In today’s competitive global environment, employers are increasingly selective in their search for competent business and finance professionals. Our Master’s in Finance programmes equip you with a solid background in financial principles and practices and help to cultivate your practical finance skills and real-world business knowledge.
This programme provides a solid background in the principles and practices of financial institutions, markets and systems. You develop your knowledge, understanding and insight into how financial institutions and markets function in the economy and global financial system.
The International Banking and Finance pathway enables you to gain 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.
The programme will be of particular interest to those wishing to build careers within the banking sector, including banks, building societies, specialised financial institutions and fund management, securities dealing firms, multinational companies, or to occupy roles in corporate financial management and independent financial advice.
MSc Finance (International banking and Finance) is affiliated with the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute, recognising that the programme meets the highest professional standards and covers a substantial part of the CFA curriculum. As a result of this affiliation, a number of scholarships are available for students in the programme who are interested in taking the CFA exams.
MSc Finance (International Banking and Finance) is accredited by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), the leading professional body in the risk management profession. As a result of this accreditation, graduates of the programme are eligible for a number of exemptions for the Professional Risk Manager Designation (PRM) exams.
In the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) the MSc in Finance Suite achieved a 97% student satisfaction rate, placing us in the top quarter of the UK Higher Education sector. PTES is a Higher Education Academy initiative and is carried out among 99 institutions. This result, coupled with our strong performance in the national league tables, underlines the strength of Finance programmes at Kent Business School and quality of our postgraduate teaching.
Kent Business School offers an optional 1½-week refresher workshop in Mathematics, Statistics and Excel, prior to the start of this programme. See Study Support for full details.
The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which includes Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the KBS Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird equates to a 10% discount on tuition fees.
For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.
Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.
Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:
- University of Technology, Sydney
- Renmin University of China, School of Business
- University of Hong Kong
- Neoma Business School
- Freie Universitat Berlin
- University of Florence
- IE Madrid University
- Stockholm Business School
- Georgetown University.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
- The advanced concepts and theory within the field of finance and their application to company’s financial decisions
- The research methodologies to test and evaluate finance and economic models
- Theoretical and practical aspects of key areas of finance
- Up to date relevant empirical literature in the fields of finance
- The structure, operations and regulations in financial markets
- Quantitative techniques applied to finance and banking practice
You gain the following intellectual skills:
- Critical thinking and creativity. Including the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements, and generalise appropriately
- Ability to solve complex problems and make decisions
- Ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
- Analytical skills necessary for the analysis of problems and the identification of appropriate solutions
- Ability to plan work and study independently and use relevant resources in a away which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice
- Plan, structure, and produce a dissertation, business report or project
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- Ability to interpret financial data and perform quantitative analysis
- Ability to interpret and evaluate the results obtained from quantitative analysis
- Ability to apply theories to practical and theoretical problems
- Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills
- Ability to analyse important issues relevant for companies’ financial decisions
- Ability to conduct research in Finance issues
- Ability to demonstrate an advanced understanding in the field of finance and banking
You gain the following transferable skills:
- Development of numeracy and quantitative skills
- Communication skills; listening, oral, and written communication using a range of media
- Effective use of communication and Information technology
- Ability to undertake independent and self-managed learning
- Capacity for self-development and continuous learning
- Effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise others’ contributions in group processes
The programme aims to:
- Develop students’ existing skills and knowledge and to provide students’ with an advanced conceptual understanding of the key issues in Finance/Financial Management
- Provide students with the knowledge to be able to evaluate relevant literature critically
- Provide students with a theoretical framework so as to understand, interpret and analyse key issues in finance
- Provide students with knowledge of research methodologies adopted in empirical research
- Provide students with the skills to test and evaluate theoretical models
- Develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
- Provide preparation for and/or development of a career in the field of Finance/Financial Management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area
- Add value to a first degree by developing in individuals an integrated and critical awareness and understanding in the field of financial services
- Provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere. Develop students’ ability to develop independent self-directed research