Taught course

International Financial Management

Institution
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University · Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Academic background

Applicants should be numerate and have some background knowledge and understanding in quantitative methods and statistics. Generally, applicants with a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, and applicants from Tier 1 Chinese universities, will be considered to have sufficient skills in quantitative methods and statistics for the programme. Applicants from other disciplines will need to demonstrate numeracy skills and ability to undertake mathematical work, which may include being assessed through interview and/or a numerical aptitude test. Students who cannot demonstrate suitable numeracy skills will not be accepted into the programme.

Minimum entry requirements

UK:

  • Upper second class (2:1) honours

North America:

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme

Other regions:

  • Equivalent academic qualifications

English language requirements

If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
  • TOEFL iBT: 80 (minimum of 21 in any skill)

In exceptional circumstances, individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate your English proficiency.

If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our four- or six-week intensive English presessional course.

You can also apply to take the XJTLU English language test in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the four- or six-week intensive English presessional course.

Additionally, students may be required to complete English language courses on a pass/fail basis as part of the additional learning activity requirement during their studies at XJTLU.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Overview

The MSc International Financial Management programme offers an opportunity for graduates from a diverse range of undergraduate disciplines to specialise at postgraduate level in international financial management. The programme allows graduates from non-finance disciplines (including sciences, mathematics, engineering, humanities and social sciences) to obtain the requisite knowledge and education to allow them to transfer to a career in finance or related professions. The programme is ideal for those students who seek a career in multinational business, accounting and finance-related business, retail banking, financial markets and many other areas where financial expertise is needed. Graduates of the programme may also go on to consulting careers or further academic study at advanced level.

Why should I study International Financial Management at XJTLU?

This programme aims to equip graduates with:

  • the intellectual skills and theoretical understanding appropriate to the study of accounting and finance
  • a strong practical ability to solve real-world financial issues faced by firms, especially those arising from the international dimension
  • skills in dealing with complex financial data and in using it to make decisions and recommendations that add value to an organisation
  • the ability to perform research into financial issues facing firms and to make recommendations based on that research.

Knowledge and skills

You will acquire a wide range of skills relating to the analysis of business problems from a financial perspective, along with the ability to understand contemporary developments in international business, the accounting and finance industry, international financial markets and the global banking system. You will also acquire an ability to interpret, understand and apply data and information published in the financial statements of publicly-listed corporations, and to utilise financial data in decision-making.

Modules

Semester one:

  • International business
  • Accounting and financial management
  • Corporate financial management.

Choose one of three:

  • Econometrics
  • Quantitative methods for finance
  • Money and banking.

Semester two:

  • International corporate financial management
  • International financial accounting and reporting
  • International finance and economics.

Choose one of three:

  • Business planning – financial modelling
  • Econometrics for financial decision-making
  • Topics in contemporary accounting and finance.

Semester three:

  • International financial management dissertation

Additional learning activities:

The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.

Additional learning activities offered include:

  • Introduction to research methods I and II
  • Personal and employability skills
  • Operations modelling and simulation
  • Postgraduate English
  • Chinese language
  • Graduate teaching assistantship
  • Graduate research assistantship
  • Independent study with an IBSS tutor
  • Participation in IBSS research seminar series
  • Writing and presentation of scholarly research paper
  • Thomson One certificate achievement
  • EIKON certificate achievement
  • DataStream certificate achievement
  • Professional software skills
  • Volunteer work for university and business school projects and events
  • In-company project
  • Field trip/company visit
  • Career development activities
  • Graduate work placement
  • International corporate governance
  • Stochastic methods for finance I and II
  • Time series analytics
  • Asset pricing analytics
  • Empirical data analytics.

Careers

Graduates of this programme will effectively have converted their non-financial undergraduate education into masters-level knowledge of international financial management. This will make graduates of the programme attractive recruitment prospects for the finance departments of both Chinese and international corporations, as well as in financial consultancies, banks, and accounting and auditing firms, especially when working in an international context. The programme will also be a useful starting point for non-finance graduates who wish to sit examinations leading to the professional qualifications of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of International Accountants (AIA), or similar qualifications (though this would require additional training and the passing of professional examinations).

Closing date for applications (for September 2017 entry)

30 June 2017 for international and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan

Information for international students

Visa for entry into China

There are a number of visas available to international students who want to study in China, depending on the duration of your intended period of study. Staff in our International Student Recruitment and Support team can advise you on the correct visa to apply for.

Please see the frequently asked questions. Students should contact us at ISRS@xjtlu.edu.cn for more information on their options.

Fees and funding

UK students
RMB 120,000
International students
RMB 120,000

Scholarships

XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 percent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.

Alumni discount

If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.

Payment options

Masters students have the option to pay tuition fees in instalments each semester. You can also choose to pay the fees upfront at the time of registration, in this case a discount of five percent of the total fees will be offered.

You will be asked to indicate how you would like to pay the fees when you confirm your acceptance of the unconditional offer.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
18 months

Course contact details

Name
PG Enquiries
Email
PGenquiries@xjtlu.edu.cn