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Responding to a rising demand for highly skilled professionals able to negotiate complex regulatory policy and structural change, this course considers banking and financial developments from a corporate and global perspective.

The most recent financial crisis highlighted the importance of the link between the banking and financial sector and the real economy and has driven rapid change within the banking industry. By studying this course, you will have the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the strategies employed by financial institutions and the instruments at their disposal.

This course currently benefits from accreditation by the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) until April 2022, the UK’s largest professional body for bankers. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to opt-in to an accelerated route to Associate Chartered Banker and Chartered Banker status, subject to passing CBI modules (subject to passing additional exams, and fees apply.)

Rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business schools in over 150 countries, in 2018, Coventry Business School offers industry-standard facilities, including a 42-terminal academic trading floor. Using a range of market-leading software and data packages, such as Bloomberg, Datastream, Fitch-Connect and Thompson Reuters Eikon, you’ll have the opportunity to master financial, statistical and econometric analysis, and learn to interpret, evaluate and communicate financial information in real-life business situations.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Chartered Banker Institute

This course currently has Accredited Programme status from the Chartered Banker Institute, valid until April 2022. Successful completion of this course means you are eligible to opt-in to an accelerated route to Associate Chartered Banker status, upon successful completion of the CBI’s Professionalism & Ethics module and Chartered Banker status, upon successful completion of the CBI’s Professionalism & Ethics and Bank Strategy, Operations & Technology modules.

Visit the Chartered Banker Institute website for more information.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

This course is part of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute’s University Affiliation Program, recognising that the course curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA Program exams. This accreditation is ongoing, but is assessed yearly through a quality review, and whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Course information

The course aims to provide a solid grounding in the main components of commercial and investment banking and the changing structure of the international financial industry. The emphasis is on interpreting, evaluating and communicating financial information to support strategic decision making within a commercial context.

Why choose this course?

Ideal for those considering embarking on a career in the rapidly developing banking and financial sectors, this specialist Master’s course examines the role and importance of money and banking in the wider economy.

Input from professional bodies such as the Chartered Banker Institute, the main professional body representing retail bank employees in the UK, ensures that course validity is maintained and takes account of the changing nature of the banking industry in recent years; for example, the growing focus on improving ethics, governance and standards in banking.

We cover traditional areas of study, such as investment analysis, commercial and investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, derivatives, finance microstructure and taxation. Additionally, you will explore the areas of international finance, banking and regulation, and investment and risk management techniques in global financial markets.

All our finance courses feature innovative, interactive teaching designed to embed professional skills. There will be opportunities to practise trading on our Bloomberg trading floor, which incorporates the best analytical, news and data platforms. Gaining first-hand experience of these industry-standard tools, you can work simultaneously on multiple split screens, a replication of the real working environment.

Staff will share their experience of working as finance professionals in fund management, consultancy and banking for blue chip companies, multinational corporations and public sector organisations across the UK, Europe, North America, South East Asia and Africa.

You will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers from industry, covering topics from banking regulation to corporate governance and employability (subject to availability). You may also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through a company internship (subject to a competitive application process, fees and meeting any applicable visa requirements), which has seen past students undertake a range of activities, from analysing crowdfunding sources in Asia to conducting in-depth financial planning and forecasting, investor presentation and forecasts for business growth.

Career prospects

This Master’s course will suit recent graduates who already have some academic knowledge of the business and financial sector and are seeking to embark on a career in the financial services sector, as well as current financial practitioners who wish to upgrade their qualifications for career progression.

It can lead to specialist roles in the banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy sectors. Typical roles may include financial planners and controllers, economists, treasurers, stock brokers, commodities traders, cash and fund managers, insurance adjusters and other positions in banking and finance.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


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

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