Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) International Finance

Explore the major challenges of today’s global financial community and investigate how the stock market, currency markets and international money markets work. With our one year top-up course you’ll also get to grips with the tactics used to maximise financial results and minimise risk. You'll graduate equipped with the skills and confidence to pursue a career in finance, accounting and management anywhere in the world.

You’ll tailor the course to meet your career goals by choosing from a range of optional courses. These range from investment management and international trade to risk management and quantitative finance. You will get invaluable training on important finance software such as Bloomberg and DataStream so that when you start your career you can contribute from day one.

Key features

  • Enhance and broaden your existing knowledge of accounting and finance and investigate the challenges of financial management in the international arena.
  • Build the confidence you’ll need to meet the challenges of economic change and graduate ready to be a successful player in the world of international finance and accounting.
  • Tailor the course to meet your career goals by choosing from a range of optional courses. These range from investment management and international trade to risk management and quantitative finance.
  • Get invaluable training on important finance software such as Bloomberg and DataStream so that when you start your career you can contribute from day one.
  • Take the opportunity to continue and further your studies to postgraduate level with our MSc Finance programme. Alternatively many students also go on to study at masters level at a range of top universities in the UK and around the world.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • In this top-up year you’ll learn about international finance, examining the constraints and competitive pressures faced by investment managers and finance professionals around the world. You’ll develop a critical perspective of finance as an academic subject and learn how it contributes to practice in the real world of finance.
    Core modules
    • ACF306 Business Research

      This module provides students with an understanding of issues involved in the design and conduct of empirical research in finance (including the application of statistical techniques) and business analysis research (which seeks to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organisation and to proffer rational recommendations that deliver value to stakeholders).

    • ACF315 International Financial Management

      The focus of the module is on financial management for multinational corporations. It covers foreign exchange markets, theories of exchange rate movements and the management of foreign exchange risk. Capital investment appraisal, cost of capital, financing decisions and cash management are studied in an international framework. Ethical investment and globalisation issues are also considered.

    • ELC310 Professional Communication Skills for International Finance

      This module develops students¿ English language skills in order to achieve full and effective communication within their course of study (BA Hons International Finance).

    Optional modules
    • ACF302 Investment Management

      This module is designed to provide a broad understanding of equities and bonds as investments. It considers their pricing and use in investment management along with that of derivatives. In addition core concepts in finance are covered including market efficiency, diversification, risk, portfolio building and evaluation.

    • ACF308 Risk Management in International Banking, Insurance and Finance

      Financial institutions face a wide range of risks, many of which threaten not only their profitability, but also the stability of the financial services sector as a whole. The purpose of this module is to explore these risks and consider how they should be managed. A range of risk management tools and techniques will be explored, as will the prudential regulation of financial institutions. In addition, we will discuss how best to draw together these risks, tools and regulations to arrive at an enterprise-wide view of risk.

    • ACF310 Financial Modelling

      The module covers financial modelling for bonds and rates, equities, currencies and options. While analysing and modelling each category of securities with specific and pertinent approaches, it stresses the underlying principles governing all valuation processes. The module also equips the students with the skills to use software, such as Excel, for implementing models and perform analysis.

    • ACF311 Credit Management: Theory and Practice

      This module provides in-depth knowledge of how to manage trade, consumer and export credit. It explores the economic importance of credit and the contribution it can make as a competitive device to add value to organisations.

    • ACF312B Financial Management

      A development of the finance topics covered in earlier accounting modules, and includes working capital management, investment approval under uncertainty, risk management, efficient markets, cost of capital, company valuation and restructuring.

    • ECN3013A International Trade and International Finance

      This module explores the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and international financial markets.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA International Finance programme specification 4050

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

This course lasts for one year and is designed as a 'top-up' if you have already successfully completed study equivalent to a Foundation Degree, HND or an equivalent professional qualification. At the end of it you will be eligible to receive a full U.K. honours degree.

You will also need IELTS of 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing). If you have an IELTS of 5.0 or 5.5 you will need to attend a short course before the degree starts to improve your English and study skills. 

English language requirements

Please contact the Admissions Team.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 £13,400
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

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How to apply

Applications for this course are usually made through the University of Plymouth International office: 

You may also use an agent in your home country who will help you apply, see the International Plymouth pages for details about agents in your country.

If you are an International Student you can take advantage of our dedicated service which provides specialist support and guidance to the University of Plymouth International students, International Student Advice (ISA).

The course is also available to UK students, applications, in this case, are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.

Apply for this course on the UCAS website.

For more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Meet your Programme Manager

Dr Graham Buckingham’s current research interests include asset pricing, corporate social responsibility and stock shorting. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Read more about Graham’s teaching and research interests

Plymouth Business School partnership with CMI

Chartered Management Institute membership for PBS students

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership, being at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking. Plymouth Business School engages in a partnership with CMI to offer students free membership, enabling them to use ManagementDirect - the online multimedia knowledge base providing instant answers to every managerial challenge you can think of.

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Accounting and finance group

A solid foundation in accounting, corporate finance, investment, financial markets and global venturing enables us to offer a range of contemporary approaches to learning, research and enterprise.

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Faculty of Business Potential High Achievers Scheme

We recognise that our students are the future business leaders of the world. We know that our applicants will thrive in this environment, and we want to ensure our best applicants believe in this.

We will be contacting applicants who are not only on course to achieve top marks but who have an outstanding personal statement. 

As recognition of the potential we think an applicant has we will then change their offer to unconditional. Your place at the University of Plymouth will then be confirmed and you can go ahead and make arrangements for your accommodation and move to Plymouth in September.

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