“The new world of investment screening”

Investment Screening

Academic and legal experts discussed the screening procedures for foreign investors acquiring assets in the EU.

Programme Details

To graduate, students are required to earn 90 ECTS credits as follows:

  • 75 ECTS credits from taught core courses
  • 15 ECTS credits from electives courses from the list below OR
  • 15 ECTS by completing a Final Project on Financial Law or International Taxation

Admission Requirements

We seek to select highly motivated candidates who desire to effect positive change in business and their profession as well as make a positive contribution to the school and the wider society.

The admission criteria are:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited programme preferably in law, finance & banking, accounting or economics, business or other related field
  • Proficiency in English (native speaker of English, or graduation from a university where the language of instruction is English, or satisfactory score in standardized language exam (TOEFL score 550 and above, or Computer-based TOEFL score of 213 and above, or Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score 79-80 and above, or GCSE (or GCE) English Language “O” Level of “C” or above or IELTS of 6.5 and above or Cambridge Exams (First Certificate with Grade B and above, as well as Proficiency with Grade C)
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating the applicant’s education, academic and professional experience, any publications, awards, etc.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals who have known the applicant in his/her educational and professional environment
  • Personal Statement highlighting his or her individual competences, strengths, expectations and value of the programme to his/her personal advancement and career development.
  • Successful personal interview.

Once the completed application is received and is determined that the applicant meets the written admission criteria, the Admissions Officer will contact the applicant to schedule a personal interview.

Local students will be required to come to CIIM for a face-to-face interview, whereas students living abroad will be interviewed by Skype or over the phone.

Time & Duration

The MSc Finance and International Taxation is a flexible modular programme with rolling admissions, which means you can join any time of the year. However, we generally have two main intakes of students, one in September/October and another in January/February.

Classes are held during evenings and weekends, leaving weekdays free for work.

The Programme can be completed in 14 months by attending classes six-to-eight evenings plus one weekend per month, or you can complete it at a slower pace taking up to a maximum of 30 months.

Programme Table

Core Courses: Total 75 ECTS

Trust and Ethics in Financial ServicesFB4056.0
Corporate Law and TaxationFB4506.0
Financial Law & Regulation of Financial MarketssFL4009.0
European Competition Law, Mergers & AcquisitionsFL4509.0
Money Laundering, Financial Fraud & Market AbuseFL5006.0
European & International TaxationFL5509.0
Indirect Taxation and European VAT LawFL6009.0
Intellectual Property Rights & TaxationFL7006.0
Property Law & International TrustsFL7506.0
Transfer Pricing for Finance & Tax ProfessionalsFL8004.5
Legal Research Methods & Legal Academic WritingFL8504.5
Total ECTS Credits (Core Courses)75

Elective Courses: Total 15 ECTS

International BusinessMB6303.0
Foundations of Accounting & FinanceMA5654.5
Tax TransparencyFL8603.0
Data Protection/GDPR: Legal & Ethical DimensionsBI4503.0
Foundations of Business Information TechnologyBI3956.0
Fund StructuringFB4256.0
Compliance, Supervision& Financial ReportingFB4206.0
Blockchains Technologies WorkshopBI4351.5
Corporate FinanceMB4056.0
Final Project
A 15,000+ word Final Project (Thesis)

Programme Total: 90 ECTS



FLIT Programme Director

“FLIT is a valuable asset to have under your belt. Earn an MSc that covers both Financial & International Taxation, with specific business practice features in an international environment in Cyprus. Provide sound advice to your clients and efficiently liaise with EU & international business actors. FLIT is an inclusive environment for Cypriots and expatriates in Cyprus. ”

Dr. Eleni Apostolidou
Director of MSc in Financial Law & International Taxation