The course

Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Entry date



Edinburgh has a long and well-established reputation in banking and finance. Heriot- Watt University has particularly close links with the financial community, this programme having been established when the Deputy Managing Director of the Royal Bank of Scotland left his post to become Professor of International Banking at Heriot-Watt.

The programme covers the core theories and concepts in international banking and finance, such as the operations of the forex market, the international money market and the international credit market. An awareness is also developed of ethical and professional issues relevant to the banking and financial industries.

The programme is designed for those seeking careers in the banking or finance divisions of national and international corporations. Previous graduates from the programme have gone on to become bankers, stockbrokers, tax consultants and financial advisors with corporations across the globe.

Programme duration

  • MSc - 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
  • PGDip - 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

Course content

Detailed course guide
Semester 1 (Sept - Dec) Semester 2 (Jan - April)

International Banking 1

International Banking 2

International Finance

Emerging Financial Markets


Research Methods

Two from:

  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Development Economics 1

One from:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Current Topics in Investment Management
  • Development Economics 2
  • Research in Finance

Between May and August students undertake their MSc dissertation.

International Finance

This course examines the FOREX market and other key issues in International Finance. Traditional and modern theories of exchange rate determination are reviewed. The problem of financial crises, why they are transmitted across countries and the policy implications of the global financial crisis are also considered.