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Who is it for?
You are ambitious to succeed in global banking and finance. Your strong quantitative skills give you an ideal starting point as you begin to investigate the deeper levels of strategy and operations in banks and banking markets. Your interest in banking is matched by your desire to establish yourself in this highly competitive marketplace where pressure and risk management accompany job satisfaction and financial rewards.
The course will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate the rapidly changing global banking landscape.
Take a step closer to your successful career in global banking and finance with this highly practical MSc. This course is tailormade to develop professional standards and competence for those wishing to pursue careers in the banking industry. Cass offers an innovative blend of theoretical and vocational learning equipping you with the outlook, the skills and the temperament to make things happen.
You'll be based within a stone's throw of the City of London, giving your studies a uniquely practical orientation with regular teaching from senior bankers and finance professionals.
What will you learn
Commercial and Investment Banking
This module aims to provide students with an insight into the major features of the banking business and to provide a framework for the understanding of the different types of banks and banking activities.
Financial Statements Analysis
The ability to understand and analyse financial statement information is a key skill in a wide range of business activities, from managing a corporation to investing in securities. The overall aim of this module is to help students learn and practice a variety of financial statement analysis techniques which can support business decision-making processes.
Finance and Investments
The module is fundamental to financial decision-making in an uncertain and risk-averse world, from which important branches of finance are developed.
To develop a coherent understanding of the functioning of financial markets and instruments, in conjunction with in-depth examinations of investor behaviour and the valuation principles for major categories of financial securities.
The module covers major topics and addresses fundamental issues in finance, with regard to investors, behaviour, asset pricing, fixed income securities and equity valuation.
Quantitative Methods for Finance
Econometrics is essential for the empirical analysis of financial markets as well as the development of quantitative strategies for forecasting, pricing and risk management in financial markets. This course introduces you to the key tools and methods in econometrics and applies those tools.
Research Methods for Finance Professionals (runs over terms 1 & 2)
Strong research is a key element of development strategy for companies and institutions large and small. This module aims to provide a grounding in financial research, particularly financial modelling and information gathering which you will be able to use to support your learning on the rest of your course.
The module will utilise specific training in a financial modelling package in order to provide a strong foundation for the in-depth and specialist teaching and learning of terms two and three of your course. You will also learn how to gather information through database research, which you will be able to use to support your learning, substantiate your arguments and make assessments about the nature of the evidence you are using.
Building on term one's finance modules, this module provides an in-depth analysis of the theory and international practice of capital structure decisions, dividend and cash policy, valuation, and mergers and acquisitions.
This module will look at forward rates and par rates, swap rates and interest rate swaps, duration, convexity, and hedging, hedging with interest rate derivatives, a brief introduction to term structure. models.
Risk management plays an increasingly important role in the operation of financial institutions. Fluctuations in the prices of securities or other financial assets, loan losses or other credit problems, or failures of processes can trigger failures of banks or other financial institutions. Even if failure is avoided shareholders are looking to see an appropriate trade-off of risks and return.
In recent years there has been a trend towards globalisation. That has impacted on all financial decisions and has necessitated the understanding of international financial markets.
In term three you will choose from either
Modules offered in 2016 were:
Business Research Project
Business Research Project
It is important for aspiring professionals to demonstrate, on an individual basis, their ability to apply concepts and techniques they have learned in an in-depth study of a topic of their choice and to organise their findings in a report, all conducted within a given time limit.
To train you to undertake individual research and provide you with an opportunity to specialise in a contemporary business or finance topic related to your future career aspirations.You are required to submit a project of approximately 10,000 words on any subject area covered in the rest of the programme. Typical projects can involve any of the following: extracting data from electronic databases or by hand; statistical analysis of large or small populations; interviews; case studies of an industry or a sector or of a business / finance issue in a particular country setting.
Applied Research Project
The aim of this module is to enable you to demonstrate how to integrate your learning in core and elective modules and then apply this to the formulation and completion of an applied research project. You will be required to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have acquired throughout your MSc study.
You will undertake a short piece of applied research on a question of academic and/or practical relevance. Guidelines will be provided in order to help you identify the research question. Based on your chosen topic, you must write a report of around 3,000–5,000 words that summarises and critically evaluates your method and your findings.
We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.
To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:
Assessment of modules on the MSc in Banking & International Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.
The Banking and International Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, mainly dedicated to:
Term dates 2018/19
In-person ID-Checks (all students must attend): Commences 17 September 2018
Compulsory Induction: 18 - 29 September 2018
1 October 2018 - 7 December 2018
Term I exams
7 January 2019 - 18 January 2019
21 January 2019 - 29 March 2019
Term II exams
22 April 2019 - 3 May 2019
6 May 2019 - 28 June 2019
Term III exams
1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test will do so in the period:
12 - 30 August 2019
Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project
1 September 2019
Official Course End Date
30 September 2019
How to apply
Documents required for decision-making
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We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.
If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.Entry requirementsGMATEnglish language requirementsEntry requirements
English language requirements
This master's degree is designed to help launch a career in the banking industry, but also as central bankers, supervisors and regulators. It offers the foundation for a varied range of careers.
The degree is fully accredited by the Chartered Bankers Institute (CBI), which ensures its content is kept up to date and relevant to the industry.
Graduates from the MSc Banking and International Finance move into a variety of careers, from investment banking (Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, UBS, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs) to commercial banking (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, BNP Paribas); to rating agencies (Fitch, S&P) to securities sales and trading desks at major finance firms, foreign exchange desks, hedge funds, private banking, asset management, credit products, financial and credit risk management consultancy
Notes about fees for this course
UK/EU/International£28,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)
First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)
Contact City, University of London to find course entry requirements.
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