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Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance - MSc

Course Description

Build valuable and transferable skills in risk management, financial regulation, governance, and compliance.

About the course:
-Gain European and international insights by learning from and sharing ideas with finance & regulatory practitioners and respected academics
-Engage with a range of critical and mainstream views
-Stand out from the crowd when applying from jobs by develop your own unique and informed voice
-Broaden your international exposure with practice-centred teaching attuned to the workplace through case-studies, simulations and interactive discussions
-Benefit from specialist seminars and class interactions, giving you the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and the ability to work with diverse groups


This practitioner-oriented Master’s degree provides students with a practical and theoretical foundation for successful careers in risk management, compliance, regulation and allied work streams within the financial services industry. Skills are developed through creating a broader understanding of financial firm risk-taking, accountability, governance.

The emphasis is on a deep analysis of mainstream and critical authorship. We will challenge current and past thinking on the role of financial institutions and markets. The programme particularly encourages students to examine regulatory structures and concepts in the context of recent and past financial crises.

Students will build the skills and knowledge needed to gain an understanding of financial reform processes and their consequences for markets around the world. Rigorous classroom teaching coupled with extensive reading provides students with a sound theoretical basis. An understanding of substantive legal issues is also developed.

Contributions by industry and regulatory experts introduces students to the nuances of real world application of theoretical constructs. Practical case studies, current legal positions and interactive student discussions or presentations are used in most lectures. In addition legal, academic, practitioner and regulatory input is gained through specialist guest lectures and visits as per the ability of the year-group.


The financial services sector has an ever-expanding need for graduates trained in the fundamentals of compliance, governance and regulation. This increasing demand has been fuelled by implementation of a number and rules and laws, including the EU Market Abuse Directive, Markets in Financial Instruments (MiFID), global standards such as Basel II, and the FSA and US regulators’ focus on principles-based regulation, all of which require significant in-house compliance resources.

With recent explosive growth in capital markets such as China,India, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, combined with the increasing complexity of financial products and a growing sophistication on the part of investors and market participants, there are immense challenges facing institutions, compliance professionals within them and regulators.

Our graduates are in a very strong position to build successful careers in the compliance or legal divisions of investment banks, fund managers and hedge funds, retail banking institutions and other market participants.

Visit the Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance - MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 or the equivalent from an overseas institution, any discipline – no quantitative requirement.

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