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Course content

The banking and financial markets face many complex challenges. We’ll provide you with the expertise to understand and overcome them. By the end of your course, you’ll have all the skills you need for a huge range of careers across the sector.

Our expert researchers and practitioners will provide innovative theories on key issues in the industry. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put it into practice. Our industry-standard software and datasets, and our virtual trading floor give you the chance to test your skills – using the same tools as the professionals. 

Key benefits

  • You’ll develop a thorough knowledge of commercial and investment banking – as well as the changing structure of the international financial industry.
  • At our central London school, you’ll be taught by financial experts with a huge range of industry experience.
  • Our latest research informs your course. And we’ll help you turn theory into practice so you can use what you learn in the working world.
  • We have an extensive network of contacts from a wide variety of financial organisations. So you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn from inspiring guest speakers, putting their insider knowledge into practice in real-world scenarios.


The Banking and Finance MSc course is an innovative course designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the finance and banking industry. The programme will also equip you with essential research, analytical and critical thinking skills.

Our programme focuses on such areas that have major practical and theoretical application as: investment analysis and management, portfolio creation and management, investment and commercial banking, asset and risk management, mergers and acquisitions, financial derivatives, quantitative financial analysis, taxation and banking regulation.

The course is made up of optional and required modules, and you will complete the course in one year, studying September to September. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, and 60 credits will come from a dissertation of around 15,000 words.

You will study a range of required modules such as Quantitative Methods for Finance, Investments, Commercial and Investment Banking, Financial Derivatives and Statements. In addition to a compulsory 15,000-word dissertation, you will choose further related modules to support your study interests.

Course purpose

This course will provide the skills you need to work in a wide range of careers in finance or banking.

Whether you’re a student or a working professional, our aim is to maximise your employability. And we have a great track record, with a number of innovative postgraduate programmes and great graduate employment statistics.

We design the programme so you’ll be exempt from the exams normally needed for professional qualifications.

Our careers consultants and links with industry will give you a head start in the job market. Many students find internship placements and we offer optional short courses designed to equip you with even more practical skills for working life.

Course format and assessment

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Throughout the degree students are assessed by a variety of methods, which could include written examinations, coursework and individual or group projects and presentations. The dissertation will be assessed on one 15,000-word extended piece of writing. Assignment feedback is provided within four working weeks of submission.

Extra information

Some unique features of our MSc Banking & Finance are:

  • Our programme is designed with a view to securing exemptions from exams run by professional bodies providing professional qualifications.
  • Extensive contributions from respected city professionals and industry experts who also teach you, bringing practical insights into the classroom by applying the theory to real-world scenarios.
  • A fully developed careers programme with careers consultants and extensive industry links that aim to maximise your employment prospects.
  • A set of optional short courses designed to equip you with further practical training and key technical skills for the finance industry
  • State-of-the-art facilities such as a virtual trading floor which provides exclusive access to the latest financial software used in the banking and finance industry, and access to specialised financial and economic databases and software used by economists in finance or in government. These facilities are coupled with a range of courses that familiariseyou with such practical skills as trading and database use.

Career prospects

Graduates from programmes run previously by the programme directors are highly sought after by investment banks, corporate risk management units, insurance companies, fund management institutions, financial regulatory bodies, brokerage firms and trading companies. Recent employers of these graduates include Capital Investment, Credit Suisse, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, Fitch Ratings, HSBC and Morgan & Stanley. Some graduates have pursued research degrees in financial mathematics.

Visit the Banking and Finance - MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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