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International Banking and Financial Studies (MSc)

International Banking and Financial Studies (MSc)

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

International Banking Business & Finance

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Help businesses to manage economic change on this master’s degree in International Banking and Financial Studies. You’ll gain expert knowledge about the relationship between banking, finance and the economy.

When you graduate you'll be well prepared for success in the global job market. Our graduates have gone to work for leading organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of England.

This MSc International Banking and Financial Studies is ideal if you want to move into senior roles in finance and banking.

You’ll explore current theory and practice as you learn to assess and evaluate real-world scenarios. Using quantitative evaluation methods and historical perspectives you'll hone your ability to identify the latest trends and events. This will inform your understanding of modern banking and finance.

Learning highlights include:

  • company financing
  • capital costs and security
  • investment appraisal
  • foreign exchange exposure management
  • corporate governance

You'll also cover the ‘micro’ aspects of banking looking at areas like financial risk management, and ‘macro’ factors such as understanding how the economy influences banking.

Optional modules give you the freedom to personalise the course to match your career plans or research interests. You could focus on:

  • banking in developing countries
  • behavioural biases and financial decision making
  • fixed income or derivative securities analysis
  • the stock market

You can gain experience using specialist industry tools including:

  • Stata for analysing, managing and visualising data
  • EViews for statistical forecasting and modelling
  • MATLAB for numerical computing


You’ll leave us with the skills and knowledge attractive to a broad range of employers. You’ll be well prepared for roles in a variety of areas:

  • banks and investment banks
  • securities and asset management
  • insurance
  • financial advisory and consulting
  • regional development
  • accounting and management
  • think-tanks and government agencies

Graduates of this banking and finance degree have gone on to work for organisations including the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission, the Bank of England and Santander.


This module covers topics such as investment appraisal, evaluation of corporate investment, M&A, corporate governance issues in both theoretical and empirical aspects, and thus provides the knowledge which may be required for managers. The materials may be extended by including new findings in the research literature and students can get more up-to-date knowledge in the corporate finance area.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This programme is now closed to all international applicants.

Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in a subject with an element of quantitative study such as: accounting, economics, finance, mathematics, management, engineering.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more