SOAS University of London

Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)

MBA Banking

2-5 years

2016 Entry requirements

  • You should have at least three years' relevant work experience as well as a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in economics, business administration, accounting or related discipline. Your application may also be considered if you have sufficient relevant work experience and a recognised professional qualification in accounting, banking or another related subject.

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Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Banking sector professionals need to have a wide range of skills and knowledge to equip them to meet the constantly changing challenges facing the financial sector today. The MBA Banking addresses this need by providing you with the academic principles and knowledge foundations for managing and advising in the banking sector.

If you have any further questions about the overall programme content and its suitability for you, please email Dr Yothin Jinjarak.


Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4050

English language requirements: If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the IELTS test, or 7 in both reading and writing. For the TOEFL paper-based test, you will need a score of 600+, with at least 5.0 in the Test of Written English; and in the TOEFL internet-based test, you will need a score of 100+, with 25+ the written English test.



Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The MBA is made up of six modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.

You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.

Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software. 

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.

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Successful completion of this Masters programme provides a sound foundation for career progression in banking and the financial sector.

A Student's Perspective

Doing an MSc by long distance was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life.

Glenna Dureau-Sargsyan


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