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Banking and Finance Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 1–4 days per week September 2020
Full time 2 years including professional placement 1–4 days per week plus placement year September 2020
Part time 2 years 2 days a week September 2020

Choose Kingston's Banking and Finance MSc

The Banking and Finance MSc produces highly skilled, analytical and forward-thinking graduates who are ready to slot into specialised roles in the banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy sectors. This is a demanding programme, but has an outstanding pass rate.

This course is suitable for students from a variety of academic backgrounds, including those with industry experience and those who do not have a bachelors degree in economics, finance or accountancy. You can study the course part time, so you can apply your learning in the workplace straight away.

  • This course is accredited by the Association of Corporate Treasurers and offers exemptions from their professional exams.
  • The programme has been developed in consultation with finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank to give you the practical, real-life skills employers require in this highly competitive sector.
  • We are one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
  • There are regular talks from practising industry experts such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.
  • As well as studying an international curriculum, you will meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures who can add international insight to class discussions and working groups, and give you a global alumni network.
  • When you study this programme you can also apply for Bloomberg certification. This industry-recognised qualification gives graduates a huge advantage in the jobs market. The course covers many aspects of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, helping to prepare you for their professional examination.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK...it was created and is taught by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, course director

What will you study?

This masters degree is designed to demonstrate the links between theory and practice. Taught sessions use real life examples and case studies, while the assessments also expose you to real-life problems and solutions.

The core modules on this course will show you how to manage assets, liquidity and risk, and how to analyse credit, interest, statements and rates. You will also learn about corporate finance and industry regulation. You will also get the opportunity to work in Kingston Business School's Bloomberg trading room.

You will study eight taught modules, then undertake a research project.

Assessment

You will be assessed via examinations, coursework assignments, case studies, presentations and research projects.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2018 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,230 in September 2019. Students commencing the course in September 2019 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2020 (provisionally £1,350).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Course structure

This course is designed to demonstrate the links between theory and practice. Taught sessions use real life examples and case studies, while the assessments also expose you to real-life problems and solutions.Year 1 is made up of sevencore modules, one optional module and a research project.Year 2, the Professional Placement Year, is optional and offers a full year of work experience.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module will be especially useful for students interested in careers in the corporate or financial services sectors, as well as those interested in working as financial advisers, consultants or analysts. It will teach you about a unique combination of major contemporary theoretical and empirical developments in corporate finance, and the analysis and valuation of companies from both an accounting and financial perspective. The corporate finance section will help develop your critical knowledge and understanding of the core theories and concepts in the field of corporate finance. It aims to develop your ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in real corporate cases. The financial statement analysis section will develop your critical knowledge and understanding of accounting principles, and enable you to analyse financial statements and reports using financial ratios and other metrics. You will assess corporate profitability and financial stability, and learn to critically evaluate the corporate reporting choices.

     
  • The Financial Modelling and Research Methods module is a core module for the postgraduate modular finance scheme. The module has two parts. The first part provides an underpinning and understanding of numerical techniques used in the business and finance world to aid strategic decision making. It aims to provide students with the accounting, mathematical and statistical foundations that are necessary in the areas of accounting and finance. The second parts deals with an understanding of research methodology and the research methods and skills that the students will need to complete their research project successfully during the summer period.

     
  • During this module, you will gain a thorough understanding of modern portfolio theory and its implications for asset pricing, asset management, and investment decisions associated with risk management. The main topics covered include:

    • portfolio diversification;
    • optimal portfolio construction;
    • expected utility theory;
    • capital asset pricing model;
    • arbitrage pricing theory with application;
    • the formulation and implementation of various active and passive investment strategies; and
    • the analysis and management of risks associated with particular strategies.

    This module also looks at the different types of investment banks and the strategies they employ. You will cover:

    • investment banks;
    • private equity investment - types and techniques;
    • debt and equity underwriting by investment banks;
    • trading techniques;
    • mergers and acquisitions;
    • securitisation;
    • hedge funds;
    • mutual funds and other funds; and
    • wealth management, and clearance and settlement.

    You will construct and manage investment portfolios for a specific period and present the results. You will use the dedicated Bloomberg Trading Room and software packages to develop your practical experience of industry standard systems and use real, live data.

     
  • This module covers the principles of general and strategic management, and how they link to banking and other financial institutions. You will develop your critical awareness of the evolving structure of the financial institutions sector, then analyse the balance sheets of financial institutions. The module considers operations in detail, looking at:

    • managing liquidity and liabilities;
    • asset management - both the consumer lending decision and asset management;
    • business lending decisions; and
    • loan sales and securitisation.

    The module finishes by analysing how financial institutions create value through marketing, distribution, diversification and innovation.

     
  • The module aims to develop a critical awareness of financial risk within financial institutions and in a wider context. It will begin with an analysis of financial institutions, and then build upon this foundation by analysing the measurement of key risks to which financial institutions are exposed. This will include a detailed analysis of credit, liquidity, interest rate and market risk. The module will then consider management issues including: the role of capital; liability and liquidity management and product diversification. It will finish by analysing the banks utilisation of the financial markets in risk management. The course has a substantial quantitative component but also provides intuition needed to understand the fundamental mathematics of bank financial risk management. The module will provide candidates with the computer and research skills required by employers in this highly competitive sector. There will be also a programme of guest lecture from banking and financial services sector experts.

     
  • This module considers the theoretical background to the regulation of financial services and sets that theory in context through the study of the structure and practice of regulation. You will look at the practice of regulation in a number of different financial service settings, and use real examples to test the theories and see them in action.

     
  • This module will help you develop a broad understanding of the nature of derivative securities and how they are used by banks and other financial institutions. Initially you will learn about derivative securities; you will then look at the valuation methods available and the mathematics behind derivatives valuation. You will look at numerical schemes such as the binomial lattice to value derivative securities, and focus on market calibration of alternative derivative models and how these models can be fitted to observed derivative prices. The module finishes by focussing on risk management in terms of market risk and credit risk.

     
  • This module offers an intuitive analysis of the international financial management environment. It studies the role and functions of international financial markets (FX, capital markets) and institutions, and assesses the tools that can be employed by firms' managers to assess and control for risk in these markets. Moreover, it provides students with an understanding of international economic linkages, international monetary systems, and parity conditions in international financial markets. Several real world examples and journal articles are employed to bring together theoretical considerations and practise. This module is assessed with a combination of an exam and a coursework and is delivered by weekly seminars.

     
  • This module begins in semester two, and will be completed over the summer. It is an independent research project, and you will be supervised by an academic staff member with expertise in your chosen area. To complete this module, you will need to identify an issue to investigate, analyse the issue and structure your approach. You will need to examine relevant source material, carry out your own research (including collecting and analysing original data, or you will need to analyse existing data in an original way) and produce an action-oriented report based on your findings.

     

Year 2 (optional)

  • The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a Master's programme that incorporates an extended professional placement that follows completion of the first 180 credits of taught modules and project or dissertation. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and to develop and enhance key employability skills and subject specific skills in their chosen subject.

    It is the responsibility of individual students to locate and secure a suitable placement opportunity; this will normally involve one placement which must be completed over a minimum period of 10 months and within a maximum of 12 months. The placement must be approved by the module leader prior to commencement to ensure its suitability.

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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