MSc International Banking and Finance

University of Salford

Program Description
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MSc International Banking and Finance

University of Salford

Course Summary

This course has been designed specifically to enhance knowledge of the banking and finance industry and improve your employability prospects.

You will learn about key challenges in the current global economic environment, consider issues from around the world, and analyse and evaluate problems to identify the best solutions to improve international banking and finance strategies and practice.

Banking continues to experience a number of problems requiring the development of new opportunities and you will find this course is relevant, innovative and challenging. You may also choose to take advantage a blended distance learning opportunity, available through our official partner - Robert Kennedy College - in Zurich, Switzerland.

3 good reasons to study International Banking and Finance at Salford

  1. Equip yourself for a career in the rapidly expanding banking and finance industry
  2. Take a Business Innovation Project to enhance your practical skills and experience
  3. Apply what you’ve learned through a one to three-month Assessed Internship with an employer

Course Details

The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

This course has been designed specifically to enhance knowledge of the banking and finance industry and improve your employability prospects. Specifically the course will:

  • Provide a cutting-edge and practice-relevant specialised banking and finance programme, and provide graduates with the appropriate advanced level skills and knowledge which will enable them to contribute to the needs of the growing, sophisticated, international banking and finance industries.
  • Develop students’ existing skills through advanced study in the areas of finance and banking and equip graduates with a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, with particular emphasis on the international dimension and the practical application of financial techniques in a real world setting.
  • Equip students with competent skills of appreciation of the nature and functioning of financial markets and institution, and with effective capacity of applying advanced banking and finance theories and techniques to a wide range of international banking and finance problems.
  • Develop intellectual capability to work effectively in teams and independently to apply good working knowledge in real-life scenarios through practical exercises and projects and to recognize good practice in the analysis, planning and management of international banking and finance products and services.
  • Equip graduates with a very wide range of careers in banks, investment banks, securities firms, portfolio managers, consultants, central banks, finance departments of industrial and service companies, and multinational financial organisations.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify, discuss and critically evaluate the impact of market behaviour on bank performance and organisational behaviour, including the role of international financial structures, the operation of foreign exchange markets and the role of risk management for businesses from an international perspective;
  • Develop the capability of critical evaluation of alternative conceptualisations, methodologies and frameworks used in international banking and finance; be able to demonstrate originality in the application of their knowledge to the subject area from an international perspective.
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate recent and current literature on a wide range of MSc Investment and Finance theories and issues in order to develop and apply conceptual frameworks.
  • Develop and apply a strategy for the collection, analysis, critical evaluation and interpretation of data.
  • Work with others in making effective strategic and operational decisions related to the management of an enterprise in a globally competitive, diverse and dynamic environment.

Semester 1

  • International Financial Management
  • Accounting and Finance

Semester 2

  • Bank Management
  • Risk, Regulation and Compliance

Semester 3

  • Business Innovation Project (BIP)

Flexible final study options

Salford Business School has one of the most flexible suites of postgraduate taught programmes in the UK.

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

  • Dissertation – traditional 3 month research pathway.
  • Live Project – 3 month group project activity researching a commercial project.
  • Internship – 3 month opportunity to develop your skills working in partnership with an organisation.
  • Placement – 6 month paid work experience implementing a commercial project.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

In the case of non-graduates please look at APEL.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

English Language Requirements

Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. Please search for English in Course Finder.

Suitable For

This course is suitable for graduates who have studied economics, finance, accounting, business studies, management or any other relevant disciplines. The course is also ideal if you are already working in the banking and financial services sector and want to enhance your career prospects.

Applicant profile

You will most likely have a background in finance or economics and possess good analytical skills. You should also be able to analyse, review and interpret complex international financial issues. Ideally you will be looking for, or developing your career in banking or financial services. This course offers excellent scope for aspiring and existing managers who want to improve their career development opportunities and employability.


The course is delivered in four blocks of three day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block. Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.


Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Professor Ghulam Sorwar Professor in Finance

Professor Sorwar started his working life at the Derivatives Desk of Abbey Life Investment Services. He then decided to leave industry to complete a PhD. His main area of research focuses on Derivatives Pricing, Risk Management and the Financial Crisis. He has taught across a wide range of modules including Mathematical Finance and Corporate Finance amongst others. Currently he is both the Module Leader and teaches Risk, Regulation and Compliance and Bank Management.


Recent graduates have joined the international banking and finance industries, corporate sector, and the academic community. You will gain a highly-regarded formal qualification, as well as personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects.

Career Prospects

A wide range of career directions are possible including finance director, investment banker, corporate relationship managers, private client relationship manager, regulatory compliance manager, equity analyst, structured instrument trader and project finance analyst.

This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Ladbrokes
  • Numberica
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • DTS Logistics
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Alumni Profile

“I really enjoyed my time at Salford on the degree. I found the course interesting and stimulating and believe it provided excellent preparation for my training as a chartered accountant. The course blended both the theoretical and practical elements of finance and accounting and enabled me to obtain maximum exemptions from the ICAEW. The business skills developed as part of the course, such as presentation skills, played a significant part in my successful application for a graduate placement at KPMG. Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend the course to anyone considering a career in finance and/or accounting.”

Stephen Gammon

Links with Industry

Our course team maintains excellent relations with local, national and international organisations, commentators and employers.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide our students with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

Our part-time students are drawn from a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations, allowing you to enjoy highly valuable networking opportunities.

Salford Business School also operates a guest lecture course which allows you the chance to mix with professionals from industry, make connections, set up placements and conduct research.

Further Study

Research in Salford Business School is coordinated by Professor Jim Yip, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation).

You can find more information and contact details here:

For those who wish to go further academically, a range of research PhD opportunities in all areas of finance are available, offering the opportunity to concentrate on any specialism requiring an in-depth understanding of international banking and finance.


Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre.

Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus. Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

MediaCityUK is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study. Home to major BBC and ITV departments, the University of Salford and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors, MediaCityUK is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain.

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Last updated September 28, 2017
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1 year
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13,500 GBP
United Kingdom - Manchester, England
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full-time; £13,500 full-time int'l students