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International Banking and Finance - MSc


Course Description

Kent Business School’s specialist Master’s programmes in Finance are specially designed to respond to the rapidly changing needs of the finance and financial services sector, cultivating practical financial skills and developing real-world business knowledge.

The MSc International Banking and Finance programme enables you to gain employability skills that are necessary for working in top tier global financial institutions, international organisations, central banks, financial regulatory agencies and in similar highly specialised institutions.

This programme provides a solid background in the principles and practices of financial institutions, markets and systems. You develop your knowledge, understanding and insight into how financial institutions and markets function in the economy and global financial system. You also develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical, intellectual and research skills, plus relevant personal and interpersonal skills to interact in the real world of business and finance.

The programme will be of particular interest to those wishing to build careers within banks, building societies, specialised financial institutions and fund management, securities dealing firms, multinational companies, or to occupy roles in corporate financial management and independent financial advice.

We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc in International Banking and Finance programme from the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) as PRMIA academic partner at programme level. PRMIA recognition has already been obtained for the MSc Financial Services in Banking programme, which is the predecessor of the MSc in International Banking and Finance.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/23/international-banking-and-finance

- Quants Workshop
Kent Business School offers an optional two-week refresher workshop in Mathematics, Statistics and Excel, prior to the start of this programme.

Kent Business School (KBS)

Kent Business School has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

Course structure

Elements of practical work will be carried out in the Business School’s dedicated Bloomberg Lab. The virtual trading platform allows you to access and engage with market data through practical case studies and the use of online databases. The programmes also provide you with the necessary training required for the Bloomberg Certificate.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide knowledge and understanding of the financial systems and institutions that exist in Western economies and emerging markets

- provide you with the knowledge to be able to evaluate the relevant literature critically

- provide you with the knowledge to enable the application of appropriate risk management techniques

- enable you to interpret and evaluate banking and financial theory critically

- develop your ability to apply quantitative techniques to finance and banking practice

- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills

- provide you with the knowledge of the financial regulations that exist within the financial world

- provide preparation for and/or development of a career in financial services/banking by developing your skills at a professional or
equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area

- add value to your first degree by developing your integrated and critical awareness and understanding in the field of financial services

- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high-quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere

- develop your ability to conduct independent self-directed research.

Careers

Our finance programmes equip you with an impressive set of skills and specialist knowledge. In addition, inbuilt practical experience will help you succeed in a competitive job market.

This programme is ideal preparation for a career with investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, specialised financial institutions, trading companies and financial management roles in other industries.

Careers in finance continue to provide exceptional earning potential in the UK (The very highest-paying job specialisms in the finance sector include structurer, trader, M&A and leveraged finance, 2 November 2015, CityA.M.).

Our students have an excellent record for employment. Recent graduates are now working in top global companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc in International Banking and Finance programme from the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA) as PRMIA academic partner at programme level.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD), CIPD, CIM and the Association of Business Schools (ABS). In addition, KBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Tiered Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Overview - Scholarships are categorised into three award tiers; Bronze, Silver and Gold and are awarded based on academic merit.Criteria - Applicants must hold or be expecting a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent.
Applicants must apply online via the Scholarship Application Form after accepting a formal offer to study onto a Master's programme at Kent Business School for September 2016 entry.
Applicants must submit as part of the online scholarship application an essay of up to 750 words on: ‘Discuss how studying your chosen master's programme at Kent Business School will enhance your career and personal development’.
Applicants must apply before the scholarship deadline of 31 May 2016.Application and Decisions - You will need to submit your application (below) for the Tiered Scholarship by 31 May 2016 for 2016/17 entry.
Scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Awarding Panel in the first week of June 2016 with decisions notified to successful applicants within 2 weeks following the official deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.Please note: Applicants can apply for more than one type of scholarship award offered within Kent Business School, providing they meet the criteria stated. Please note however, successful applicants can only be in receipt of one scholarship award but can still be considered for the Double Loyalty Scheme and also the Early Bird discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £5,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; decisions based on academic merit

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 May 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/scholarship.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Director's International Scholarship - 10 Awards

Overview - Ten Director's International Scholarships are available and awarded based on academic merit, up to a maximum value of £5,000.Criteria - Applicants must be classed as overseas fee status and hold an international passport.
Applicants must hold or be expecting a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent).
Applicants must apply online via the Scholarship Application Form after accepting a formal offer to study onto an MSc programme at Kent Business School for September 2016 entry.
Applicants must submit as part of the online scholarship application an essay of up to 750 words on: ‘Discuss how studying your chosen master's programme at Kent Business School will enhance your career and personal development’.
Applicants must apply before the scholarship deadline of 31 May 2016.Application and Decisions - You will need to submit your application for the Director's International Scholarship by 31 May 2016 for 2016/17 entry.
Scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Awarding Panel in the first week of June 2016 with decisions notified to successful applicants within 2 weeks following the official deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.Please note, if you are unsuccessful for this award, we will consider you for other Kent Business School scholarships based on your application. We may request further supporting statements if required. Awardees can be in receipt of only one scholarship award; the Double Loyalty Scheme discount and the Early Bird discount will still apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

International Students with a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent)

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 May 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/scholarship.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Director's European Scholarship - 5 Awards

Overview - Five Director's European Scholarships are available, worth 50% of the tuition fee for an MSc programme at Kent Business School.Criteria - Applicants must be resident in the UK or Mainland Europe and hold a European passport.
Applicants must hold or be expecting a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent).
Applicants must apply online via the Scholarship Application Form after accepting a formal offer to study onto an MSc programme at Kent Business School for September 2016 entry.
Applicants must submit as part of the online scholarship application an essay of up to 750 words on: ‘Discuss how studying your chosen master's programme at Kent Business School will enhance your career and personal development.
Applicants must apply before the scholarship deadline of 31 May 2016.Application and Decisions -

You will need to submit your application for the Director's European Scholarship by 31 May 2016 for 2016/17 entry.
Scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Awarding Panel in the first week of June 2016 with decisions notified to successful applicants within 2 weeks following the official deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.Please note, if you are unsuccessful for this award, we will consider you for other Kent Business School scholarships based on your application. We may request further supporting statements if required. Awardees can be in receipt of only one scholarship award; the Double Loyalty Scheme discount and the Early Bird discount will still apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction for MSc programmes

Eligibility

Home/EU Students with a 2:1 of First Class degree (or equivalent)

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 May 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/scholarship.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Programme Director's Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Overview - Our Programme Director scholarships are open for applications and are available for all students applying to study on a master’s programme offered within the School. There will be scholarships available per programme up to the value of £2,000 each. Programme Directors will be looking to grant these awards to students who have an outstanding academic background, can demonstrate their passion for the programme and will contribute greatly to their specialist field.Criteria - Applicants must have made a formal application to study onto a Master's programme at Kent Business School and be in receipt of an offer for September 2016 entry.
Applicants should hold (or expect to hold) a first class degree (or equivalent). Students with a borderline 2:1/First degree will also be considered.Application and Decisions - No scholarship application required. Awards considered on a rolling basis by the Scholarship Awarding Panel. Applicants will be notified at offer stage. Please note:Applicants can apply for more than one type of scholarship award offered within Kent Business School, providing they meet the criteria stated. Please note however, successful applicants can only be in receipt of one scholarship award but can still be considered for the Double Loyalty Scheme and also the Early Bird discount.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.
Whilst there is no official deadline for applications, these scholarships are dependent upon a finite pool of funding and will deplete accordingly. The University reserves the right not to allocate the awards if the selection panel identifies no suitable candidates.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £2,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent)

Application Procedure

No scholarship application required. Successful applicants to be notified at offer stage.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Early Bird Discount - No. of awards TBC

Master's programmes starting September 2016Available 2016/17

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount

Eligibility

Online applications received before 31 March 2016

Application Procedure

Apply before 31 March 2016 and subsequently accept your offer and pay your deposit by 30 April 2016 and you will automatically be eligible

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Master's programmes starting September 2016Available 2016/17

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £3,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; decisions based on financial hardship

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 August 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/bursary.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html



Entry Requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a relevant subject such as business, economics, finance, and accounting, humanities, engineering and computer science. Consideration will be given to those applicants holding a good second class honours degree.Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

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