MSc International Financial Management

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Overview

The MSc International Financial Management programme offers an opportunity for graduates from a diverse range of undergraduate disciplines to specialise at postgraduate level in international financial management. The programme allows graduates from non-finance disciplines (including sciences, mathematics, engineering, humanities and social sciences) to obtain the requisite knowledge and education to allow them to transfer to a career in finance or related professions. The programme is ideal for those students who seek a career in multinational business, accounting and finance-related business, retail banking, financial markets and many other areas where financial expertise is needed. Graduates of the programme may also go on to consulting careers or further academic study at an advanced level.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation and IBSS is the youngest school ever to have achieved it.

Why should I study International Financial Management at XJTLU?

This programme aims to equip graduates with:

  • the intellectual skills and theoretical understanding appropriate to the study of accounting and finance
  • a strong practical ability to solve real-world financial issues faced by firms, especially those arising from the international dimension
  • skills in dealing with complex financial data and in using it to make decisions and recommendations that add value to an organisation
  • the ability to perform research into financial issues facing firms and to make recommendations based on that research.

Knowledge and skills

You will acquire a wide range of skills relating to the analysis of business problems from a financial perspective, along with the ability to understand contemporary developments in international business, the accounting and finance industry, international financial markets and the global banking system. You will also acquire an ability to interpret, understand and apply data and information published in the financial statements of publicly-listed corporations, and to utilise financial data in decision-making.

Modules

Careers

Graduates of this programme will effectively have converted their non-financial undergraduate education into masters-level knowledge of international financial management. This will make graduates of the programme attractive recruitment prospects for the finance departments of both Chinese and international corporations, as well as in financial consultancies, banks, and accounting and auditing firms, especially when working in an international context.

The programme will also be a useful starting point for non-finance graduates who wish to sit examinations leading to the professional qualifications of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of International Accountants (AIA), or similar qualifications (though this would require additional training and the passing of professional examinations).

Fees

Scholarships

XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 percent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

UK

Upper second class (2:1) honours

China

  • 1st tier universities: 75 percent or above
  • 2nd tier universities: 80 percent or above

Note: Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.

North America

3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme

Other regions

Equivalent academic qualifications

Academic background

Applicants should be numerate and have some background knowledge and understanding in quantitative methods and statistics. Generally, applicants with a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, and applicants from Tier 1 Chinese universities, will be considered to have sufficient skills in quantitative methods and statistics for the programme. Applicants from other disciplines will need to demonstrate numeracy skills and the ability to undertake mathematical work, which may include being assessed through interview and/or a numerical aptitude test. Students who cannot demonstrate suitable numeracy skills will not be accepted into the programme.

English language requirements

If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)

If IELTS score is 6.0, completion of the four-week XJTLU intensive English presessional course is required. If IELTS score is 5.5, completion of the six-week XJTLU intensive English presessional course is required.

Effective financial management, especially the financial management of international operations, is an increasingly important area in assisting firms to unlock their potential for expansion and organic growth. With the fast pace of development in international accounting standards, capital markets, risk management, and the planning of international tax liabilities and hedging of currency exposures, now is an exciting time to enter into a career in international financial management. Graduates of this programme will find a diverse range of career paths open to them and their financial knowledge will place them well to add value to organisations in a range of strategically important roles. It also opens the door for those who wish to pursue their studies further at PhD level.

Dr Brian Wright Programme director

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

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