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MSc Banking and Finance

Course Description

This innovative programme provides you with postgraduate training designed to develop your career in the banking and financial services sector. You will gain a thorough understanding of this field through practical and theoretical application, addressing financial economics, the economics of banking, quantitative methods as well as financial regulation both within the organisation and internationally.

Graduates of the programme will be able to pursue a wide range of careers in financial institutions, banking regulatory organisations and investment banks. Internationally, our graduates are attractive candidates for their domestic regulators and private sector banks. In addition, many graduates will follow other career paths in the financial services sector and could undertake doctoral research.

The key aim of the course is to provide a good balance between the four pillars of the programme:
Theories and debates about banking and financial regulation
Broader financial theories and related issues
Quantitative methodologies which are critical for economic and financial analysis
Successful completion of a dissertation in this field

Through the optional units the course also offers a broader perspective on the subject matter and allows you to specialise in an area of banking and financial economics that is of particular interest to you. Industry practitioners deliver a series of Banking and Finance Workshops and these expose students to the operations of financial markets and theories underpinning banking and corporate finance policy.

Typical core modules (subject to change) include:
Quantitative Methods for Finance and Economics
International Finance
Global Financial Markets
Financial Regulation and Macro Prudential Policy;
Banking and Finance Workshop

Optional modules may include:
Foundations of Finance
Security Analysis and Funds Management
Financial Analysis
Business Finance.

A 60-credit dissertation is mandatory for all students who graduate with an MSc degree. Students are invited to select a research question which they investigate under supervision by an academic. Data support is provided by the Department, including Bloomberg and Bankscope. Dissertations raise the employability of students by allowing them to choose research questions that are specific to their job market requirements.

Visit the MSc Banking and Finance page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2013 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer a discount of 15% off the fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Whilst Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG fees for Brunel alumni we intend to further incentivise Brunel students to take up postgraduate education by increasing the discount to 15%.

Value of Scholarship(s)

15% of tuition fee


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure


Further Information



The Brunel International Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The Brunel International Scholarship is an annual award scheme designed to promote talent and encourage excellence in scholars coming to Brunel from around the globe. Partial scholarships are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been offered a place on a full-time course at Brunel. Please refer to the International Scholarship web pages for more details.

Value of Scholarship(s)

15% of tuition fees


Academic excellence.

Application Procedure


Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum 2.1 degree in Economics or Finance, or its equivalent from other countries. Students with a minimum 2.1 in Business would also be eligible to apply so long as they demonstrate a reasonable exposure (e.g. A level equivalent) to Economics and Mathematics/Statistics. We welcome applications from overseas applicants.

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