Taught course

Banking and Finance

University of Nottingham · Nottingham University Business School

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in management, business studies, economics, finance or accounting; personal statement and a list of modules being studied in the final year (for applicants who have not yet completed their Bachelor degree); students with an outstanding degree in any subject will be considered

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Banking and Finance aims to bring students to the frontier of knowledge concerning banking, financial markets and risk in the financial sector. The MSc caters for two types of student: those intending to pursue an academic or research career in the field and those intending to pursue as career as practitioners; in banks both domestic and international, at Central Banks, or in consultancy.

The Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) accredits this course. The Chartered Banker Diploma is the highest award available in world banking. We are proud to be one of a select few business schools to offer this dual qualification degree.

The programme enables students to develop skills in the analysis of financial institutions, market analysis, consumer demands and competition. This will provide a conceptual and theoretical grounding in current concepts and techniques in banking, policy, risk management, ethics and associated areas.

The MSc in Banking and Finance is a Masters programme taught by experienced finance, economics, risk and specialist banking staff who are full members of the Centre for Risk, Banking and Financial Services at Nottingham University Business School.

An important part of undertaking study on the MSc Banking and Finance is its sheer topicality. The global financial crisis has shown that the real economy is directly affected by banks’ ability in the supply of funds to both firms and individuals. The nature of risk in banking and financial services is important to the growth of the economy and how banks operate in helping firms obtain funding. In addition, the global financial crisis has shown that banking regulation is important to ensure stability in financial services, these aspects will be considered.

With the fallout from the Global Financial Crisis still be felt across the World the international nature of this degree analyses how banks and financial markets were and still are affected and the processes that governments have implemented to stabiles economies. This includes, for example, the current stress tests undertaken by the Bank for International Settlements and the Federal Reserve and the restructuring of the Greek economy.

Furthermore, as the MSc considers international aspects of banking and finance students are able to analyse their chosen country for the summer dissertation. Countries and subjects covered, which are supervised by specialist staff, have included Conventional versus Islamic banking, African, Asian, and European bank efficiency, financial funding for SMEs, and risk in banking.

All modules cover international aspects and the different regulations associated with banking and financial market stability across the World. In addition, the MSc provides an introduction to a range of empirical techniques enabling an analysis of industrial dynamics, the impact of innovation on performance, and the impact of regulation and policy interventions on banking and finance in corporations.

Nottingham University Business School has extensive data bases free for student use that cover all aspects of banking and finance including Datastream.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Business School web pages.

For information on opportunities for funding for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559