Introduction

The world’s economy is becoming increasingly global, this programme is for those who wish to understand the international context of business and finance. The programme combines analytical and practical skills to help you develop your knowledge in management and finance-related fields.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January
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The International Business and Finance MSc provides an in-depth understanding of the relationships between general management and finance in an international setting, helping you develop core finance knowledge and how to apply it in real-world settings. The programme also covers broad-based business training in international business theory and practice. You’ll gain a good understanding of economic fluctuations and an understanding of how to interpret and use financial data.

Available Programmes of Study

International Business and Finance

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

Programme Information

Stage 1

Stage 1

Compulsory Courses
Portfolio Analysis (BU5526)

15 Credit Points

This course examines theories and issues relevant to portfolio analysis. Themes include: risk and return; investment motives; the application of modern portfolio theory (including the Capital Asset Pricing Model); information and market efficiency; portfolio analysis and asset pricing; bonds and equities; real estate and derivative markets.

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Applied Econometrics (BU551V)

15 Credit Points

This course offers an introduction to econometrics, which is the application of statistical techniques to provide answers to questions in finance, among others. Economic theories can predict the likely relations of financial variables, and econometrics can provide the evidence for such relations using real-world data.

As building blocks of econometrics, this course will start by covering inferential statistics, asking what inferences can be drawn about the population from a sample. You will then proceed to learn regression analysis which is the fundamental of econometrics.

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Issues in Corporate Governance and Ethics (BU552G)

15 Credit Points

Corporate governance has become one of the most significant challenges for organisations and for the managers who work within them. The reasons for this include high-profile corporate scandals, conflict of interests, manipulations of financial statements, ethical dilemmas, crises like the global financial crisis credit crunch or even pandemic, and a growing need to demonstrate corporate accountability, transparency and ethical practices. The “Issues in Corporate Governance and Ethics” course will deepen students understanding and stimulate critical thinking in these areas. Students will study and critique theory and practices of corporate governance models and ethics guidelines as well as its relation to boards, professional bodies (accounting/audit firms), investors and wider stakeholder groups.

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Financial Markets and Regulation (BU552H)

15 Credit Points

This course provides students with an understanding of the financial system by introducing students to the reasons for, and nature of, financial markets and financial institutions, before moving on to explore the need and importance of regulation, investigate the causes and consequences of the recent 2008 Global Financial Crisis, and discuss future reform.

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Stage 2

Stage 2

Compulsory Courses

All of the courses for Stage 1 plus

Dissertation (BU5903)

Master's Dissertation in Accountancy & Finance (BU5903)

60 Credit Points

The capstone of your programme. A significant individual piece of work showing your ability to think, research, organise and analyse. You will work with a member of faculty to develop a proposal that you will then turn into 10,000 words of reality!

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Stage 3

Stage 3

Compulsory Courses

All of the courses for Stage 1 and 2 plus

Accounting Reporting and Strategic Analysis (BU502B)

15 Credit Points

This module is designed to develop students understanding and skills in key areas of accounting and finance. It starts from interpreting financial statements to use financial information in short-term and long-term decision making. It enables the practical application of key concepts of strategic analysis and gives a broader breadth of experience and cross-fertilisation of ideas across industries and management disciplines.

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International Finance for Business (BU502C)

15 Credit Points

The trend towards financial globalisation in recent years has impacted on all financial decisions, which has necessitated the understanding of international financial markets, especially for multinational businesses. This course analyses a wide range of issues in international finance and their practical applications. This course also examines the challenges and problems faced by firms in the global marketplace in doing international business during the next decade from the international finance perspective.

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International Financial Management (BU502D)

15 Credit Points

This course aims to cover the building blocks of financial management in the international business context.

It is of primary concern to corporate managers, and all the considerations needed to make financial decisions both inside and outside firms.

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Issues in International Management (BU502E)

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 Accountancy & Finance; Coaching; Oil & Gas; Entrepreneurship; Technology. The course provides advanced knowledge relevant to further study and careers in a broad range of areas including business management.

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Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £21,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £13,300
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

International Financial Management

International Finance for Business

Accounting Reporting and Strategic Analysis

Issues in International Management

Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Applied Econometrics

Issues in Corporate Governance and Ethics

Financial Market and Regulation

Portfolio Analysis (BU5526)

15 Credit Points

This course examines theories and issues relevant to portfolio analysis. Themes include: risk and return; investment motives; the application of modern portfolio theory (including the Capital Asset Pricing Model); information and market efficiency; portfolio analysis and asset pricing; bonds and equities; real estate and derivative markets.

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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses
Master's Dissertation in Accountancy & Finance (BU5903)

60 Credit Points

The capstone of your programme. A significant individual piece of work showing your ability to think, research, organise and analyse. You will work with a member of faculty to develop a proposal that you will then turn into 10,000 words of reality!

View detailed information about this course

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / RUK £15,200
Tuition Fees for 2022/23 Academic Year
EU / International students £25,100
Tuition Fees for 2022/23 Academic Year

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

Our high-quality programme develops skills valued by employers, including independent learning and research, group work, presentation skills and project work. You’ll use advanced tools and quantitative techniques to critically appraise financial opportunities. Although you don’t need to have a background in this sector, it’s an advantage if you’re already confident and competent with numbers. This programme will take these strengths and enable you to embed them in a financial context.

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Peer Learning
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Why Study International Business and Finance?

Our MSc is founded on years of financial and management expertise within the Business School, which is internationally recognised for its research excellence. This versatile programme combines key elements of management with a core foundation in finance. You’ll learn how you would operate as a manager, and gain confidence in analysing business financial performance and making decisions in a broader context. You’ll also have access to world-leading facilities, including our in-house stock exchange, which gives you the opportunity to work with our Bloomberg finance lab and gain the hands-on practical experience that supports an in-depth understanding of finance.

What will you gain?
You will gain 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:

• Develop a well-rounded skillset with the tools you need to succeed
• Experience world-leading facilities with access to our in-house stock exchange
• Learn essential communication and professional skills
• Strengthen your capacity for international context

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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).

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

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. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

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

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • 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.

Funding Opportunities

The University of Aberdeen provides an Alumni Discount Scheme:

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More Information can be found here.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

Careers

Our programme will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to succeed in industries such as accounting and professional services, investment banking, financial consultancy, supply chain management, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and marketing.

Useful Fact about this Subject

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.

Our Experts

Programme Leader
Dr Chunxia Jiang

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.

World Class Facilities

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Sir Duncan Rice Library

Sir Duncan Rice Library

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Contact Details

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Business School
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King Street
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX