The financial services industry remains an essential and important part of the global economy. Financial Services are critical to both the UK’s future and the future of emerging economies around the world. This degree will help enable our students to gain the practical knowledge, understanding and transferable skills that are essential in both well-established business organisations, and in the rapidly changing world of international business and finance.
You’ll develop the necessary skills to identify strategies available to firms operating at an international level, and develop an understanding of the activities and operations of multinational enterprises. In addition to this, you will also study the financial services industry and have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge about the financial markets.
You’ll study a wide range of topics in international business and financial markets, from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Modules include Globalisation and Financial Crisis, Economics of Financial Markets, International Economics and International Business Strategy.
Our innovative teaching methods include extensive case work, in addition to seminars, tutorials and lectures. We encourage students to be highly independent learners. Modules can be based on individual work or group work, and all teaching and assessment is grounded in real life situations or live projects. We incorporate guest speakers and the development of your professional management skills is also a priority.
The emphasis throughout the course will be upon the preparation for careers in business and financial services. An increasingly competitive employment market requires graduates with a flexible orientation and this degree will encourage such an approach.
Banking & Financial Services is designed to develop expertise in topics relevant to the banking sector, and the provision and valuation of financial services. It is ideally suited for those who want a career in banking or financial management, and provides a thorough knowledge of the main components of commercial and investment banking in a dynamic economic environment which is governed by structural regime changes.
You will take four core and two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.
This programme will help prepare you for employment with financial institutions including banks, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and government bodies involved in financial-decision making, as well as firms involved with financial transactions and provision. Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as Bloomberg, central and private banks, and consulting firms. We have a dedicated careers and employability team who provide 1-2-1 support and advice, group workshops, employer events on campus and networking opportunities throughout the year to help you with your career prospects.
This course offers you an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s most dynamic growth sectors, with relevance to areas including property, transport, shipping insurance, credit cards, wealth management and home and commercial mortgages.
The fast-paced subject of financial services management also offers significant opportunities in banking and finance as these arenas have recognised the need to re-think their strategies. The chance to develop long and profitable client and customer relationships is open to firms which are thinking and acting strategically, by embracing new approaches, working creatively and innovating to effectively manage costs and improve the understanding of individual customer’s needs.
You may also choose to take advantage a blended distance learning opportunity, available through our official partner - Robert Kennedy College - in Zurich, Switzerland.
The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year.
This course will provide you with the appropriate advanced-level skills and knowledge you need to contribute to the growing and sophisticated international banking and finance industries.
On completion you will be able to place yourself favourably in a managerial or consulting role. You will be equipped with the skills and understanding necessary to effectively and efficiently perform tasks relevant to your organisation. You'll learn to develop your ability to work effectively in teams and independently, to evaluate critically, think creatively and communicate effectively with respect to issues in the industry; and to recognise good practice in the analysis, planning and management of international banking and finance products and services. You'll also develop an advanced level of understanding of research methods and their application to a wide range of international banking and finance problems.
The course is currently 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.
From September 2017, this delivery format will change. Students will continue to study a single module for a 6 week period. Face to face teaching will be delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through Blackboard. Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.
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.
In addition to a highly regarded formal qualification, you’ll gain personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects. Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with organisations including Ernst & Young, British Airways, BMW, the NHS, BUPA and KPMG.
Graduates have found opportunities in a wide range of industries ranging from banking to working for airlines, national/local government, the insurance industry and client relationship management. The knowledge and skill sets on the course provide a wealth of opportunities for ambitious individuals.
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.
All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities. MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors. It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.
Studying in the City of London will allow you to see how one of the most successful financial centres in the world operates on a daily basis. You will have the chance to develop a critical knowledge, conceptual understanding and competence in the fast-moving world of international financial markets. The strong combination of finance topics and core management skills will help take your career to the next level.
You will study in context through a range of methods. Hosting specialist software, including Bloomberg Terminal, our Trading Floor allows you to experience how to solve trading-related problems. You will be taught by industry-trained academics who have previously worked as finance directors and chartered accountants and who are members of various finance professional bodies.
• Sustainable Strategy – from Planning to Implementation
• Marketing in a Global Age
• Finance, Funding and Legislative Frameworks for Success
• Leading in a Changing World
• Business and Management Research Methods or Entrepreneurship
• Global Financial Markets
• Banking Regulation and Risk
• Financial Enterprise and Social Responsibility
• International Accounting Perspectives
• Consulting Project
• Entrepreneurship Project
Upon successful completion of the course and selected modules you will be awarded the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership*.
*Subject to registering as a CMI member.
Coventry University London is delighted to have recently launched a number of scholarships to UK and International students. You can find out more about our Scholarships by viewing our website.
MBA Global Financial Services has start dates in January and October 2018.
“The Careers, Employability and Enterprise team helped me to gain an internship in a highly sought after position as a financial analyst in a boutique asset management company. This has led to a full-time position at the company and has allowed me to gain international experience analysing and researching the market and company share values in Asia.” - Meng Tee Chin, Malaysia
About 30% of all jobs in the UK’s financial services sector are for marketing and client-facing roles. The MSc in Finance and Marketing combines Exeter’s long tradition of excellent research-based finance teaching with a range of innovative marketing modules.
Designed for UK and international students alike, this cutting-edge programme will ensure that you are well placed to obtain a position in financial services, marketing or at the interface between the two.
You can study the programme in an intensive 9-month format, or over 12-months. With both formats, you will acquire the technical knowledge to understand how financial services products work, together with the marketing acumen necessary to compete +successfully in this highly competitive sector. The programme is especially appropriate for business and finance graduates wishing to specialise in marketing within banking and financial services as well as marketing graduates wanting to develop a career in the marketing and promotion of financial services.
The core modules in both formats are augmented by specialist optional modules which enable you to build up a knowledge base to suit your individual interests and relevant background.
If studying over 9-months, you select six optional modules. With the 12-month format you will undertake two to four optional modules in addition to the dissertation or work-based project. It is possible to tailor this programme to match your career goals and i) achieve Graduate Gateway status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) or ii) apply for Associate Chartered Banker designation and attain Associate membership status with the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) or follow an accelerated route to work towards Chartered Banker status.
Non-assessed intensive computing training covering Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters Datastream/Eikon/Thomson ONE, MorningStar, S&P Capital IQ and other financial databases and software systems, is incorporated into relevant modules.
The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.
During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation in the 12 month variant) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .
Previous examples of compulsory modules are as follows;
Previous examples are as follows;
To keep up with the continued changes in the financial services sector, bank regulation and bank operational risk management, there is an increasing demand for employees to remain at the forefront of these changes.
We collaborate with leading financial services organisations to keep our modules cutting-edge and ensure that by making the decision to study the programme you have the confidence to apply this newly learned information in the industry.
Broaden and enhance your knowledge, understanding and skills in the area of domestic and international bank operations and risk management by learning from our diverse teaching team. They have a broad range of experience, ranging from academic to industry expertise in both the public and private sectors. We work with key industry partners when developing our programmes to ensure you are focusing on the most relevant areas within the field. The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, the Financial Services Authority, the Bank of England and Bank for International Settlements all emphasize the need for efficient risk measurement and management procedures within banks. We have also worked closely with some major financial institutions to both validate the programme and place students in professional jobs, including Morgan Stanley and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Prepare yourself for working in financial services organisations by focusing on the key programme aims:
Over the past two or three decades or so, Islamic banking and finance has emerged as another viable way of financial intermediation. It has gained credibility and has spread worldwide and is the preferred way of banking for one fifth of the world's population. This taught MBA offers an opportunity to study the structure of the Islamic banking and finance industry, including its theoretical foundations, products, performance, Islamic financial instruments and risk management issues. These and other topics will be studied within the wider context of the banking and finance industry worldwide. The MBA aims to develop executives who will progress quickly to senior management positions in institutions that transact banking business on Islamic principles.
January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.
September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.
Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.
Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.
Islamic Finance: This course provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues. The first part of the course examines issues relating to financial contracting, instruments and various intermediation issues. The second part of the course focuses on the role of the capital market in providing Islamic financing and highlights financial engineering issues and well as risk management features of this type of business.
Islamic Banking: This module provides an insight into the key features of Islamic banking business. The first part of the course outlines the theoretical foundations and development of Islamic banking practices. In particular, the main characteristics of various types of Islamic banking products are discussed. The second part of the course examines the operational features of Islamic banks focusing on their performance and how they compete with conventional interest-based banks. The final part of the course outlines contemporary challenges to Islamic banking business.
International Banking: This module examines the origins of international banking, the activities of international banks, the markets in which they participate, and the sources of risk. You will investigate the determinants of the efficiency of international banks, and evaluate the implications for banks' strategic decision-making.
International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.
Marketing Financial Services: This module surveys the tools of modern financial services marketing, focussing on the key methods of financial services marketing in the acquisition of customers and sale and distribution of financial services. The module progresses considering consumer behaviour, the changing customer demands, consumer heuristics and biases and ways in which financial services marketing has succeeded and failed.
Islamic Accounting and Financial Reporting: This module develops a critical awareness of theoretical and practical approaches to Islamic accounting and financial reporting. Islamic accounting standards are compared with IFRS, and the content and impact of academic research in this area is examined.
Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts introduced in Organisations and People, critiquing key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and management. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.
Banking and Development: This module critically evaluates the theory underlying the policy of financial liberalisation, and examines its implementation, primarily in developing countries. The impact of financial liberalisation on the financial systems of developing countries is analysed in depth.
Islamic Insurance: This module analyses the nature and principles of Islamic insurance, and examines the operational modes and practice of Islamic insurance. The structure of Islamic insurance markets is described, and constraints and opportunities for Islamic insurance and Islamic insurance accounting are highlighted.
Marketing Strategy: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.
Merger and Acquisition: This module provides an analysis of incentives and outcomes associated with merger and acquisition deals. It covers the development and execution of an acquisition strategy, the valuation of the target, the conduct of the negotiation, and the implementation of the post-merger integration plan.
The LLM International Financial Law offers you an opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in one of the most high-profile areas of legal practice today.
Global financial services law and regulations are the subject of ongoing legal debate. Our legal specialists have research expertise covering a range of topical global finance issues which they bring into the classroom.
This course will introduce you to the major regulatory and contractual issues in international financial and banking law. You will be encouraged to examine the financial practices of developed and developing countries, and how these relate to broader business law issues across the world.
Most course units are assessed by standard methods - either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment. The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description on The School of Law website.
The course has a compulsory research component, in which students have the option of choosing either to submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (and each of the value of 30 credits) or writing a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). If students choose the option of submitting two research papers, the first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research paper must be within the area of a semester two course unit that you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve students' legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, dissertation topic must be within those streams while for general LLM dissertation topics must be within one of the modules chosen by the student.
You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught modules and the remainder 60 credits in the form of two research papers (30 credits each) or a dissertation.
The LLM course will typically offer around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum. There will usually be course units offered on such diverse topics as international trade and corporate law, financial services regulation, European law, international economic law, intellectual property law, human rights law, corporate governance, and law and finance in emerging markets.
Course units are of the value of 15 or 30 credits. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or may be able to choose a maximum of eight course units to make up your course of study. This involves taking one core course unit (International Financial Services Regulation ) of 30 credit value, and the remaining 90 credits from an approved list of commercial law options.
The course has a compulsory research component, in which you have the option of choosing either to submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (and each of the value of 30 credits) or writing a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). The taught element of the degree programme will total 120 credits and the research element of the degree programme will total 60 credits i.e. you will study 180 credits for a master's programme. If you choose the option of submitting two research papers, the first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research within the area of a semester one or a semester two course unit you have taken. If you choose to complete a dissertation this must be within the area of one units you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve your legal writing and research skills.
The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for masters study. To find out more please visit our Master's funding opportunity search page .
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
This master's degree will enable you to develop the specialist knowledge necessary for a career in legal practice in any developed or developing country with a financial services or business law profile. It is also suitable for those looking to work directly in the financial services industry, especially those interested in compliance issues.