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International Money & Banking (MSc)


Course Description

Overview:

The MSc in International Money & Banking is a one-year, full-time Masters degree that provides you with excellent training for a career in banks, financial institutions, insurance companies, Central Banks and Ministries of Finance/Economics as analysts and/or advisers, as well as in the relevant departments of higher education.

The degree focuses on the use of advanced economics, quantitative methods, finance and banking (financial intermediation) theory in the understanding of the functions and problems of the international money markets, monetary policy and financial institutions.

The degree provides focus on monetary economics and banking while building on elements of advanced economic theory that will allow to draw on a wide range of methodologies in the investigation of specific problems. It will allow you to address problems such as the recent financial crisis. The investigation into real economic and monetary problems are aided by a rigorous training in econometrics that will allow to make sound empirical investigations.

The dissertation will allow you to work together with a member of staff (http://www.bath.ac.uk/economics/staff/) on a topic of your interest and apply your knowledge to a specific problem.

Our MSc courses in economics have received high student satisfaction levels:

- in the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 94% of students agreed that their course had enhanced their academic ability
- in the University of Bath’s 2015 Alumni Survey, 97% of economics graduates agreed that they were proud of their connection to the University of Bath

You can find more about this course by viewing our webinar (https://vimeo.com/151370382).

This course complements the existing range of established postgraduate programmes currently offered by the Department of Economics (http://www.bath.ac.uk/economics/), including the MSc Economics, MRes Economics and the MSc Economic & Finance programmes.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/msc-in-inte-mone-bank/

Core units:

- Microeconomics
- Macroeconomics
- Financial economics
- Econometrics for Economics & Finance
- Financial Econometrics
- International monetary economics
- Economics of Financial Institutions
- International Monetary Economics

Optional units:

- International Monetary Policy and Institutions
- Introduction to Quantitative Finance
- Financial risk management
- International Finance
- Incentives and Performance
- Forecasting Economic and Financial Variables
- Computational Economics
- Growth Theory
- Development Economics

The final third of the course comprises a dissertation to be completed over the summer.

View Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/es/THES-AFM07.html) for further information.

Careers

Graduates of the course have excellent employment prospects. While some progress on to doctoral study, some of our graduates work for the following organisations:

- Senior Analyst at Eka Canada Inc.
- UK Power & Gas Trader at GDF SUEZ Energy
- Associate CDS Trader at Citi
- Consultant at JDX Consulting
- Data Integrity & Custom Basket Analyst at UBS, Shanghai

About the department

The Department of Economics has a strong international research reputation in mainstream economics. The department has attracted substantial funding for its work on, for example, Environmental Economics.

We are ranked 6th for Economics in the Complete University Guide 2016 (http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=Economics).

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/economics/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

Visit the International Money & Banking (MSc) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Xiaoli Cong

2803.jpg “My experience from my undergraduate level of study told me that I was still interested in theories and models behind financial institutions, as well as economics and social problems in general. So I decided to continue my studies and complete the MSc International Money and Banking at Bath.

I enjoyed the flexibility that we are given in choosing units to study. Options are available not only from the Department of Economics but also the School of Management. I chose finance-related units for my first semester, and then more economics-based units in the second one, which provided me insight into the rationale behind the development and growth of various countries, as well as problems such as efficiency and social inequality. The flexible combination allowed me to choose what I wanted to learn.

The programme has not only helped me gain a better-founded academic basis in general, but it’s also given me the opportunity to develop essential skills such as the application of some popular software that is closely related to the industry and high-valued by some leading firms.

What would I say to someone considering studying the programme here? If you are determined to do an MSc degree and you believe that utility curves are interesting, or exchange rate mechanism is a lot of fun, or Econometrics is not boring, then this programme is your thing!”

Xiaoli Cong
MSc International Money & Banking, 2014

(Student Profile)

Samson Charo

2880.jpg “In my career I found myself falling short of core analytical and forecasting skills and an in-depth knowledge in understanding the drivers of future exchange rates, bonds trading and asset pricing. I invested time into searching for a suitable masters course that would equip me with a deeper understanding of analytical tools in the field of monetary policies and banking, and decided to study MSc International Money and Banking at the University of Bath.

True to my expectation, we had the freedom to choose units in economics, finance and management related courses. Based on my interests, the majority of my units were from finance and economics. The finance units equipped me with tools desirable and sought after by those interested in a career in investment banking and mutual funds banking among others. I complimented these units with applied economics, microeconomics and macroeconomics, that are tailored to suit individuals with a keen interest in central banking.

At the University of Bath you’re given the opportunity to handle both group and individual tasks, giving you a taste of what working life would be like. The staff are friendly and always happy to listen and talk you through any challenges you face.

I would take this opportunity to confirm and perhaps convince anyone with an interest in developing their career in banking, i.e. investment, commercial, and central among the other different variations, that choosing the MSc International Money and Banking at Bath is the best choice you can make.”

Samson Charo
MSc International Money & Banking, 2015


(Scholarship)

International Economics Scholarships - 5 Awards

See the website

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4000-£6000

Eligibility

- international fee-paying full-time taught masters applicants from any country for MSc Economics, MSc Economics and Finance, MSc International Money and Banking and MRes Economics.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information

http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/funding/


(Scholarship)

University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme - 20+ Awards

There are 75 scholarships worth £3,000 each in the University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme (UoBISS). See the website

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000

Eligibility

These are for international fee-paying full-time taught master's applicants from any country and for any subject area.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information

http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/funding/


(Scholarship)

PGT Bath Bursaries (Home UK full time) - 20+ Awards

For the academic year 2016/17 we have 30 bursaries of £6,000 each available for new UK Masters students.We anticipate opening for applications around late April/early May. We will email eligible offer holders with further details on how to apply once we are ready to open applications.In addition, the selection panel may take into account the following widening participation criteria and information in your supporting statement when making awards, if:- the highest education level of both of your parents is below degree level or equivalent
- the occupation level of both of your parents is between SEC 4-7 (Social Economic Class)
- you are a care leaver
- you were aged 21 or over when you commenced your undergraduate studies
- you were in receipt of free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or 16-19 Bursary Fund
- you attended a state school and/or a low performing school
- your gender is underrepresented in your academic department
- your ethnicity is underrepresented in your academic faculty.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£6,000

Eligibility

- be a Home (UK) student, and
- apply for and subsequently register on an eligible Masters course.An eligible Masters course leads to an MSc, MBA, MA or stand-alone MRes with a maximum duration of two years for a full time course or four years for a part time course. Part time courses must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (e.g. a course which would take one year if studied full time may take up to two years if studied part time). Courses studied by distance learrning are not eligible for this scheme.

Application Procedure

The application process will be online, accessible through Bath Application Tracker, which you will have access to once you apply for a course. You will be required to answer questions relating to the widening participation eligibility criteria and provide a supporting statement of around 350 words.

Further Information

http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/funding/


(Scholarship)

Graduate School Scholarships - 20+ Awards

See the website

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

- international fee-paying full-time taught master's applicants from any country for MA/MSc programmes in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information

http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/taught/scholarships/



Entry Requirements

First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in economics or an appropriate quantitative subject that includes modules in Microeconomics as well as macroeconomics and econometrics. You are expected to have obtained marks consistently in the range of a 2.1 or first (or equivalent) in at least five quantitative units such as (or similar to); Calculus, Linear Algebra, Data Analysis, Game Theory, Operational Research, Probability, Statistics, Microeconomics, Econometrics and Financial Engineering. Some of these modules should be taken in your final two years of study.

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