Banking and International Finance, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #101 ,
Integrated financial markets and global businesses contribute significantly to modern banking, which is inseparable from international finance. The Banking and International Finance programme is offered by the University of Leeds.


The Banking and International Finance programme from the University of Leeds gives you a comprehensive overview of central issues in banking and international finance, with an understanding of the forces that sway financial markets as well as the theories underlying commercial and international banking. You値l gain knowledge and skills that can be practically applied, and put them to the test in real-life scenarios through practical exercises.

You値l learn from highly qualified tutors with research and consultancy expertise in credit, banking and finance. A strong research culture and excellent links with industry, commerce and professional bodies will give you the rare opportunity to gain a real understanding of the current challenges and issues facing the world痴 international financial institutions.
Academic excellence

Leeds University Business School is ranked in the world's top 50 for Masters in Finance (Financial Times 2015). We have strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions, giving our students a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments. This means you will benefit from a Masters course that is highly relevant to the current business environment.

As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC).

Programme Structure

Course content

This programme develops your knowledge of international finance and business to an advanced level.

You値l develop your existing skills in quantitative data analysis, applying financial methods and theories to solve complex business problems. You値l examine the global financial sector as you study corporate finance, international business finance and commercial banking.

You値l be able to gain specialist knowledge with your choice of optional modules in a range of subject areas, including International Investment, Economics of Globalisation and Risk and Insurance.

To demonstrate the knowledge and skills you gain during the programme, you値l submit a dissertation at the end of the year. This independent research project will allow you to focus on a topic of your choice, which could be related to your career ambitions.

Throughout the programme we support you to develop the professional skills that will be critical for a successful career in the financial services.
Compulsory modules
  • Corporate Finance
  • Applied Finance
  • Research Methods in Finance
  • Commercial Banking
  • International Banking and Finance
  • Critical Skills for the Finance Professional
  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A 2:1 (minimum) bachelor degree in a relevant subject, for example, accounting, finance or mathematics and normally a background in economics.
  • Must have a good grounding in quantitative subjects with high scores in these subjects.

Tuition Fee


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