Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) International Finance

Explore the major challenges of today’s global financial community and investigate how the stock market, currency markets and international money markets work. With our one year top-up course you’ll also get to grips with the tactics used to maximize financial results and minimise risk. You'll graduate equipped with the skills and confidence to pursue a career in finance, accounting and management anywhere in the world.

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1 year
(+ optional placement)
Start date
August 2014
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Key features

  • Enhance and broaden your existing knowledge of accounting and finance and investigate the challenges of financial management in the international arena.
  • Build the confidence you’ll need to meet the challenges of economic change and graduate ready to be a successful player in the world of international finance and accounting.
  • Tailor the course to meet your career goals by choosing from a range of optional courses. These range from investment management and international trade to risk management and quantitative finance.
  • Get invaluable training on important finance software such as Bloomberg and DataStream so that when you start your career you can contribute from day one.
  • Take the opportunity to continue and further your studies to postgraduate level with our MSc Finance programme. Alternatively many students also go on to study at masters level at a range of top universities in the UK and around the world.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • In this top-up year you’ll learn about international finance, examining the constraints and competitive pressures faced by investment managers and finance professionals around the world. You’ll develop a critical perspective of finance as an academic subject and learn how it contributes to practice in the real world of finance.
    Core modules
    • ELC306 English for International Finance

    • ABF303 Financial Research Methods

      This module provides students with an understanding of issues involved in the design and conduct of empirical research in finance (including the application of statistical techniques). It aims to help students develop a critical perspective on the development of the academic finance discipline and its contribution to the practice of finance. It will also be of practical use to students who plan to undertake further study at postgraduate level.

    • ABF310 International Financial Management

      In this module students will study the framework and operation of international money markets, and the operational and strategic management of international investment and financing. In addition, students will examine the constraints and competitive pressures faced by finance managers in international markets, and the range of financial instruments used to minimise exchange risk exposure and support international trade.

    Optional modules
    • ABF323 Credit Management: Theory and Practice

      This module provides in-depth knowledge of how to manage trade, consumer and export credit. It explores the economic importance of credit and the contribution it can make as a competitive device to add value to organisations.

    • ABF301 Financial Management

      This module aims to develop the student's understanding of, and skills in, financial management and corporate finance. Topics covered in the module include working capital management, investment approval under uncertainty, risk management, efficient markets, cost of capital, company valuation and restructuring.

    • ABF322 Financial Modelling

      The module covers financial modelling for bonds and rates, equities, currencies and options. While analysing and modelling each category of securities with specific and pertinent approaches, it stresses the underlying principles governing all valuation processes. The module also equips the students with the skills to use software, such as Excel, for implementing models and perform analysis.

    • ECN317 International Trade and International Finance

      This module explores the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and capital markets. Students on the module will investigate major trends in international trade, why trade occurs and why governments intervene and the balance of payments, exchange rates and the international monetary system, and discuss the implications of the globalisation of economic activity.

    • ABF305 Investment Management

      This module is designed to provide a broad understanding of equities and bonds as investments. It considers their pricing and their application in fund management, along with that of equity derivatives. It also looks the nature of financial market efficiency and the evaluation of portfolio performance. Students on the module will, among other activities, evaluate models of equities and bonds, understand the fundamentals of equity and bond portfolio construction, appreciate the difficulties of evaluating portfolio performance, assess the efficiency of capital markets, and understand the uses of equity derivatives in portfolio management.

    • ABF316 Risk Management in International Banking, Insurance and Finance

      This module aims to help students understand the structure of financial services institutions and the risks they face, various risk management theories, models and practices, and the governance frameworks financial institutions. In the module students will explore the sources of risk and insolvency, implications of information asymmetry and impacts that could result into systemic risk, evaluate the risk management strategies such as internal risk management and risk transference mechanisms and pooling, and appreciate how risk management affects shareholders wealth such as consideration of embedded values, use of derivates and reserve management.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

This course lasts for one year and is designed as a 'top-up' if you have already successfully completed study equivalent to a Foundation Degree, HND or an equivalent professional qualification. At the end of it you will be eligible to receive a full U.K. honours degree.

You will also need IELTS of 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing). If you have an IELTS of 5.0 or 5.5 you will need to attend a short course before the degree starts to improve your English and study skills. 

Fees & funding

Home/EU £9,000 International £11,500

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How to apply

Applications for this course are usually made through the Plymouth University International office: 

You may also use an agent in your home country who will help you apply, see the International Plymouth pages for details about agents in your country.

If you are an International Student you can take advantage of our dedicated service which provides specialist support and guidance to Plymouth University International students, the International Student Advisory Service (ISAS).

The course is also available to UK students, applications in this case are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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Meet your Programme Manager -

Dr Graham Buckingham’s current research interests include asset pricing, corporate social responsibility and stock shorting. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Read more about Graham’s teaching and research interests