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The Masters in Banking and Finance is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Management.

Highlights

  • The course provides an in-depth study of the theory and practice of modern banking and finance.
  • The Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance (CRBF) exposes students to the research and work of eminent academics and business executives.  
  • This programme opens a wide range of new and exciting career opportunities as many financial firms and government agencies require an in-depth knowledge of the functioning of financial markets and institutions.
  • The MSc Banking and Finance Programme is accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute. Students who successfully complete this programme will achieve Chartered Banker Status. Please note that in order to obtain this status students are required to choose MN5608 Risk Management and MN5604 Financial Systems as their optional modules.

Teaching format

The taught elements of the programme are delivered through a mixture of core and optional modules, using a range of delivery methods including lectures, small group tutorials, workshops and seminars. The average lecture size is 30 students, but in some cases, there will be seminars of 15 to 18 students or larger lectures with up to 100 students, which would normally be augmented by small group tutorials.

Assessment comprises a combination of coursework and examinations. From June to August, students undertake a research project culminating in a written dissertation of 15,000 words. You will attend a weekly series of lectures and workshops focusing on research methods and other topics to help prepare you for the dissertation. 

The School of Management

The School of Management organises activities and builds relationships around the concept of responsible enterprise.

Responsible enterprise informs teaching and research about:

  • managing within organisations
  • the impact of human enterprise on the environment
  • the interaction between forms of investment and social and organisational impact
  • the need to foster creativity and development.

Accountability, governance, sustainability and ethics are key to the understanding of and engagement with a wide variety of organisations – private, public and social.

The School of Management has won major grants to undertake research and develop research centres. The research findings are reported in top international journals, which means the School is influential in shaping policy and practice.

The School’s world-class research makes a significant contribution to teaching at St Andrews. School staff work as a supportive community to ensure that students think and engage critically with subject matter, both practical and theoretical, developing their abilities and their skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application.

Events

The School of Management hosts events and guest lectures beginning in Orientation Week and throughout the year, providing students and staff with opportunities to socialise, and to engage with visiting scholars, professionals and practitioners.

The Management Society, a student-led organisation, hosts a broad range of activities, both subject related and social. The University also has a number of other student societies relating to the management discipline.

Careers

Alumni from the Banking and Finance programme and more generally from other Masters programmes in the School of Management have secured employment in the fields of management consultancy, accountancy, investment analysis, investment banking, commercial banking, fund administration and other aspects of the financial services industry.

Graduates from the Masters in Banking and Finance have taken up roles in a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sector including:

  • Deloitte and Touche
  • Deutsche Bank
  • IBM
  • HSBC
  • Nomura Bank
  • Blackrock Global Investment Management
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Credit Suisse Group.

Masters Extra (MX)

The Masters Extra (MX) programme is designed specifically for taught masters students in the School of Management and focusses on careers and personal and professional development. This series of talks, workshops, networking opportunities and activities includes guest lectures from leading academics and experienced managers. Participants earn a Certificate in Career Development through regular attendance.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.


Visit the Banking and Finance (MSc) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

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