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Postgraduate

Full-time MSc in Banking & Finance

A specialised qualification for recent graduates to obtain senior positions and for aspiring professionals who are looking to stand out in the financial services sector. Our Masters 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 and finance arena.

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About the course

Delivered full-time at our modern campus in the City of London, you will be taught by industry experts with a wealth of both professional and academic experience.

The programme offers a range of modules, focusing on areas such as risk management, corporate finance, economics as well as leadership in the financial services sector. Students can also select one option module to tailor their learning.

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 critical importance to the financial services sector, you will be able to apply your knowledge to new, complex and unpredictable circumstances and differentiate yourself from your peers.

An unparalleled advantage we offer is our interface with banking, finance institutions and professionals. Our faculty have industry experience and we regularly host industry events on our premises.

The Msc in Banking & Finance provides direct entry to the prestigious Chartered Associateship*.

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Modules

The programme is completed in one academic year, with modules being taught over 3 terms.

*In order to be awarded Chartered Associateship, you must complete a programme of CPD on an annual basis. 
**Availability of option modules subject to minimum student numbers.

Stage One: PGCert in Banking & Finance

Financial Markets, Institutions and Instruments

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the competitive landscape facing the financial services industry. It enables you to consider the effects of this competitive environment on key aspects of the sector, such as the impact of new business models on the principles and structures of lending. It supports you in developing a critical analysis of the structures and strategies of the industry and in establishing an understanding of global banking businesses and market structures.

It also sets out a framework for international comparison, which will be drawn upon to synthesise a critical analysis of challenges facing the financial services sector. Additionally, it enables you to evaluate how the strategic forces impact on the operational structures of banking institutions and the relationship of the industry to its key customer segments.

Modules Assessment

 

 Coursework 1

40%

 Coursework 2

60%

 

Corporate Finance

This module regards the efficient and effective management of firms so to achieve their objectives, namely shareholder wealth maximisation. This module discusses strategic and financial decisions faced by financial managers and their linkages to firm value.

The module provides you with a comprehensive exposure to key areas in corporate finance: how to select investment projects, how to finance firms, when and how to reward shareholders through dividend payments. You will also be exposed to more advanced topics in strategic management, including mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructuring. The module includes some technical points such as event studies, real options, portfolio theory, and company valuation.

Modules Assessment

 

  Online Forum Discussion

20%

 Coursework 40%

 Exam

40%

 

Bank Risk Management and Regulation

The aim of this module is to introduce both internal and external influence on risk taking and execution of business. The costs and benefits of risk taking and reward are different for institutions and society, with regulation responsible for ensuring society’s interests are met.

The module establishes and explains internal and market controls on risk and regulation’s frameworks.

Modules Assessment

 

 Online Blog

20%

 Coursework

40%

 Exam 40%

 

Stage Two: PGDip in Banking & Finance

Economics

The aim of this module is to provide you with the economic knowledge and analytical skills necessary to contribute to the strategic thinking and planning of a business unit. The module includes the microeconomics of a business in the context of its immediate industry and region, and the macroeconomics of the wider environment.

This module introduces a broad set of concepts important in understanding the economic environment from the perspective of both financial institutions and their stakeholders. You will consider financial and business cycles, and learn to bring a critical approach to the interpretation of key economic performance statistics and indicators. The module provides a clear focus on business/credit cycles, the varying analyses of these cycles and the policy responses to them.

Modules Assessment

 

 Coursework

40%

 Exam

60%

 

Leadership in Financial Services

The aim of this module is to provide you with a detailed understanding of the issues and challenges faced by those leading and managing people within the financial services sector alongside the potential solutions needed to address them.

The topic is explored from different aspects recognising roles as individuals and within teams and organisations, relationships with the HR function, and interactions with external parties. This requires a detailed understanding of what organisations seek to do to manage, develop, and support their staff. This module aims to improve your abilities to lead and manage people directly in addition to understanding others’ perspectives, especially that of the HR Department (or its equivalent).

Modules Assessment

 

 Online Forum Discussion

20%

 Coursework 1 40%

 Coursework 2

40%

 

Stage Three: MSc in Banking & Finance

Research Methods and Dissertation (10,000 words)

The Research Methods and Dissertation module equips you with the tools to plan and undertake a research project and gives you the opportunity to put this learning into practice through designing and undertaking an extended study, working independently.

The module provides you with the foundations of research methods in business, from defining the research question, understanding different theoretical perspectives and undertaking a review of the literature through to identifying sources of both primary and secondary data, and understanding approaches to data collection and analysis.

For the motivated student, the Dissertation offers the ultimate opportunity to engage with potential employers and build industry contacts as research is undertaken and analysed. Students are encouraged to begin consideration of their research subject as soon as they begin their studies.

Modules Assessment

 

 Coursework

100%

 

Option modules - choose one**

Commercial and Corporate Banking

This module focuses on the range of financial solutions that a small business customer – from a sole trader to a medium-sized enterprise – might require. MSMEs’ financial needs extend beyond lending products, and encompass a broad range of other financial products to support their business objectives. These include trade finance and instruments to manage exchange rate fluctuations for small importers/exporters, debt factoring or leasing products, different kinds of derivatives, and other areas covering the relationship between banks and their small and medium enterprise customers.

In addition, the module looks more widely at the corporate (large business) market, exploring financing and relationship management issues from a global banking perspective.

Modules Assessment

 

 Coursework 1

30%

 Coursework 2

70%

 

Investment Management

This is a specialised finance module that provides the theories to support modern investment and risk management techniques, as well as their application in practice. The past three decades have witnessed rapid and deep changes in the investment industry, with new trading strategies resulting from developments in information technology and communication.

The module covers the pricing and trading of financial assets (equity, debt, and derivatives), using concepts of valuation and return as well as fundamental and technical analysis. Furthermore, the module explores risks and risk assessment methods, particularly the analysis of yield spreads, interest rate risk, and currency risk.

Modules Assessment

 

 Online Forum Discussion

20%

 Coursework 40%

 Exam

40%

 

Careers and Employability

Our expert Careers and Employability team is on hand to help you develop your career plan, develop a job strategy, build your professional network and connect you with timely opportunities for professional development and employment post graduation. We work with SMEs and leading employers in the financial services sector and can connect you with opportunities both within the UK and abroad.

Our services include:

  • Individual career coaching with our Head of Careers
  • CV and cover letter development service
  • Internships and graduate support with job searching
  • Mock interviews
  • Weekly Masters jobs alerts
  • On campus employer events
  • Mentoring programmes

The MSc Careers and Employability Training programme is built into your timetable and will cover the following workshops:

  • Introduction to career development and planning
  • CVs and cover letters
  • Building your personal branding and networking
  • LinkedIn career development
  • Market overview of financial services and banking careers
  • Careers in consulting
  • Informational interviewing
  • How to work with search firms
  • Assessment centre training
  • Mock interviews
  • Building career resilience

Alongside these workshops, as a student of The London Institute of Banking & Finance you will have full access to all of our professional networking events.


Summer Internships

At the end of your programme you will have the option to undertake a non credit bearing summer internship taking place immediately after your programme finishes in the summer of 2019. Many banks and financial services organisations offer Masters student internships over the summer. The Careers and Employability Services will help you with your applications so that you have the best possible chances of selection. Please note, that these internships are not guaranteed and external to your programme of study and are subject to you having the right to work in the UK after your study.


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Assessment

Assessments range from reports, projects, case studies, essays, 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.

Studying

All modules are taught through a combination of classroom presentation, group activities and real-time tutorials.

Support & Guidance

There is a wealth of support available through our Student Centre on campus. Help is available with pastoral matters, academic issues, career guidance and student engagement activities. Our academics are easily accessible for personal tutor meetings and can provide further support and advice on any aspect of your studies.

Mentoring

We offer all our students access to our e-Mentoring platform. Future Self Mentors are made up of individuals who are equipped to support you with study skills, motivation and time management. As our mentors are already working within the financial services industry they can also provide advice and guidance on career development and securing employment opportunities. 

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Course Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) from a recognised institution. Degrees should be in a field of business, finance, or economics. However, exceptions are willingly considered if an appropriate level of mathematical skill can be demonstrated. A sample mathematical paper is available to test your skills and we encourage inquiries if this is your background.

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).

Our programme team

You will be supported by a programme team comprising a mix of highly experienced, senior industry practitioners and traditional academics with expertise in the world of banking and financial services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In order to be eligible for the MSc programme, applicants normally hold an undergraduate honours degree (2:1 classification) in a relevant subject, or have completed the Chartered Associateship (‘qualification’ route) with us.

If you are unsure about your eligibility for the course, please get in contact with us to discuss your application in further detail at masters@libf.ac.uk.

No. We are happy to discuss and agree a payment plan with each applicant on a case-by-case basis and many of our students pay their fee via instalments. However, we do normally ask to receive a partial payment towards the course fee before the beginning of the programme.

We are happy to consider potential exemptions against modules within the Masters programme. In order to take such discussions further, we would normally ask, as an initial step, for you to provide us with details of previous module(s) studied, usually in the form of a syllabus or module specification.

Situated near Monument, in the heart of London’s financial district, our Lovat Lane campus has a lot to offer. 

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For advice and more information about the programme please contact the Postgraduate team or call +44 (0) 207 444 7120.

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