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A stimulating and rewarding course designed for individuals who work in financial services law, regulation and compliance, or who wish to embark on a career in that industry. Read more
A stimulating and rewarding course designed for individuals who work in financial services law, regulation and compliance, or who wish to embark on a career in that industry. Modules are written by expert staff with extensive experience, often obtained in professional practice. Teaching on this distance learning course is delivered by Informa through a combination of bespoke module handbooks and the integrated use of interactive and communicative media and information technology.

More about this course

Following the banking crisis there has been increased need for those involved in the financial services sector to study and understand the regulation of financial services. This course is specifically designed to provide a focussed, practical and industry led response to that need. The modules have been designed to be totally relevant to professionals who work in, or wish to embark on, careers within the financial services Industry. The distance learning nature of the course means that it can be accessed conveniently by busy professionals, providing full support to enable you to pursue the course to completion.

The course is a taught by self-study of a comprehensive bespoke module manual and you are encouraged to read from specified case law and legal journals. In addition each module has an initial lecture podcast with further podcasts and some interactive classes where you are given the opportunity to discuss theoretical issues as well as practical problem solving. You're supported in undertaking online research using electronic law databases as well as the virtual learning environment containing handbooks, lecture notes, weblinks, discussion groups, study skills materials and assessment criteria. You have regular access to module tutors by email to support your studies.

The development of skills for the workplace is also integral to the course. Career management is encouraged through reference to the relevant professional bodies, work experience and careers advice. Guidance and feedback from an individual personal development profile is provided to encourage you to develop and reflect upon key workplace skills, to prepare you for a professional career.

This course is delivered by London Metropolitan University in partnership with Informa UK.

The range of assessment methods to be employed on this course reflects the range of skills required by the discipline of law and the standards expected. They include essays and problem question coursework and multiple-choice tests.

The first four core modules will be assessed together. The content of the remaining four core modules will similarly be assessed together. Each of the option modules will be assessed individually.

For more information on the PGDip portion of this course, view this web-page: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/financial-services-law-regulation-and-compliance---pg-dip/

Modular structure

Students who have passed the postgraduate diploma are entitled to enrol for a top-up LLM. This involves writing a research proposal (formative only); and writing a dissertation (maximum 15,000 words) on a relevant topic of their own choice.

After the course

This course provides highly specialised knowledge and research skills relevant both to legal practitioners and to those operating more generally within the legal environment of the financial services Industry. It would also assist anyone working in such professions as politics, government, business, work with the law commission, insurance, banking, civil service, local authorities, journalism and media.

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The MSc in Financial Services is a one-year full-time programme of study designed to equip students with the careful balance of academic knowledge and technical skills that are required for more high value-added positions available in the financial services industry in Ireland and abroad. Read more
The MSc in Financial Services is a one-year full-time programme of study designed to equip students with the careful balance of academic knowledge and technical skills that are required for more high value-added positions available in the financial services industry in Ireland and abroad.

Our graduates have found successful careers in the global finance industry as:

Financial Analyst
Risk Analyst
Credit Derivatives Analyst
Systems Specialist
Futures Trader
Price & Evaluations
Compliance Officer
Risk Manager
Asset Manager
Academic Researchers

Although primarily intended for business graduates, including recent graduates working in the financial services industry, the MSc will also appeal to graduates from quantitatively-oriented disciplines, such as engineering and the mathematical sciences, who have prior relevant training and/or academic knowledge in the field of financial services. The unique combination of subjects offered in the MSc facilitates subsequent professional accreditation within the international financial services industry.

We have pioneered the practical use of trading simulation within the University sector. This allows our students to actively manage a portfolio of stocks, bonds, futures and derivative instruments. This experience has given our students a significant advantage in understanding the dynamics of the marketplace.

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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. Read more

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.



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Banking & Financial Services is designed to develop expertise in topics relevant to the banking sector, and the provision and valuation of financial services. Read more

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.

Why this programme

  • This programme offers a range of courses focusing on areas such as corporate finance and modern theory of banking and finance, to enhance your understanding of how the banking system functions, its role for the economy and how it is regulated.
  • You will gain an in-depth understanding of
  • the theory of corporate finance
  • the practicalities of the financial system in the international economy
  • the role of price, money and interest rate fundamentals in determining exchange rates
  • the organisation, management and regulation of financial markets, financial exchanges and financial service providers.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Corporate finance and investment
  • Financial services
  • International finance and money 
  • Modern theory of banking and finance.

Optional courses may include

  • Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a co-requisite for this course)
  • Basic econometrics
  • Financial analysis and equity valuation
  • Financial institutions and markets in developing countries 
  • International banking and financial markets
  • International capital markets
  • International financial management
  • International trade
  • Monetary policy and the role of central banks
  • Portfolio analysis and investment
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.

Career prospects

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. 



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The MSc Computing for the Financial Services provides an intensive course specifically tailored for computer science graduates or graduates of related subjects with a substantial amount of programming who are interested in pursuing a career in financial services. Read more
The MSc Computing for the Financial Services provides an intensive course specifically tailored for computer science graduates or graduates of related subjects with a substantial amount of programming who are interested in pursuing a career in financial services. As well as gaining a broad knowledge of the subject, you acquire practical skills and have the opportunity to investigate certain areas of current research more deeply.

If you are new to the subject, this MSc provides the foundation for a career in IT within the financial services industry, and if you already work in IT, it provides an opportunity to broaden your knowledge and update your skills specifically for finance while obtaining a formal qualification.

The programme offers a single software development pathway in Java. For more experienced students there is the opportunity to carry out project work in other languages.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

An intensive course in computing for graduates of other subjects, specifically tailored for individuals choosing a career in financial services.
You gain a broad knowledge of the subject, acquire practical skills and have the opportunity to investigate certain areas of current research more deeply.
The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems maintains advanced software development laboratories with over 100 seats. All labs are connected to the high-speed SuperJANET academic network.

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Description. Study for an MBA Banking and Finance Master's Degree at one of Europe's foremost Banking and Finance Schools. At Bangor, we offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the areas of banking and finance. Read more
Description

Study for an MBA Banking and Finance Master's Degree at one of Europe's foremost Banking and Finance Schools. At Bangor, we offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the areas of banking and finance. The MBA Banking and Finance is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers. The MBA programme provides a more practical postgraduate course to complement our long established MA course in Banking and Finance and our distance-learning MBA with Manchester Business School.

A primary objective of the MBA Banking and Finance is to develop knowledgeable and capable executives to move quickly to key positions in the financial services sector. The programme will provide executive training at an advanced level covering the latest developments in the management of banks and financial services firms.

We have long held a strong international reputation in the study of banking and finance. Our long established and highly successful MA programme has run since 1973 and over this period we have also had a strong PhD programme where research typically focuses on banking and financial sector issues. Postgraduates have enjoyed a mix of both theoretical and practical elements covering contemporary developments in the banking and financial field. The MBA aims to extend and develop advanced training relating to the practical managerial issues faced by modern financial service firms.

The main aim of our full-time MBA is to introduce a much stronger practical emphasis focussing on the strategies and financial management of financial firms. Your MBA will give you practical insight and skills in a range of strategic and management areas in financial services. We invite practitioners to share their views and experiences. Case studies and contemporary issues figure highly in the programme.

The School has a lively group of staff, who are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Your teaching staff at Bangor are active researchers, combining high levels of expertise with a desire to extend their subject area, and, most importantly from a postgraduate viewpoint, an enthusiasm to encourage others to develop their academic, financial and business skills.

We are pleased that you are considering joining the MBA Banking and Finance programme. If you decide to do so, we are confident that we can offer you the guidance, stimulation and support that will make the next year a happy and productive time for you. I wish you every success in your MBA career.

Professor Philip Molyneux
Postgraduate Director

Why study the MBA Banking and Finance?

Financial systems and financial services firms' strategies are now involved in a fundamental, far reaching process of realignment and change. The strategic priority of banks and other financial institutions has shifted away from growth and size alone towards a greater emphasis on profitability, performance and shareholder value creation. The growing economic importance of financial sectors has also re-emphasised that bankers, fund managers, multinational companies, securities firms, regulators and financial advisers must have a clear understanding of the theory and practice relating to banking and finance.

Aims of the course

The Bangor Business School aims to build on our long-established expertise in the area of postgraduate training in banking and finance by offering a one-year modular MBA Banking and Finance, which aims to develop participants' academic and managerial skills in these areas. An important objective is to provide relevant analytical training to familiarise participants with the latest strategic, managerial and industrial developments in the financial services industry.

The MBA Banking and Finance course provides a coherent analytical framework for the study of banking and financial developments from a management perspective. The emphasis throughout the programme is on the application of contemporary, financial, managerial and strategic developments that affect real-world decision-making in the global financial industry.

We recognise that a thorough understanding of recent developments in banking and financial firm strategies, financial management, risk management, international financial markets, marketing strategies and performance evaluation are essential requirements for all those involved in financial sector activities (or those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of these important business and managerial areas).

Who should consider studying the MBA Banking and Finance?

The course will be of interest to the following people:

Graduates who have professional experience in the financial sector;
Managers and accountants in public and private organisations who wish to develop their financial management skills;
Managers employed in the financial services industry;
Graduates contemplating a career in the banking and financial services industry;
Graduates who have relevant practical experience and wish to enhance their skills in the areas of banking and finance;
Finance professionals (like corporate treasurers and accountants) who deal with the financial services industry.

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The Finance MBA is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers. Read more
The Finance MBA is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers.

The course will be of particular interest to:

Graduates who have professional experience in the financial sector;
Managers and accountants in public and private organisations who wish to develop their financial management skills;
Managers employed in the financial services industry;
Graduates contemplating a career in the banking and financial services industry;
Graduates who have relevant practical experience and wish to enhance their skills in the areas of banking and finance;
Finance professionals (like corporate treasurers and accountants) who deal with the financial services industry.

Course Structure

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.

Compulsory modules:

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.

Global Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial markets and instruments in a global context, taking account of insights from portfolio theory concerning the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, and the pricing of assets.

Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds and equities, which are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes. The module builds on the foundations provided in ‘Global Financial Markets’. Emphasis is placed on strategic and tactical asset allocation, and on the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.

International Financial Management: In this module the financial management of multinational companies and the influence of macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision making are examined in an international and global context.

Optional modules (choose 3):

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 Finance: This module provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues. The first part of the module examines issues relating to financial contracting, instruments and various intermediation issues. The second part focuses on the role of the capital market in providing Islamic financing, and highlights financial engineering and risk management features of this type of business.

Financial Modelling: This module develops a combined theoretical and practical approach to mathematical modelling for specialists in finance. The module emphasises numerical methods and other analytic approaches to financial modelling.

Financial Institutions Strategic Management: This module examines the main theoretical and practical issues concerning banking business. You will develop a critical awareness of the theory of the banking firm, the motives for international banking, and regulatory and structural issues impacting on bank behaviour.

Financial Crises and Bank Regulation: This module examines why banks and financial markets are inherently vulnerable to crises, and analyses the role of policy makers and institutions. The roles of monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, corporate governance and ratings agencies in mitigating or exacerbating crises are considered.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. 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.

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.

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IN BRIEF. A course that equips you with the necessary theory and skills to work successfully in the rapidly expanding financial services industry. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • A course that equips you with the necessary theory and skills to work successfully in the rapidly expanding financial services industry
  • Excellent career potential and the opportunity to take a Business Innovation Project, enhancing your practical skills and experience
  • Choose to take a one to three-month Assessed Internship with an employer, supported by Salford Business School
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

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.

COURSE DETAILS

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.

TEACHING

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.

ASSESSMENT

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.

EMPLOYABILITY

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.

FACILITIES

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.



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Course aims
Financial services are not only one of the most dynamic sectors of the economy but also one of the two largest customers of IT! This MSc is offered together with the Department of Economics in order to give you both a command of the software technologies that financial institutions require to "embrace the challenge of change" and of the business context and organisational structures that IT systems need to support.

This MSc programme concentrates on architectures for building scalable financial software systems, thus preparing software engineers for a plethora of jobs in the financial industry. In particular it considers technologies and techniques that are particularly relevant for the challenges of the financial market, predominantly a need to migrate from mission-critical, monolithic legacy systems to more flexible architectures that allow speedy reaction to customer and business partner’s needs. The technical aspect must be seen in the context of the business environment, where software engineers typically interact with a world of financial jargon and departments with specialised roles and needs.

Course modules
This specialist course consists of five core modules and three option modules. For the MSc there is also a project.

Core Modules
Corporate Finance
Financial Information Systems
Personal and Group Skills
Service-Oriented Architectures
System Re-engineering

Start Dates
October and January each year.

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OVERVIEW. 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. Read more

OVERVIEW

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.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

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.

MODULES

• 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

Specialist modules:

• Global Financial Markets

• Banking Regulation and Risk

• Financial Enterprise and Social Responsibility

• International Accounting Perspectives

Project options

• Internship

• Consulting Project

• Entrepreneurship Project

• Simulation

• Dissertation

ACCREDITATION

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.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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.

START DATES

MBA Global Financial Services has start dates in January and October 2018.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

“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



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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. Read more

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.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

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/.

Programme structure

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/ .

Compulsory modules

Previous examples of compulsory modules are as follows;

  • Financial Instruments;
  • Investment Analysis;
  • Fundamentals of Financial Management;
  • Marketing Strategy;
  • Marketing Analysis & Research;
  • Banking and Financial Services;
  • Integrated Marketing Communications.

Optional modules

Previous examples are as follows;

  • Derivatives Pricing;
  • Domestic and International Portfolio Management;
  • Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development;
  • Internet Marketing in the Information Society;
  • Topics in Financial Economics;
  • Tourism and Marketing;
  • Understanding Consumer Behaviour;
  • Corporate Finance and Governance;
  • Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganizations;
  • Alternative Investments;
  • Services Marketing.


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Kent Business School’s specialist Master’s programmes in Finance are specially designed to respond to the rapidly changing needs of the finance and financial services sector, cultivating practical financial skills and developing real-world business knowledge. Read more
Kent Business School’s specialist Master’s programmes in Finance are specially designed to respond to the rapidly changing needs of the finance and financial services sector, cultivating practical financial skills and developing real-world business knowledge.

The MSc International Banking and Finance programme enables you to gain employability skills that are necessary for working in top tier global financial institutions, international organisations, central banks, financial regulatory agencies and in similar highly specialised institutions.

This programme provides a solid background in the principles and practices of financial institutions, markets and systems. You develop your knowledge, understanding and insight into how financial institutions and markets function in the economy and global financial system. You also develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical, intellectual and research skills, plus relevant personal and interpersonal skills to interact in the real world of business and finance.

The programme will be of particular interest to those wishing to build careers within banks, building societies, specialised financial institutions and fund management, securities dealing firms, multinational companies, or to occupy roles in corporate financial management and independent financial advice.

We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc in International Banking and Finance programme from the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) as PRMIA academic partner at programme level. PRMIA recognition has already been obtained for the MSc Financial Services in Banking programme, which is the predecessor of the MSc in International Banking and Finance.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/23/international-banking-and-finance

- Quants Workshop
Kent Business School offers an optional two-week refresher workshop in Mathematics, Statistics and Excel, prior to the start of this programme.

Kent Business School (KBS)

Kent Business School has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

Course structure

Elements of practical work will be carried out in the Business School’s dedicated Bloomberg Lab. The virtual trading platform allows you to access and engage with market data through practical case studies and the use of online databases. The programmes also provide you with the necessary training required for the Bloomberg Certificate.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide knowledge and understanding of the financial systems and institutions that exist in Western economies and emerging markets

- provide you with the knowledge to be able to evaluate the relevant literature critically

- provide you with the knowledge to enable the application of appropriate risk management techniques

- enable you to interpret and evaluate banking and financial theory critically

- develop your ability to apply quantitative techniques to finance and banking practice

- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills

- provide you with the knowledge of the financial regulations that exist within the financial world

- provide preparation for and/or development of a career in financial services/banking by developing your skills at a professional or
equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area

- add value to your first degree by developing your integrated and critical awareness and understanding in the field of financial services

- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high-quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere

- develop your ability to conduct independent self-directed research.

Careers

Our finance programmes equip you with an impressive set of skills and specialist knowledge. In addition, inbuilt practical experience will help you succeed in a competitive job market.

This programme is ideal preparation for a career with investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, specialised financial institutions, trading companies and financial management roles in other industries.

Careers in finance continue to provide exceptional earning potential in the UK (The very highest-paying job specialisms in the finance sector include structurer, trader, M&A and leveraged finance, 2 November 2015, CityA.M.).

Our students have an excellent record for employment. Recent graduates are now working in top global companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc in International Banking and Finance programme from the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA) as PRMIA academic partner at programme level.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD), CIPD, CIM and the Association of Business Schools (ABS). In addition, KBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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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. Read more

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:

  • Learn the fundamental and advanced aspects of domestic and international bank management, operations and risk measurement and management
  • Apply relevant analytical techniques in order to analyse problems and issues arising within banking firms
  • Evaluate theory through critical appraisal of current research in the area of banking
  • Explain and apply current and relevant theories in financial regulation in practical settings
  • Utilise financial securities within a bank management setting
  • Understand how to apply operational risk techniques within a banking firm
  • Critically discuss the operations process of financial markets

Module Information

  • Financial Securities Analysis
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Bank Management
  • Global Finance
  • Financial Risk Modelling
  • Bank Operational Risk and Global Operations Management
  • Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership
  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Masters Research Project




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Over the past two or three decades or so, Islamic banking and finance has emerged as another viable way of financial intermediation. Read more

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.

Course Structure

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.

Compulsory Modules:

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.

Optional Modules:

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.



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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. Read more

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.

Coursework and assessment

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.

Course unit details

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.

Scholarships and bursaries

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 .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

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.



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