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International Business and Finance MSc

Designed for those seeking a competitive advantage in the international financial job market, this course builds a deep and robust understanding of business, management and financial principles.
Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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Overview

Examine complex foreign investment decisions, and drivers for strategic change in an international setting. This course is designed for those seeking an advantage in the competitive international financial job market, who wish to build a robust and deep understanding of business, management and financial principles, through both practical application and relevant theory.  

We will teach you about how financial markets operate, and how they are linked with the global economy. Through examination of the wider financial policy environment, you will learn how this can affect organisations internationally. This course will teach you to look at company accounts from both the shareholder and the company perspectives, and study share price fluctuations, to understand the process and potential impact on the value of a business.

Your learning will take place in a supportive, diverse environment. Our staff and students come from many different countries and bring together a plethora of international and related business experience. By combining international business with finance, this course is ideal for those with an interest in forging a career in the banking sector. 

Key features

  • You will be taught by academics with international reputations for research and teaching in business and finance. Our academics have backgrounds in professional sectors and research all of which will influence and support your learning.  
  • Gain valuable industry insight, with guest lectures from prominent industry professionals who bring personal experiences and knowledge to your learning.
  • During one of your assessments you will take part in a state-of-the-art, computer driven business simulation exercise. 
  • This course offers a carefully selected range of optional modules allowing you to tailor the course to your career aspirations, be that launching a small business or growing an established company. 

 

 

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

DMU Sport Scholarship
Find out more about the DMU Sport 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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International Banking and Finance MSc
International Finance and Investment MSc
International Business and Marketing MSc
International Business and Entrepreneurship MSc
International Business and Human Resource Management MSc
International Business and Management MSc

 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s):
Sept: N1N371
Jan: N1N373

Duration: 12 months (September) or 15 Months (January)

Start date: September 2021

Location of study: Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding:

 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £7,700

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s):
Sept: N1N371
Jan: N1N373

Duration: 12 months (September) or 15 Months (January)

Start date: September 2021

Location of study: Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding:

2021/22 tuition fees for EU and international students: £14,600

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Applications from those without formal qualifications but with significant professional experience in business or finance will be considered individually.

Fast track entry is available on a part-time basis to fully qualified Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) graduates (three years’ experience plus the exams) who will be exempted 90 credits and will have to undertake the following remaining credits:

  • International Finance
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Course modules

  • Accounting for Managers – provides an overview of accounting and finance issues. You will look at company accounts from both the shareholder and the company perspectives.
  • Critical Management in a Global Context – provides you with a critical understanding of management and organisations in a global context. The module will be informed by critical management and organisation studies.
  • People Management and Organisation – provides you with the skills to conduct and critically analyse organisational development, including its consequences on human resources management (HRM). The relevant theoretical principles and models of change management, HRM and organisational behaviour will be considered and applied in a practical management context using case studies and real-life examples.
  • Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of methods suitable for research in finance, accounting and business. It also aims to help you in defining a research topic and the production of a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.
  • International Strategic Management, Markets and Resources – explore the integrative nature of strategic management and examine the contrasting perspectives between competitive positioning and the resource-based view of an organisation. You will also evaluate the impact of the external environment on organisational strategy, behaviour and management.
  • International Finance – exposes you to the political, economic and technical dimensions of the international finance regime. The role of finance in the competitive struggle between nation states and between multinational corporations to generate economic value is also explored. You will look at financial and risk appraisal of foreign trade and direct investment projects.

You will also select two elective modules which might include:

Dissertation – You must undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on an element international business and finance of your choice. The dissertation topic is chosen in line with your interests and preferences.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and e-learning packages. You may also benefit from inspirational guest speakers, who will bring their own personal experiences and knowledge to your learning. 


Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams. In addition, a particular feature of the course will be to take part in a state-of-the-art, computer driven business simulation exercise, which will integrate many aspects of your learning and development.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

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.

In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

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

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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DMU Global

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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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Graduate careers

Enhance your existing qualifications and global career prospects with a specialist master’s in business and finance. This course will provide advanced preparation for a career in the financial world specialising in international taxation, risk management, global supply chain management and international trade, the course enables graduates to offer a wide range of skills to potential employers.

DMU Open Evenings

The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate open events.

Here, you can speak with course academics and current students, discuss fees, learn about your career prospects and tour the campus.

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Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship

Our dedicated Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship provides DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate taught courses running across multiple start dates in the 2021/22 academic session, with the first intake in September 2021.

The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK, EU and international students who are graduating in 2021.

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Open Evenings

The best way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate events to find out how our courses can enhance your knowledge and benefit your career path.

These events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, as well as fees and funding opportunities such as scholarships. They're also an opportunity to speak with current students and academics to really get a feel for studying your course. You can also take a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities from the comfort of home via our Virtual Open Day.

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Online chats

Chat with our current students and staff advisers online and have your questions answered. Our team will be available to advise you on anything from information on the current postgraduate courses we offer, scholarships, fees and funding, campus facilities, and life in Leicester. View our upcoming PG Online Chat events.

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Research at DMU

De Montfort University (DMU)’s growing reputation for research which benefits society has been confirmed with the publication of the REF 2014 results. Find out more.