Dr Chau Le - Programme Leader
Dr Chau Le is a Senior Lecturer in Banking and Finance at Lincoln International Business School. Her research interests are in the areas of international finance and financial economics with an emphasis on the complex dynamic network of financial markets, financial crisis and contagion, asset pricing, bank behaviour, central banking, and monetary policy.Academic Staff List Make an Enquiry
Welcome to MSc International Investment Banking
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.
Successful graduates may go on to pursue careers in finance and investment in roles including analyst, trader, portfolio manager in investment banks, commercial banks, hedge funds, and pension funds.
How You Study
The taught element of the programme consists of eight compulsory modules, split over two terms:
- Commercial Bank Management
- Investment Banking
- Portfolio Analysis
- International Macroeconomics and Finance
- Private Banking and Wealth Management
- Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance I
- Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance II
- Risk Management in Banking
Following the taught element, students are expected to complete the final master's stage of the programme through a dissertation supported by a research methods module.
Learning and teaching methods can include lectures, seminars, computer-based lab-classes, experiment, and independent study. These will vary according to the subject matter and module.
Contact Hours and Independent Study
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.
Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least four to five hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† 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.
How you are assessed
A variety of assessment methods are used during this course, including essays, examinations, oral presentations, and practicals. These assessments are designed to develop the skills needed for a career in the industry.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly - usually within 15 working days of the submission date.
Fees and Funding
For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.
Programme-Specific Additional Costs
For each course you may find that there are additional costs. With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.
Entry Requirements 2023-24
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).
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ 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 https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.
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. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.
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.
Students will be managing real money with the with objective of positive returns whilst managing risk. Industry veteran and long-time lecturer Hao Quach will help support the students throughout, with many years of experience in all aspects of investment banking and 20 years teaching in multiple countries, Hao will use his experience to ensure the stability of the fund and provide guidance. Read more about the Student Managed Investment Fund.
“The LSMIF provides an excellent opportunity to experience real-life team collaboration and participation in investment proposals, negotiations, committee meetings, equity research and risk assessment, and fund portfolio management. As Chief Investment Officer, I created and produced long term LSMIF investment policy and strategy; introduced and implemented equity research reports development and feedback structure; and actively managed the fund portfolio, which is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”Jurijs Fedorenko, MSc International Investment Banking graduate
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 Business 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.
Research at Lincoln International Business school
Academics on the MSc International Investment Banking are involved in the Lincoln Economics and Finance Research Group (LEAF). LEAF brings together economics and finance academics from University of 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.
Their research is based on microeconomic models encompassing heterogeneous individual and firm behaviours and extends to the functioning of particular industries. Furthermore, the macroeconomic perspective that brings in the picture the interplay of institutions, markets, and policies in the diverse contexts of developing, emerging, and developed economies is also explored.
For more information, please visit the LEAF research pages.
Broaden Your Horizons
Lincoln International Business School students can expand their horizons, visit our partner universities, and see international business in action by joining funded international trips to exciting overseas destinations. Places are awarded competitively to eligible students each academic year.
Find out more about our funded field trip places for students.
Career and Personal 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.
The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.
This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
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.
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