International Financial Management

MRes ( 1 year Full-time )


The International Financial Management MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme 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, together with training in the key research skills appropriate for Doctoral level study. Alongside a suite of substantive modules offered in conjunction with the School's International Financial Management MSc, the programme includes core modules in research design, qualitative and quantitative methods taken jointly with social science students from a range of disciplines across QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College as part of the training offered by the ESRC funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP).

The International Financial Management MRes is in an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both the MRes and a PhD, and successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 PhD funding. The MRes also caters more generally for those seeking to develop their 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 or the financial sector, as well as for those pursuing advanced studies. 


The International Financial Management MRes is currently available for one year full-time study. You will take eight modules, two compulsory and four electives, spread between semester A and B, followed by a dissertation of 15,000 words to be completed by the beginning of September following entry. You will also be expected to attend and participate in the School's PhD Research Seminar Series and the School's annual Symposium.

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

There are three compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation 
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 1: epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods 
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 2: quantitative methods and data

Plus four elective modules:

  • Finance for Development
  • Multinationals and Global Business
  • Corporate Finance for Managers
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Behavioural Finance and Decision Making
  • International Business Strategy
  • Financial Analysis and Management Accounting
  • International Business Analysis
  • International Finance
  • International Macro Economics and Finance

Note: The modules are correct at the time of reading.  However we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Entry requirements

  • A first class (1:1) honours degree or equivalent in any subject 
  • A satisfactory research proposal that fits with research interests of staff in the School of Business and Management
  • IELTS 7.0 (with 6.5 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

Contact hours:

Students typically have three contact hours per week in each module. Within these three hours, each module has its own pattern of lectures, seminars/classes and other activities. Lectures emphasise dissemination of information, explaining the key ideas and determining the sequence and pace of learning. Seminars/classes make for a more active learning experience by facilitating student interaction in discussion, exercises, problem-solving sets, case studies and presentations (as appropriate).

Learning and Teaching:

The School of Business and Management promotes active learning within a context of clear learning objectives, and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Modules have regular coursework elements and in some cases this will require collaborative group work.

The creation of informal work is generally encouraged. Clear guidance on basic supplementary reading is given. We consider it important to develop your ability to undertake basic research through both practical and theoretical means, culminating in a dissertation which develops the ability to write sustained coherent narratives. Teaching is by research-oriented staff (complemented where appropriate by visiting lecturers with professional expertise), who will combine professional knowledge of their subject with a critical attitude to its delivery. Students therefore work in a challenging and supportive environment.

Each module has an outline description, giving the aims, expected learning outcomes, assessment methods, outline syllabus and indication of primary reading.

Independent Study:

For every hour spent in formal study you will be expected to complete a further five to six 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 for people who envisage going on to a research career in academia or elsewhere.


Modules are typically assessed by a combination of coursework and final (two-hour) examinations. There is considerable variation across modules, however some are wholly examined by coursework.


You will also be assessed on a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £12,950
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £22,750
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



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