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International Finance Short Course

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The International Finance course is a part-time evening course, which provides a practical and comprehensive introduction to the management of the financing activities of a large multinational company.

Why choose this course?

This International Finance short course will provide a broad overview of how a company operates in the international financial markets and will be of value to students considering working in corporate finance, e.g., as a treasurer, or in a bank dealing with commercial customers.

This part-time course offers the opportunity to learn whilst maintaining daytime employment, combined with academic excellence and practical skill transfer. Our International Finance short course programme is delivered over 10 weeks from our Central London campus.

Course overview

Course content includes a description of the organisation and function of a corporate treasury department and the interaction with areas of a company.

Practical examples are used to illustrate the nature of currency and interest rate risks and how they can be managed using various derivatives. Liquidity risk is also analysed.

The types of bank inter-relationships and their management are discussed, the steps to arrange bank loans set out, and the significance of the many clauses found in a typical loan agreement are explored.

Other domestic and international debt markets for finance and corresponding instruments available to a multinational company are also considered, as well as asset securitisation and trade finance.

Our short International Finance course studies the wide-ranging use of time value of money and discounted cash flow in corporate finance and ends with a discussion of the causes and characteristics of the global financial crisis from a multinational perspective.

  • “ Useful, informative and relevant... A very good update of my knowledge in finance ”

    Entela Gjyzari

    Former student

  • “ This is a great course if you want an understanding of business and finance. The structure is concise and the material is well selected and presented. I think the course is clear and all the topics are well defined. I have learnt a lot of new information that I can see as being applicable in business. ”

    Nicholas Dobbie


What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes you will learn:

  • Organisation of the Treasury department.
  • Banks: relationship management and bank loans.
  • Financing overseas trade.
  • Capital markets for finance.
  • Interest rate risk management (including derivatives)
  • Currency risk management (including derivatives)
  • Cash forecasting
  • Time value of money



Prerequisite knowledge

An interest in business finance.

English requirements

Good English reading, writing and speaking skills.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

Class notes in PowerPoint format will be provided via the City's online learning environment (Moodle).

Classroom tuition will be complemented by group discussion of topical news of the City, economics, or global financial markets.

An informal one-hour multiple choice test at the end of the course will be given to test individuals' understanding and progress.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

For an overview of international finance:

  • The City and Global Financial Services 2016 edition (Dr Permjit Singh).

For more technical information:

  • Corporate Financial Management (Arnold, G; FT Prentice Hall)

Tutor information

  • Dr Permjit Singh

    Dr Permjit Singh is a qualified corporate treasurer and has held various positions in treasury management for financial services companies, including Head of Treasury.

    Permjit has a degree in biochemistry from Warwick University and a PhD in finance from Reading University.

    He has devised, prepared and taught corporate finance courses at various universities and business schools, and is currently a visiting lecturer at City. He is the author of "The City & Global financial services".