MSc Banking and Finance

General

Program Description

Key information

  • Duration: 1 year full time, 2 years part-time
  • Start date: September 2021
  • Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)
  • 5th in the UK for graduate prospects in Accounting and Finance (The Complete University Guide 2021)
  • 3rd  in the UK for annual research income in 2015-2019 (Chartered Association of Business Schools)
  • 18th in the UK (QS World University Rankings: Masters in Finance Rankings 2021)

Gain a strong understanding of modern finance theory and practice, with particular insight into the performance, risk management and regulation of banks. We offer you training in banking, management, and accounting as well as an in-depth appreciation of the finance industry. This MSc will develop your critical thinking and decision-making techniques, enabling you to appraise investment strategies, bank operations and risk management, models. You’re taught by academics at the forefront of the contemporary research agenda. Our teaching is in line with the most recent developments in the industry.

Gain a strong understanding of modern banking and finance theory and practice, with particular insight into the performance, risk management and regulation of banks. You're taught by academics and practitioners who are at the forefront of this rapidly changing sector.

We offer you training in banking, management and accounting as well as an in-depth appreciation of the finance industry. You’ll develop your critical thinking and decision-making techniques, enabling you to appraise:

  • Investment strategies;
  • Bank operations;
  • Risk management models;
  • The latest developments in financial markets.

This course opens up a range of career opportunities including roles with banks, funds, regulators, consultancies and finance divisions of corporations or NGOs. We also offer internship opportunities and guest speakers from the banking and finance industry.

Accreditation

The University of Sussex Business School is accredited by EQUIS, the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools. Accreditation ensures rigorous quality control, benchmarking against international standards and is acknowledged worldwide.

We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

"The lectures and seminars are really interactive and promote in-depth analysis, critical thinking and systematic problem-solving."

Cihan Temiz

Banking and Finance MSc

Entry requirements

UK requirements

Degree requirements

  • You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above (including an average mark of at least 57%).

Subject-specific requirements

  • Your qualification should be in a subject which has a basic coverage of accounting and finance. Candidates with degrees in economics, business or management will also be considered on a case by case basis. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

International requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component).

English language support

  • If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

  • You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal statement

  • Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Modules

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part-time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Autumn teaching

Spring teaching

Summer teaching

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

Spring teaching

How much does it cost?

Fees

  • Home students: £12,450 per year for full-time students;
  • The Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £12,450 per year for full-time students;
  • International students: £22,500 per year for full-time students. Find out about the University of Sussex Business School International Masters Award.

If you study part-time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent full-time fee in each year of study. Your second-year fee – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 3% increase (subject to rounding).

If you’re a self-funded international student, you’re required to pay a tuition fee deposit. 

How can I fund my course?

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study.

Careers

You’ll gain the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in banking and finance in particular, and in business and management in general. This MSc helps you develop the managerial and technical analytical skills required in the private and public sectors.

This course is for you if you aim to work in:

  • The City of London
  • A multinational banking and financial corporations
  • Investment banking and fund management 
  • Large international financial bodies such as the IMF, OECD and the World Bank
  • Central banks such as the Bank of England, FED and the ECB
  • Government bodies such as the Treasury 
  • Auditing, bank supervision and regulation
  • Financial markets and regulators
  • Senior administrative and management roles in business.

The MSc is also great preparation for pursuing a PhD.

Last updated Jan 2021

About the School

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Accreditations

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