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Course content

Banking services represents a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in today’s global economy. The course offers students a unique opportunity to study advanced theory and practice relating to the international banking sector, and to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in this vitally important and dynamic sector of the economy.

The course provides advanced level management and business training relating to practical issues in international banking, with particular reference to issues pertaining to developing countries and emerging markets. This involves understanding the practical managerial issues surrounding the running of banking/financial firms, such as bank financial and strategic management; bank and corporate performance; and the analysis of financial systems and markets. Also under consideration will be the interactions between economic development and the design, growth, operation and performance of the financial system in emerging markets.

Course Structure

The course is a full-time programme lasting 12 months. It consists of two parts:

Part 1:

Is a wholly taught component, contributing 120 credits. All taught modules carry a credit weighting of 15 credits. Part 1 is taught during the two semesters which make up the academic year. Teaching during semester 1 normally runs from late-September to December, with examinations in January. Teaching during Semester 2 normally runs from late-January to early-May, with examinations in May and June.

Part 2:

This consists of either a supervised Dissertation of around 10,000 words, or a structured Advanced Taught Programme of Summer Study that is specific to your chosen degree. Part 2 is completed during the summer months, from late-May to September. If you undertake a supervised Dissertation, you are expected to submit your Dissertation by September in the calendar year following your initial registration for your postgraduate degree. The assessments for the Advanced Taught Programme of Summer Study are also completed during September in the calendar year following your initial registration.

Compulsory modules:

Banking and Development

International Banking

Research Methods

Bank Financial Management

Financial Intermediation

Financial Engineering

Optional modules (choose 2):

Islamic Finance

Financial Econometrics

Financial Institutions Strategic Management

Financial Stability


Visit the International Banking (MSc) page on the Bangor University website for more details!

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