This course will provide you with a dynamic understanding of the fundamentals of banking and finance in today's ever-changing market, preparing you with the knowledge and skill set needed for a successful career within the sector. Our graduates go on to work at companies including KPMG, Deloitte and RBS to name a few.
The MSc Banking and Finance is ideal for graduates who have not studied finance at undergraduate level. The programme would also be suitable for those who hold an undergraduate degree in a business, economics or similar subject, who would like to develop specialised knowledge in finance. It is therefore ideal for those seeking a career in the banking, finance or financial services sectors.
The course may also be suitable for those who may not have a degree, but who possess relevant experience or professional qualifications.
You will have the opportunity to engage with current business, banking and financial issues through specialist input and the completion of independent study. You will also be able to produce a substantial piece of original research into a banking or finance related issue. The course is career focused from both a capital and planning perspective and looks at the subjects of banking and finance from a holistic viewpoint. Whilst academic in format, the knowledge application and generic skills that you will learn have great relevance for a career in banking.
During your studies, you may have the opportunity to participate in:
Industry visits to successful local brands and businesses
There are opportunities to focus your assignments on your employment goals, or your current employer.
You will have extensive access to real world data and academic journals.
Our academic team includes internationally renowned economists and finance specialists.
Timetabled lectures and seminars are complemented by the guest lecture series run by the Accounting, Finance and Economics Society.
Teaching staff on this programme are highly experienced practitioners and active researchers.
Adding value to your employability skills
Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activities that include:
Behind-the-scenes business visits
As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of successful companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:
Manchester United Football Club museum and stadium tour plus guest speaker on business operations
Robinsons Brewery tour of 175 year old family run brewery and guest speaker
BBC at MediaCityUK - tour of BBC studios at MediaCityUK with an insight into how TV broadcasting works.
Jaguar LandRover - tour of the LandRover factory including every stage of the assembly process to the finished product.
Professional development weeks
The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers.
Expert guest lectures
A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students.
Many employers require graduates who possess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students in the Business School have the opportunity to take a client project unit, giving you an opportunity to work on a project for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
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Endorsement We are a double-accredited business school, having gained the prestigious AACSB accreditation, which recognises excellence in global management education. This means that your degree is internationally recognised.
Graduates from this programme are well equipped to take up positions in corporate finance, banking, financial planning and management roles. The global nature of these industries means that graduates are suited to move into rewarding careers in multinational corporations.
The Faculty of Business and Laws dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate. With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.
You are encouraged to explore your employment options during studying for your postgraduate qualification and you will have the opportunity to engage with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships.
You will have a minimum 2:2 degree UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) preferably in a business, economics or finance related subject.
Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.
Our research in business and law brings together a number of synergistic research centres and knowledge clusters and our doctoral school of PhD researchers who work with teaching staff on the design of the programme.
Industry experienced teaching expertise
Teaching staff on this programme combine a rich mix of industry qualified and research active academic staff.
Units on the programme are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas whilst allowing you to apply your learning into practice, before embarking on a consultancy based dissertation.
You will study the following units:
Commercial and Investment Banking
Risk Management for Financial Institutions
Critical Perspectives in Ethics and Sustainability
Choose two from:
Financial Risk Management
Financial Planning and Wealth Management
Project Management Framework
Project Management Systems
Critical Perspectives in Entrepreneurship
Global Strategic Innovation
Live Client Brief
Postgraduate internship programme
Employers look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate relevant and practical work experience. All Masters students at the Business School are encouraged to undertake an optional, short-term internship with a local business in order to develop relevant experience relating to their studies.
The Postgraduate Internship Programme is an optional unit which allows you to gain up to fourteen weeks of work experience in a business environment; putting your studies into practical application, at the same time as gaining practice credits, which are recorded on your degree qualification transcript.
A dedicated Placement and Project Coordinator will guide you through this process, by sourcing and advertising suitable roles throughout the year, offering 1-2-1 application advice, and supporting you to make speculative applications to source your own Internships.
Internships can be part-time or full-time but must fit around your scheduled classes.
Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking
Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.
The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £10,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1709 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
Postgraduate Loan Scheme
Loans of up to £10,000 for many Postgraduate Courses
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