The global financial crisis has triggered greater interest in international finance law. It is broadly believed that multiple causal factors in various domains played their role in this worldwide social-economic crisis. These include international corporate governance, international banking regulation, and accounting and reporting schemes. This course will enable students to obtain a deeper understanding of these issues by studying a range of modules on various aspects of law and finance and will be attractive to those who want to specialise in law in this rapidly developing field. It will, in addition, focus on the policy issues surrounding financial regulation and will enable students to conduct research into these interdisciplinary areas.
This innovative and interdisciplinary programme meets the growing demand for professionals with financial and legal expertise by combining theory and practice to deliver one of the very few specialised law and finance postgraduate programmes in the UK.
The programme will enable you to develop knowledge and skills in relation to the law, economics and finance governing international law and finance both in the UK, Europe and at a global level.
Whether your background is weighted more towards the legal or financial field, dedicated support ensures that you will gain the necessary analytical, financial and legal skills early in the programme to be able to succeed.
There are two dissertation ‘pathways’ available on this programme, depending on your previous experience: the Law and Finance Dissertation or the Accounting and Finance Dissertation. If you have a good grounding in quantitative subjects you will be able to select which dissertation you complete but anyone without a good grounding in quantitative subjects must do the Law and Finance Dissertation.
You will also benefit from a compulsory programme in the week before the academic year begins to ensure that all students have the required finance and elementary legal skills prior to the start of teaching. This induction programme is delivered by the School of Law and Business School. The programme focuses on a range of areas including quantitative skills. This combines with support provided by the School of Law early in the programme to ensure that all students have the requisite detailed legal skills required for the programme and to understand the latest legal frameworks and legislation which apply to this rapidly moving sector. International students will have the opportunity for additional in-sessional language support.
As part of the programme you will have the opportunity to gain real hands-on experience, through a range of professional activities and advanced facilities designed to develop your practical skills.
For example, you will gain understanding of financial markets, whilst developing important professional skills, as part of a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Using the same market simulations as companies such as HSBC, JPMorgan and Bank of America, you will have the opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a City trader operating a state-of-the-art trading desk, and to apply key financial theories to live market prices.
You will also have access to the Business School’s financial markets lab, equipped with Bloomberg terminals and a virtual trading platform, providing opportunities for skills development and research activity.
Research and professional insight
You will be taught by leaders in research in these complementary disciplines.
Within the School of Law the Centre for Business Law and Practice is well known for its research in corporate and financial law, and is part of a leading Law School. Members of the Centre are academic leaders in their specialised fields, including financial law, corporate law, insolvency law, trade law, tax law and competition law and have acted as consultants to law firms, accounting bodies, national law reform bodies, government departments in various countries, and international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and Transparency International.
The Business School has strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions, connecting you to the latest practitioner and policy developments. This means you will benefit from a Masters course that is highly relevant to the current business environment.
You will also be able to access the knowledge of the Business School’s advanced specialist research units, which have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC).
The School of Law offers a number of scholarships for UK/EU and international students. Check our website for the full details of what is available.