Introduction

Advance your career and earning potential with our MSc in International Business and Finance. The world’s economy is becoming increasingly global and individuals who understand the International context of business and finance are in demand.

This degree is designed for graduates who don’t come from a financial background, but would like to enter into the lucrative world of financial management, making themselves more marketable with broad knowledge of the practice of global business and finance.

This programme is studied on campus.

Our MSc International Business Finance has a distinctive focus on business and the financial world, providing an in-depth understanding of the interrelationships of general management and finance in an international setting. This programme
builds on our strengths in Business Management and in Finance, which have been taught to postgraduates at the University of Aberdeen Business School for over 20 years. We have long recognised that some students will want to be finance specialists and work in the banking industry for example, while others would prefer a broad general management programme to prepare them for the wider jobs market. There are students who sit between these two distinctive paths and who want to enter general management with an edge in finance.


This programme is designed for graduates who do not have a financial background, but are confident in numeracy and combines key elements of management with a core foundation in finance. Participants will be able to not only see how they would operate as managers, but also know that they can be confident in analysing business financial performance and making decisions in a broader context.

The combination of a research-led approach and a practical, professional focus, makes the prospect of studying our MSc International Business Finance highly appealing for those seeking to develop their knowledge and analytical skills in not only management, but also finance-relevant fields. Our high quality programme develops skills valued by employers, including independent learning and research, analytical skills, group work, presentation skills, project work, computer skills and numeracy.


For someone who is already confident and competent with numbers, this programme will take these strengths and enable you to embed them in a financial context. By combining a solid foundation in finance with a broad management understanding, this programme will give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
January or September

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Marketing Management (BU5039) - 15 Credit Points

The course will apply theoretical and practical content to explore the key concepts of marketing management to provide students with an understanding of planning, coordinating and controlling marketing activities. It aims to take students understanding beyond what has been labelled as a transaction-based approach to a relationship-based approach. As such the aim is to provide students with an understanding of the role of marketing in establishing, developing and maintaining relationships for mutual gain. This will be achieved through a combination of lectures, seminars, simulations and directed private study.

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Business Economics (BU5021) - 15 Credit Points

This course focuses on the economics of business allowing students to understand the economics that underlie a whole host of business issues. The course will cover the functioning of markets, consumer behaviour, pricing, production and costing problems, monopoly and the business implications of inflation, economic growth and economic policy.

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Issues in International Management (BU5057) - 15 Credit Points

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of Issues in International Management as viewed from a number of diverse perspectives eg Coaching; Oil & Gas; Entrepreneurship; Technology; Accountancy & Finance

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Accounting and Reporting (BU5070)
Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Internationalisation (BU5579) - 15 Credit Points

International Business is a wide-ranging subject that includes economic, political, cultural and technological facets. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the complexities of international business management by examining how the global environment and our understanding of these affect management within an international context.

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International Finance (BU5596)
The Leadership Challenge (BU5584) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through seminars, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

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Critical Financial Report 1 (BU5580)
Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Strategic Financial Analysis (BU5946) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to accounting: Key accounting concepts Financial reporting Financial statements Financial analysis: A framework for analysis Accounting ratio analysis Common size analysis Stock market ratios Credit ratings Z scores Forecasting: A framework for forecasting Parameter estimation Financial forecasting models Issues in analysis: The links between the stock market and accounting International accounting issues

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Professional Skills for Finance and Data Analysis (BU5975)
Critical Financial Reporting 2 (BU5980)
Corporate Governance and Ethics (BU5981)

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Why Study International Business and Finance?

 · Our Business School is internationally recognised for its excellence in world-leading research impact in Business and Management Studies ranked in REF 2014 as a Top 3 UK University

· Does not require a background in business or a finance degree

· Develop core finance knowledge and be able to apply it in real world settings

· Bring together management and finance in a unique way

· In a single year, create a major job-search advantage by kick-starting a new direction in your professional life

· Broad-based business training in international business theory and practice

· The University, Academic staff and study body are truly international

· Develop a well-rounded skillset – gain the tools to succeed in your job search, as well as the communication and professional skills that business recruiters expect

· Strengthen your capacity for geographical and cultural mobility

· Access top-tier global recruiters such as Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and EY - to explore how to stand out at an interview or assessment centre

· Experience world leading facilities - access to our in-house stock exchange provides opportunities to work with a real trading platform and supports in-depth understanding of finance in practice

· Use of advanced tools and quantitative techniques to critically appraise financial opportunities

· Numeracy and an understanding of how to interpret and use financial data

· Project and resource management

·  A close understanding of economic fluctuations and other external changes affecting business

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

This programme is open to graduates from any discipline, and does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level.

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or a degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth).

English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the Business School Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

  • Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £7,400
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £16,100
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
Home / EU / RUK Students £7,800
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £16,900
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

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Careers

With many years of equipping students for the finance industry, it is clear that a combination of the academic and professional will put you in the best position to get the next job or to build your career. You will have a greater understanding of a company’s finances, funding strategies and governance in a financial setting without being narrowly trained in finance alone. You will have the advantage of having an edge over other general management graduates, as you will be able to understand financial objectives and the need for good financial planning.


Our programme will help to position you at the more quantitative end of a range of professions and will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to succeed in industries such as; accounting and professional services, investment banking, consultancy, supply chain management, corporate mergers and acquisitions and marketing.

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Mr Mark Whittington

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Useful Fact about this Degree

By specialising in international business and finance, you are putting yourself in a more powerful, marketable position having a broad knowledge of the practice of global business and finance.

World Class Facilities

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Sir Duncan Rice Library

Sir Duncan Rice Library

The University’s award winning Sir Duncan Rice Library is listed in the “Top 20 spellbinding University libraries in the World”. It contains over a million volumes, more than 300,000 e-books and 21,000 journals.

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Contact Details

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Business School
University of Aberdeen
Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen
AB24 3QY