SOAS University of London

Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)

Postgraduate Diploma in Banking

This programme takes a minimum of one year to complete. Each course lasts eight weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.

2016 Entry requirements

  • You should either have a recognised professional qualification (accounting, banking, CFA or related professional qualifications) or a first degree in economics, business administration, accounting or related discipline, as well as three years relevant experience. You are required to have internet access in order to participate in this programme.

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Start of programme: November / January / March / June / July

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

This Diploma enables people with specialised skills to develop an understanding of a broader range of subjects involved in modern banking. The Diploma in Banking is especially valuable for people holding a professional qualification (including a qualification in accounting, finance, or related professions) who are employed in banks or other financial firms.


Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4050

English language requirements: You are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading, writing and study skills. Where English is a second language, applicants will be asked to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body.



This programme is made up of four modules. You will study one core module and three elective modules selected from the list below.

Core Module
  • Banking Strategy
Elective Modules


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of four 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 in, 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 Diploma programme provides a sound foundation for a career in banking or the financial sector.

A Student's Perspective

I have been inspired by the rigorous and empirical nature of the programme.

Srivatsan Lakshminarayan


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