MSc Banking and Finance

With a banking and finance degree from Manchester Met your career options are extensive. Apply your skills to roles in brokering, risk management, insurance, retail banking and more.

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The banking and financial sector is one that’s always evolving. It has the ability to impact many areas of the global economy. That means working in this industry is exciting, fast-paced and rewarding. 

This course is designed to give you a fundamental understanding of banking and finance in today’s world. You’ll explore specialist subjects, from financial systems and their structures to risk management and taxation.

Industry experts

You’ll learn from experts in various areas of financial services and banking. Our teaching staff are active researchers and many had successful careers in the sector before moving into lecturing. 

Examples from their careers will bring the theory to life and give you an in-depth understanding of the challenges you’ll face in banking and finance.

Career focused

Your course will prepare you for a career in this industry. You’ll leave with the practical skills employers are looking for.

Our experts know what it takes to succeed in banking and financial services. They’ll pass this knowledge onto you.

We work closely with industry to make our course relevant to financial services. You can also attend guest lectures from some of the leading figures in the sector thanks to our excellent industry links.

Features and Benefits

  • Finance experts – learn from expert academics and leading professionals who advise organisations like AJ Bell, the United Nations, UEFA and the World Trade Organization.
  • Kickstart a rewarding career – develop the knowledge you need for roles in financial services, insurance, risk management and more, even if you don’t have a finance background.
  • Regional financial centre – study in a thriving financial and banking hub with one of the largest economies in Europe. Many large banks have their regional bases in the city.
  • Gain experience – you can choose to take a short internship during your course. Gain experience and make professional connections.
  • Industry tools – enjoy free access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform for news, data, analytics and research. It’s used by the world’s top banks, corporations and government agencies.
  • Broaden your knowledge – attend guest lectures with industry leaders and business visits to large employer headquarters. See how finance fits into organisations outside the banking industry.
  • Career opportunities – financial services is one of the largest employers in the region. Graduates like you are always in demand. Past students have gone on to work for the likes of Deloitte, KPMG and RBS.
"Manchester is one of the largest financial centres in Europe. It’s the perfect classroom for your studies." Anna Hardy-Watmough, Principal Lecturer.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"Studying for the MSc Banking and Finance offers students an exciting opportunity to develop the critical analytical and communication skills that are highly sought after by employers across the sector."

James Rattenbury, Principal Lecturer, Accounting, Finance and Banking.

Career Prospects

This masters is ideal if you want to progress your career in financial services and banking. It’s also suitable if you have a broader business or economics degree and want to specialise in finance.

The skills you develop will give you varied career options. These include working in corporate finance, banking, financial planning and management roles. You’ll also be well suited to financial positions in businesses operating in any sector.

Our graduates have gone on to work for the likes of Deloitte, KPMG and RBS. And the global nature of the banking and financial services industry means there are opportunities to work overseas in financial hubs like Singapore, NYC and Frankfurt.

As you gain experience in your chosen field of financial services you’ll be ready to move into senior-level roles.

Make the most of studying in one of the UK’s top financial centres. Build connections through our lecturers, industry visits and networking events.

Learn more about graduate careers


of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

You will have a minimum 2:2 degree UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) preferably in a business, economics or finance related subject.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


“The landscape of accounting, finance, and banking is constantly evolving. We equip students with the necessary skills in order to compete in the global job market…”
Listen to what Anna Hardy-Watmough, Principal Lecturer, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.

Industry experienced teaching expertise

Teaching staff on this programme combine a rich mix of industry qualified and research active academic staff. 

Meet the Lecturers

Dr Katarzyna Werner | Programme Leader

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 dissertation.

Core units

  • Advanced Finance
  • Commercial and Investment Banking 
  • Risk Management for Financial Institutions
  • Critical Perspectives of Ethics and Sustainability
  • Corporate Finance
  • Masters-level Learning 
  • Dissertation

Option units

Choose two from a list including: 

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Financial Planning and Wealth Management
  • Live Client Brief

Please note: optional units are subject to demand and timetabling. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

While this course doesn’t include any placement opportunities, you can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

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.

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Taught by experts

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.

Meet our expert staff


UK and EU students

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: £16,500 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: £2750 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).

Additional Information

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.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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