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International Banking, Finance and Risk Management MSc

You are creative and confident, committed to success in whatever you do.

You know that international finance is dynamic, fast-moving, fast-changing. The MSc International Banking, Finance and Risk Management is designed for you.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and Institute of Operational Risk (IOR), the MSc International Banking, Finance and Risk Management programme will give you the skills you'll need to manage bank operations:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of banking and finance
  • Explore both domestic and international bank operations
  • Master financial and operational risk measurement and management
  • Learn practical application of financial and analytical techniques
  • Deepen your understanding of ethical decision-making

We collaborate with leading financial services organisations to keep our programme cutting-edge. We understand today's pressing issues in the international financial market - ensuring you will too.

Whatever role you choose to pursue, you'll be prepared to use your skills and insight for good. By protecting businesses and communities from unnecessary risk and making ethical, responsible decisions that promote the common good, you can make a positive impact wherever you go.

The world of international finance is vibrant and diverse - and so is our programme's teaching team. You'll learn from their broad range of experiences, ranging from academic pursuits to industry expertise, and professional practice in both the public and private sectors. The result is a programme that helps you see the world from a broader perspective.

Whether you choose to study at our Glasgow or our London campus, you can expect a curriculum that's career-focused. You'll benefit from guest lectures, master classes and live case studies.

What you will study

Bank Operational Risk and Global Operations Management

Equips you with an understanding of operational risk and management by analysis of the main operations of banks such as settlement and clearance in both EU and emerging markets. You will also study conduct of business, client asset rules and custody.

Bank Management

This module aims to develop a critical awareness of the management of large commercial banks - both their operations and how this exposes them to risk. This will include a look at the theory behind retail banks, an overview of the sector, analysis of the balance sheet of banks and performance analysis using FRA, managing liquidity and liabilities, capital adequacy, investment banking and more.

Financial Services Regulation

Focuses on banking regulation and conduct of business regulation, as well as setting all of this material within the broader framework of international developments in financial regulation.

Financial Securities Analysis

This module will focus upon pricing and placement of financial instruments and how they are traded upon financial markets. You will also study debt, equity, and risk and return.

Ethics and Corporate Governance

This module explores the key issues of incorporate governance and the extent to which the arrangements currently in place secure corporate accountability. Personal and Professional Development enables you to identify, understand, develop and articulate your personal abilities in the context of your future career aspirations.

Research Methods

Develops advanced skills related to a range of research methods needed for academic and practical research at Masters level.

Personal and Professional Development

Enables you to identify, understand, develop and articulate your personal abilities in the context of your future career aspirations.


The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a selective area of banking, finance and risk.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods used vary across modules, these may include: class tests, written exam, coursework, essays, seminar participation, group presentations and individual reports.

Professional accreditations

Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

As an accredited programme, graduates of our MSc International Banking Finance and Risk Management programme may accrue up to 60 non-specific credits at Advanced Diploma level in either the Insurance or Financial Services qualifications framework of the CII.

Institute of Operational Risk (IOR)

Through our accreditation from the Institute of Operational Risk, you have access to a widely recognised professional institute, best practices, knowledge sharing centre and events.

Your career

Joining a globally networked community of alumni and supporters, graduates enter the workplace ideally positioned and prepared to lead in their workplaces and industries.

Graduates pursue opportunities in the fast-growing field of bank risk management, both within the UK and internationally. They find rewarding careers in financial services, investment banking, financial consulting and global operations.

Visit the International Banking, Finance and Risk Management MSc page on the GCU London website for more details!





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