International Banking and Finance
School - Salford Business School
Subject area - International Finance, Accounting and Economics
Start Dates(s): September; January; March; June; November; July
MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (four months full-time, one year part-time)
Part-time - £1,425 per 30 credit module
UK - £8,550
International - £14,400
- Equip yourself for a career in the rapidly expanding banking and finance industry
- Take a Business Innovation Project to enhance your practical skills and experience
- Apply what you’ve learned through a one to three-month Assessed Internship with an employer
- Part-time study option
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
This programme is suspended for June and July entry. There are places available on our September course.
This course has been designed specifically to enhance knowledge of the banking and finance industry and improve your employability prospects.
You will learn about key challenges in the current global economic environment, consider issues from around the world, and analyse and evaluate problems to identify the best solutions to improve international banking and finance strategies and practice.
Banking continues to experience a number of problems requiring the development of new opportunities and you will find this course is relevant, innovative and challenging.
The course also offers a distance learning option through our official partner Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland.
The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.
This course has been designed specifically to enhance knowledge of the banking and finance industry and improve your employability prospects. Specifically the course will:
- Provide a cutting-edge and practice-relevant specialised banking and finance programme, and provide graduates with the appropriate advanced level skills and knowledge which will enable them to contribute to the needs of the growing, sophisticated, international banking and finance industries.
- Develop students’ existing skills through advanced study in the areas of finance and banking and equip graduates with a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, with particular emphasis on the international dimension and the practical application of financial techniques in a real world setting.
- Equip students with competent skills of appreciation of the nature and functioning of financial markets and institution, and with effective capacity of applying advanced banking and finance theories and techniques to a wide range of international banking and finance problems.
- Develop intellectual capability to work effectively in teams and independently to apply good working knowledge in real-life scenarios through practical exercises and projects and to recognize good practice in the analysis, planning and management of international banking and finance products and services.
- Equip graduates with a very wide range of careers in banks, investment banks, securities firms, portfolio managers, consultants, central banks, finance departments of industrial and service companies, and multinational financial organisations.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
- Identify, discuss and critically evaluate the impact of market behaviour on bank performance and organisational behaviour, including the role of international financial structures, the operation of foreign exchange markets and the role of risk management for businesses from an international perspective;
- Develop the capability of critical evaluation of alternative conceptualisations, methodologies and frameworks used in international banking and finance; be able to demonstrate originality in the application of their knowledge to the subject area from an international perspective.
- Synthesise and critically evaluate recent and current literature on a wide range of MSc Investment and Finance theories and issues in order to develop and apply conceptual frameworks.
- Develop and apply a strategy for the collection, analysis, critical evaluation and interpretation of data.
- Work with others in making effective strategic and operational decisions related to the management of an enterprise in a globally competitive, diverse and dynamic environment.
Business Innovation Project (BIP)
Flexible final study options
Salford Business School has one of the most flexible suites of postgraduate taught programmes in the UK.
For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:
- Dissertation – traditional 3 month research pathway.
- Live Project – 3 month group project activity researching a commercial project.
- Internship – 3 month opportunity to develop your skills working in partnership with an organisation.
- Placement – 6 month paid work experience implementing a commercial project.
The dissertation can be undertaken within a company, a sponsoring organisation, or investigate an area which is of interest to you. Study is undertaken in the UK, or sometimes overseas – some international students may possibly return to their country to work on an industrial research project.
- 3 month research project culminating in a 12-15,000 word dissertation
- Topics can be undertaken in a number of areas:
- personal interest in a topic area which supports your career aspirations.
- an academic’s research area which explores challenging developments in the supervisor’s area of expertise.
- in partnership with a company or sponsoring company.
- an entrepreneurial opportunity, particularly suitable if you wish to research your own business opportunity.
- 3 month commercial research project.
- Group presentation and executive report, coupled with an individual 8-10,000 word report.
- 1 to 3 month commercial project, undertaken full or part-time with the host company.
- Internships are often voluntary positions providing interesting project experience, some positions are paid – potentially up to 86 UNITE Projects are available in 2013-14.
- 30-40 minute commercial presentation and 10,000 word professional dissertation.
- 4 to 6 month work based project undertaken at the organisations premises.
- Assessment consist portfolio of work, visitor assessment, presentation and interim report, culminating in a work related dissertation of 10,000 words.
- Placements can be undertaken in the UK or overseas.
- Students can undertake placements with their sponsor or employing organisation.
- For international students placements are 6 months maximum due to visa restrictions.
- For home/EU students, placements can possibly be extended to 12 months.
- The salary range for placements range from £14,320 to £25,000 pro rata – the average is £19,555 pro rata.
If you are on the part-time course, you will be able to register for individual modules as part of CPD. The following example shows how the course could be taken on a part-time basis over two years:
Year 1 - Semester 1Accounting and Finance
Risk, Regulation and Compliance
International Financial Management
Year 2 – Semester 1Bank Management
Semesters 2 and 3
Business Innovation Project