International Financial Management

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


This programme is designed to provide a critical research led approach to the  study of aspects of international financial management, and the changing context in which global financial firms operate.  It is a course that does not require specific background knowledge in the field of finance or financial management.

On this programme you will develop your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of financial management in a complex global environment –and is an ideal preparation for a career in multi-national business, the financial sector or for pursuing advanced studies.

This programme will:

  • Develop a critical  understanding of some of the key theories, approaches and issues in the field of global financial management
  • Enhance  transferable cognitive skills in relation to the analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation of the knowledge of financial management
  • Inform you about the appropriateness of the using qualitative and quantitative research methods in particular contexts
  • Enable and develop a range of key personal skills including presentation, argumentation, evaluation, problem solving, interactive and group skills, self-appraisal, and autonomy in the planning and management of learning.

Why study your MSc in International Financial Management at Queen Mary?

The School of Business and Management has built a strong reputation for our distinctive approach, in particular our focus on the interdisciplinary nature of business and management.
We concentrate on developing your communication and presentation skills, as well as your ability to offer insightful analysis and creative thinking. We draw on a long history of human thought, working on the principle that a truly practical business education teaches you to think beyond textbooks, management fads, and memorised formulas for success.

  • The programme prepares you for a career in global  financial services  and related sectors
  • It does not require any particular background in financial management, accounting or economics. Many students coming on the programme have first degrees in other disciplines
  • This programme, unlike others, does not require a high level of mathematical ability.


Our PGT students will have swipe card access to the Innovation Pod, Think Pod, and the QUBE Mac Suite; all located on the Third floor of the Bancroft Building.  The Think Pod is an interactive collaboration space with presentation, recording and video conferencing facilities. The Innovation Pod provides workspaces for individual learning. The QUBE Mac Suite is a workspace for student entrepreneurs providing 27-inch iMac computers with state-of- the art media creation and editing software.

Students will have full access to the Management Schools resources including datasets and accounting resources relevant to this programme. Students will use QMplus (our online learning environment) to access their reading lists, lecture slides, discussion forums and assessment.  On arrival students will have a bespoke induction programme of activities.

You will have access to The Learning Resource centre which has 200 networked PCs and is open round the clock with dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. 




MSc International Financial Management is currently available for one year full-time study. There are eight taught modules spread over two semesters. In order to reflect the practical and applied side of this programme the School organises a number of extra optional modules that aim to provide further practical training to students, whose subject matter changes from year to year.

Please note that your pattern of study will vary depending on your module choices.

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory.

Semester 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Corporate Finance for Managers (BUSM030)
  • Financial Markets and Institutions (BUSM072)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (BUSM014)


  • Financial Reporting (BUSM054)
  • Managerial Economics (BUSM051)
  • Financial Analysis and Management Accounting (BUSM107)
  • International Business Analysis (BUSM114)
  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178) - non credit bearing

Semester 2

Compulsory modules:

  • International Finance (BUSM115)
  • Behavioural Finance and Decision Making (BUSM085)
  • Applied Empirical Methods (BUSM112)


  • Multinationals and Global Business (BUSM028)
  • Corporate Governance (BUSM060)
  • International Business Strategy (BUSM089)
  • Advanced Management Accounting (BUSM067)
  • Economics of Development (BUSM073)
  • Public Financial Management and Accounting (BUSM076)
  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178) - non credit bearing

Semester 3

Core module:

  • Dissertation (BUSM101) (60 Credits)

(A core module must be taken and passed. A compulsory module must be taken.)

NoteThe modules are correct at the time of reading.  Information based upon modules offered during the 2018/19 academic year.  However, we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Entry requirements

A good upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject.  Some basic quantitative skills and some elementary prior knowledge of finance would be an advantage. IELTS 7.0 (with 6.0 in writing) or equivalent is required.

Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet our minimum English language requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements, it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme at Queen Mary's Mile End Campus in London.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)20 7882 5533 or email

For detailed country-specific entry requirements please visit the international section of our website.

Learning and teaching

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. You can expect 2-3 hours of contact time per module, per week.

Independent study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and interaction with the Virtual Learning Environment. A wide range of assessment techniques are used, including coursework examinations and a dissertation. Coursework may take the form of an individual and/or group assignment, individual and/or group presentations or invigilated tests. Examinations take place in May or early June. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded'


Over the summer term, you will write a 10,000-word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £12,150
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £20,500
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717


Alumni - Michal Mikalojewski

Studied: International Financial Management  (graduated 2012)

Current employment: Senior Salesforce Trainer at HCL Technologies

Why did you choose Queen Mary as your place of study?
I wanted to fully experience London. With a campus located very close to the City and with a student base from all over the world, Queen Mary seemed to be a natural choice.

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for your current job?
My job requires both financial and IT knowledge. Salesforce and CRM systems in general, have become an essence of modern company¿s financial management. The MSc International Financial Management programme at Queen Mary offered me the knowledge required for the job that I am currently doing and baseline for my future development. 

What does your current job involve day-to-day?
I am responsible for Training and Team Development in Salesforce Project at HCL. I deliver Salesforce training programs to analysts who start working at the company and make sure the whole team is certified in new versions of the CRM.

What can current students do to prepare for getting a job in your area?
Most importantly ¿ follow new trends and events in the discipline of your choice, even if you are not comfortable with them at first! In current times and economic conditions financial management is one of the most dynamic disciplines in the world. Make use of this fact, get interested in what is going on in your chosen discipline and it will get you far.


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