Taught course

Banking and Finance

University of Sussex · School of Business, Management and Economics

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree, normally with evidence of ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas.

Months of entry


Course content

The banking and financial industry is highly competitive and evolves rapidly. As a result of increasing financial integration worldwide, the industry has gone through a number of remarkable structural changes in the last five years. The general trend towards greater integration has been bolstered by the increasing harmonisation of the regulatory framework and the increasing integration of the underlying financial infrastructure. Against this background, our MSc provides you with essential knowledge and understanding of the banking and finance industry.

Within our School, a strong team of academics from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds is devoted to research in banking and finance at the forefront of the contemporary research agenda and has a strong publication record in leading economics and finance journals. This experience makes our MSc stand out from courses offered elsewhere. We offer modules in line with the most recent developments in the industry, delivered from an international and multicultural perspective.

The MSc gives you a comprehensive understanding of the main theoretical and applied concepts in banking and finance. In addition, it offers you comprehensive training in banking management and accounting as well as an in-depth appreciation of the finance industry, giving you a wide range of opportunities to specialise in advanced topics in banking and finance. You:

  • get professional training in banking, accounting, risk management, investment analysis, corporate finance, derivatives, financial microstructure and taxation
  • review modern theoretical and real-world practical developments relating to banking and finance
  • look at the diverse nature of the banking industry in geographical areas such as Europe, America, Asia and the Arabic peninsula
  • gain technical skills through the application of quantitative analysis
  • look at advanced practical applications of financial techniques in a real-world setting
  • examine the underlying theories of the banking firm
  • study the structure, performance and efficiency of banking and financial markets
  • learn about bank regulation and risk management in light of the recent credit crunch
  • focus on the measurement of risks undertaken by banks
  • look at futures, options, derivatives and swaps as used by banks to manage their balancesheet and off-balance-sheet risks.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn term: you take Accounting for Decision-Makers • Bank Financial Management • Banking and Financial Institutions • Corporate and International Finance • Quantitative Methods for Finance.

Spring term: you take Bank Risk Management • Financial Derivatives • Research Methods. You choose two options from Corporate Governance • Financial and Time Series Econometrics • Financial Crises and Bank Regulation • Information Systems and Management • Money and Banking • Multinational Financial Management.

Summer term: you conduct a Research Method Project in Banking and Finance.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/business-management-and-economics/banking-and-finance-msc

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30

Course contact details

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