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MA in Finance and International Relations (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Masters Degree , Finance

Course Description

Finance and International Relations at Aberdeen brings the strong competitive advantage of your solid grounding in business, management and organisations in the wide context of world events. This programme will increase your understanding of how organisations, states and governments interact against a constantly changing global and economic scene. This will give you an added international dimension to your excellent career prospects.

In Finance, you will explore financial management, corporate and personal finance, financial institutions, derivatives and the stock market. You will analyse and evaluate financial problems and gain the practical skills to understand and use information from financial newspapers and documents. Your knowledge will grow in the dynamic, international environment of our Business School of over 40 nationalities, inspired by staff who are leaders in business practice and theory, in small classes with real-life scenarios. You will benefit from the input of employers and the support of dedicated careers advisers.

You will also benefit from professional training facilities, such as our Bloomberg finance lab, used by major financial services companies across the world and integrating real activity in financial markets directly into students’ courses.

International Relations will set this in the context of how organisations work, how states interact, what creates global wealth and poverty and why we have inequality and the ever-present concerns of conflict and peace. You will be taught by internationally renowned academics with strong track records in publishing international papers and articles and who appear regularly in the media, commenting on developing world events.

You will gain the perfect foundation to add international career possibilities to your appeal to employers in all sectors, adding to all business sectors with options in local and national government, politics, journalism and international development.

Finance and International Relations at Aberdeen brings the strong competitive advantage of your solid grounding in business, management and organisations in the wide context of world events. This programme will increase your understanding of how organisations, states and governments interact against a constantly changing global and economic scene. This will give you an added international...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Business (AW1003)

The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006) - 15 Credit Points

Politics & International Relations 1: Democracy and Governance (PI1018) - 15 Credit Points

Finance 1: Finance, Risk and Investment (FI1004) - 15 Credit Points

Accounting and Entrepreneurship (AC1515) - 15 Credit Points

The Global Economy (EC1506) - 15 Credit Points

Politics & International Relations 2: Power and Conflict (PI1518) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from level 1 courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Ideas and Ideologies in Politics and International Relations (PI2009) - 30 Credit Points

Finance 2: Business Finance (FI2004) - 15 Credit Points

Financial Markets and Regulation (FI2501) - 15 Credit Points

Understanding Statistics (PO2508) - 15 Credit Points

Global Politics: Equality and Inequality (PI2508) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 15 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Finance 3: Corporate Finance (FI3004) - 30 Credit Points

Researching in the 21st Century (PI3069) - 30 Credit Points

International Financial Management (FI3503) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 30 credit points from level 3 Politics & International Relations courses.

  • Year 4

Optional Courses

Select one of the following dissertation options:

  • Dissertation (International Relations) (IR4031)
  • Dissertation in Finance (FI4501)

Plus select one of the following:

  • Empirical Methods in Finance (FI4003)
  • Financial Strategy and Investment Management (FI4002)

Plus further credit points from level 4 course(s) in Finance and Politics & International Relations to gain a total of 60 credits in each discipline.

Empirical Methods in Finance (FI4003) - 30 Credit Points

Financial Strategy and Investment Management (FI4002) - 30 Credit Points

Dissertation (International Relations) (IR4031) - 30 Credit Points

Dissertation in Finance (FI4501) - 30 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Academic Writing for Business (AW1003) The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006) - 15 Credit Points Politics & International Relations 1: Democracy and Governance (PI1018) - 15 Credit Points Finance 1: Finance, Risk and Investment (FI1004) - 15...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

National 5/ S Grade/ GCSE (or equivalent) Maths is required in addition to the requirements above. 

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course. Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course. Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of...

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