MSc-PGDip-PGCert in International Financial Management

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  • Objectives
    Managing finance and business accounts is critical to the success of every corporation. The rise in importance and complexity of financial management in an international environment poses a great challenge for financial managers in multinational corporations. New for 2008, this programme aims to meet the needs of future accounting and finance professionals in not only the financial sector but also other large international corporations. You will be provided with the theoretical framework and practical skills that finance and accounting professionals working in multinational corporations need in order to cope with an increasingly complex and global financial environment. The programme also provides a valuable foundation for those contemplating careers in further academic study in the applied finance and accounting field. An integrated approach consisting of accounting and finance, international business and law is taken so as to provide a coherent business view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme. The programme is distinctive in that it combines an international orientation with applied finance and accounting. The high level of international content draws on the School of Management's recent research activities and teaching strengths in this area. Further, the programme's wide international dimension includes emerging economies as well as Anglo-American and continental European contexts.
  • Entry requirements
    Typical entry requirements Applicants should usually hold a bachelors degree (UK Lower Second/2.2 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British/overseas university in a subject related to this MSc or, alternatively, at least one year's relevant work experience. Every applicant is assessed individually on their own merit. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Candidates for whom English is not their first language will normally be required to have taken an English language test and achieved a score of either TOEFL 600 or above, IELTS 6.5 or above, or Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English Grade B or above. This test must have been taken within two years prior to the start of the programme you are applying for. The School also assists students whose first language is not English through close cooperation with the University's Language Centre.
  • Academic title
    MSc/PGDip/PGCert in International Financial Management
  • Course description
    MSc/PGDip/PGCert in International Financial Management Module overview

    This programme consists of six compulsory modules, one module from a range of four elective modules, and a dissertation.

    Compulsory Modules

    Principles of Accounting
    This module is designed to give students a practical study of the basic principles and advanced knowledge of financial accounting systems used around the world, and addresses the major issues to be reformed.

    Foundations of Finance
    This module aims to provide a complete introduction to financial theory through a study of the problems of investing capital, specifically valuation of securities both as individual investments and their contribution to risk and return in a portfolio context.

    Corporate Finance
    The aim of this module is to provide a substantial course in corporate finance following the Foundations of Finance module. This exposure will help students understand some of the more difficult materials in corporate finance and also present corporate finance as the working of a number of integrated and powerful institutions.

    International Finance and Financial Derivatives
    The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of worldwide financial markets and the main types of securities traded in these markets, as well as how to use these securities to hedge risks in world financial markets.

    Quantitative Methods in Economics
    Finance is regarded as applied economics. A good grasp of quantitative methods in economics is essential for finance and accounting-related studies. This module is an introduction to the techniques of econometrics and the use of an econometric package.

    Research Methods
    Introducing the process of research project formulation and the key elements of research design, this module should prepare students to design and execute their research study for their dissertation in a systematic and scientific manner.

    Elective Modules

    International Financial Reporting
    This module builds on the Principles of Accounting module and aims to address issues that arise for complex business entities from both conceptual and technical angles within the context of International Accounting Standards and GAAP.

    This module builds on the Quantative Methods in Economics module. Asymptotically valid methods of estimation and hypothesis testing are introduced. Limited dependent variable and panel data models are also examined.

    International Trade
    This module equips students with knowledge of international business operation. Important trends in international trade will be analysed and an overview of the main theories of international trade will be provided.

    Corporate Law and Governance
    This module ensures that modern concerns about risk and ethics are taken into account and integrated into the accounting and finance being taught.

    Programme length
    12 months full-time, 24 months part-time or distance learning

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