MSc in International Finance

London South Bank University

Program Description

MSc in International Finance

London South Bank University

This course can be taken full-time, part-time, or with an internship.

MSc International Finance is for those working or hoping to work in finance or accounting. You'll gain an academic qualification in domestic and international financial operations and you'll address current challenges and issues facing the world's international financial institutions and markets.

The course links theory and practice in international financial matters through intensive, selective and expert orientated modules with a clearly defined business outlook. One of the main attractions of this course is that it provides a wide range of modules to suit your specific interests. The content focuses on financial markets, the analysis, and management of financial intermediaries and their interaction with financial instruments, investment and risk management. This will see you studying a broad range of related topics such as asset fund management, portfolio theory and investment analysis, credit risk, and financial institutions main operations and performance within an international context.

6 reasons to study here

  1. Recognised excellence:
    LSBU’s Accounting & Finance subject area is ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Tables 2018. Moreover, LSBU Business School picked up the award for Accountancy College of the Year - Public Sector at the PQ Magazine 2017 awards.

  2. Employability:
    Providing students with an individualized learning experience to develop the skills and aspirations that enable them to enter employment, further study, or start their own businesses. Students will get Bloomberg market certificate (BMC) during their study of the course.

  3. Student experience:
    LSBU’s Accounting and Finance subject area ranked No. 1 for Satisfied with Course and No. 1 for Value Added in the Guardian University League Tables 2018. Moreover, in the latest Times University League Tables LSBU’s Accounting & Finance subject area is the best in London for student satisfaction.

  4. Internationalisation:
    Developing a multicultural community of students and staff, which through international alliances and partnerships will further build our capacity and capabilities in education, research, and enterprise.

  5. Research and enterprise:
    Delivering outstanding economic, social and cultural benefits from our intellectual capital, by connecting our teaching and research to the real world through commercial activities and social enterprise.

  6. Practicability and digital skills:
    The course is highly practical with a large part of it associated with the learning of Bloomberg software. You will learn practical skills in a real-world environment.

On this course, you'll also take part in a residential weekend focused on personal development and in-depth learning. You'll exchange experiences and discuss current events and specific problems affecting the financial markets and institutions, with academics and a visitor practitioner.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 15 months January; September Southwark Campus
Full-time (with internship) 19 months January; September Southwark Campus
Part-time 30 months January; September Southwark Campus


Semester 1

  • Empirical finance
  • International financial markets

Optional modules

  • Business Analysis
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Theories & Issues in Accounting and Finance

Semester 2

  • Corporate financial management
  • Research design and methods

Optional modules

  • Audit Risk
  • Governance, Risk & Ethics
  • Institutional Fund Management
  • International Banking
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Strategic Modules
  • Placement (for MSc with placement only)
  • Applied Dissertation
  • Dissertation


Graduates who possess an LSBU Masters degree in international finance are likely to be highly employable in trading and analyst positions, not only in the UK but throughout the world. Excellent career opportunities exist in finance, banking, and investment. Graduates from this course have gone on to obtain positions in major international companies, financial institutions, regulatory agencies, credit rating agencies and financial consultant firms in the UK and overseas.

Past employability skills events held by the Department include:

"My Employability event"

  • My dream job
  • Preparing CVs and cover letters
  • Using databases to research the company
  • IT qualifications for your CV
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Managing expectations
  • Internships

The optional placement in a relevant business area enhances your employability skills and enables you to apply accounting and finance theory to contemporary business practice.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


In addition to academic rigor, the Masters is highly oriented to support your career development.

There is an optional placement in a relevant business area to enhance your employability skills and apply accounting and finance theory to contemporary business practices.

If you take part in a placement, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience.

A placement is not currently offered in the part-time mode.


Specialist industry software prepares our students with the digital skills that employers' value. Students on our programmes have access to Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, NVivo, and SPSS.

Teaching and learning

This course will develop your key skills in:

  • Understanding the core of international finance in the modern global marketplace
  • Understanding the theoretical basis for understanding the nature of international financial operations and their complexity.
  • Understanding of the employment of theoretical principles to deal with practical situations faced by investors, business and financial institutions
  • Developing research problems/questions in the area of investment, banking, and finance.

You will also benefit from the Department's experienced lecturers, excellent learning materials, and small class sizes. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student-led discussion facilitate more active modes of learning. You'll receive training in the use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker, and specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo)during seminar sessions and in the development of assignments, and dissertation/Business Project.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the course(s) applicants will be required to have one of the following qualifications:

  • 2.1 honors degree in any subject from the UK or Bachelors degree equivalent to UK Second Class Upper Division; or
  • 2.2 honors degree in a relevant subject area; or
  • Students with a non-relevant degree but with at least a 2.2. Honors and relevant work experience in financial services will be considered on an individual basis; or
  • the Fundamental Level (Knowledge and Skills) of the ACCA professional examinations; or
  • Completion of the Operational and Management levels of CIMA examinations; or
  • Other relevant professional qualifications including from overseas.
  • Required English language skills to undertake this programme IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5.

Accreditation of Prior Learning:

Applicants may be required to attend for interview by the Course Director or Admissions Tutor.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
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Full-time UK/EU fee: £8700; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £2900; International fee: £4375
United Kingdom - London, England
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