FM472      Half Unit
International Finance

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Elisabetta Bertero STC677


This course is available on the MSc in Accounting and Finance, MSc in Finance (full-time), MSc in Finance (part-time), MSc in Finance and Economics, MSc in Finance and Economics (Research), MSc in Finance and Private Equity, MSc in Financial Mathematics, MSc in Management and Regulation of Risk and MSc in Risk and Finance. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Other interested graduate students may also be admitted provided they obtain permission from the course leader. Permission can be requested by emailing the course leader relevant information on previous studies in finance and economics and the motivation for wanting to take the course.

Course content

This course examines key issues in international finance, focusing on recent developments and incorporating theoretical, empirical, policy and institutional dimensions. The course uses exchange rates as a unifying theme and considers them from four perspectives: theory, policy, global risk and international investors. The course examines models of exchange rate determination and related empirical evidence. It analyses the choice and coordination of exchange rate regimes, including the European Monetary Union. It examines exchange rates as one of the sources of global financial instability. It considers the risk exposure for investors arising from exchange rate volatility and its hedging with currency instruments. The course also explores the links, in each area, to current developments such as the internationalisation of the Chinese Renminbi, the EMU sovereign debt crisis, the recent financial crisis and global imbalances, forex carry trades and the high volatility of short term exchange rates.


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students are required to undertake a group research project on a given topic concerning financial crises.

Indicative reading

A selection of journal articles; background reading from a textbook such as Keith Pilbeam International Finance (Palgrave, 2013, 4th edition)


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2012/13: 77

Average class size 2012/13: 17

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills