MSc in Banking and Finance

This course is an ideal progression if you have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant area of accountancy, business, economics or finance. It is particularly suited if you wish to pursue a career in modern, international financial markets and it will develop your understanding and knowledge of banking and finance systems.

The course has a strong focus on enhancing your management opportunities in areas such as investment banking, retail banking and other financial institutions. You will develop critical insights through our use of guest speakers from the commercial world such as RBS and Yorkshire Bank who will inform you of current practices and developments, such as aspects of risk management, as well as offering you career development and networking opportunities.

Our strong connections with the financial world are demonstrated through our Partners in Accountancy scheme which links you with accountancy firms of national and international repute.

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience gained as practitioners with knowledge gained in businesses, the commercial sector (including banking) and the professional bodies. Your teaching staff are members of and hold positions within a number of professional bodies.

Course Content

This is a highly focused course specialising in preparing you to enter or progress within the banking and finance industry.

You will study the following core modules:

• Banking Financial Systems
• Personal Investment, Finance and Portfolio Management
• International Finance
• International Economics
• Globalisation and Financial Crises
• Emerging and Alternative Financial Markets
• Governing Risk: Ethics and Audit
• Research Design and Analysis
• Dissertation

The Research Design and Analysis module provides comprehensive training in research skills and will underpin your academic research in your taught modules and your dissertation work. Your dissertation will provide you with first-hand experience of research in an area of interest relevant to your programme and a supervisor will be allocated to help you develop your work.

Teaching and Assessment

Our focus is on using varied teaching and assessment methods to help you to develop a wide range of academic, analytical and practical skills.

Each module may include:

• formal lectures that provide a focus for study and a stimulus for further enquiring and exploratory work by our students
• seminars, workshops, student-led discussions and other group sessions to analyse issues relating to defined topic areas
• case study analysis and advanced level accounting exercises
• e-learning to support teaching and learning approaches

Assessments include case studies, presentations and examinations. You will have the opportunity for group working in some areas as team working will be an essential skill that will help in pushing your career forward.

Entry Requirements

The general admission requirement is a good honours degree or qualifications regarded by the University as equivalent, normally in a relevant discipline such as accountancy, business, economics or finance.

Applicants holding an appropriate professional qualification from one of the accountancy professional bodies who are members of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) will be deemed to have met the general admission requirement for the course.

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