International Financial Management

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 13 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 22 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:3909 Duration:12 months

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This programme benefits from Surrey Business School’s excellent reputation in Accounting and Finance courses, combining an accounting and finance focus with applications in international business.

The rise in importance and complexity of financial management in an international environment poses a great challenge for financial managers in multinational corporations. This programme aims to meet the needs of future finance and accounting professionals in not only the financial sector but also other large international corporations.

You will be provided with the theoretical framework and practical skills that finance and accounting professionals working in multinational corporations need. The programme also provides a valuable foundation for those contemplating academic careers and further study in the applied finance and accounting field at PhD level.

An integrated approach consisting of finance, accounting and international business is taken, so as to provide a coherent business view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme.

The programme is distinctive in that it combines an international orientation with finance and accounting. The high level of international content draws on Surrey Business School’s recent research activities and teaching strengths in this area. Furthermore, the programme’s wide international dimension includes emerging economies, as well as Anglo-American and continental European contexts.

Why Surrey?

At Surrey Business School, we take pride in the quality of our research and teaching. Our excellent standards are reflected in the findings of the last Research Assessment Exercise, our accreditations from the AACSB and the AMBA, and our close links with national and international businesses of all sizes and across all sectors.

Module overview

This programme consists of seven compulsory modules, one optional module from a range of three, and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules

Principles of Accounting

This module provides a practical study of the basic principles and advanced knowledge of financial accounting systems used around the world and addresses the major issues to be reformed.

Foundations of Finance

This module provides a complete introduction to financial theory through a study of the problems of investing capital, specifically valuation of securities both as individual investments and their contribution to risk and return in a portfolio context.

Corporate Finance

This module provides a substantial course in corporate finance following the Foundations of Finance module. This exposure will help you understand some of the more difficult materials in corporate finance and also present corporate finance as the working of a number of integrated and powerful institutions.

International Corporate Governance

This module builds on financial economics theories to encompass the latest developments in corporate governance worldwide. The theoretical study is supported by empirical evidence in which corporate governance develops by examining the legal structure and capital market for various countries at macro level, and the firm’s structure which influences the effectiveness of corporate governance at macro level. It takes an international approach by contextualising its development and providing a stimulating range of academic and practitioner research, and topical case studies.

International Finance

This module provides you with an understanding of worldwide financial markets and the main types of securities traded in these markets, as well as how to use these securities to hedge risks in world financial markets.

Quantitative Methods in Economics

Finance is regarded as applied economics. A good grasp of quantitative methods in economics is essential for finance and accounting-related studies. This module is an introduction to the techniques of econometrics and the use of an econometric package.

International Business Management

International business management is the process of applying management concepts, theories and techniques in a multinational environment so that firms can become and remain international in scope. Moreover, a comparative view of management and organisation in internationally operating firms is provided to understand these processes in details.

Optional modules

International Financial Reporting

This module builds on the Principles of Accounting module and aims to address issues that arise for complex business entities from both conceptual and technical angles within the context of international financial reporting standards and national GAAPS.


This module builds on the Quantitative Methods in Economics module. Asymptotically valid methods of estimation and hypothesis testing are introduced. Limited dependent variable and panel data models are also examined.

International Trade

This module will equip you with knowledge of international business operations. Important trends in international trade will be analysed and an overview of the main theories of international trade will be provided.


The dissertation is the final element of the programme and it provides an opportunity for a sustained period of research. It allows you to concentrate on topics that are of particular interest to you and it draws upon a range of different aspects of the taught programme, particularly the Research Methods module. It also gives you an opportunity to work on your own with individual supervision.

The module allows you to:

  • Undertake an original piece of research adding to existing knowledge
  • Demonstrate an ability to select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level
  • Develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies
  • Analyse the issue; develop recommendations and logical conclusions
  • Be aware of the limitations of research work

You will also be expected to demonstrate an awareness of any ethical dilemmas that arise in your research.

Teaching and assessment

The teaching and learning strategy builds upon the work carried out in the Research Methods module. It is designed to allow you to take responsibility for your own learning and progress, supported by individual supervision during which you will be able to explain, discuss and refine your particular ideas with your supervisor.

The teaching and learning methods will include regular individual supervision.

You will agree with your supervisor the objectives of your study, the arrangements for any fieldwork and the development of research instruments. The supervisor will also comment on drafts of your work.

Each module is assessed by one or more of the following:

  • Individual assignments (essays, case studies)
  • Group presentations/assignments (practical problem-solving cases)
  • Examinations (open or closed book)
  • Individually supervised dissertation
Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas university in a related subject (including accountancy, business administration, economics, engineering, finance, management, mathematics, physics or science).If an applicant’s Bachelors degree is not in a subject related to the MSc, some relevant work experience would be an advantage. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.English language requirementsIELTS minimum overall: 6.5 IELTS minimum by component: 6.0We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


Surrey and Santander Scholarships

The University of Surrey are pleased to offer three scholarship schemes aimed at further enhancing our cultural diversity:

  • Surrey Country Scholarships
  • Santander Country Scholarships
  • Santander University Scholarships

Tullow Oil Scholarship Scheme

The University of Surrey is delighted to announce it has recently been selected to participate in the Tullow Oil Scholarship Scheme.

Indonesia-UK DIKTI Scholarship Scheme

Open to lecturers and administrative staff at Indonesian universities.

Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumni of Surrey you could be eligible for a 10% discount on our Taught Masters programme fees.


Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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