Centre for Financial and Management Studies

MSc Finance (Banking)

Key information

Duration
Two to five years
Start of programme
October / January / April / June
Attendance mode
Distance learning
Fees

MSc: £10,920
Single module: £1,820

Course overview

Our MSc Finance (Banking) programme has been designed to help you start or further your career in the banking sector. Through the programme, you will deepen your knowledge in financial management, particularly in core banking activities (maturity and risk mismatch management), retirement and financial planning, commercial credit and factoring, and liquidity and risk management. 

Why study MSc Finance (Banking) at SOAS

  • ranked 5th in the UK for graduate employability (Guardian League Tables 2021)
  • programmes are delivered by a multicultural and international teaching body, who regularly publish in top international journals
  • you will develop an excellent understanding of financial markets, banks and their relation to economic performance
  • we are specialists in the delivery of more than 40 African and Asian languages. As the economies of the Global South continue to expand, knowledge of other languages and cultures will be a big asset in the world of commerce and international trade
  • you will be joining our community of alumni working in 160 countries in sectors including finance, government, industry and international organisations. 

Entry requirements

You should have an upper second class (2.1) UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in any discipline. Relevant professional experience will be taken into account, but is not a requirement. Your application may also be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training. 

Structure

You will study six modules: three core modules and three elective modules selected from the lists below.

If you wish to complete the Dissertation you must study Research Methods.

Core modules

  • Corporate and Investment Banking
  • Corporate Finance
  • Portfolio and Fund Management
  • Retail Banking and Household Finance

Electives modules

  • Bank Financial Management
  • Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking Crises
  • Banking and Capital Markets
  • Banking Strategy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Dissertation
  • Econometric Analysis and Applications
  • Econometric Principles and Data Analysis
  • Finance in the Global market
  • Financial Econometrics
  • International Finance
  • Introduction to Valuation
  • Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets
  • Research Methods
  • Risk Management: Principles and Applications

Teaching and learning

The MSc Finance (Banking) is made up of six modules. Each module lasts for 10 weeks. 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 your studies throughout the year, enabling you to fit your course around your professional, family, and personal commitments. 

Online academic tutor

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.

Virtual Learning Environment 

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, you will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is a web-based learning environment.

Through 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 each module's Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

Exams

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

Fees and funding

MSc Single Module
£10,920 £1,820

Pay as you learn

Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay-as-you-learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on. 

Postgraduate loans

If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. See postgraduate funding and finance for more information.

Look through the postgraduate scholarships available.

Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.

Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:

  • United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
  • Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
  • European Union
  • British Council
  • UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • NGOs
  • Educational and other charitable trusts

Employment

As a graduate of MSc Finance (Banking) you will be well prepared for senior positions in:

  • banking
  • asset management
  • pension funds
  • regulators
  • financial institutions

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Euro Monitor International
  • Financial Times
  • HM Treasury
  • Huaxia Bank, China
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Investec
  • JP Morgan, Chase & Co
  • KPMG
  • Nomura
  • Oxfam
  • Publicis Media
  • Santander
  • UBS
  • University of Oxford
  • Western Securities Co. Ltd
  • White & Case LLP
  • World Food Programme

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