and the requirements for banking and finance to further sustainable economic development.  
  • Business Analytics
    This module integrates accounting and financial theory with the science and art of discovering and analysing patterns, identifying anomalies, and extracting other useful information in financial and economic datasets. This module takes a practical approach into preparing you to analyse and get a grasp of the most required data structuring, modelling and visualization techniques by employers. You will gain business insights for decision making by participating in business analytics simulations and you will be able to present dynamic reports to a diverse audience.        

Either:

Dissertation 
This involves research informed by a critical discussion, relevant issues and evidence. You will evaluate research methods available, identify and critically review literature, analyse information and draw conclusions relevant to a critical area of banking and finance.

Or

Executive Company Project 
This offers an opportunity to complete a practical management project in the workplace, so you can link theory to practice and develop practical skills for leadership. You will research a management issue provided by a sponsoring organisation, supported by both academic and work-based supervisors, whilst engaging with the business world.

 

 

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Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test.

Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week. We expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course so you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers and in semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation or Executive Company Project.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate careers

An International Banking and Finance MSc will open up a wide range of career opportunities as you develop a broad base of skills that are in great demand with global employers.

You may choose to pursue careers in banking, finance, accounting or a variety of other roles within the financial services industry. 

You will benefit from access to DMU’s established Careers and Employability Team, who offer employability sessions and workshops, with personalised support via a careers coach to advise you on your options and to help develop your plans.

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We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. Find out more about fees, funding and scholarship opportunities.

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Meet us in your country 

We frequently travel the world to meet talented and ambitious students where we offer guidance about your application and can often offer places straight away to suitably qualifies students. Find out more.

 
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