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IN BRIEF:

  • Equip yourself for a career in the rapidly expanding banking and finance industry
  • Take a Business Innovation Project to enhance your practical skills and experience
  • Apply what you’ve learned through a one to three-month Assessed Internship with an employer
  • Part-time study optionWork/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course has been designed specifically to enhance knowledge of the banking and finance industry and improve your employability prospects.

You will learn about key challenges in the current global economic environment, consider issues from around the world, and analyse and evaluate problems to identify the best solutions to improve international banking and finance strategies and practice.

Banking continues to experience a number of problems requiring the development of new opportunities and you will find this course is relevant, innovative and challenging. 

You may also choose to take advantage a blended distance learning opportunity, available through our official partner - Robert Kennedy College - in Zurich, Switzerland.

COURSE DETAILS

The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year.

This course has been designed specifically to enhance  knowledge of the banking and finance industry and improve your employability  prospects.  Specifically the course will:

  • Provide a cutting-edge  and practice-relevant specialised banking and finance programme, and  provide graduates with the appropriate advanced level skills and knowledge  which will enable them to contribute to the needs of the growing,  sophisticated, international banking and finance industries.
  • Develop students’ existing skills through advanced study in the  areas of finance and banking and equip graduates with a coherent theoretical  framework for the various subject areas, with particular emphasis on the  international dimension and the practical application of financial techniques  in a real world setting.
  • Equip students with competent skills of appreciation of  the nature and functioning of financial markets and institution, and with effective  capacity of applying advanced banking and finance theories and techniques to a  wide range of international banking and finance problems.
  • Develop intellectual capability to work  effectively in teams and independently to apply good working knowledge in real-life scenarios through  practical exercises and projects and to recognize good practice in the analysis,  planning and management of international banking and finance products and  services.
  • Equip graduates with a very wide range of careers in banks,  investment banks, securities firms, portfolio managers, consultants, central  banks, finance departments of industrial and service companies, and  multinational financial organisations.

On  successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify, discuss and critically evaluate the impact  of market behaviour on bank performance and organisational behaviour, including the role of international  financial structures, the operation of foreign exchange markets and the role of  risk management for businesses from an international perspective;
  • Develop the capability of critical evaluation of  alternative conceptualisations, methodologies and frameworks used in  international banking and finance; be able to demonstrate originality in the  application of their knowledge to the subject area from an international  perspective.
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate recent and current literature on a  wide range of MSc Investment and Finance theories and issues in order to  develop and apply conceptual frameworks.
  • Develop and apply a strategy for the collection, analysis, critical  evaluation and interpretation of data.
  • Work with others in making  effective strategic and operational decisions related to the management of an  enterprise in a globally competitive, diverse and dynamic environment.

TEACHING

The course is currently delivered in four blocks of three-day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block. 

From September 2017, this delivery format will change. Students will continue to study a single module for a 6 week period. Face to face teaching will be delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through Blackboard.  Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

ASSESSMENT

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

EMPLOYABILITY

Recent graduates have joined the international banking and finance industries, corporate sector, and the academic community. You will gain a highly-regarded formal qualification, as well as personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects.

FACILITIES

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre.

Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus. Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

MediaCityUK is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study. Home to major BBC and ITV departments, the University of Salford and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors, MediaCityUK is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain.


Visit the International Banking and Finance - MSc/PGDipPGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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