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How are banks innovating to meet customer demands? Is globalisation increasing risk in the banking and finance sector?

This course builds on your existing knowledge of finance, banking or business to prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in any banking specialism. You follow an advanced and up-to-date programme of study using industry-standard trading software.

We provide you with a broad vision and understanding of the changing nature of modern banking firms. You develop a detailed understanding of areas including:
-Portfolio management
-Modern banking methods
-Bank strategy and risk
-Regulation and the internationalisation process

This course is taught at Essex Business School. We're proud to be an internationally diverse and research intensive school, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). By embedding the latest academic and industry thinking into our teaching, you experience an education that’s at the forefront of the issues impacting today’s banking and finance sectors.

We help you understand the financial drivers of an increasingly complex banking world to give you the best foundation for your career.

Our MSc Banking and Finance is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts provided by the University of Essex. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and IMC level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our finance group is one of the largest in the UK.

Our expert team are at the forefront of financial debate and have presented their research at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve. They combine academic and industry experience to explore issues such as:
-Business ethics
-Corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Essex Finance Centre is based at the School and uses social science theories to address the important issues faced by today’s organisations in the commercial, public and third sectors.

Specialist facilities

Our zero carbon building reflects our ethical approach to business.

Located on our Colchester Campus on the Knowledge Gateway and Parkside Office Village, our Essex Business School building features a unique winter garden, which gives the building its own micro-climate. The Eden-style dome provides an innovative working environment, which includes:
-Bloomberg Financial Market Labs in our virtual trading floor
-Modern lecture theatres
-Study pods and innovation booths – perfect for group working
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-Bonds café
-Study skills support, such as workshops and learning resources

Your future

Our course will provide you with the foundations for a rewarding career in banking and finance, equipping you with the skills to lead at a global level. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Many of our graduates enjoy roles in a host of occupations, including financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Many even now run their own successful businesses.

We work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you enhance your CV by taking part in employability opportunities, such as work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Banking and Finance - MSc
-Modern Banking
-Dissertation
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-Bank Strategy and Risk
-Portfolio Management
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Exchange Rates and International Finance (optional)
-Trading Global Financial Markets (optional)

Visit the Banking and Finance - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

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