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The global financial crisis has triggered greater interest in international finance law. It is broadly believed that multiple causal factors in various domains played their role in this worldwide social-economic crisis. These include international corporate governance, international banking regulation, and accounting and reporting schemes. This course will enable students to obtain a deeper understanding of these issues by studying a range of modules on various aspects of law and finance and will be attractive to those who want to specialise in law in this rapidly developing field. It will, in addition, focus on the policy issues surrounding financial regulation and will enable students to conduct research into these interdisciplinary areas.
This innovative and interdisciplinary programme meets the growing demand for professionals with financial and legal expertise by combining theory and practice to deliver one of the very few specialised law and finance postgraduate programmes in the UK.
The programme will enable you to develop knowledge and skills in relation to the law, economics and finance governing international law and finance both in the UK, Europe and at a global level.
Whether your background is weighted more towards the legal or financial field, dedicated support ensures that you will gain the necessary analytical, financial and legal skills early in the programme to be able to succeed.
You will benefit from a compulsory programme in the week before the academic year begins to ensure that all students have the required finance and elementary legal skills prior to the start of teaching. This induction programme is delivered by the School of Law and Business School. The programme focuses on a range of areas including quantitative skills. This combines with support provided by the School of Law early in the programme to ensure that all students have the requisite detailed legal skills required for the programme and to understand the latest legal frameworks and legislation which apply to this rapidly moving sector. International students will have the opportunity for additional in-sessional language support.
As part of the programme you will have the opportunity to gain real hands-on experience, through a range of professional activities and advanced facilities designed to develop your practical skills.
For example, you will gain understanding of financial markets, whilst developing important professional skills, as part of a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Using the same market simulations as companies such as HSBC, JPMorgan and Bank of America, you will have the opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a City trader operating a state-of-the-art trading desk, and to apply key financial theories to live market prices.
You will also have access to the Business School’s financial markets lab, equipped with Bloomberg terminals and a virtual trading platform, providing opportunities for skills development and research activity.
Research and professional insight
You will be taught by leaders in research in these complementary disciplines.
Within the School of Law the Centre for Business Law and Practice is well known for its research in corporate and financial law. Members of the Centre are academic leaders in their specialised fields, including financial law, corporate law, insolvency law, trade law, tax law and competition law and have acted as consultants to law firms, accounting bodies, national law reform bodies, government departments in various countries, and international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and Transparency International.
The Business School has strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions, connecting you to the latest practitioner and policy developments. This means you will benefit from a masters course that is highly relevant to the current business environment.
You will also be able to access the knowledge of the Business School’s advanced specialist research units, which have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC).
The compulsory and optional modules studied will give you an excellent opportunity to:
Explore corporate law, corporate finance law, corporate tax law and securities regulation
Engage critically with domestic and international developments in financial law from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives
Examine detailed knowledge of financial services and financial derivatives both from a theoretical and practical standpoint
Understand how to analyse and present statistical data
Learn how to interpret financial accounting information
Make effective financial decisions in a corporate enterprise.
There are two dissertation ‘pathways’ available on this programme, depending on your previous experience: the Law and Finance Dissertation OR the Accounting and Finance Dissertation. If you have a good grounding in quantitative subjects you will be able to select which dissertation you complete but anyone without a good grounding in quantitative subjects must do the Law and Finance Dissertation.
You will also benefit from our rigorous support programme which includes a pre-sessional programme, offered by the Law School in conjunction with the Business School. This is designed to support the development of your finance knowledge particularly for students who do not have a background in finance. Additionally we host a 10-week programme which runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of UK and international students in the School of Law, particularly those who do not have a background in law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills needed to excel during your taught postgraduate programmes, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.
The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a diverse range of related subjects of interest to you.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans
International Corporate Governance
International Trade Finance Law
International Tax Law and Policy
Central Issues in Arbitration
Forensic Accounting and Finance
Learning and teaching
You’ll be taught through weekly and fortnightly seminars and lectures over two semesters. You’ll also receive separate dissertation supervision. Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law or a relevant business degree such as accounting, finance, economics or mathematics. Applicants without a law degree will nevertheless be expected to have taken some law modules at undergraduate level or during previous postgraduate study.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
We operate a staged admissions process for this course, with selection deadlines throughout the year.
If you do not receive an offer in a particular stage, you will be notified that your application has been either unsuccessful or carried forward to be considered in the next stage.
Please see our How to Apply page for full details and the application deadlines for each stage.
If you require a decision earlier than the dates listed in order to meet a scholarship deadline, please notify us through the My Enquiries section of the application portal once you have applied.
Applications for 2022 entry will open on Friday 1 October 2021. From that date this page will contain a link to take you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you will need include:
Original or certified copies of your transcripts
Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language).
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
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For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
The School of Law usually offers a number of scholarships each year.
Graduates with masters-level knowledge in both the legal and financial fields possess a rare skillset, which is highly sought-after by employers.
In addition to the possibility of pursuing further research and/or doctoral study, the course will equip graduates to pursue a range of careers. In particular, the courses will be of benefit to graduates wishing to work in financial institutions; banks; the financial services industry; government; international organisations; non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and international media or journalism. Possible career destinations for graduates from this programme include commercial banking; investment banking; hedge fund managing; venture capitalism; market regulation; compliance; accountancy; management consultancy; or even becoming entrepreneurs by starting their own business.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas in a range of sectors and professions including accountancy firms, law firms, audit, higher education and beyond. Many also pursue further study by commencing PhD research.
The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School’s dedicated Employability Officers. You can book one-to-one appointments with our Employability Officers throughout the year to discuss your career aspirations and get advice on how to make the most of your time with us.
The School also arranges a number of community engagement (pro bono) and work experience opportunities, career development workshops, guest speaker events and careers fairs throughout the year. These opportunities will allow you to develop new skills, enhance your career prospects and network with prospective employers.
In addition to the School-specific careers support, you will also have access to the University’s award-winning Careers Centre. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one appointments, advice on starting your own business, careers events, mentoring schemes and support with your CV, applications and interviews.