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International Banking and Financial Studies (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

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

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

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.


“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.”
José Manuel Enciso Ordaz, 2018 graduate

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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