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Master of Science in International Banking and Finance

Edinburgh Napier University, UK
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Edinburgh Napier University, UK
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Start Date
08 Mar 2018 (Thu)
Next intake(s)
Jul 2018
2 years
Course Fee
Programme fee at GBP 8,600
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Deadline on 28 Feb 2018 (Wed)
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* Banking and Finance Programme with global perspectives
* Launched in 2014 and accumulated 15 graduates as of 2017
* 2 graduates got Class Medal Award
* 14 students preparing Company Valuation Dissertation
* Face-to-face lecturing with local tutorials
* Networking with peers from banking and finance sectors
* Programme fee at GBP8,600

Thanks to technological innovations in Fintech, the MSc International Banking and Finance* (MScIBF) evaluates contemporary impacts on financial markets, studies strategic issues in global banking, and discusses regulatory frameworks in financial services internationally. The programme also familiarises students with the current developments in global financial markets from the unique perspective of banking institutions. This programme aims at preparing students for a career in banking and finance by developing students’ expertise in key areas of international banking and financial institution management. Students will develop their practical research and analytical skills during the course in preparing for their assignments/projects.

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  • Follow  international standard (SCQF), with full academic status and recognition as graduates from UK
  • Access to Edinburgh Napier University study materials and e-learning support
  • Flexible study period 
  • Innovative teaching approach adopting case studies
  • Opportunities to build peer network in Banking and Finance Industry
  • Develop personal and professional attributes for career success

Highlights of the programme (50 sec):

* Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance
This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

HKU SPACE is in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University to offer this Master of Science (MSc) programme.  Students can complete their taught modules in first year and start their research method and dissertation in the second year.  Research method and dissertation focus in business valuation skills and be practical to Business Executives.  Upon completion of the MSc programme, the following MSc IBF award will be offered; meanwhile if students intend to selectively earn different skillset from certain modules, they may be offered the exit award subject to conditions:

  1. Master of Science in International Banking and Finance (MSc IBF)
    On completion of all required 7 modules plus dissertation (180 credits)
  2. Postgraduate Diploma in International Banking and Finance (Exit Award)   
    On completion of  6 specified modules (120 credits), students can choose to exit with a postgraduate diploma.
  3. Postgraduate Certificate in Banking Management and Practice (Exit Award)   On completion of 3 specified modules (60 credits), students can choose to exit with a postgraduate certificate.

This Programme aims to: 

  • provide students with the most current developments of global financial markets and banking institutions;
  • enhance career opportunity in banking and finance;
  • enable students to apply critical understanding of current theories and empirical research in the fields of banking, finance and legal system;
  • support students in the academic theories and methodologies to make critical judgments on complex issues;
  • guide students in preparing dissertation by alternative research methods; and
  • enhance students' intellectual, analytical skills, creativity and interpersonal skills.

Programme feature:

  • Part-time mode
  • Programme can be completed in 1.5 - 2 years (exemption will be given to postgraduate or professional qualification, subject to ENU's approval)
  • 30 face-to-face contact hours per core module (15 hours lectures and 15 hours tutorials)
  • 12 face-to-face contact hours of lectures for Research Methods  plus 6 hours tutorials taught by local tutors
  • For Dissertation module, supervision and consultation will be supported by ENU in the medium of phone calls, e-mails, teleconferencing or other means of communication. Students are required to complete the dissertation within two semesters. 9 hours tutorials taught by local tutors for Dissertation
  • Weekday evening and Saturday Afternoon class
  • Medium of instruction is English

Future Employment Opportunities

  • International Bank and Financial Institutions
  • International, Regional or National Regulatory Agencies
  • Government Agencies and Policy Think-tanks
  • Journalism of Financial News
  • Academics and Research
  • Consultancy
  • Industry and Commerce
  • Non-profit Development Agencies
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Venue Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

1.   FINA6058     Financial Management (20 credits)

The module aims to familiarize students with the financial environment both national and international. Students will learn about the language and concepts of business and the financial markets as well as a range of techniques available to financial managers operating in such an environment attempting to maximise the wealth of a company.

2.   FINA6059     Financial Markets, Institutions & Banking (20 credits)

This module builds upon economic principles, financial theories and management concepts to equip students with a critical understanding of the interdependencies of financial markets and the global economy, an in-depth knowledge of the unique characteristics of financial institutions and with the skills to critically evaluate the behaviour of banks and other financial firms.

3.   FINA6084     International Economic Law (20 credits)

The module aims to offer a theoretical and practical introduction to the main legal issues arising from international economic activities. International economic activities throw up all sorts of difficulties arising from the conflicting demands of commerce, national interests, the over-exploitation of natural or otherwise "unowned" resources, national legal systems, freedom of capital and imbalanced access to information. The module offers a working knowledge of practical legal problems as well as a solid foundation for further academic research. At the end of this course, students should be equipped with the ability to analyse and present coherent and persuasive arguments in the areas studied.

4.   FINA6085     International Banking & Insurance (20 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the globalisation of financial services and the products and services that are provided by financial services companies in order to enable international trade to take place efficiently and effectively. Students will review how the services and products assist companies to manage their risks in the international market and provide the most effective payment methods.

5.   FINA9210     Strategic Management in Global Banking (20 credits)

The objective of this module is to look at various areas of strategic management and banking on a theoretical, academic basis and then to see how these theories apply to or are being used within the global banking environment. It will not cover every area of management but rather focus on those areas which are particularly relevant to organisationswithin the banking sector. A key focus will be on how organisations can achieve their longer term goals and ambitions in a very competitive and challenging business environment, with specific reference to opportunities, for instance in the BRIC countries.

6.   FINA9209    Principles of Financial Regulation (20 credits)

This module introduces students to the rationale for financial markets regulation and examines the need for regulation of financial markets to be treated differently from the regulation of markets generally because of its role in the economic system of a country. Students will consider how to assess the arguments for and against financial deregulation with regard to need for regulation but also to promote competition between financial service providers. In addition, students will analyse cases of regulatory failure to appreciate the lessons that have and should be learnt from the issues arising from the failure of regulation.

7.   FINA6099     Company Valuation Research Methods (20 credits)

This module aims to prepare students for the Company Study Dissertation.  It will provide specific tuition in the area of company valuation and the academic justification of making choices within that area. It will also make students aware of different approaches and methodologies of research. Instruction will be given on how to learn from relevant literature, design and plan research and collect data appropriate to the Company Study Dissertation. Methods of how to analyse data, form conclusions and recommendations. Emphasis is given on the writing up, presentation and dissemination of the written research study. Research Proposal: 4000 words.

8.   FINA6100     Company Valuation Dissertation (40 credits)

This Company Study dissertation aims to introduce students to an investment analysis of a company with the objective of producing an evaluation of the entity’s shares for a potential investor. Students should reach a recommendation as to whether the company is a “buy”, “hold” or “sell” with the conclusion carefully supported by argument and appropriate calculations.  It is a substantial piece of academic work and as such requires fully supported arguments and referenced work.

The finished dissertation should be aimed at investors who wish to make investment decisions and must involve a company that is listed on the stock market. The structure of the dissertation is of a standard format and relates to Introduction, Macroeconomic view, Micro industry view, literature review of relevant topic, analysis of the entity, valuation of entity shares and Conclusion.  Each student will be assigned a supervisor but will pursue their own individual study which will demonstrate reflective learning.

A supervisor is assigned to support the student through this challenging and rewarding process and all dissertations are double marked within the School in order to ensure consistency of standards. Dissertation: 15000 words.


Payment is to be made by Trimester a year in Feb, June and October Semesters for the relevant module(s).

Payment fees for 2017/18 Tri 2:
       -  GBP 955 per module for module 1-7
       -  GBP 1,915 for dissertation module 
       -  GBP 80 for resit exam fee /  assignment resubmission fee
       -  GBP 1935 for dissertation resubmission
       -  GBP 390 / GBP 770 for exemption fee for 1 or 2 modules respectively
       -   Textbook fee, if required

Payment can ONLY be made in GBP.


Alumni of Edinburgh Napier University

10% discount of the programme fee

Full members of ACCA

Full members of CPA

Graduate of BBA in Banking and Finance, Hang Seng Management College

5% discount of the programme fee

Graduate of BA(Hons) Economics and Finance, Shue Yan University

● A copy of certificate of Degree or member certificate has to be submitted along with the application.

● The amount of the discount will be deducted in each trimester instalment.

● ​Course Fees are non-refundable and subject to change without prior notice.



Mar 2018 Trimester GBP 1910 for 2 core modules

Jul 2018 Trimester GBR1910 for 2 core modules

Nov 2018 Trimester GBR1910 for 2 core modules

Mar 2019 Trimester GBP 955 for Research Methods

Jul & Nov 2019 Trimester GBP1915 for Dissertation

Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme
HKU SPACE students may apply for the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) administered by the Student Finance Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA). The maximum financial assistance provided under the ENLS is equivalent to the total tuition fee payable to HKU SPACE in the 2017/18 academic year. For enquiries, please visit  or contact SFO at 2150 6223.

2017/18 March 2018 intake Class Schedule:

International Economic Law*




Napier Lecture 1

8 Mar 2018 (Thur)

7 - 10 p.m.

Napier Lecture 2

9 Mar 2018 (Fri)

Napier Lecture 3

10 Mar 2018 (Sat)

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Napier Lecture 4

12 Mar 2018 (Mon)

7 - 10 p.m.

Napier Lecture 5

13 Mar 2018 (Tue)

Lecturer: Mr. Niu Zhongdong, Lecturer in Law, The Business School, ENU (
Assessment method: 50% course work (1 Assignment of 2000-2500 words) 50% exam (long questions)
Remarks: Tentative timetable is subject to change.

International Banking and Insurance*




Napier Lecture 1

15 Mar 2018 (Thur)

7 - 10 p.m.

Napier Lecture 2

16 Mar 2018 (Fri)

7 - 10 p.m.

Napier Lecture 3

17 Mar 2018 (Sat)

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Napier Lecture 4

19 Mar 2018 (Mon)

7 - 10 p.m.

Napier Lecture 5

20 Mar 2018 (Tue)

7 - 10 p.m.

Final Exam

11 June 2018 (Mon)

7 - 10 p.m.

Lecturer: Dr. Piotr Jaworski, Lecturer in Economics, The Business School, ENU (
Assessment method: 50% course work (1 Assignment of 2000-2500 words) 50% exam (long questions)
Remarks: Tentative timetable is subject to change.

*A detailed timetable will be updated to include local lectures for core modules when available

Exemption List

Prior Qualification

Exemption unit(s)

CFA holders with active employment or CPD engagement

  1. Financial Management

ACCA or HK (or other) CPA members

  1. Financial Management

HKU SPACE Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management

  1. Financial Management
  2. Financial Markets, Institutions and Banking

HKU SPACE Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management and Financial Intelligence

  1. Financial Management
  2. Financial Markets, Institutions and Banking

HKU SPACE Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Financial Engineering    

  1. Financial Management
  2. Financial Markets, Institutions and Banking

HKU SPACE Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Financial Strategies for Value Creation

  1. Financial Management
  2. Research Methods

HKU SPACE Executive Diploma in Finance and Corporate Accounting/ Financial Decision Making

  1. Financial Management

HKU SPACE Curtin University Master of Finance any three from:

  • 305813 Finance (Principles) 515
  • 12752 Finance (Corporate) 572
  • 301337 Finance (Analysis) 506
  • 303934 Financial Statement Analysis 579
  1. Financial Management

HKU SPACE Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

  • Financial Management module
  1. Financial Management

HKU SPACE Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law

  1. Financial Management

HKU SPACE Executive Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management (upon completion of Financial and Business Risk Management module)

  1. Financial Management

Remarks: Exemptions may be granted for other qualifications subject to ENU's approval on an individual basis. Exemption fee applies.

Applicants should:
– hold an honours bachelor’s degree with lower-second class honours or above awarded by a recognised university or equivalent; or
– hold an ordinary degree and a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience

Applicants for whom English is not a first language should have a TOEFL IBT of 80 or above, with at least 17 in listening;18 in reading;20 in speaking; and 17 in writing, or a Pearson’s Test of Academic English overall score of 56 with at least a score of 51 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking components, or IELTS test minimum score of 6.0 overall scores with no element below 5.5. Applicants who have been taught and assessed in English for a UK degree or equivalent qualification will not be required to undertake the test. Applicants with other qualifications and credentials will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Programme fee at GBP 8,600

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Enrolment Method

Application Procedure

Applicant should submit the following:
1. Application form
2. Application fee HK$200 (non-refundable)
3. Certified true copy of academic/ professional qualification (Applicant can bring along his/her original and copy of supporting documents to enrolment counter for certifying true copy).
4. HKID copy
Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrolment will be confirmed once you have made the payment. You will receive a payment confirmation after payment has been made processed successfully. You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.

Upon successful admission into the programme, student is require to follow enrolment procedure:
1.    Enrolment form
2.    Enrolment fee
Late applications /enrolments are subject to program leader’s approval and possible late payment charges.

Payment can ONLY be made in Hong Kong Dollar by cheque or credit card under School's monthly pre-set exchange rate for each Trimester.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify theprogramme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at anyHKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-freeinstalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online payment (for the course/programme has online enrolment only)

The course fees of all open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.

  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.

  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  5. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.