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Having started the MSc in Banking Practice and Management with limited understanding of financial services, the insight and knowledge I gained as a result of the course have been invaluable as I have progressed in my career.

Amy Cookson - Group Analytics Support Manager, Yorkshire Building Society Group


MSc in Banking Practice
and Management

A unique and specialised qualification for aspiring senior managers in the financial services sector. Our Masters in banking is designed in collaboration with key industry players, providing in-depth coverage of topics essential for a successful leadership career in today's fast-moving and competitive global banking arena.

About the course

With the busy banking professional in mind, this programme enables you to combine your personal commitments and the demands of a financial services management career with study towards the Masters.

Delivered fully online, you can study the Masters in three distinct stages wherever you are in the world, giving you flexibility in terms of where, when and how you study.

The programme will help you develop the analytical tools to evaluate contemporary industry issues and demonstrate key strategic management skills to use immediately in your work. By covering topics of most critical importance to the banking sector, you will be able to apply your knowledge to new, complex and unpredictable circumstances and differentiate yourself from your peers.

The Masters provides direct entry to the prestigious Chartered Associateship**.


The programme can be completed in 28 months, with modules being taught over 15-week terms.

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Stage Three: MSc in Banking Practice and Management

Programme Specification


Completion of the full Masters programme also provides you with direct access to the Chartered Fellowship**, the pinnacle of academic and professional achievement within the industry.


Assessments range from reports, projects, case studies, essays, blogs, online discussion, closed-book examinations and research proposals. The assessments are designed to be as authentic as possible to the kind of tasks that you may be expected to undertake in your workplace. Four of the nine taught modules (including option subjects) include an examination component.

*Availability of option modules subject to minimum student numbers.

**In order to be awarded Chartered Associateship, you must complete a programme of CPD on an annual basis. 


Deciding to study by online distance learning requires a huge commitment and a lot of hard work. However, it can also be an extremely rewarding experience, enhancing your career path and developing your skills, knowledge and expertise.

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Course Requirements

i. Normally a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in banking, economics or finance-related discipline from a recognised institution.

ii. Demonstration of relevant professional experience. Applicants should either be currently working in, or have experience of working in, the financial services sector.

iii. Candidates holding a degree in an unrelated discipline but relevant financial sector experience are encouraged to contact us if they do not meet (i) above.

iv. Candidates holding The London Institute of Banking & Finance BSc/ACIB, or a comparably challenging relevant undergraduate qualification, are encouraged to contact us if they do not meet (i) above.

v. Applicants for whom English is not their first language would be expected to demonstrate their competence through achieving an IELTS score of 7.0 or above with no element below 6.5 (or equivalent).


Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is available against the programme's first module, Bank Strategy and Competition, for any of our graduates who have successfully completed the Level 6 module, Strategic Management in Financial Services (SMIF). In order to be eligible for consideration, you must hold a minimum of a 2.1 (Hons) degree and have achieved 60 per cent or more in the SMIF module overall. If APL is granted, you will begin the course in Term Two (February 2017) and your programme fee will be adjusted accordingly. For more information, please contact the Head of Postgraduate Programmes.


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"As someone who spent many years in the banking industry and having completed a Masters via online distance learning myself, I know exactly what it is like juggling part-time study with existing personal and professional demands, particularly when working in such a dynamic, fast-paced and pressurised sector as financial services. Many of those teaching on the programme also share similar backgrounds meaning that we all understand and respect the determination and hard work our students invest in this qualification.

Our strategy centres on small class sizes, enabling us to provide an extremely high level of tailored academic and administrative support and, even though you may be studying at a distance, you will never feel too far away from us, your peers or the programme team. Undoubtedly, a Masters does require a big commitment, yet the rewards, knowledge and skills gained can be immense."

Karen Taylor, Head of Postgraduate Programmes

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For advice and more information about the programme, please contact Karen Taylor, Head of Postgraduate Programmes, or call +44 (0)20 7337 6290.

If you live or work in London and would like to meet with Karen at our City of London campus, just email us with your preferred dates for a visit.

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