MSc International Banking and Finance

Glasgow Caledonian University

Program Description

MSc International Banking and Finance

Glasgow Caledonian University

MSc International Banking and Finance

The global banking industry is currently undergoing a major restructuring and future managers will have to be aware of the importance of the banking industry to the economy, and the financial techniques utilised within the industry. Of critical importance is that future bank managers have a holistic knowledge of bank operations.

The MSc International Banking and Finance is intended for graduates who want to pursue a career in banking and finance and those with relevant industry experience who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise. The programme is based upon the core principles of finance and banking allowing students from an accountancy, economics, finance and business background to extend their expertise in finance leading to more quantitative jobs with financial institutions. This also allows you to develop key skills in understanding and pricing of key financial assets utilised within the banking and finance sector.

In contrast to the MSc Financial Services, Risk and Operations and the MSc Banking, Finance and Risk Management, this programme will probe more deeply into the quantitative aspects of bank operations and finance. The programme provides advanced study in asset and liability management, credit, liquidity, interest rate, market and operations risk.

This programme is offered full-time and part-time. You can start in September or January.

Why Choose This Programme

•Study at the only Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence specialising in financial services operations and risk
•The programme has excellent links with the financial services industry - who contribute to the programme on a regular basis.
•Award-winning support from induction through to graduation
•Innovative teaching that focuses on learning for the real world and the employability of our graduates
•Flexible study – Full-time and part-time available. Start in September or January

What You'll Learn

The MSc Banking & Finance covers finance in-depth and is designed for those with a background in economics/finance or accounting.

The programme also includes sessions to help your personal and professional development – helping you build key skills required to work in a 21st century organisation.

Trimester 1: Investment Banking and Global Operations; Operations and Strategy of Financial Institutions; Managing Operational Risks in Financial Institutions; Corporate Finance.

Trimester 2: Bank Financial Risk: Measurement and Management; Financial Management; Security Analysis; Personal and Professional Development; Research Methods and Dissertation

Trimester 3: Research Methods and Dissertation


The Programme is assessed via a mixture of continual assessments, courseworks, presentations, class participation, case study and exams. 

Career Opportunities

The MSc is an ideal stepping stone to gain employment in the area of quantitative finance and banking. Job opportunities in the sector include the more quantitative roles within such departments as credit, market, interest rate and operational risk management as well as opportunities with major financial consultancy companies. Alternately, graduates from the programme may wish to undertake further study to MPhil or PhD level.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Requirement

UK Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in banking, actuarial studies, economics, finance, accounting and investment.

* The overriding consideration will be the Programme Leader’s assessment of the student’s ability to undertake the Programme successfully.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The university will also consider admission to the programme on the basis of prior learning and/or prior experiential learning.
Such learning may be certificated or un-certificated and could include considerable industrial experience in the sector at a management level.

Applicants in this situation are advised to consult with the Programme Leader at an early stage in the application process.

English Language Requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) is required, with no element less than 5.5.

Indian applicants who have achieved 70% or above in their 12th grade school leaving certificate English, will be deemed to have met/have equivalence to the IELTS requirement.

Progression from INTO Scotland

Applicants who have completed an INTO Graduate Diploma in Business (eg GCU/INTO’s Graduate Diploma in English with Business) or a comparable programme from similar institutions, will also be considered.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
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Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Scotland
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