International Finance (2013 entry)

MSc, 1 year full time/2 years part time

Applications for 2013 entry are now closed.

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Subject overview

Our degrees are taught by world-renowned faculty with a strong background in relevant areas of research. Our research was highly rated in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). On average 80 per cent of our research was rated as recognised internationally or higher, and half rated as internationally excellent or higher.

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The University of Sussex offers opportunities encompassing corporate risk management, entrepreneurship, international finance, and international and innovation management.

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Programme outline

This MSc fosters an understanding of the impact of finance and financial markets on the wider global economy. You explore the theory of finance and quantitative methods in a way that emphasises logical development and application rather than formulae.

2014 modules

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Analytical Methods for International Finance

15 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

This module starts to equip you with the tools of macro-economic, mathematical and statistical analysis necessary for the pursuit of international finance at Masters level. It comprises sections on macro-economics, basic mathematical and statistical methods and the use of appropriate computer packages (currently Stata).

Applied International Finance Project

30 credits
Summer teaching, year 1

To prepare a 10,000-15,000-word project on a topic in international finance. The project will be chosen from a set of topics provided the faculty and will be assessed on the basis of the applied undertaken, including defining the model, finding data, estimating results and interpreting the results.

Corporate and International Finance

15 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

This module covers the most important topics in corporate finance such as: capital investment decision-taking; financing andcapital structure; risk management; and portfolio theory. You will then analyse issues in international finance including: models of exchange rates; efficiency in foreign exchange markets; monetary unions; and international financial crises.

Finance for Development

30 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This course discusses and analyses the major challenges and current initiatives in the creation of finance industries appropriate to and effective in developing countries.

Topics will include: foreign direct investment and developing countries, banking and microfinance, migration and remittances, financing infrastructure and public good provision.

Financial and Time Series Econometrics

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This course introduces you to a variety of applied time-series econometric techniques, giving you the skills  to enable you to independently use these techniques with confident. An important emphasis of the course is to provide you with hands-on experience of econometric analysis through using a variety of economic data sets.

Monetary Theory and Policy (Masters)

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This course has two main objectives. The first objective is to develop an advanced understanding of the objectives, environment and instruments of monetary policy makers. The second objective is to develop an advanced understanding of the economics of the banking industry, its regulation and the origins of financial crises.

The course differs from the undergraduate final year option course of the same name by the nature of the class topics, which will relate the material to the needs of finance students, rather than economics students.

Money, Macro and Banking

30 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

This module is designed to consolidate your understanding of the macro-economics behind international finance and of money and banking. The main teaching will be done in classes but you will be required to attend lectures in money and banking (shared with undergraduates) and download and use a lecture series on the core concepts and tools of macro-economics.

Quantitative Methods for Finance

15 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

This course provides an introduction to statistical techniques needed in the study of finance. It covers parametric and non-parametric hypothesis testing with financial applications, ANOVA, diagnostic testing, regression analysis in a financial context and experimental design It provides the key tools needed for the FATSE course which follows in the spring term.

Research Methods for International Finance

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This module equips you with practical statistical and econometric tools for international finance, information about economic data sources and their limitations, an understanding of how research and analysis fit into the policy-making and decision-making processes and how to communicate with users of analysis.

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Entry requirements

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree. Successful applicants will normally need evidence of a proven ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas.

Overseas entrance requirements

Please refer to column A on the Overseas qualifications.

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications table, contact the University.

Visas and immigration

Find out more about Visas and immigration.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section. Internet TOEFL with 95 overall, with at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking and 24 in Writing.

For more information, refer to English language requirements.

Additional admissions information

If you are a non-EU student and your qualifications (including English language) do not yet meet our entry requirements for admission directly to this degree, we offer a Pre-Masters entry route. For more information, refer to Pre-Masters.

For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545

Fees and funding


Home UK/EU students: £7,5001
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £7,5002
Overseas students: £14,7003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2013.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2013.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2013.

To find out about your fee status, living expenses and other costs, visit further financial information.


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To find out more about funding and part-time work, visit further financial information.

We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2013/14. For general information, refer to Funding.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

The research interests of selected faculty are briefly described below. For more details, visit the Department of Business and Management, the Department of Economics, the Department of Mathematics, and SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research.

Professor Carol Alexander Mathematical finance, financial econometrics, market risk analysis.

Mike Barrow Public-sector economics, local government, efficiency and value for money.

Lisa Blatch Delivers the Negotiation module on the MSc in Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management.

Dr Odul Bozkurt International human resource management.

Dr Ioanna Chini Social study of ICT, ICT policy.

Professor Ian Davidson Financial markets and instruments, application of quantum mechanics.

Dr Des Doran Supply chain management, modularisation, service operations.

Dr Bertram Düring Applied and financial mathematics.

Rob Eastwood Demographic change and economic development.

Dr Sonja Fagernas Development economics.

Professor John Forker Financial accounting and reporting, earnings quality, equity pricing.

Dr Bruce Hearn Emerging financial markets of Asia and Africa.

Dr Michael Hopkins Biomedical innovation systems, for products (eg drugs) or services (eg diagnostic testing).

Dr Surendranath Jory Mergers and acquisitions.

Dr Norifumi Kawai Internationalisation of Asian firms, strategic human resource management.

Dr Marv Khammash Interactive marketing, consumer behaviour, marketing communication.

Dr Andreas Kornelakis Globalisation and models of capitalism, outsourcing, training policies.

Dr Omar Lakkis Numerical analysis and scientific computing.

Dr Rebecca Liu New product development.

Professor Robert Livingston Intergroup relations, managing cultural and ethnic diversity, conflict resolution.

Dr Michelle Luke Self/identity, attitudes and values, positive psychology and risk perception. 

Dr Anotida Madzvamuse Bio-membranes.

Professor Emmanuel Mamatzakis Banking and finance, forecasting, public finance.

Dr Monica Masucci Strategy and entrepreneurship.

Professor Roman Matousek Bank efficiency, microeconomics of banking, monetary policy.

Royston Morgan Consultant who delivers the Outsourcing module on the MSc in Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Dr Piera Morlacchi New technological, organisational and institutional forms.

Dr Mike Osborne Applications in economic theory.

Dr Dimitra Petrakaki Implications of technology in organisational change.

Dr Matias Ramirez Relationship between labour mobility, knowledge flows.

Professor Barry Reilly Applied econometrics.

Dr Vikrant Shirodkar International business, strategy.

Dr Josh Siepel Development of the venture capital sectors in the US and the UK.

Dr Malcolm Stewart Global marketing, digital marketing, advertising and branding strategy.

Professor David Storey OBE The economic environment in which small firms operate.

Professor Roger Strange Corporate governance and FDI decisions.

Professor Mike Sumner Macroeconomics and public finance.

Richard Sykes Working for a range of clients in the public and private sectors.

Dr Qi Tang Mathematical and statistical modelling of financial, corporate and technological risks.

Dr Shqiponja Telhaj Economics of education.

Professor Joe Tidd Innovation strategy.

Dr Joana Vassilopoulou Organisational behaviour, employment studies.

Dr Jie Wen Banking and finance.

Dr Mirela Xheneti Entrepreneurship in post-communist countries.

Dr Biao Yang Logistics and supply chain management, service operations management, mass customisation.

Dr Yong Yang International business, applied economics, technology outsourcing.

Dr Xiaoxiang Zhang Corporate governance, corporate finance, information efficiency.

Careers and profiles

This is a demanding degree that has been designed in consultation with senior professionals from London’s financial sector to provide you with essential skills and knowledge for a career in international finance. You develop the technical and analytical skills required by the contemporary finance industry and learn about the impact and uses of finance, as well as more technical aspects such as corporate finance and risk management.

For more information, visit Careers and alumni.

School and contacts

School of Business, Management and Economics

The School of School of Business, Management and Economics is a unique, research-focused business school, which takes a strong policy-directed view on business practices while also developing the underlying core disciplines.

School of Business, Management and Economics,
Jubilee Building,
University of Sussex, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9SL, UK
T +44 (0)1273 872668
Department of Business and Managament
Department of Economics

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