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Birmingham City University: International Finance with Professional Placement

Institution Birmingham City University
Department Birmingham City Business School
Telephone 0121 331 6295
Study type Taught


This course aims to provide you with a comprehensive program of study of international finance, providing you with the knowledge and professional skills including digital skills to develop a career in banking or another financial institution dealing with international operations.

You will develop a broad vision and understanding of the changing role and nature of finance within the context of a global marketplace. You will become competent in dealing with international investment and financing transactions, international payments and exchange rates. In addition to traditional areas of international finance, the course will provide skills in areas including responses to international financial crises and cryptocurrencies. This course is offered for local as well as international students.

Birmingham City University is a modern practically-oriented and students-oriented university. You will be taught by highly-qualified academics with industrial and professional experience and actively involved in research.

What's Covered in the Course?

In Semester 1 (Certificate stage) you will take Financial Institutions and Regulation, Advanced Corporate Finance and Strategic Risk Management. In these modules, you will receive an overview of financial institutions, financial markets and their regulation, whilst developing your skills in financial analysis related to different types of business decisions and operations.

In Semester 2 (Diploma stage) you will take Global Finance and International Payments, Digital Banking and Cryptocurrencies. These modules will provide you with in-depth knowledge of international financial markets and operations, exchange rates determination and international payments as well as develop your skills in digital banking and cryptocurrencies. You will also select among optional modules available based on your interest. The rationale for optional modules is based on our vision on supporting students be successful in an international finance career.

In Semester 3 (Masters stage) you will develop advanced research skills and work on your dissertation, which will involve an in-depth exploration of both the theory and practice of international finance using primary research.

The international focus of the course is derived through a variety of means including the student body, the teaching team and the use of international teaching materials. Moreover, the course also enables you to be confident in the application of industry-specific skills, for example, with the use of platforms such as DataStream, and with problem-solving approaches having been exposed to real-life scenarios through industry guest-speaker workshops.

To help you develop the skills that leading employers ask for, and let you see how traders / forex traders work, we can access Thomson Reuters Eikon in our iCITY Trading room.

You’ll also have the opportunity to gain industry experience by going on a professional placement. Whatever route you choose, the knowledge attained from the course will help you to seek a variety of employment in the sector nationally and internationally.

Master of Science - MSc (PG)

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