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Finance, Banking and Insurance (MSc)

Course Description

In the aftermath of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, most organisations in finance, banking and insurance are undergoing major changes. These organisations are actively seeking postgraduates who are disciplined in these fields. Westminster Business School is one of just a handful of UK universities to offer a postgraduate degree in Finance, Banking and Insurance.

The MSc in Finance, Banking and Insurance will enable students to pursue a wide range of careers in the financial services industry and to study further for professional institute exams. This year-long full-time programme is designed for students who want to work in the areas of finance, international finance, financial services, investment banking, retail banking, insurance, re-insurance and hedged funds as private client advisors and financial analysis both in the public and private sectors.nsurance, re-insurance, hedged funds, private client advisors and financial analysis both in the public and private sectors.

Course content

The course is designed to give you an essential understanding of the role and operations of the finance, banks and insurance companies. The course is delivered by highly qualified individuals with extensive research experience and strong industry links. During your studies, you will acquire essential knowledge and skills that will set the foundations for a successful career in the financial services sector. Finally, you will gain access to our ever-growing alumni network which will support your career development.

Core modules

- Compliance and Law in Banking and Insurance
This module offers a detailed examination of the law, legal principles, regulation, compliance and supervision that applies to domestic and international banks and insurance companies. The module focuses on relevant reforms to the banking and insurance companies. The module also focuses on relevant reforms to the banking and insurance industries.

- Global Banking
The module evaluates the role and function of domestic and global banks and their structure and operations. This is accompanied by a thorough examination of the risks that banks are exposed to, and the various ways to manage them.

- Insurance Markets and Operations
The module examines the principles and practice of insurance and the operation of insurance companies in the life and non-life markets. It provides a solid understanding of all aspects of the nature and role of insurance, from basic principles through to industry practice.

- International Risk Management
This module provides you with the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about international risk management.

- Modern Finance
You will gain an overview of fundamental topics in the field of finance, including capital structure, corporate value, cost of capital, dividend policy, financial instruments, investment and modern portfolio theory.

- Research Methods
Develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of finance, banking or insurance.

- Project
An 8,000-10,000 word dissertation in the area of finance, banking or insurance.

Option modules

- Advanced Topics in Insurance
This module offers an in-depth analysis of selected specialist areas of insurance. It also offers an interactive, computer-based learning experience exploring the fundamental statistical techniques used in risk analysis and risk management.

- Banking Risk and Operations
Acquire a thorough knowledge of domestic and global banks, structures and functions and gain a sound understanding of the risks that banks are exposed to, and the different techniques applied to manage them.

- Financial Derivatives
This module develops your theoretical understanding of financial derivatives markets. You will price and value financial derivatives from first principles and explore how financial derivative products can be used effectively in risk and investment management applications.

- Financial Markets and Institutions
This module offers detailed coverage and analysis of global financial markets and institutions.

- Fixed Income Analysis and Trading
This module provides the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about traditional income securities.

- Forecasting Markets and Risk Modelling
This module provides advanced ideas and applications of forecasting markets and risk modelling. These include forecasting, volatility forecasting, univariate and multivariate volatility modelling, risk measures, value at risk and advance risk modelling methods which are widely used on trading floors in the financial markets. The module includes extensive computer lab sessions to provide practical experience on using the different models on the trading floor.

- International Financial Reporting
This module will develop your systematic understanding of the principles underlying, and policy issues inherent in, the study of international financial reporting, with particular reference to multinational groups.

- Modern Portfolio Management
Develop your understanding of contemporary portfolio theory and investment management principles in order to actively manage a range of investment funds used by professional institutional investors and the private wealth management industry.

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the Finance, Banking and Insurance (MSc) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. Students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

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