International Business and Finance, MSc

International Business and Finance, MSc


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
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January

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  
MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September More

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

International Financial Management

International Finance for Business

Accounting Reporting and Strategic Analysis

Issues in International Management

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.

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!

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / RUK £15,656
Tuition Fees for 2023/24 Academic Year
EU / International students £27,000
Tuition Fees for 2023/24 Academic Year
MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January More
MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September More

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.

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.


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.

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


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


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


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.

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Contact Details

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