MSc International Banking and Finance

 The MSc International Banking and Finance course will help you enhance your knowledge and competence in a fast-developing area of the commercial world and equip you with rigorous analytical and technical skills required by professionals working in the international banking sector. You will acquire a critical understanding and practical application of many aspects of international banking, financial markets, risk management and corporate finance.
This International Banking and Finance degree allows you to explore your interests in your own country’s financial and banking system through taught modules and a research-led dissertation. You will be taught by an expert teaching team with international experience and knowledge of recent developments in the banking sector. Students also benefit from a number of noted guest speakers from major global financial players based in South Wales and beyond.


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Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Part-time 2 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Part-time 2 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. This allows students to have 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.


Course leader - Prof. Atsede Woldie
Dr Jia Cao
Michael Daniels
Brian Telford

The International Banking 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.

Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course. USW Postgraduate Bursary is now available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course in 2018-19. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £6000

    Please note the full-time UK and EU fee is £9000, however USW is offering a full-time UK and EU bursary of £3000 which means students pay £6000

  • Full-time International:  £13000 

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £667 per 20 credits

    Please note the part-time UK and EU fee is £1000, however USW is offering a part-time UK and EU bursary of £333 which means students pay £667 per 20 credits

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: 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.    

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