MSc Financial Law & International Taxation Programme Details

ECTS Composition

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

  1. 75 ECTS credits from taught core courses
  2. 15 ECTS credits from electives courses from the list below OR
  3. 15 ECTS by completing a Final Project on Financial Law or International Taxation

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.

Admission Requirement

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.

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