International Finance MSc


Course facts

  • Name: International Finance
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: 12 months (January and September start dates). A 10 month version also available (September start only). Students on the 10 month course will study 5 modules in the Autumn and 5 in the Spring.

This degree programme provides the opportunity to follow the prestigious CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) specialist pathway and acquire the skills to complete the CFA Level 1 examination. Click here for more information.

This new course strengthens the profile of Bangor Business School in being one of Europe’s foremost institutions for financial research and education and achieving an outstanding student satisfaction in Finance studies in the National Student Survey.

The course develops a broad vision and understanding of the changing role and nature of international finance within the context of globalised markets. The programme offers students a unique opportunity to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in the global financial sector, and to study advanced theory and practice relating to international financial markets and international financial management.

The programme provides management and business training at an advanced level covering the latest developments in International Finance. Students will acquire an understanding of practical managerial issues surrounding the running of international financial institutions, analysing the main features of international financial systems and markets. An important objective is to familiarise students with the latest strategic, managerial and industrial developments in the international financial services industry.


Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

The course is a full-time programme lasting 12 months. It consists of two parts:

Part 1:

Is a wholly taught component, contributing 120 credits. All taught modules carry a credit weighting of 15 credits. Part 1 is taught during the two semesters which make up the academic year. Teaching during semester 1 normally runs from late-September to December, with examinations in January. Teaching during Semester 2 normally runs from late-January to early-May, with examinations in May and June.

Part 2:

This consists of either a supervised Dissertation of around 10,000 words, or a structured Advanced Taught Programme of Summer Study that is specific to your chosen degree. Part 2 is completed during the summer months, from late-May to September. If you undertake a supervised Dissertation, you are expected to submit your Dissertation by September in the calendar year following your initial registration for your postgraduate degree. The assessments for the Advanced Taught Programme of Summer Study are also completed during September in the calendar year following your initial registration. 

Compulsory modules:

  • Current Issues in International Finance: This module provides an advanced level of understanding of the most important current issues in international finance, with focus being placed on current research findings and published papers from the top international journals.
  • International Financial Markets: This module provides an introduction to finance theory, and its practical applications for investors, analysts and portfolio managers.
  • Research Methods: This module provides the student with knowledge of intermediate and advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods, and provide a basis in research methodology.
  • International Financial Management: This module analyses the financial management of multinational companies, and the influence of the macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on financial decision-making.
  • Financial Econometrics: This module provides advanced coverage of econometric methods and practices that are used to model financial and business data, and develops a critical awareness of the strengths and limitations of modelling techniques.
  • Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management: This module analyses portfolio strategies which can effectively control risk and enhance returns; develops intellectual skills and research expertise in the area of investment analysis and portfolio management; and demonstrates appropriate modelling techniques for investment decision-making and risk management.

Plus choose 1 of the following:

  • Dissertation
  • Financial Seminar Series
  • Applied Financial Projects (30 credits)*
  • Financial Research & CFA Series (CFA pathway only)

*Students on the 10 month programme must take this option

Optional Modules – choose 2:

  • International Taxation: Policy and Practice*
  • Credit Risk Analytics *
  • New Venture Creation
  • Financial Ethics & Regulation
  • Market Risk Analytics

*Students on the 10 month programme must take these modules and an additional 2

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the International Finance Modules page.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a good first degree of 2(ii) or higher or equivalent from a university or another approved degree-awarding body. Non-graduate qualifications deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission may also be considered. Work experience is desirable.

If your native language is not English, you must provide satisfactory evidence that you have an adequate knowledge and understanding of written and spoken English: 

  • IELTS of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)
  • Pearson PTE: a score of 56 (with no element lower than 51)
  • Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 169 (with no element lower than 162)

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email


How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

Graduates of the MSc International Finance are expected to obtain employment in a variety of careers in finance, and will be ideally positioned to take up a position in investment management, corporate finance, trading or consulting. Some students would progress into further postgraduate research study.

Further information

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