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Our MSc Banking and Finance programme will equip you with the practical skills to understand and model banking and financial markets, using the toolkit of economics.

Banking and financial services are accessed worldwide every day by businesses and consumers. The performance of banking firms can shape global economies and enable businesses to grow.

Our MSc Banking and Finance programme will enable you to understand how the actions of governments, firms, households, and financial intermediaries affect national and global financial assets such as bond, equities and foreign exchange markets. In addition, you will be exposed to the theory and practice of bank credit and lending, as well as financial institution risk management.

Banking and Finance MSc is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in banking, financial services, international financial management, or central banking and financial regulation.

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • Understand and explain the functions and operations of institutions, financial markets and systems, with special reference to central banks, commercial banks and other financial intermediaries
  • Understand and explain the core theories of financial economics with respect to risk management, asset pricing and investment, and to be able to use these theories to assist them in asset management
  • Undertake independent applied research in banking and finance, using basic research tools and quantitative methods appropriate to the conduct of independent research.

What you'll study

Our modules are underpinned by the latest research and best practice, having been designed to provide you with up-to-date and relevant knowledge of banking, finance and research methods. There is also some opportunity to choose optional modules that will enable you to specialise in the areas of economics, banking and finance that best suit your career ambitions and interests. You will also be able to sharpen your applied research skills by either completing a Banking and Finance project or participating in Applied Research Practice seminars.


Banking and Finance MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1:

  • Financial Economics (15 credits)
  • The Financial System (15 credits)
  • Economic Data Analysis (15 credits)

Semester 2:

  • Applied Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
  • Banking and Financial Markets (15 credits)


  • Risk Management and Derivatives (15 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • International Money and Finance (15 credits)


  • Banking and Finance in Practice (20 credits)

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of group and individual coursework as well as exams.

How you'll study

  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Field trips
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Workshops

Your personal and professional development

Our School of Business and Economics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Graduates will be equipped for a career in financial services, international financial management, central banking and financial regulation, or government and economics consultancies.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Bank of China – China, Senior Manager
  • China Everbright Bank, Client Manager
  • China National Coal Group Corp., Settlement Analyst
  • Government Savings Bank, Banking Officer
  • Guosen Securities, Financial Market Trader
  • Hangseng Bank Co., Relation Manager
  • ICAP, Foreign Exchange Broker
  • KPMG, Audit Associate
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Trainee Accountant
  • Shenzhen Development Bank, Accountant
  • VTB Bank – Armenia, Head of Large Corporate Clients Division
  • Xianda College of Economics and Humanities, Lecturer.

Visit the Banking and Finance MSc page on the Loughborough University website for more details!





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