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Entry requirements

Candidates will usually have a minimum of one-year post-qualification work experience together with either a first or second-class UK honours degree, in a relevant discipline, and/or a professional qualification. Applicants who do not have a degree are welcome provided they can demonstrate high levels of achievement, exceptional career progression or evidence of financial management potential.

Months of entry


Course content

The Retail and Digital Banking MSc Apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity for you to gain an advanced-level understanding of retail banking, digital business, management, organisation management, marketing and business strategy. Drawing on faculty from across Cranfield School of Management, the programme is led by Cranfield’s Economic Policy and Performance Group, which has been consistently ranked top 10 in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking for its teaching of economics in relation to our full-time MBA programme.

On completion of the programme, you will acquire a Retail and Digital Banking Master's degree. Our Retail and Digital Banking MSc is also accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute, with successful completion leading to the award of the Chartered Banker Diploma qualification and Chartered Banker status.

This part-time course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Investment/Commercial Banking Professional Master’s Degree Apprenticeship Standard. Eligible organisations can use £18,000 of their Apprenticeship Levy towards the £21,000 course tuition fees.

This page is dedicated to students seeking the Retail and Digital Banking MSc Apprenticeship. If you are looking for more information on our self-funded route, please view here.

Why this course?

  • You will learn advanced-level understanding of the various dimensions of retail banking (and product management) and several aspects of general management, e.g. analysis of the economic environment, organisational management, marketing and business strategy.
  • The programme will improve your critical awareness of management and organisations and enhance your skills to successfully address financial and management challenges within your organisation.
  • A workplace-based project provides the opportunity for you to tackle a substantial product management task within your organisation, under the guidance of academic supervisors.
  • You will benefit from a combination of online and face-to-face teaching, providing you with the flexibility to work around existing commitments.
  • Not only will this MSc broaden and deepen your professional network, you'll also join Cranfield’s active alumni network of 70,000 managers and leaders across the globe.
  • This MSc incorporates the School of Management’s experiences and learning from our UK top 10 ranked Master’s in Finance and Management: QS World University Rankings: Masters in Finance ranking 2022 and our Management MSc ranked 6th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Management ranking 2022.

Who is it for?

Employer organisations looking to sponsor multiple high potential employees through this programme.

Self-motivated individuals with technical backgrounds (e.g. IT, mathematics, etc.) who wish to gain a good knowledge of finance, management and retail banking.

Experienced professionals with a background in finance, who wish to have a detailed understanding of the link between finance, management, and technology in financial services.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Apprenticeship
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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