Taught course

International Banking and Finance

University of Kent · Kent Business School

Entry requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a relevant subject such as business, economics, finance, and accounting, humanities, engineering and computer science. Consideration will be given to those applicants holding a good second class honours degree. Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop real-world business knowledge and practical financial skills to succeed in the finance and financial services sector.

At Kent Business School the MSc in International Banking and Finance is specifically designed to provide you with the employability skills that are necessary for working in top-tier global financial institutions, international organisations, central banks, financial regulatory agencies and in similar highly specialised institutions.

Graduates are equipped with strong theoretical and practical knowledge and its application to the banking industry and international and domestic financial markets. A particular emphasis is placed on developing cognitive skills that enable students to fully understand the complexity of the financial markets in the domestic and global economies.

You also acquire an appropriate range of research skills, and relevant personal and interpersonal skills to enable you to interact in the real world of business and finance. This is strengthened by a series of guest lectures delivered by experts from the City of London.

Elements of practical work on the MSc in International Banking and Finance is carried out in the Business School’s dedicated Bloomberg Lab. The virtual trading platform allows you to access and engage with market data through practical case studies and the use of online databases. The programme also provides you with the necessary training required for the Bloomberg Certificate.

We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc in International Banking and Finance programme from the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) as PRMIA academic partner at programme level. PRMIA recognition has already been obtained for the MSc Financial Services in Banking programme, which is the predecessor of the MSc in International Banking and Finance.

Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June. Once these are completed, students then work full time on the project and write a Business Report in Finance based on this. This 8000-10000 word Report is an opportunity to apply the techniques and insights presented in the programme and apply them to a particular problem area.

Kent Business School (KBS)

We are a world-class business school combining rigorous teaching with real world relevance and strong links to the business community.

Our research is ranked 32 in the UK on a measure of "research power" - RAE 2014 and underpins and enhances our teaching. Our flagship programme, the Kent MBA, has AMBA accreditation and together with our Master’s in Management, Marketing, Business Analytics, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management Science, and programmes in finance and accounting, we continue to attract applicants with a wide range of backgrounds from 102 countries leading to excellent results in the 2016 Guardian and Sunday Times university league tables.

Studying at KBS gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities.

The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for progressing University of Kent undergraduates and our Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird entitles students who apply early (before 31 March 2016) and commit early, 10% off their tuition fees.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Kent Business School
+44 (0) 1227 827726