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.
- International business
- Accounting and financial management
- Corporate financial management.
Choose one of three options:
- Quantitative methods for finance
- Money and banking.
- International corporate financial management
- International financial accounting and reporting
- International finance and economics
Choose one of three options:
- Business planning - financial modelling
- Econometrics for financial decision-making
- Topics in contemporary accounting and finance
- International financial management dissertation.
Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
Additional learning activities offered include:
- Introduction to research methods I and II
- Personal and employability skills
- Operations modelling and simulation
- Postgraduate English
- Chinese language
- Graduate teaching assistantship
- Graduate research assistantship
- Independent study with an IBSS tutor
- Participation in IBSS research seminar series
- Writing and presentation of scholarly research paper
- Thomson One certificate achievement
- EIKON certificate achievement
- DataStream certificate achievement
- Professional software skills
- Volunteer work for university and business school projects and events
- In-company project
- Field trip/company visit
- Career development activities
- Graduate work placement
- International corporate governance
- Stochastic methods for finance I and II
- Time series analytics
- Asset pricing analytics
- Empirical data analytics.
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).