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This course is ideal if you are graduate wanting to develop a career in banking and insurance, financial consulting and regulation, and supervision and compliance. It gives you a broad foundation for career advancement and prepares you for further study with key professional bodies.

We aim this course at

  • recent graduates in business, management, accounting law, economics, finance, and the natural sciences, wishing to differentiate themselves in the job market
  • those already employed in the field who wish to strengthen their career prospects
  • those who wish to follow a career in research and education
  • those employed or seeking a career in financial regulation, supervision and compliance
  • those employed or seeking a career in financial journalism

The immediate value of this course to present or potential employers is its relevance in the job market.

Designed with input from professional bodies and financial institutions, a distinctive feature of the course is its focus on present-day national and global developments in banking and financial markets. You study these developments alongside financial practice and theory based on current research.

This course is linked with the Chartered Bankers Institute and the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). During the course you study modules such as International Treasury Management, which is of particular relevance to professional qualification. The course is designed to provide the technical and practical skills necessary for professionals working in international finance. If you successfully complete the CertITM and this course you are eligible for direct entry onto the MCT advanced diploma, subject to work experience.

You can find careers in retail or corporate banking, fund management, financial markets and financial regulation and compliance.

Professional recognition

If you hold the Sheffield Hallam MSc in Banking and Finance, you are eligible for direct entry to the MCT programme with the Association of Corporate Treasurers

Course structure


September start – typically 12 months

January start – typically 15 months but it can be completed in 12 months

Semester one - Postgraduate Certificate

  • Finance
  • Methods of enquiry
  • Banking and financial markets
  • Financial risk management

Semester two - Postgraduate Diploma

  • International treasury management
  • Risk management in banking
  • Financial regulation and supervision

Optional modules

  • Corporate finance
  • Islamic banking
  • Fund management
  • Consultancy project
  • global business strategy

Semester three - MSc

  • Research Methods

This module develops your abilities to critically evaluate and appraise published research and develop your own research skills. It provides the key steps in developing your understanding of the nature of the postgraduate dissertation and approaches to undertaking one. On completion of the module you formulate and undertake your own research project.

  • Dissertation

The dissertation provides an invaluable opportunity for you to undertake a major research-based project on a topic relevant to your future career development or your academic interest. It gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained on your masters course and to develop research skills.


Assessment methods include phase tests, individual assignments and group work tasks 


Possible progression or career routes after you have completed this course include • a wide range of opportunities in all countries within the banking and retail financial services sectors as well as within government and regulatory organisations • bank management and wider finance roles such as credit analysis and financial engineering • working in treasury related roles and other financial risk management positions • opportunities in financial analysis and management consultancy

Previous graduates have gained employment in organisations such as • SKNA National Bank • Emiko SA • Chinatrust Commercial Bank • HSBC • Barclays • JPMorgan Chase • Deloitte • Lloyds Capital Markets • Co-Op Bank • Scottish Widows • Royal Bank of Scotland

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




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