International Financial Management


The module deals with corporate finance issues.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to critically evaluate and synthesise issues in the control and decision- making process of multinational corporations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Analyse the factors that affect exchange rates.

2.  Assess the different functions involved in managing exposure to exchange rates;

Indicative Content

1 The International Financial Environment

Overview of the MNC and the environment in which it operates (Goals of the MNC, international flow of funds, international financial markets).

2 Exchange rates

Factors that affect exchange rates (Determination of exchange rates, links between inflation, exchange rates and interest rates).

3 Managing Exchange rate risk

Functions involved in managing exposure to exchange rate risk (measuring exposure to exchange rate movements, hedging that exposure).

4 Management of long-term assets and liabilities

How MNC¿s manage long-term assets and liabilities (information needs, capital budgeting, cost of capital, country risk, long-term financing decisions, international portfolio investment).

5 MNC Portfolio Investment

Domestic and International investment in real projects and finnacial investments.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning on this module will focus on contemporary issues confronting MNCs. The module will use lectures and tutorial/seminar type sessions. While lectures will provide the input to key concepts, themes and theories, seminar and tutorial classes will be used for discussion and analysis of cases and the application of knowledge. Seminar questions/problems will cover discursive and numeracy elements, all of which will be assessed by means of coursework and a 2 hour exam.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 28
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 108

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.