International Investment Banking

Key Information


1 year


2 years

Start Date

September 2024

Typical Offer

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Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation

Academic Year

Course Overview

MSc International Investment Banking is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in the investment banking sector where demand is high for specialists with applicable knowledge of corporate finance, portfolio theory, investment, and commercial banking across the global market.

The programme aims to develop expertise in the fields of international banking and financial markets with a focus on security analysis and investment management. It sheds light on how the economy works, how decisions are made, and how financial systems and capital markets operate.

Students on the programme have the opportunity to work on the Lincoln Student Managed Investment Fund, which operates in the same style as an investment management company operating on the London Stock Exchange. Supported by staff who have previously worked as investment bankers, students run all aspects of the fund and are fully responsible for its success.

Why Choose Lincoln

Access to industry-standard Bloomberg Terminal

Combine advanced study with research

Hear from expert industry speakers

Real-world experience of the Stock Exchange

Complete a dissertation in a specialist area

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How You Study

Delivery methods include lectures, workshops and seminars. Skills include presentation skills, technical skills, teamwork skills analytical skills, problem solving skills, research skills, engagement with development agencies, and local business support.

Eight to ten hours of self-directed and focused study is needed to meet demands of the degree depending on the background of the students.

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the module options chosen and stage of study. Hours of study may vary from term to term for both full and part-time students and can be spread throughout the week. Part-time students will complete the programme within two years. The programme structure for part-time study will be at the discretion of the Programme Leader.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Commercial Bank Management 2024-25FIN9020MLevel 72024-25The module aims to focus on the role of financial managers managing a special type of business – the commercial banks. The module is designed to give a brief introduction to the banking and financial services industry in an opened and globalized economy context, including the organisation and structure of banking and financial services industry.CoreDissertation and Research Design for Finance 2024-25FIN9105MLevel 72024-25The dissertation provides the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on the aspects relating to their Master's programme. The vehicle will be the researching and writing of a dissertation, based on the methods delivered in the pre-requisite QM modules. The dissertation is the capstone of the Master's learning process and allows the student to demonstrate mastery in scholarship of a programme related topic that they have selected in amalgamation with supervisory tutors.CoreInternational Macroeconomics and Finance 2024-25FIN9026MLevel 72024-25This module equips students with an in-depth and applied-oriented understanding of theoretical and empirical problems addressed in the field known as International Finance (also known as International Macroeconomics / Open Macroeconomics) and to bring students up to the research frontier in International Finance. It draws heavily on financial modelling and financial econometrics.CoreInvestment Banking 2024-25FIN9023MLevel 72024-25The module focuses on the role of investment bankers who have to deal with typical transactions in the capital markets from debt and equity capital market products to mergers and acquisitions and more structured products such as leverage buyouts. The module also analyses typical products, the process of investment banking and how typical investment banking transactions are implemented.CorePortfolio Analysis 2024-25FIN9010MLevel 72024-25This module aims to provide concepts and theory of portfolio analysis with a focus on equities. It explores the analytical framework of asset pricing models and introduces the concepts associated with efficient market hypothesis. The module makes use of data driven information platforms and integrated analytics software, e.g. Bloomberg, which draws upon statistical concepts of mean, variance, covariance and correlation and uses basic rules pertaining to these.CorePrivate Banking and Wealth Management 2024-25FIN9018MLevel 72024-25The module examines the core features of a typical wealth management division including investment services, brokerage and financial planning as well as international and private banking. You will examine the various categories of client, identify and assess their needs, develop solutions and justify advice.CoreQuantitative Methods for Economics and Finance I 2024-25FIN9027MLevel 72024-25This module provides students with an opportunity to develop their understanding relating to the background of statistical methods for primary research. Students will engage with statistical software, such as Eviews, to apply quantitative analytical techniques to sets of data.CoreQuantitative Methods for Economics and Finance II 2024-25FIN9028MLevel 72024-25The aim of this module is to build on the work in Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance I while focusing on specific quantitative analytical techniques. The models examined are: Dynamic, ARIMA, GARCH, VAR and ECM, among others. The EViews statistical software and the BLOOMBERG data provider are essential to the learning objectives and assessment of the module.CoreRisk Management in Banking 2024-25FIN9024MLevel 72024-25This module provides the students with a technical and broad overview of risk management in banking. The module can benefit students by expanding their understanding of the strong ties between banking risks and financial markets. It can also enable the students to have a critical understanding of the regulatory framework.CoreLincoln Student Managed Investment Fund - Masters 2024-25FIN9106MLevel 72024-25Initiated from 2015 and officially founded in 2018, the LSMIF is set up with a structure similar to any other professionally run fund management company with students running every aspect of the fund, from CEO to analyst. It is one of only few of this kind in the United Kingdom. The fund uses money raised from donors to invest in shares of companies listed on London Stock Exchange. It is organized, run and managed the same way as an investment company in the real world. The fund has got sponsorship and advisory support from UK leading wealth management companies such as Brewin Dolphin and Mattioli Woods with senior officers from them joining the Board of Advisors. This fund gives students the opportunity to work as analysts, investment managers, CFO, CIO, CEO etc. Students also have the chances to meet, discuss and learn from experts in the field in Quarterly Investment Committee Meetings series. Students are given additional training relating to their works.Optional

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

A variety of assessment methods are used during this course, including essays, examinations, coursework, projects, and oral presentations. These assessments are designed to develop the skills needed for a career as an economist or policy advisor or academic.

Bloomberg Terminal

Students can use our Bloomberg Terminal, which is designed to help industry professionals make better-informed investment decisions by offering the latest market news along with historical data and an international network to communicate securely and reliably. Bloomberg offers a practical resource for students to reinforce the theories they learn in lectures, and enable them to become familiar with the tools used by today’s financial services professionals.

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Student Managed Investment Fund

Lincoln International Business School offers the Student Managed Investment Fund (LSMIF), which is an investment fund created, operated, and maintained by students within the school, with everything running within the real-world environment of finance.

One of only a handful of its kind in the UK, students will be managing real money with the objective of making positive returns while managing risk. Industry veteran and long-time lecturer Hao Quach can help support the students throughout, utilising his years of experience in all aspects of investment banking and 20 years teaching in many countries.

Lincoln Economics and Finance Research

Our academics are involved in the Lincoln Economics and Finance Research Group (LEAF), which brings together economics and finance academics from Lincoln’s International Business School and School of Social and Political Sciences, graduate students, and a diverse network of collaborators, with the aim of facilitating the creation and diffusion of rigorous and policy relevant research as well as research skills within the University, the local community, and society at large.

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Industry Expertise

Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff, which is made up of academically and professionally qualified lecturers with relevant industrial experience and finance experts with wide research interests. The School hosts a series of visiting speakers each year. As part of the School, students will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as Deloitte, Santander, HSBC, Innocent, The Institute of Internal Auditors and Sir David Tweedie (ex-Chairman of the IASB).

Students also have the chance to build their skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering or becoming a Student Ambassador.

How to Apply

Postgraduate Application Support

Applying for a postgraduate programme at Lincoln is easy. Find out more about the application process and what you'll need to complete on our How to Apply page. Here, you'll also be able to find out more about the entry requirements we accept and how to contact us for dedicated support during the process.

How to Apply
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Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

First or second class honours degree and a sound working knowledge of mathematics and statistics, and grade B in GCSE Mathematics and evidence of quantitative methods or mathematics during an undergraduate degree (or A Level grade C or above in Mathematics, or relevant work experience).

Students are expected to attend additional sessions that may occur before the programme begins - please contact the programme leader for details.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Course Fees

You will need to have funding in place for your studies before you arrive at the University. Our fees vary depending on the course, mode of study, and whether you are a UK or international student. You can view the breakdown of fees for this programme below.

Course Fees

The University offers a range of merit-based, subject-specific, and country-focused scholarships for UK and international students. To help support students from outside of the UK, we offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Funding Your Study

Postgraduate Funding Options

Find out more about the optional available to support your postgraduate study, from Master's Loans to scholarship opportunities. You can also find out more about how to pay your fees and access support from our helpful advisors.

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Career Development

Finance and investment career opportunities for graduates include financial manager, investment portfolio manager, and private/commercial/investment banker in varied economic and political contexts.

Why Postgraduate Study?

Academic Contact

For more information about this course, please contact the Programme Leader.

Dr Chau Le

Working in Partnership

Lincoln International Business School works with students and organisations to enhance the contribution of business to society. For students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge to improve their career readiness.The University of Lincoln is a member of AACSB, a global nonprofit association connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.

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Postgraduate Events

To get a real feel for what it is like to study at the University of Lincoln, we hold a number of dedicated postgraduate events and activities throughout the year for you to take part in.

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The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.