Are you a highly motivated graduate looking to succeed in the world of finance? Our MSc International Finance (does not include CFA) has a distinctive focus on international business and the financial world, providing highly numerate students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the changing role and nature of finance and investments, within the context of a global marketplace.

This programme is studied on campus.

Our MSc in International Finance is a challenging programme, designed for students who are already confident with numbers and are looking to gain an understanding of the theory and practice of finance with an international perspective. The programme has a strong basis in economics and international trade and will provide students with an understanding of the key elements of the operation of global financial and economic systems. Students will develop the ability to evaluate and manage the risks involved in international business in order to understand investment decisions relevant for multinational businesses, governments and international organisations in both developed and emerging markets.

Over the year, students will develop skills in the analysis of a range of issues in international trade and the international monetary and financial systems, including foreign direct investment, balance of payments, sovereign debt, international currency and commodity markets. This will involve drawing on relevant elements of international macroeconomics, trade theory, the theory of option pricing, futures, the economics of international financial markets and other key elements of international finance.

Students who graduate from our programme will be well-placed to secure a position in an international organisation, in areas such as corporate finance, investment management or trading, benefitting from our strong links with the finance and accounting professions.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
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What You'll Study

Students will have the opportunity to explore a range of themes to broaden their knowledge and sharpen their critical analysis of current debates and challenges. Some of these themes include:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Economics for Finance and Accountancy
  • International Economics
  • Issues in international trade and the international monetary and financial systems
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Balance of payments
  • Sovereign debt
  • Portfolio management
  • International currency and commodity markets
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)
Accounting & Finance for Managers (BU501A) - 15 Credit Points

Accounting and Finance for Managers investigates the importance of understanding the role of finance in ensuring the sustainability and growth of organisations.

This module will focus on five main themes:

  • Assets and Liability: Understanding the Balance sheet
  • Presenting and Analysing Financial Statements
  • Sourcing Finance and Managing Cashflow
  • Managing Risk and Uncertainty
  • Linking Finance to Strategy and Operations

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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 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

Lectures, Tutorials, Research, Seminars, Individual Projects, Group Projects and Assessment.

Assessment Methods

Students will be assessed on the competencies and skills that are required in the financial world in a number of ways, through the preparation of individual and group presentations, posters, reports and academic essays. The modules are delivered in block mode, where each one is taught separately over a three week period, before moving on to the next module. There are no examinations for the modules, which are all assessed using a variety of continuous assessment methods.

Why Study MSc International Finance (does not include CFA)?

  • 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
  • The University, Academic staff and study body are truly international
  • Develop core finance knowledge and be able to apply it in real world settings
  • Learn to critically appraise models, issues and theories relevant to international finance and apply these to decision making
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of corporate finance, financial markets, investment and international banking
  • 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
  • A close understanding of economic fluctuations and other external changes affecting the environment
  • Strengthen your capacity for geographical and cultural mobility
  • 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
  • In a single year, create a major job-search advantage by kick-starting a new direction in your professional life


Entry Requirements

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


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

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a degree at 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours level (or a degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) with a background in quantitative methods.

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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


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

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.

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 £7,800
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

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Our Business School has been preparing students for careers in the finance industry for over 20 years, with graduates entering a wide range of roles and industrial sectors, including investment analysis, securities trading, banking and investment banking, accountancy and financial management.

Our MSc International Finance is built on a combination of the academic and professional and can help to position and enhance our students, so they can confidently enter a range of quantitative based industries including; traditional lending, securitisation, credit derivatives, bridge financing, asset management, trading foreign exchange and securities. It is particularly suited to graduates looking to pursue careers in corporate finance.

Our Experts

Programme Leader
Professor Joseph Swierzbinski

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.

Your Insight Leads to Investment Opportunity

We have professional trading platforms in house so that you can grow your knowledge and professional and academic qualifications in the investment world.

World Class Facilities

Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance (ACREEF)

ACREEF provides a focus for the identification and implementation of high quality research in the areas of energy economics and finance.

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