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
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
Professor Taufiq Choudhry is your course lead. His research encompasses many of the most pressing concerns in modern global finance including the impacts of financial and political crises on financial investment risk. Visit Professor Choudhry's profile page to learn more about his work.
This course is accredited by:
“The fact that topics such as financial risk management, securitisation, econometrics and capital management are covered in the curriculum, makes the MSc in International Banking and Financial Studies one of the most challenging and well-balanced programmes in its field.”
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in a subject with an element of quantitative study such as:
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don’t have the exact entry requirements, but have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
Got a question?
If you're not sure that you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course please contact our enquiries team; we're very happy to help.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
Your studies will run for a full 12 months, from September to the following September.
Your first 9 months cover taught modules and exams. This is followed by a 3 month period working on your dissertation.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
On this banking and finance master’s you’ll learn through interactive lectures, seminars and independent study. You’ll explore topics through group discussions and role play.
Learning activities will also include:
- mini class exercises
- case studies
Using case studies you'll apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios. For example you might assess the effect of local banks on a region’s economy by looking at:
- their credit limits
- the funding they offer
- local government funding limits
There are also computer lab sessions where you can use econometrics software to perform analyses of financial data.
Our academic team have worked for international banks, think-tanks, advisory organisations and consultancies. You’ll enrich your learning through their research and industry insights. You can also attend seminars to hear industry practitioners talk about the latest sector challenges. Previous talks have included speakers from:
- the International Monetary Fund
- the European Commission
- the Luxembourg Central Bank
- Germany’s national bank
The way we’ll assess you might vary between modules, and may include:
- group and individual assignments
- multiple-choice tests
- a dissertation
You'll use the methods, techniques and skills you learn in the taught part of the course to write a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject you choose.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
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
- 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.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £12,950.
- International students pay £22,806.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000