MSc Banking & Finance


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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 improve practice.

| 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 them.

| 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.


Assessment mode
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.

Course Structure

Stage 1
Financial Markets, Institutions and Instruments
Bank Risk Management and Regulation
Stage 2
Corporate Finance
Leadership in Financial Services
Commercial and Corporate Banking
Investment Management
Stage 3
Research Methods and Dissertation


Entry Requirement:
| Normally a 2.1 Honors degree (or equivalent) in a banking, economics, business or finance-related discipline from a recognised institution.
| 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).

Awarding Institution

The London Institute of Banking & Finance

Study Mode



2 Years

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