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Banking and Finance MSc

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Subject area: Economics and Finance
Study mode

1 year full-time or 16 months full-time with a placement; 2 years part-time

PG code

N300PBANKFIN

Start date

September

Study location

Brunel University London campus

Overview

The Brunel Banking and Finance MSc is designed to give graduates the knowledge and advanced skills needed for careers in the complex and rapidly changing banking and financial services industry.

Your studies will cover key subjects including financial economics, the economics of banking, international financial markets and quantitative methodology, as well as financial regulation at national and international levels and matters arising in private banking.

Crucially, you’ll develop your problem-solving skills and ability to critically evaluate and deliver mid- and long-term strategic solutions. 

Throughout the course you’ll have access to a variety of professional databases used in business and finance including Datastream, Bloomberg, Bank Scope, Osiris, Reuters 3000 Xtra and Thomson One Banker.

You can choose to study one year full-time, 16 months full-time with a professional placement or two years part-time.

As the worldwide financial services industry grows, so does the demand for professionals with specialist skills and competencies in banking and finance. Your Brunel master’s will give you that and make you a preferred job candidate to employers across the sector.

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course content

Coursework for your banking and finance postgraduate degree consists of compulsory and optional modules, and a dissertation on a relevant topic of your choice.

Full-time students should complete four modules per term, excluding the dissertation. Part-time students should complete two modules per term, excluding the dissertation.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

Compulsory modules

Full-time:

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance and Economics
  • International Finance
  • Global Financial Markets
  • Banking
  • Bank Regulation and Macro-Prudential Policy
  • Banking and Finance Workshops
  • Dissertation

Part-time:

Level 1:

  • Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Banking
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance and Economics
  • Bank Regulation and Macro-Prudential Policy
  • Global Financial Markets

Level 2:

  • International Finance
  • Banking and Finance Workshops
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Full-time:

  • Foundations of Finance
  • Security Analysis and Funds Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Finance

Part-time (Level 2):

  • Foundations of Finance
  • Security Analysis and Funds Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Finance

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Entry criteria 2019/20

  • A high 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree (or equivalent internationally recognised qualification) in Economics, Finance, Banking, Accounting, mathematical or scientific subject areas, with evidence of some study of Corporate Finance, or Economics.
  • Applicants with 2:2 degrees not in the specified subject area will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor provided they achieve high grades in core subjects. e.g. Maths, Stats, Econometrics, Finance.
  • Applicants with 2:2 degrees not in the specified subject area will be considered on an individual basis provided they have a minimum two years relevant experience e.g Statistical, or Banking.  
  • Applicants with relevant professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Our staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work. This means that your education will be innovative, inspiring and cover the most up-to-date industry knowledge.

Your course will consist of lectures, seminars, directed independent study, workshops and oral presentations. You’ll also have access to industry-standard data and software programmes used in research methods.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

Assessment and feedback

Modules are assessed by combinations of coursework, contribution to seminars, oral presentations and examinations. Students who successfully complete the taught part of the course can proceed to the dissertation stage.

Students are expected to work on their dissertation in the summer and to submit the final draft in mid-September. Students who follow the Professional Practice pathway will complete their placement during the summer and work on their dissertation afterwards, submitting in January.

Students studying part time must submit their dissertation in the spring term of the third year.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £10,140 full-time; £5,070 part-time

International students: £16,850 full-time; £8,425 part-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

Funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.