International Finance MFin


Program Description

If you want to orientate your earlier degree qualification towards a career in international finance, banking and insurance this master’s degree at the University of Dundee will set you on the right path.

Like a conventional finance MSc, this course opens up the operation of modern business organisations and the role of financial institutions and capital markets in the global economy. However, the MFin degree is particularly suitable for those with or without a business degree who may wish to re-direct or extend their career path in this direction.

The course responds directly to employers’ needs and prioritises teamwork; research and data analysis; report writing; presentations and multi-cultural interaction.

It focuses on real-world skills and comprises a foundation module, eight finance modules and a short finance-based business report.

You’ll be meeting leading practitioners through the university’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture Series and the Enterprise Gym and hearing from them, first hand, about critical aspects of finance and financial markets.

This conversion degree course includes off-campus learning events embedded in a number of its modules and an ‘urban experience’ element demonstrating the fundamental importance of team-building within a business context.

Dundee is among the fastest risers in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings and has also been rated the best in Scotland by some of the most influential higher education surveys. Teaching staff are all research active and leading figures in their field.


What You'll Study

This is a full-time 12-month course. There are two start dates – September and January. A foundation module runs in the first two weeks of each intake.

How you will be taught

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, group-work and student presentations. All modules provide opportunities for you to acquire and practice applicable skills (eg problem solving, case study analysis, group working).

How you will be assessed

All modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and final assessment held at the end of each Semester with a re-sit opportunity shortly thereafter. Coursework may account for as much as 40-50% of the overall degree.

Course content

Core modules

  • BU52020 - International Business Project

Optional modules

Choose eight from below:

  • BU51013 - Global Financial Markets
  • BU51019 - International Business Finance
  • BU51021 - Derivatives and Risk Management
  • BU52006 - Global Risk Analysis
  • BU51012 - Current Issues in Banking and Finance
  • BU52012 - Emerging Financial Markets and Investment
  • BU52018 - Applied Business Statistics
  • BU51002 - Corporate Finance
  • BU51011 - International Banking
  • BU52009 - Money, Investment and Banking Systems
  • Quantitative Methods

Choose one of either:

  • BU52023 - Forecasting for Business and Finance
  • BU52011 - Econometrics for Finance


At Dundee, our master’s courses prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world and in whatever sector you plan to work. Employers expect their postgraduate recruits to have advanced technical and communication skills, to be confident team-workers, independent researchers, good project-managers and to be at the leading edge of their specialism. We design our degree courses to respond to these demands.

The MFin International Finance programme will give you the skills and understanding to work in a variety of businesses such as banks, insurance companies, financial service companies and trading brokers. You may also want to apply for roles in the finance arms of industries and commercial firms outside of the finance sector.

Entry Requirements

Generally, a good (at least a second class Honours degree or equivalent) first degree in any subject which has enabled the applicant to develop analytical and quantitative skills. If you are concerned that your qualifications do not meet our normal expectation you may apply, but you should include a short personal statement concerning your general interest in your own education, work experience and prior relevant learning. Places are limited and early application is advised even for well-qualified candidates.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0

  • Listening 5.5
  • Reading 5.5
  • Writing 5.5
  • Speaking 5.5

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

About Dundee

Fantastic culture, beautiful landscapes and famously friendly people, Scotland has passion and innovation at its heart and these are just some of the reasons why it’s an amazing place to live and study.

Dundee is located on the banks of the River Tay on the east coast of Scotland. It regularly appears at the top end of ‘quality of life’ surveys in the UK – offering all that’s great about city life, but being friendly, compact and easy to navigate.

The Wall Street Journal named Dundee as one of their ten hot destinations for 2018.

Dundee’s population is around 150,000. With students making up 1 in 5 of the population, our city is geared towards student life.

Our campus is right in the heart of Dundee’s vibrant and fun West End, with shops, cafes and restaurants all on your doorstep.

“Scottish people are nice and friendly. I remember the first day I arrived, the fellow who was supposed to meet me was not there yet. The taxi driver dropped me off, I knocked on the door and he was not there, so I was waiting outside. Someone came and asked if I was okay and invited me in while I waited. He welcomed me and gave me food and drink, so I started to love the people of Dundee and Scotland from the first day I came.”
Willy William Mrema is from Tanzania and is studying MSc Geotechnical Engineering.

Last updated Sep 2019

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