The global financial crisis has triggered greater interest in international finance law. It is broadly believed that multiple causal factors in various domains played their role in this worldwide social-economic crisis. These include international corporate governance, international banking regulation, and accounting and reporting schemes. This course will enable students to obtain a deeper understanding of these issues by studying a range of modules on various aspects of law and finance and will be attractive to those who want to specialise in law in this rapidly developing field. It will, in addition, focus on the policy issues surrounding financial regulation and will enable students to conduct research into these interdisciplinary areas.

This innovative and interdisciplinary programme meets the growing demand for professionals with financial and legal expertise by combining theory and practice to deliver one of the very few specialised law and finance postgraduate programmes in the UK.

The programme will enable you to develop knowledge and skills in relation to the law, economics and finance governing international law and finance both in the UK, Europe and at a global level.

Study Details:

12 months full-time

Module Details:

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Corporate Finance and Securities Law 15 credits
  • Principles of International Financial Law 15 credits
  • Quantitative Methods 15 credits
  • Corporate Finance 15 credits
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis 15 credits

60 credits from the below (options are dependent on your previous experience: you must have a good grounding in quantitative subjects to complete the Accounting and Finance Dissertation):

  • Law and Finance Dissertation 45 credits
  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation 60 credits
  • Postgraduate Legal Research Skills 15 credits

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

You will choose 45 credits from the below:

  • Intercultural Business and Organisational Communication 15 credits
  • International Competition Law 15 credits
  • Corporate Law 15 credits
  • Corporate Transactions: Practical Skills 15 credits
  • International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans 15 credits
  • International Corporate Governance 15 credits
  • International Trade Finance Law 15 credits
  • International Tax Law and Policy 30 credits
  • Financial Crime 15 credits
  • Central Issues in Arbitration 15 credits
  • Forensic Accounting and Finance 15 credits

Programme Funding

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Student Destinations

Graduates with masters level knowledge in both the legal and financial fields possess a rare skillset, which is highly sought after by employers.

In addition to the possibility of pursuing further research and/or doctoral study, the course will equip graduates to pursue a range of careers. In particular, the courses will be of benefit to graduates wishing to work in financial institutions; banks; the financial services industry; government; international organisations; non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and international media or journalism. Possible career destinations for graduates from this programme include commercial banking; investment banking; hedge fund managing; venture capitalism; market regulation; compliance; accountancy; management consultancy; or even becoming entrepreneurs by starting their own business.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas in a range of sectors and professions including accountancy firms, law firms, audit, higher education and beyond. Many also pursue further study by commencing PhD research.


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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law or a relevant business degree.

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