Our International Financial Analysis MSc develops an in-depth understanding of financial reporting and management in the context of the international financial environment.
The global economic crisis, high-profile banking failures and increased regulatory supervision have highlighted the importance of sound financial management and robust reporting. This course has been developed specifically to meet this need.
It provides you with the quantitative and qualitative skills of analysis. You will also understand how accounting and finance expertise may be successfully combined to assess corporate performance and valuation.
The course is aimed at management, business or economics graduates, who would like to gain more specialist knowledge of issues related to financial analysis. It is also suitable for non-business graduates with good numeracy levels who wish to develop financial skills and understanding.
The course also covers many relevant topics for those intending to study for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.
What you'll learn
You will analyse individual companies from an external perspective with substantial emphasis placed on:
- corporate strategy
You will undertake practical studies of real-world data via DataStream and other industry sources, in order to develop skills in the manipulation of financial and statistical software.
Your dissertation consolidates this learning, as it takes the form of an analyst's report on a major corporation. You will prepare a report on a company of your choice, analysing financial and accounting data, strategy and corporate governance. You will conclude with a valuation of the company itself.
On completion of this course, you will be able to show practical skills and the ability to:
- deal with complex issues both systematically and analytically
- use this analysis to make sound judgements around investment management
- analyse quantitative data used for operational decision making
- critically engage with contemporary debates on financial theory
- apply, with originality and creativity, the knowledge, skills and understanding gained on the course in complex issues within the finance sector.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
- NBS8001 International Finance and Capital Markets
- NBS8002 Techniques for Data Analysis
- NBS8003 Financial Information Analysis
- NBS8004 Dissertation (Analyst Report)
- NBS8005 Corporate Strategy and Valuation
- NBS8006 Accounting for Analysts
Part‐time candidates shall study the modules in an order to be agreed by the Degree Programme Director.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.