Press Release: MSc in International Financial Services

Friday 23 October 2009

The University of Buckingham Business School is aiming to launch an MSc in International Financial Services, starting in January 2010. The degree will complement the existing master programmes: The MSc in Service Management, MSc in Accounting and Finance and the MBA.

The course aims to equip students with the range of knowledge and skills required to enter the financial services industry in either a general management capacity, or in a specialist functional area. Taught courses will cover areas key to the successful functioning of a financial services firm such as: Corporate Finance, Law, Ethics, Governance and Marketing. Students will also, through the taught courses, be invited to reflect on how social, ethical and international issues affect individuals, financial services firms and corporations. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to reflect on:

  • The benefits and disadvantages of intermediation. The financial services industry being a highly intermediated sector.
  • The extent to which regulation and compliance can lead to a better, healthier financial services sector.
  • The nature of service within the sector, in particular how the industry can serve both the wealthy and the poor.

Jane Tapsell, Dean of the Buckingham Business School commented: “The Masters in International Financial Services is a welcome, and timely, addition to our portfolio of postgraduate courses. We have received extremely encouraging feedback on the degree from experts in the field and from within the academic community.”

Students will undertake a dissertation during their final term of study and will be asked to depict the structure, and future role, undertaken by a particular actor within the industry. The dissertation will be substantive, creative and relevant.