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What makes International Finance at Worcester special?

Specifically designed for, but not limited to, international students, this top-up degree enables you to build on your existing qualifications/study and graduate with a specialist degree in Finance in just one year of full-time study. It will help you develop a future career in the well-paid finance or banking sector, as well in broader international management. This course gives you access to specialist academic staff, business leaders, and the professional financial services network including exemptions from ACCA, CIPFA and ICAEW.

Subject expertise in finance, alongside a grounding in contemporary business issues (such as globalisation, global trade, governance and sustainability), signal that you are a numerate, astute and commercially-focused graduate possessing the business knowledge, commercial acumen and professional skills valued by employers.

Our range of fun extra-curricular activities, such as sport clubs, societies, cultural visits and the student social scene further add to your university experience and personal development.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Gain an insight into general, international and financial management
  • Select from a range of specialist modules in finance (eg corporate financial reporting, or audit and ethics) or economics
  • Enhance your employability through exemptions from ACCA, CIPFA, ICAEW
  • Experience international cultures and develop a global mind-set
  • Work with qualified finance specialists who have extensive experience of management (including with KPMG, Grant Thornton and HM Treasury), consultancy or running their own business

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Students must have successfully completed the first two years of a degree, or have obtained an HND or Foundation degree in either International Finance or Finance plus experience of studying or working in an international environment.

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered, for more information please click here.

We encourage applications from those who have (or are working towards) appropriate qualifications in business, which would allow entry direct to Year 3

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • International Banking and Finance
  • Intercultural Business Perspectives

Optional

  • Digital and Social Media Marketing
  • Brand Management
  • International Marketing
  • Advertising and Digital Communications
  • Strategic Financial Management 
  • Audit & Ethics
  • Strategic Business Management 
  • Applied Economics
  • International Business Strategy
  • The Dark Side of Management
  • Strategic Challenges for HRM
  • Digital Business
  • The Next Big Thing
  • Business Intelligence and Analysis
  • Business Investigation
  • Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Accreditation

All of our courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of professional body accreditations: see individual course pages for further details.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, laboratory practical sessions, fieldwork, practical activities, etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practical sessions are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

In addition, meetings (both individual and group) with personal academic tutors are scheduled throughout the academic year. There is an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor. Depending upon the course, there may be an opportunity to study abroad at one the exchange partner universities.

Contact time

In a typical week there will be at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. If the degree requires a Research or Consultancy Project, students will have guided supervision time with a Project Supervisor.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Information giving, facilitated discussions, small group work, presentations
  • Practical skills - the opportunity to practise group facilitation, presentation, communication and listening skills
  • Visiting speakers and opportunities to visit other settings are regular features of the course.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, full-time students are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week, plus additional preparation for assessments and examinations. Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online. In addition to this, students will spend time sharing ideas with fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities and engaging with external employers.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and many lectures are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and staff profiles can be view at the WBS Staff Profile Page.

Assessment

The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken. The assessment strategy has been designed so that:

  • All modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the final module grade, and they are assessed against the specific module learning outcomes.
  • Typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments
  • Across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. A variety of assessment types (reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) are designed to suit different learning styles
  • There may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. exams are more common in Accounting, Finance and Economics modules because the professional bodies prefer this method of assessment for exemption/ accreditation purposes and many of our modules are linked to those bodies in order to obtain such exemption/ accreditation
  • Different types of employability skills are embedded in all modules.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.

Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support personal and academic development and enhance employability skills. Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification.

Meet The Team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and you can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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Dr Richard Nicholls

Richard’s main teaching and research interests focus on the management and marketing of services. Much of his research examines the interaction occurring between service customers and its management. 

Richard has published widely in this area in a range of international journals, and his work is frequently cited in the customer-to-customer interaction literature. Richard has extensive international experience and has taught at several European universities, including the European Business School in Frankfurt, Poznan University of Economics and Warsaw University.

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Dr Robin Bell

Dr Robin Bell joined the Worcester Business School in 2011. He works as a Senior Lecturer within the Marketing subject group and specialises in entrepreneurial and enterprise development. He is responsible for coordinating Worcester Business School's activities with international partners. He is also a visiting faculty member at Beijing Foreign Studies University, delivering sessions on entrepreneurship and enterprise.

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Dr Tim Sellick

Tim is a consultant and management development practitioner.  Tim developed his sales and marketing expertise as the Director of a Direct Marketing agency where he worked for over a decade. He then moved into academia after completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) delivering programmes for Birmingham City University for Undergraduate, Post Graduate, and for professional participants. Tim then joined Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in 2009 to work in Executive Education before moving to Henley Business School where he led the development of Henley's Degree Apprenticeship provision and then as Director of Custom Programmes.

Tim is a multi-award winning case writer and has authored a winning cases in the EFMDs Excellence in Practice Awards. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Stephanie Tiller

Stephanie is the Course Leader for Accounting and Finance and her teaching specialism is Financial Reporting.

Stephanie is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ('ACCA'). She joined Worcester Business School in January 2014, after spending 14 years in professional practice. With eight years being spent as an Audit Manager for Grant Thornton UK LLP. During which time she worked closely with a wide variety of companies from small owner managed businesses to large international groups and public listed companies.

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Jamie Wells

Jamie has spent the past nine years working within the accounting and finance team. Areas of teaching expertise are financial management and auditing. Jamie also has a particular interest in accounting education research, developing research on the use of simulations in the teaching of auditing. Jamie has also published a paper, which looked at the role of universities in developing softer skills in accountancy. Before working at Worcester, Jamie spent three years in practice for a large professional services firm specialising in forensic accounting and assurance. She also spent time working for HM Treasury within the Welfare to Work Team.

Simon Quigley

Simon trained with a large firm of Chartered Accountants in the areas of audit, accounts preparation, taxation and insolvency. Working in industry, his roles ranged from Group accountant, Project accountant and Treasury.  

Since the move to lecturing, Simon has taught on a range of provisions, including ACCA, CIMA CIPD, AAT, HND as well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Careers

Where could it take you?

  • Develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to make an immediate impact in your chosen organisation
  • Develop strategic insight in your chosen specialism so that you can deliver long term value for your chosen organisation
  • Gain professional body accreditation, exemptions and recognition
  • Work on live client projects through the Business School's Media Lab
  • Build your own business network
  • Learn a foreign language and experience international cultures
  • Develop your own business through the Business School's Incubator
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

There will be a charge for membership of the professional bodies

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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