About this course
Develop specialist knowledge and practical skills on thisMSc International Financial Markets. You’ll study topics such as financial risk management, portfolio management and stock market analysis. Prepare for a successful career as a trader or financial manager anywhere in the world.
On this UK master’s degree you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the workings of global financial markets and how they are affected by political and economic events.
You’ll learn the most effective strategies for managing portfolios of assets such as:
- foreign exchange
You’ll enhance your professional skills through practical exercises such as portfolio management assignments and a trading floor simulation workshops.
This will allow you to put theory into practice by making decisions on market prices in response to economic data and contemporary market trends.
Our expert academics who are active in research and have a wealth of experience in the sector. This means that your studies will benefit directly from the latest findings in the sector.
Your learning will be brought to life with real-world case studies, and you’ll benefit from industry guest speakers. This will also add to your network of contacts in the sector.
Your course leader is Taufiq Choudhry, Professor of Finance in the University’s Business School. He specialises in stock market volatility and uncertainty. Read Professor Choudhry’s staff profile to find out more about his research and publications.
This course is accredited by:
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 one of these subject areas:
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you 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.
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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.
This is a full-time course. You’ll study for a whole year.
The taught part of the course covers the first 8 months (semesters 1 and 2). This is a combination of modules that everyone on the course studies, and modules that we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.
You’ll take exams at the end of semesters 1 and 2.
During the last 4 months of the course you’ll research and write 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:
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.
You’ll learn through a variety of methods, including:
- individual and group exercises
- trading simulations
- case studies
- guest lectures from industry
You'll also have access to Bloomberg trading suite and other real-time data sources to support your learning.
Assessment methods on this course include:
- written exams
- group essays
- practical work
You’ll research and write a dissertation of between 15,000 words on a topic of your choice.
The dissertation is your chance to develop your research skills and increase your knowledge around a specific subject relating to your course. Your tutor will help you decide on a suitable theme and research methodologies.
Past students have looked at:
- the impact of the global financial crisis on the world economy
- financial uncertainty in the UK and EU stock markets after the Brexit vote
- issues relating to the stock markets in China and Dubai
You’ll meet regularly with your tutor as you research and write your dissertation to help you keep on track.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
This degree will prepare you for success in a wide range of roles in trading or financial management.
Areas you could go into include:
- mutual, hedge, pension or insurance funds
- investment analysis and advice
- trading in equities, bond, foreign exchange, commodities or derivatives
- investment banking
- private equity
Job roles include:
- investment consultant
- corporate treasurer
- rating agency analyst
- financial journalist
- private wealth manager
- investment banking analyst
Recent graduates have gone on to work at PwC, HSBC and Bank of Shanghai.
You’ll also be in a great position to continue your researches at PhD level.
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.
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