International Financial and Political Relations MSc

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
1 year
Not available
Start date:
October 2018
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Our International Financial and Political Relations MSc explores the intersection of finance, politics and international relations by examining the changing nature of financial systems, banking and regulation and issues of governance.

The contemporary world is inter-connected by global financial networks as never before. Global flows of money are pivotal in the twenty-first century world economy, yet are shaped by regulation in geographically-specific ways to produce a dynamic financial landscape.

The increasing globalization of financial and political networks is unquestionably leading to greater demand for qualified specialists to provide both basic and applied knowledge in this area. The International Financial and Political Relations MSc directly addresses these requirements.

You will benefit from the wide-ranging, world-renowned expertise of our academic staff, all of whom are committed to high quality, research-informed teaching ensuring the very best learning experience.

We are recognised as a world leader for research in this field, with this ground-breaking, multi-disciplinary master's programme in International Financial and Political Relations combining the disciplinary expertise of geographers, economists and political scientists to provide students with a unique opportunity to examine the contemporary geopolitics of the world economy.

On this programme, you will gain:

  • An understanding of processes of contemporary globalization as manifest in geographies of finance;
  • A thorough understanding of the relationship between financial systems, banking and regulation, and issues of governance;
  • A detailed appreciation of the working of current banking and financial markets;
  • An awareness of the way forms of governance shape the political economy;
  • Experience of research techniques and methods used to undertake original research in this field;
  • An ideal multi-disciplinary grounding to inform business and policy practice and to doctoral research in the social sciences.

What makes this programme different?

  • A unique opportunity to examine the contemporary geopolitics of the world economy
  • Ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary
  • Taught by world-leading researchers

Who should study this programme?

If you’re fascinated by the impact of developments in banking, financial globalization, international political relations on international financial and political development then you’d be interested in our MSc in International Financial and Political Relations.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (good 2:2 of 55% or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in geography or other social sciences/humanities discipline.

English language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

The modules on our International Financial and Political Relations MSc programme are designed to develop your understanding of the functions and operations of institutions, financial markets and systems, with reference to central and commercial banks and other financial intermediaries, and the significance of financial institutions and markets in international financial and political development.


International Financial and Political Relations MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Globalization: Key Debates and Issues (30 credits)

This module introduces students to debates surrounding the concept of globalization and shows how this concept has been invoked in a variety of geographical scholarship on the nature of space, place and territory.

The Financial System (15 credits)

This module will provide students with an overview of the financial system and an understanding of the organization and operation of the major financial institutions and markets.

International Relations Theory (15 credits)

In this module students will examine the major theories of International Relations, and evaluate the contribution made by each theory to the development of the discipline of International Relations.

Comparative Foreign Policy: Issues and Cases (15 credits)

This module will equip student with the conceptual tools and specific knowledge relevant to an understanding of the foreign policies of key state actors in the global arena, and of the issues and policy contexts that shape these policies.

International Politics: Issues and Policies (15 credits)

This module provides students with knowledge of a range of issues drawn from contemporary international politics.

Doing Global Research (30 credits)

This module equips students with the appropriate intellectual and practical research skills to successfully undertake an independent and original piece of research.

Developments in Financial Markets (15 credits)

In this module students will analyse in depth the causes, implications, and regulatory responses to the recent global banking crisis.

Dissertation (60 credits)

In this module, students will produce an original piece of research, using appropriate theoretical material, research methodologies and skills in data collection, analysis, interpretation and writing-up.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work

Your personal and professional development

The Department of Geography is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

With its vocational relevance, our graduates gain employment in a wide variety of careers across national and international businesses, different levels of government, and the non-government sector.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Celsa Group, HR Graduate Scheme
  • Continental Insurance Brokers Limited, Account Executive
  • Ernst & Young, Assistant Tax Consultant
  • Ford, Financial Analyst
  • Genesis, Marketing Manager
  • Global Reach, Currency Consultant
  • IAB, Corporate Banker
  • JP Morgan, Trade Capture
  • Royal Bank of Scotland, Trainee Investment Banker

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • apply skills in analysis (including statistical analysis) and problem formulation to areas of general debate other than the disciplines of the degree;
  • use skills in synthesis to formulate key issues in areas of general debate other than the disciplines of the degree.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students

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