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International Finance Joint Degree MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2021
  • Duration: Two years
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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On the MSc International Finance you will concentrate on the models and techniques of financial analysis. The emphasis is on applying knowledge, skills and techniques to analyse the key issues in international finance including exchange rate modelling, the econometric modelling of finance variables, financial risk management, portfolio and investment management and the role of information in finance.

On the MSc International Finance Joint Degree you will concentrate on the models and techniques of financial analysis. The emphasis is on applying knowledge, skills and techniques to analyse the key issues in international finance including exchange rate modelling, the econometric modelling of finance variables, financial risk management, portfolio and investment management and the role of information in finance.

The taught modules on the course provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of transferable and work-based skills applicable to national and international employers.

This course is only available for students from the University of Economics, Bratislava whose curriculum has been previously approved by Nottingham Business School.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

What you’ll study

This is a joint master's course recognised by both partner universities (Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University and University of Economics, Bratislava) and their respective national academic authorities. This course has been jointly designed by both participating universities and is regulated by a specific negotiated agreement.

Taught by University of Economics, Bratislava:

  • Financial Operations
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Management and Operation of Commercial Banks
  • International Finance
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • Financial Analysis and Prognosis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Controlling
  • Information System and Programming in Finance.

Taught by Nottingham Business School:

  • Investment and Portfolio Management
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Dissertation

Optional module (one of):

  • Derivatives Markets
  • Risk Management

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

During the course a range of teaching and learning methods will be used to develop subject-specific and employment skills. Modules will involve periods of formal lecturing to introduce theories, techniques and practical case material. In addition, you will be engaged in evaluating theory, utilising finance techniques and analysing case material. These elements of the modules will be student-centred and will focus on interactive seminars. Several modules will involve project work to enhance problem-solving skills.

You will undertake a combination of independent and group-based learning. This will include individual and group presentations that will build student confidence and capability in presentation, teamwork and leadership skills. The preparation of assignments will enhance your research and analytical skills through the evaluation and analysis of a variety of topical case studies.

The analysis of economic and financial data is an important skill. Computer workshops using appropriate databases and statistical and econometric software will be an important learning tool throughout the course.

How will I be assessed?

The MSc International Finance Joint Degree is spread over two years and modules in the first year of study are smaller with more assessment points. The reasoning for this approach is that in the first year of study you will gain a broad understanding of various aspects of international finance through a wide range of teaching and learning techniques and assessments which will help to underpin the more advanced, intensive modules taught in your second year. This approach is designed to be developmental in nature and to support your learning and understanding as you progress through the two years of study.

The course uses various assessment methods to ensure that you can demonstrate the range of master’s level learning outcomes in relation to knowledge and understanding as well as skills, qualities and attributes.

Subject-specific knowledge and understanding are assessed through a variety of tests, coursework, reports and projects. Capability in communication skills is assessed through individual and group presentations. Written presentation skills and employment skills are evaluated from coursework essays, individual and group reports and individual and group projects including the final research project. Research and professional skills are assessed via data projects.

The assessments you will complete take different forms in each module depending upon the nature, content and learning outcomes of that module and how these modules feed through to course learning outcomes. Feedback is provided on all assessed work in order to support reflective learning. Some assessed work will be formative, enabling you to reflect on your knowledge and understanding before completing further work on each module.

Careers and employability

Through the taught element of the course you will develop subject-specific knowledge and important employment skills and you will aspire to work in economic or financial analysis, or related fields in the financial sector. This may include portfolio management, corporate finance, international finance and central banking. With a substantial emphasis on research the course will also enable you to pursue further academic research.

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Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities, and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere.

The School is based in the impressive Newton Building on NTU's City Campus. In 2009 the building was involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. Whilst maintaining its historic beauty, the Grade II listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex.

Dryden Centre

A short walk from the Newton building and Boots library, the Dryden Centre facilitates on-campus teaching for Nottingham Business School’s postgraduate and executive education courses. Benefit from the newly built NTU Dryden Enterprise Centre next door that provides dedicated support for entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Fantastic facilities

  • You can take advantage of the Link Lounge, a space dedicated to Business School students, located on floor seven of the Newton building.
  • Access industry-standard software in our specialist Business Lab facility, as you work with live financial data from across the global markets.
  • Explore your career prospects with the help of the University's Employability Team.
  • You will benefit from spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres.
  • We provide students with a variety of social spaces.
  • Your studies will benefit from the £13 million Boots Library.
  • You can take advantage of our 24-hour IT facilities.
  • Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.
  • The location of the City site also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafés.

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