International Economics, Banking and Finance (MSc)
1 year (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
To offer knowledge and expertise for a position of responsibility in an international bank, financial institution, central bank or government agency.
- The course is designed to be relevant to a wide range of students from both developed and developing countries with career aspirations in a wide variety of banking and financial contexts.
- It provides excellent preliminary training for those who wish to pursue further research with a view to a career in a research institution or central bank.
- Students may also enrol for a module on electronic trading using the Business School Trading Room facility.
- It will also be of interest to those who are currently working in a financial institution or other private or public sector body, such as a central bank or national treasury.
The course offers students with a substantial economic or finance background the opportunity to specialise in more depth in the areas of Money, Banking, Finance and Trade. The course contains challenging theoretical and applied elements which equip students for responsible posts in the financial and commercial world.
The programme consists of 7 core courses including Macro and Micro economics and Quantitative Methods, 1 optional course selected from the group available and a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words.
Students follow four core modules in the first semester and three core modules and one elective module in the second semester.
In Semester 1, students follow the following four core modules:
- Quantitative Methods
- Microeconomics – economics of uncertainty
- Principles of Finance
During Semester 2, students complete the following three core modules:
- Issues in Money and Banking
- Principles of Money and Banking
- International Banking
And one optional module from:
- Development Finance
- Investment and Electronic Trading
- International Finance
- International Trade
- Economic Forecasting
- Marketing of Financial Services
This programme provides a rigorous training in modern economics and financial methods as they are applied to monetary banking, financial and international economic problems in the real world.
Graduates have a good employment rate with alumni working in the European Commission, Eurobank, Bank of England and Chinese financial institutions amongst many others.
The course is suitable for graduates with an upper second class Honours degree in economics or finance-related areas.
Applications will be considered from recent graduates with an Honours degree from an approved university or those with a similar level of qualification gained by other methods. Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or work experience may also be considered under certain circumstances.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS exam, obtaining a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub score.
UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
Next intake: September each year
Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, Cardiff Business School
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6953
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4419