Introduction

The world’s economy is becoming increasingly global, and those who understand the international context of business and finance are in high demand. This programme combines a research-led approach with a practical focus to help you develop your knowledge and analytical skills in both the management and finance-related fields.

This programme is studied on campus.

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 course 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.

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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 Reporting (BU5070) - 15 Credit Points

Understanding why financial information is needed, how it has been put together, how it is presented and then used is critical for all managers and for those interested in assessing corporate performance. The course covers the foundations of accounting very briefly, focusing firstly on the financial statements, their meaning and interpretation; secondly on the reporting and use of accounting information within the organisation. The course aims to equip the finance-savvy manager, not turn them into an accountant.

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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) - 15 Credit Points

The world of international finance is a closed box to many. This course will introduce the players, markets and products in an institutional setting. There will be a careful balance between concepts and numeric skills. Using the trading floor will be a key component of this module.

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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 Reporting 2 (BU5580) - 15 Credit Points

Writing insightful reports that both engage and persuade the reader is a key skill. In a finance setting this is not just about the words but also careful use of well communicated numbers. The aim of this course is for you to produce a 5,000 word report using appropriate communication devise (graphs, tables) to evaluate critically a corporate finance situation of your choosing. The result should demonstrate your research, thinking, presentation and organisational skills.

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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) - 15 Credit Points

Being a finance-savvy manager requires knowledge, critical thinking and a skill set. The skills set is quantitative, but also includes social skills and communication skills. This module aims to develop all of these areas to equip the student for not only the critical finance project but also the work-world ahead.

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Critical Financial Report 2 (BU5980) - 15 Credit Points

Writing insightful reports that both engage and persuade the reader is a key skill. In a finance setting this is not just about the words but also careful use of well communicated numbers. The aim of this course is for you to produce a 5,000 word report using appropriate communication devise (graphs, tables) to evaluate critically a corporate finance situation of your choosing. The result should demonstrate your research, thinking, presentation and organisational skills.

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Corporate Governance and Ethics (BU5981) - 15 Credit Points

Corporate governance and ethics are critical to corporate life. Often interpreted as just about the relationship between shareholders and the management of the company, this module will extend the critical investigation into how companies are governed top consider the impact and accountability to other stakeholders. Ethics in business, including finance, is a key area acknowledged by all professional bodies, but often in bounded ways, only answering the questions that fit within preset bounds.

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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

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 course 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?

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 course 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. 

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 have an advantage over other general management graduates, as you will be able to understand financial objectives and the need for good financial planning. 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
• Create a major job-search advantage by kick-starting a new professional direction
• Learn essential communication and professional skills
• Strengthen your capacity for geographical and cultural mobility

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).

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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 - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

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

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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

Fees and Funding

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

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £8,300
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £17,900
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
Home / EU / RUK Students £13,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year
International Students £21,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 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.

Careers

Graduates from this programme are highly sought after around the world in lucrative positions. Our course 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 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.

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

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

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