Taught course

Banking and Finance

Brunel University, London · Department of Economics and Finance
MScMSc with Prof Practice

Entry requirements

A UK 2:2 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, International Finance & Securities, banking or economics. Applicants with a 2.1 in Business Subjects should demonstrate exposure to Corporate Finance/Financial Engineering/Securities Analysis and Mathematics/Statistics. Applicants with 2.2 degrees in the specified subject area will be considered on an individual basis provided they achieved high grades in core subjects. e.g. Maths/stats/econometrics, finance. Applicants with relevant professional qualifications will be dealt with on an individual basis. Applicants with a 2.1 not in the specified subject area but with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative banking and finance programme provides you with postgraduate training designed to develop your career in the banking and financial services sector. You will gain a thorough understanding of this field through practical and theoretical application, addressing financial economics, the economics of banking, quantitative methods as well as financial regulation both within the organisation and internationally.

Graduates of the Banking and Finance MSc will be able to pursue a wide range of careers in financial institutions, banking regulatory organisations and investment banks. Internationally, our graduates are attractive candidates for their domestic regulators and private sector banks. In addition, many graduates will follow other career paths in the financial services sector and could undertake doctoral research.

Banking and Finance MSc is offered in a choice of two routes:

  • MSc in Banking and Finance OR
  • MSc in Banking and Finance (with Professional Practice)

Available to full-time students, the MSc in Banking and Finance (with Professional Practice) incorporates a work placement component at a company or a consultancy for 12-15 weeks. The unique feature of the work placement distinguishes the programme from other Masters in the country.

Students' placements take place from May to September. Placement employers cover all student expenses and some provide a salary. A Professional Placement can significantly improve your job prospects, giving you the opportunity to work on real-world projects, apply what you learn in class and network with industry professionals. It is an integral part of the course and students will receive support from the academic staff and the Professional Development Centre while on placement.

The key aim of the Masters course in Banking and Finance is to provide a good balance between the four pillars of the programme:

  • Theories and debates about banking and financial regulation
  • Broader financial theories and related issues
  • Quantitative methodologies which are critical for economic and financial analysis
  • Successful completion of a dissertation in this field

On completion of the course you will be able to effectively manage a range of issues within banking and finance, such as recent banking regulations and successfully deal with matters arising in private banking. You will develop the art of thinking through economic problems within structured frameworks and the course will encourage you to critically evaluate and deliver strategic solutions.

Typical core modules (subject to change) include:

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

Elective modules (subject to change) include:

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

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
£13,750 full-time (additional £1,000 for Professional Placement); £6,875 part-time
International students
£17,500 full-time (additional £1,000 for Professional Placement); £8,750 part-time

Please visit our website for information on: Postgraduate funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
30 months

MSc with Prof Practice

full time
16 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599