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Start your Masters in the City of London

Postgraduate

MSc in Banking & Finance (full-time)

A specialised qualification for recent graduates to obtain senior positions and for aspiring professionals who want to stand out in the financial services sector. Our Masters in Banking and Finance 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 programme

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

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

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

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

What is it really like to study here? From videos to testimonials, hear from our students and find out about their journey with us.

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 module aims 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 analyse critically the challenges facing the financial services sector. The framework also enables you to evaluate how strategic forces affect the operational structures of banking institutions and the industry's relationship to its key customer segments.

Modules assessment

 

 Coursework 1

40%

 Coursework 2

60%

 

Corporate Finance

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

The module gives you a comprehensive exposure to key areas in corporate finance: how to select investment projects, how to finance firms and when and how to reward shareholders through dividend payments. You will also be exposed to more advanced topics in strategic management, including mergers and 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

This module aims to introduce 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 frameworks.

Modules assessment

 

 Online Blog

20%

 Coursework

40%

 Exam 40%

 

Stage Two: PGDip in Banking & Finance

Economics

The module aims 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.

The module introduces a broad set of concepts important in understanding the economic environment from the perspective of financial institutions and their stakeholders. You will consider financial and business cycles, and learn to bring a critical approach to interpreting 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

This module aims to provide you with a detailed understanding of the issues and challenges faced by those leading and managing people in the financial services sector alongside the potential solutions needed to address them.

The topic is explored from different aspects, recognising the roles of people as individuals and in 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. The module aims to improve your abilities to lead and manage people as well as 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)

This module equips you with the tools to plan and undertake a research project. It 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 doing a literature review through to identifying sources of primary and secondary data, and understanding ways of collecting and analysing data.
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 start considering 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. SMEs’ 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 seen rapid and deep changes in the investment industry, with new trading strategies resulting from developments in IT 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. The module also 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 after graduation. We work with SMEs and leading employers in the financial services sector and can connect you with opportunities in 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 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 our professional networking events.


Summer Internships

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 student internships over the summer. The Careers and Employability Services will help you with your applications so that you have the best possible chance of selection. Please note, that these internships are not guaranteed and are outside your study programme. They are subject to you having the right to work in the UK after your programme.


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Assessment

Assessments range from reports, projects, case studies, essays, closed-book examinations and research proposals. They are designed to be as similar as possible to the kind of tasks 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 and guidance

A wealth of support is 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. Our 'future self mentors' are equipped to support you with study skills, motivation and time management. As our mentors are already working in the financial services industry, they can also provide advice and guidance on career development and finding employment opportunities. 

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Entry requirements

  1. Normally a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) from a recognised institution; OR
  2. The London Institute of Banking & Finance Chartered Associateship (through the ‘qualification’ route);

    AND/OR
  3. Demonstration of relevant professional experience within the financial services sector.

Please note that in some cases where applicants do not meet all of our requirements, applicants may be asked to attend an interview and/or required to submit a piece of written work in addition to their application.
 

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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Contact us

For advice and more information about the programme please contact the Postgraduate team or call +44 (0) 207 444 7131.


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