MSc International Banking and Finance

MSc International Banking and Finance course is designed to provide students with a thorough and critical understanding of current issues affecting the international banking and finance industry. This postgraduate course is ideal if you would like to pursue a successful career in a banking or finance role. You will be equipped with the vital skills and knowledge to effectively analyse, interpret and make decisions based on financial information.


UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B

The MSc International Banking and Finance course is delivered by lecturers from diverse backgrounds and who undertake a range of research and consultancy activities. This ensures an appropriate blend of academic and practical perspectives.

Students will take the following core modules:

  • International Banking and Finance
  • Research Methods for Accounting and Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Economies, Markets and Decision-Making in International Context
  • Dissertation in an area of Accounting and Finance

They will have the option of studying a further 40 credits from the following modules:

  • Foreign Direct Investment and Development
  • Quantitative Methods for Financial Markets
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Comparative Study of Financial Systems
  • Risk Management in Banking and Finance


Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case study analysis and discussion groups. You will be exposed to real-life situations and given the skills and opportunities to find practical solutions.

Students will have 10 hours a week of contact over a maximum of three days, which allows for designated independent study time to be able to research their subject in depth and volunteer in USW’s Exchange initiative or gain work experience to start putting the theory into practice.


Students will be assessed purely on their coursework produced, using a variety of methods from critical literature reviews to data analysis, presentations and reports.


The MSc International Banking and Finance course is delivered in Atlantic House, Cardiff Campus, situated in the heart of Cardiff’s Financial and Professional Services Enterprise Zone. You will have access to a fully equipped learning resource centre, a state-of-the-art trading room powered by leading industry software from Thomson Reuters Eikon, and interactive teaching spaces.


Lecturers are:

Prof. Atsede Woldie
Dr Kumbie Mabwe
Dr Jia Cao
Michael Daniels
Brian Telford
Chris Miller
Dr Nigel Brown
Mohamed Conde

The course invites input from external practitioners of major financial institutions with national and international roles, who will share their knowledge on current issues surrounding industry.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree or an equivalent international qualification may also be acceptable.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

Apply now 

Admissions statement 

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.