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MSc Banking and Finance

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The MSc in Banking and Finance focuses on areas which have major practical and theoretical interest such as: investment analysis, commercial and investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, derivatives and taxation. 

The degree is designed to equip you for a very wide range of careers in the finance and banking sectors and in multinational financial organisations.

This MSc degree course will develop your expertise in banking and finance to the highest level.

Unique features of the MSc in Banking and Finance degree are:

  • It provides a thorough knowledge of the main components of commercial and investment banking and the changing structure of the international financial industry.
  • Suitable for students with some quantitative background in either finance and/or economics or from a degree with some quantitative elements.

As with all of our MSc programmes, MSc Banking and Finance offers:

  • Invaluable contributions from respected City practitioners and industry experts who also teach students, bringing practical insights in to the classroom by applying the theory to real world scenarios.
  • A fully integrated careers programme, a dedicated careers consultant, and extensive industry links that aim to maximise your employment prospects.
  • An unparalleled set of optional short courses designed to equip you with further practical training and key technical skills that are highly valued in the Financial Sector.
  • High rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • State-of-the-art facilities such as a virtual trading floor which provides exclusive access to the latest technology and financial software used in the banking and finance industry, and access to specialised financial and economic databases and software used by economists in finance or in government.
  • The opportunity to join Queen Mary University of London MSc Investment Fund (QUMMIF) – one of the only investment clubs of its kind in London, which allows students to trade real money (currently £30,000) in order to obtain relevant, practical work experience in trading and portfolio analysis.


The MSc in Banking and Finance is available to study one-year full-time, or two years part-time.

You will take five compulsory modules in the first semester then two compulsory modules, plus three electives in the second semester.

The pre-semester modules in maths and statistics take place in September. They are especially designed for students who want to review concepts such as statistical distributions and matrix algebra.

Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. For students who choose to study part-time, classes are scheduled in the evenings where possible to accommodate work commitments.

Pre-sessional modules

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
Semester ASemester BPost-Semester B
Applied Corporate FinanceRisk Management for Banking7,000 word dissertation
Investment ManagementElective 
Commercial and Investment BankingElective 
Quantitative Methods in FinanceElective 
EviewsData Analysis 

Elective modules

  • Financial Derivatives
  • International Finance
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Applied Risk Management for Banking
  • Principals of Accounting
  • Asset Management
  • Banking Regulations
  • Cases in Business Finance
  • Topics in Applied Finance
  • Topics in Financial Econometrics
  • Bond Market Strategies
  • Alternative Investments
  • Valuation and Private Equity
  • Credit Rating
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Islamic Finance in Practice
  • Strategic Asset Allocation
  • Portfolio Construction Theory
  • Hedge Funds, Venture Capital and LBO's

More information about the elective modules can be found here.

In order to reflect the practical and applied side of this programme the School organises a number of extra optional modules that aim to provide further practical training to students. These modules are taught by City practitioners, who provide an insider’s view on topics of interest to the financial community.

Entry requirements

At least a good second class honours degree (high 2.2) or overseas equivalent in a subject with some quantitative elements.

Subjects likely to contain sufficient quantitative elements (i.e. which have at least one mathematics or statistics based module) including Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Economics, Finance, Accounting, Business & Management.

For our English Language requirements please click here.

Note that all aspects of your application will be taken into consideration and so attaining the criteria above does not guarantee admission.

Fees and contact


Tuition fees for the academic year 2016/2017 are £16,500 for home and EU students and £19,500 for international students.

Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees for the academic year 2016/2017 are £8,250 for home and EU students and £9,975 for international students.

We can offer a large number of generous scholarships against tuition fees for academically outstanding students. For more details, visit our dedicated page here.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme (PGL)

A new system of postgraduate loans (PGL) for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for the 2016-17 academic year for home and EU students. You must be aged under 60 on 1st August of the year in which you start the course.

Find out more


If you are a prospective student or a current applicant and your query is related to admission, then please email

If you are a current student or your query is non-admissions related, then please email Sarah Riley ( Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8848

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