MSc Finance (Banking) (Distance Learning)
- 2-years (Max. 3-years)
- Start of programme
- October / January / April / June
- Attendance mode
- Distance learning (part-time)
Single module: £1,820
- Course code
- Entry requirements
A recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in finance, economics, or another appropriate discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training. All international applicants must be able to show that their English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete their course at SOAS.
The MSc Finance (Banking) is designed for postgraduates wanting to enter the banking sector and professionals already working in financial or neighbouring sectors who are looking to gain a competitive advantage while deepening their knowledge in financial management, particularly in core banking activities (maturity/risk mismatch management), retirement and financial planning, commercial credit and factoring, and liquidity and risk management.
The MSc Finance (Banking) enables you to deepen your understanding of financial markets, banks, and their relation to economic performance. It provides a sound platform for advancing your career in finance and policy. Because finance is so wide ranging, this degree enables you to choose between Banking and three other majors:
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Why study MSc Finance (Banking) at SOAS?
- SOAS is ranked 38th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Complete University Guide 2023).
- We are ranked 6th in UK for graduate employability (QS World University Rankings 2023).
- 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.
How to apply
You will study six modules: three core modules and three elective modules selected from the lists below.
The information on the website reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. The modules are indicative options of the content students can expect and are/have been previously taught as part of these programmes.
However, this information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
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.
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.
Key dates and calendar
To find out when a particular module is running, please view the study calendar on each individual module page.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees 2022/23
Fees are inclusive of all required resources. Whilst we incorporate all of the costs into your module fees, depending on your country of residence, you may incur local costs such as: fees paid to local examination centres for sitting your examinations.
Fees may increase each year, therefore may be higher in subsequent years of study. See online and distance learning fees for further information.
Pay as you learn
Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment (thus avoiding any subsequent rise in fees).or on a pay-as-you-learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.
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.
As a graduate of MSc Finance (Banking) you will be well prepared for senior positions in:
- asset management
- pension funds
- financial institutions
Recent graduates have been hired by:
- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
- Ernst & Young
- Euro Monitor International
- Financial Times
- HM Treasury
- Huaxia Bank, China
- International Rescue Committee
- JP Morgan, Chase & Co
- Publicis Media
- University of Oxford
- Western Securities Co. Ltd
- White & Case LLP
- World Food Programme
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