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Banking and Finance MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Banking and Finance MSc

The Banking and Finance MSc produces highly skilled, analytical and forward-thinking graduates who are ready to slot into specialised roles in the banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy sectors. This is a demanding programme, but has an outstanding pass rate.

This course is suitable for students from a variety of academic backgrounds, including those with industry experience and those who do not have a bachelors degree in economics, finance or accountancy. You can study the course part time, so you can apply your learning in the workplace straight away.

The programme has been developed in consultation with finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank to give you the practical, real-life skills employers require in this highly competitive sector.

We are one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.

There are regular talks from practising industry experts such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.

As well as studying an international curriculum, you will meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures who can add international insight to class discussions and working groups, and give you a global alumni network.

When you study this programme you can also apply for Bloomberg certification. This industry-recognised qualification gives graduates a huge advantage in the jobs market. The course covers many aspects of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, helping to prepare you for their professional examination.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What will you study?

The banking and finance master's degree is designed to demonstrate the links between theory and practice. Taught sessions use real life examples and case studies, while the assessments also expose you to real life problems and solutions.

The core modules on this course will show you how to manage assets, liquidity and risk, and how to analyse credit, interest, statements and rates. You will also learn about corporate finance and industry regulation. You will also get the opportunity to work in Kingston Business School's Bloomberg Trading Room.

You will study eight taught modules, then undertake a research project.


You will be assessed via examinations, coursework assignments, case studies, presentations and research projects.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules

Bank Operations and Strategy
Bank Financial Risk Management
Financial Modelling and Research Methods
Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis
Portfolio Theory and Investment Banking
Financial Services Regulation and Compliance
Research Project
Islamic Banking and Insurance
Financial Engineering
International Financial Services

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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

(Student Profile)

Andrea Martin

326.jpg “I chose to study Accounting and Finance at Kingston University, as I had heard excellent reports about the business school at Kingston Hill from my teachers at school.

I liked the fact that the course had an optional placement year in industry included and I was very fortunate to get the opportunity of a one-year paid placement at a local Chartered Accountancy company. This gave me valuable practical experience to add to my CV and to carry forward in my future career. By taking a placement I was able to further enhance the skills and knowledge of accounting & finance that I had gained from my course, by putting theory into practice.”

(Student Profile)

Ciara Loughnane

"This Banking and Finance MSc sets very high standards in teaching and course content. The course is not only strong academically, but also very oriented towards the practical aspects of a career in banking or finance. I find that the course is extremely well managed by the course leader and tutors. Help and advice is readily available regarding any problems students may encounter."


Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from anyone with a good honours (or equivalent) in any relevant discipline.If you do not have an honours degree, you will need to show us evidence that you know enough about the relevant subjects to understand the course materials – for example, a professional qualification, training or work experience in a relevant field (contact the postgraduate admissions team to find out more).

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