Banking and International Finance MSc, 1 year

This is for you if... you want to understand the methods used in international banking and finance from an analytical viewpoint.

Department
School of Business

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Course description

Course description

The MSc in Banking and International Finance provides a comprehensive insight into the principles of banking and finance and is the ideal foundation for a wide range of professional roles. The course combines rigorous academic standards with real-world practical insights and will open up a wide range of career opportunities.

You will gain a strong command of analytical techniques, computing and research methods for problem solving and develop your critical analysis of economic theories and debates. The course will equip you with confidence in the use and presentation of economic arguments in your professional role.

Once you are studying here in Leicester you can apply to complete a six-month MSc International Banking and Finance (MIBF) programme in the Department of Economics at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. After completing a 12-month course at Leicester and a six-month course at Lingnan you will receive two MSc degrees - one from each university. Eligibility criteria and assessment whilst studying your Masters degree with us apply.

To help you develop the skills that leading employers ask for, and let you see how traders work, we have 12 Bloomberg terminals in the University Library.

This MSc opens up career options as an economist in government, business and many international organisations and is good preparation if you wish to move into banking, more general financial management, the civil service or the financial sector.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A good second class honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university with some mathematical or statistical content.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2019

Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fee for students who started in September 2018 was:

  • £9,565

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

You could be eligible for a School of Business Postgraduate scholarship.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2019

Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fee for students who started in September 2018 was:

  • £19,070

You could be eligible for a School of Business Postgraduate scholarship.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our finance and economics courses have been developed to match the needs of employers and are highly regarded within business and government, whether national or international.

This course begins with a 3-week introductory module covering two professional certificates. Firstly you will cover the content for the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate. It is recognised by employers in the finance industry and can be completed optionally externally at a fee. You will also be introduced to the Bloomberg Terminals and given the opportunity to complete the free online exam 'Bloomberg Essentials'. Completing these professional certificates can help you stand out to employers. This course also allows you to take advantage of studying a six-month MSc in Hong Kong.

Many of our students have gone on to work in major banks, companies, and governments, or pursued careers in academia and education.

A postgraduate qualification from the University of Leicester is career-changing. It can be the spring board to promotion with your current employer, the platform from which to launch a new career, or simply an aid to becoming more effective in your current role.

If you are already in employment, enhancing your career by studying at postgraduate level gives a clear signal to employers that you are committed to developing your skills and knowledge and have studied to a higher level.

Read about some of our recent graduates.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

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Course structure

Term 1

Term 1

During your first two weeks you will study the following modules:

Core modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Term 2

Term 2

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Term 3

Term 3

Modules

Plus your Dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Academic staff at Leicester have produced research on economic growth and development, economic transition in Eastern Europe, the East-Asia crisis and UK monetary and fiscal policy.

At Leicester you will be taught by leading experts, who have both an excellent academic reputation and real-world experience.

If you complete a full 12-month MSc degree at Leicester, you may then be eligible to complete a 6-month MSc with Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

Our staff are regularly consulted by government agencies around the world. We also provide expertise to international economic institutions such as the IMF, OECD and the World Bank.

Economics at Leicester

Aayesha finds that the University's Bloomberg terminals give her a competitive edge.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, classes and computer practicals. You will be supported throughout your studies by staff who are also available for private supervision.

Your course modules will generally be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework projects. Some modules are assessed by demonstrated skills in computing or by seminar presentation where this is appropriate.

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