MSc in Banking and Finance

General

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Program Description

With a banking and finance degree from Manchester Met, your career options are extensive. Apply your skills to roles in brokering, risk management, insurance, retail banking and more.

Overview

The banking and financial sector is one that’s always evolving. It has the ability to impact many areas of the global economy. That means working in this industry is exciting, fast-paced and rewarding.

This course is designed to give you a fundamental understanding of banking and finance in today’s world. You’ll explore specialist subjects, from financial systems and their structures to risk management and taxation.

Industry Experts

You’ll learn from experts in various areas of financial services and banking. Our teaching staff are active researchers and many had successful careers in the sector before moving into lecturing.

Examples from their careers will bring the theory to life and give you an in-depth understanding of the challenges you’ll face in banking and finance.

Career-focused

Your course will prepare you for a career in this industry. You’ll leave with the practical skills employers are looking for.

Our experts know what it takes to succeed in banking and financial services. They’ll pass this knowledge onto you.

We work closely with industry to make our course relevant to financial services. You can also attend guest lectures from some of the leading figures in the sector thanks to our excellent industry links.

Features and Benefits

  • Finance experts – Learn from expert academics and leading professionals who advise organisations like AJ Bell, the United Nations, UEFA and the World Trade Organization.
  • Kickstart a rewarding career – Develop the knowledge you need for roles in financial services, insurance, risk management and more, even if you don’t have a finance background.
  • Regional financial centre – Study in a thriving financial and banking hub with one of the largest economies in Europe. Many large banks have their regional bases in the city.
  • Gain experience – You can choose to take a short internship during your course. Gain experience and make professional connections.
  • Industry tools – Enjoy free access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform for news, data, analytics and research. It’s used by the world’s top banks, corporations and government agencies.
  • Broaden your knowledge – Attend guest lectures with industry leaders and business visits to large employer headquarters. See how finance fits into organisations outside the banking industry.
  • Career opportunities – Financial services are one of the largest employers in the region. Graduates like you are always in demand. Past students have gone on to work for the likes of Deloitte, KPMG and RBS.

Accreditations

  • The Business School is accredited by The Association of MBAs. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.
  • The Business School is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This means we are internationally recognised for meeting global standards of excellence in business and management education.

Career Prospects

This master is ideal if you want to progress your career in financial services and banking. It’s also suitable if you have a broader business or economics degree and want to specialise in finance.

The skills you develop will give you varied career options. These include working in corporate finance, banking, financial planning and management roles. You’ll also be well suited to financial positions in businesses operating in any sector.

Our graduates have gone on to work for the likes of Deloitte, KPMG and RBS. And the global nature of the banking and financial services industry means there are opportunities to work overseas in financial hubs like Singapore, NYC and Frankfurt.

As you gain experience in your chosen field of financial services you’ll be ready to move into senior-level roles.

Make the most of studying in one of the UK’s top financial centres. Build connections through our lecturers, industry visits and networking events.

92% of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry Requirements

You will have a minimum 2:2 degree UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) preferably in a business, economics or finance related subject.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Meet the Experts

Course Details

Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.

Industry Experienced Teaching Expertise

Teaching staff on this programme combine a rich mix of industry qualified and research-active academic staff.

Year 1

Units on the programme are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas whilst allowing you to apply your learning into practice, before embarking on a dissertation.

Core Units

  • Advanced Finance
  • Commercial and Investment Banking
  • Risk Management for Financial Institutions
  • Critical Perspectives of Ethics and Sustainability
  • Corporate Finance
  • Masters-level Learning
  • Dissertation

Option Units

Choose two from a list including:

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Financial Planning and Wealth Management
  • Live Client Brief

Please note: optional units are subject to demand and timetabling.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Full-time: 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 70% independent study

Assessment

  • Full-time: 91% coursework; 0% practical; 9% examination
Placement Options

While this course doesn’t include any placement opportunities, you can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, but you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

Department of Accounting, Finance And Banking

Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.

The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.

Fees

UK and EU Students
  • UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £10,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1709 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 c ... Read More

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 countries. We are ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which is a measure of our commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Read less

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