The MSc Banking & Finance is a unique, specialised postgraduate qualification for aspiring senior managers in the financial services sector. Designed in collaboration with key industry players, the
MSc provides in-depth coverage of all topics essential for a successful leadership career in today’s fast-moving financial services arena.
The MSc provides direct entry to the prestigious Chartered Associateship of The London Institute of Banking & Finance.
It is expected that the successful completion of this course will :
| Enable students to develop a broad and comprehensive
knowledge and understanding of core areas of financial services
that underpin sound decision making.
| Provide students with opportunities to investigate and analyse a
range of issues relating to financial markets, the banking sector
and its environment, both local and global, to engage in
practitioner debate, and to critique theory in the light of practice
(and vice versa).
| Develop students’ ability to work at the frontiers of knowledge
and understanding of banking & finance and to apply this
knowledge and understanding systematically and creatively to
new, complex and unpredictable circumstances in order to
| Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the
interrelationships between strategic and operational
decision-making and risk management in different economic
and business contexts, both locally and globally.
| Give students insights into and understanding of the local /
global tensions in banking & finance.
| Support students’ understanding of and reflections on ethical,
good governance and sustainability issues within banking &
finance, and the range of means to manage and account for
| Enhance students’ suitability for senior management roles
within banking & finance.
| Enhance students’ ability to become autonomous and
self-directed learners, able to manage their own professional
development throughout their working life.
Assessments range from reports, projects, case studies, essays, blogs, online discussion closed-book examinations and research proposals.
The assessments are designed to be as authentic as possible to the kind of tasks that the student may be expected to undertake in his/her
workplace. Four of the nine taught modules (including option subjects) include an examination component.
|1||Financial Markets, Institutions and Instruments|
|2||Bank Risk Management and Regulation|
|3||Leadership in Financial Services|
|1||Commercial and Corporate Banking|
|1||Research Methods and Dissertation|
| Normally a 2.1 Honors degree (or equivalent) in a banking,
economics, business or finance-related discipline from a
| Candidates holding The London Institute of Banking &
Finance Associateship (or ACIB) / BSc, or a comparably
challenging relevant undergraduate qualification, are
encouraged to apply even if they do not meet this criterion.
| Demonstration of relevant professional experience.
Applicants should either be currently working in, or have
experience of working in, the financial services sector.
| Applicants for whom English is not their first language
would be expected to demonstrate their competence
through achieving an IELTS score of 7.0 or above with no
element below 6.5 (or equivalent).
The London Institute of Banking & Finance