International Banking and Finance MSc


Overview


Reasons to study International Banking and Finance at DMU:

The course will enable you to develop skills in the analysis of international financial markets and institutions, and provide you with a conceptual and theoretical grounding in current concepts and techniques in bank financial management, portfolio management, financial econometrics, business analytics and associated areas.

You will also be introduced to a range of empirical techniques enabling you to analyse sectoral dynamics, the impact of innovation on performance, and the impact of regulation and policy interventions on the financial services industry. The modules you will take consider international aspects of banking and finance and you will have the option to work on an Executive Company Project or traditional dissertation during the summer. There are also opportunities to get involved with a #DMUglobal international experience programme such as a visit to New York City’s financial district and choose a language study option.

The course has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Education Partner accreditation. This accreditation aims to help students achieve a globally recognised professional qualification at the same time as their degree, ensuring they have a competitive edge upon graduation. A number of sponsorships are available each year to students enrolled on the course to gain the Introduction to Securities and Investment professional qualification.

The course offers a range of benefits including:

  • Opportunities to design your own course through combining core and optional modules, enabling you to design your own personal pathway
  • Course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI), enabling you to gain a CISI professional qualification while studying for your MSc
  • Bank Financial Management – sophisticated, software driven experience with the Cesim Bank simulation, which is particularly useful to facilitate understanding of the front and back office operations of a bank and their interaction in a competitive environment
  • Applied Trading – providing an intensive experience within the Bloomberg Trading Room working with industry standard software
  • Business Analytics – an innovative module which reflects modern business requirements and expectations with regard to dealing with large, high dimensional data sets
  • Opportunity to pursue an Executive Company Project
  • Teaching from academics with experience across many segments of the finance industry
  • Portfolio developed in partnership with business
  • Access to the postgraduate wing of the £35million Hugh Aston Building

Structure and assessment


Core modules

  • Research Methods
    This module provides you with a broad understanding of business and academic research methods. It is designed to help students prepare for a Dissertation or Executive Company Project. You will be guided on the selection and planning of a suitable research project. The module will review research design, paradigms and ethics, including the broader ethical impact of research. Through undertaking this module you will cover a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection and analysis. You will also be guided as to how to use financial datasets (Bloomberg and Reuters) available at DMU.
  • International Financial Markets and Institutions
    This module guides you through the role and function of the domestic and global financial system, non-deposit financial institutions and financial markets. This will cover interest rates, debt securities, equity markets and the foreign exchange market, as well as crises and regulation in financial sectors.
  • Bank Financial Management
    This module provides you with an introduction to the financial management of the commercial banking enterprise, and gives you an understanding of the basic issues involved in value creation and risk management for banking firms. You will be equipped with the technical and analytical tools, and strategic abilities needed for managerial responsibility in the financial management of the banking firm.
  • Credit and Lending
    This module explores the key areas surrounding credit and lending, starting with the relationship between the banker and customer, through business lending procedures, and ending with credit risk practices for banks.
  • Financial Econometrics
    This module introduces the theory and practice of financial econometric modelling techniques including the generalised method of moments (GMM), error correction models, ARCH-GARCH and time-series forecasting.
  • International Banking and Financial Regulations
    This module covers the legal and regulatory environment in which banks and other financial institutions operate, national and international standards and interpretation and enforcement by the relevant authorities. You will learn about banking supervision and the Basel Core Principles.

Optional modules

  • Portfolio Management
    This module is taught from the portfolio manager’s perspective and explores issues in price formation for all the major asset classes. Markets will be investigated with particular attention to the fundamental and non-fundamental components of securities pricing. To this end you will examine the standard valuation methods in addition to concepts arising from the behavioral finance literature. Optimal portfolio allocation will also feature. The overriding objective of the module is to provide a framework for well-placed investment decisions and to become familiar with the various investment strategies, providing a knowledge base for those wishing to pursue professional qualifications in this field.
  • Applied Trading
    This module provides a broad understanding of the skills needed to turn clients’ investment objectives into trading strategies. It is designed to prepare participants for roles in investment firms, regulators, and clients. Guidance on the links between finance theory and trading will be part of your programme of study. You will manage a simulated sub-portfolio on behalf of a virtual client. During the module, you will report to, and make trading recommendations on behalf of, this client. Your advice will be in response to real-time daily news, and changes in your client’s investment objectives. This module offers a unique chance for you to apply your knowledge of finance theory, and portfolio management to a changing situation. You will become familiar with many aspects of the trading floor and you will learn how to analyse the impact of trading strategies on risk, return, and transaction costs. You will also gain an understanding of hedging, and how to manage client cash flows.
  • Sustainable Banking, Finance, and Development
    This module explores the role and linkage of banking and finance in economic development, and considers both the sustainability of banking and the requirements for banking and finance to further sustainable economic development.
  • Business Analytics
    This module integrates accounting and financial theory with the science and art of discovering and analysing patterns, identifying anomalies, and extracting other useful information in financial and economic datasets. This module takes a practical approach into preparing you to analyse and get a grasp of the most required data structuring, modelling and visualization techniques by employers. You will gain business insights for decision making by participating in business analytics simulations and you will be able to present dynamic reports to a diverse audience.

Either:

Dissertation
This involves research informed by a critical discussion, relevant issues and evidence. You will evaluate research methods available, identify and critically review literature, analyse information and draw conclusions relevant to a critical area of banking and finance.

Or

Executive Company Project 
This offers an opportunity to complete a practical management project in the workplace, so you can link theory to practice and develop practical skills for leadership. You will research a management issue provided by a sponsoring organisation, supported by both academic and work-based supervisors, whilst engaging with the business world.

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Facilities and features


Leicester Castle

Originally built in approximately 1150, and then extensively rebuilt in approximately 1523, the Great Hall has undergone a restoration project. Under the leadership of Professor Dana Brown, Leicester Castle Business School is based in the historical setting of Leicester Castle, enhanced by a £4.2 million refurbishment, and is here to meet the needs of 21st century business.

Going Beyond Business As Usual, we offer an accessible learning environment that invites you to challenge convention while also providing you with the opportunity and tools to think, create and inspire. With our engaging networking opportunities and inspirational setting, we aim to provide you with not just a qualification but a transformational experience.

Students will also be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million. Facilities include break-out spaces for group work; quiet study zones for individual work, high-spec IT labs and a café. Learning will be supported by access to DMU’s excellent facilities.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.


Opportunities and careers


#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Graduate careers

An International Banking and Finance MSc will open up a wide range of career opportunities as you develop a broad base of skills that are in great demand with global employers.

You may choose to pursue careers in banking, finance, accounting or a variety of other roles within the financial services industry.

You will benefit from access to DMU’s established Careers and Employability Team, who offer employability sessions and workshops, with personalised support via a careers coach to advise you on your options and to help develop your plans.


 

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