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Banking and Finance MSc

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Banking and Finance MSc

October 2022
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£12,100 (UK) *
£16,500 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Nitin Deshmukh

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The banking and finance industry has become a major end-user and even a major driver of technological innovation, such as machine learning, big data analysis and algorithm trading. This course uniquely combines theory and applications of finance, economics, quantitative methods, and big data analysis to allow you to increase your career opportunities in this fast paced field.

Why study MSc Banking and Finance* at Middlesex University?

The MSc Banking and Finance is an academically solid programme that provides the foundations of a career in financial services, and in the banking industry. This course has an emphasis on relevant and prominent issues for the sector such as financial regulation, risk management, international systems, banking institutions and securities markets.

The programme covers all aspects of the industry from macroeconomic and corporate to regulatory, computational and quantitative. Advanced skills preparation in financial modelling, econometrics, and quantitative risk management will prepare you for the practical requirements of your profession. You can also choose what you study with optional modules covering accounting and corporate finance, big data analysis, and FinTech.

You'll be taught by academics who are currently involved in pioneering research in areas such as portfolio management, corporate finance and ethics in finance. Many have also been practitioners with organisations such as Standard & Poor's and The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. We value skills training as highly as we value theory, so you can also expect to learn the practical ways in which you can use this knowledge within your profession, including training in a range of financial software systems.

Course highlights

  • Benefit from unlimited access to the Financial Markets Lab, where you can set up or simulate your trades in FX, equity and derivatives markets
  • There is a strong emphasis on practical application of theory to ensure you are ready for the working world
  • Complete year-long modules to improve your learning and enhance assimilation of complex subjects in a rewarding and beneficial manner
  • You'll use specialist industry standard databases such as Bloomberg and Datastream, as well as software packages including Stata
  • Free online subscription to The Financial Times.

*Please note this course is subject to review.


This programme is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status. Upon graduating, you will be eligible for a CMI Strategic Management and Leadership qualification (subject to CMI moderation) in addition to your Middlesex University Degree*. The qualification recognises the core skills necessary to succeed in Management and aims at enhancing employability and earning potential.

*Graduates that commenced their degree from 2019 onwards will be eligible for a CMI Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership qualification if they pass the programme’s mapped modules without compensation. Programme handbooks detail the mapped modules on each programme.

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What you will study on the MSc Banking and Finance?

Our modules are specifically structured to give you plenty of time to utilise large amounts of data and explore complex subjects to their fullest. The course will equip you with the theory and practice needed to communicate and evaluate empirical work, as well as giving you valuable training in specialist databases and software packages.

You will then move on to explore relevant theories such as financial derivative products, international financial regulation, financial risk management and key aspects of corporate finance, as well as how to apply them to practical situations in the financial sector.

The dissertation research project is a chance for you to extend your knowledge of a selected topic and to apply it to the formulation and design of a substantive investigation.

What will you gain?

Upon completion of this course, you will have further developed your professional experience and have solid theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of:

  • Banking theory and regulation and compliance of financial institutions
  • Financial assets, such as fixed-income securities and derivatives
  • Financial engineering and other quantitative techniques to evaluate financial instruments
  • Financial database such as Bloomberg, Datastream, Eikon Thomson Reuters
  • Modules

    • Applied Corporate Finance (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the major issues in corporate finance. In particular you will develop your ability to analyse corporate finance issues, apply finance theories to deal with practical issues in corporate finance and investigate emerging issues and contemporary trends in the field.

    • International Financial Markets (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an overview of the nature and operation of international financial markets and their traded instruments. You are introduced to the organisation of the international financial system, the markets for foreign exchanges, stocks, bonds, commodities, and the risks and opportunities offered in these markets and systems. You gain essential knowledge for their future career in business, especially in the financial sector.

    • International Risk Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to equip your with knowledge essential to critically engage with modern financial risk management theory and practice undertaken by both financial and non-financial institutions. It offers advanced study of key issues, including categories of managed financial risk, the arbitrage-free theory of spot-forward price relations, valuing optionality in a financial risk environment, a comparison of over-the-counter and exchange-traded risk management arrangements, the limitations of risk management techniques and the evolving regulatory environment. You will be able to develop risk modelling skills, analytical and quantitative skills through engagement with current market data on Bloomberg Financial Database and Capital IQ.

    • International Financial Regulation (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module allows you to develop an understanding of the process of financial risk regulation in domestic and international banking. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in banking risk management practice, including knowledge of financial instruments used by financial institutions to manage credit, operational, and market risk. The module will place a strong emphasis on the knowledge of existing international regulatory frameworks, such as the Basel Capital Accords, the European Capital Directives. You will analyse the impact of international financial regulation and accounting standards on emerging markets.

    • Banking Theory and Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build your knowledge of banking as preparation for more further study. You will approach banking from an economic perspective with an aim to:

      • explore the complexity and integrated nature of financial systems
      • identify and assess different systems of allocating funds for economic development
      • develop your ability to apply introductory risk management tools and techniques in banking
      • investigate emerging issues and contemporary trends in banking theory and practice.
    • Applied Financial Econometrics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module deals with basic statistical methods and explores the application of these methods to analytical models in finance. You will gain the analytical and programming skills necessary to pursue empirical studies in finance. You will also be encouraged to use previous knowledge in statistics and computer programming.

    • Managerial Accounting (15 credits) - Optional

      This module provides a critical understanding of management accounting techniques and practices and their relevance to contemporary business. The relevant concepts and theories, together with a range of emerging issues will be presented and critically evaluated.

    • Fixed-Income Securities (15 credits) - Optional

      This module deepens your knowledge and practical understanding of fixed income products and their pricing mechanics. The module will also incorporate new developments in fixed-income derivatives such as mortgage-backed securities, collateralised debt obligations, and other structured fixed-income financial products. You will have the opportunity to use the Bloomberg Financial Database in learning the concepts, valuation principles and application of financial derivative products.

    • Data Mining (15 credits) - Optional

      The quantity of data available to analysts is growing at an ever-increasing rate. This data has become a vital tool for decision-making in a competitive world. However the size which makes the data so valuable also makes it difficult to analyse using traditional statistical methods. This module introduces you to a variety of methodologies now employed to explore, analyse, categorise and visualise data from large data sets and multiple related data sets. You will also explore the issues with data sets that are too large even for established data mining methods (“big data”).

    • Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides you with the opportunity to select your own specialised research topic in the area of financial management. You will be expected to apply relevant theoretical frameworks, the existing seminal and the most up-to-date scholarly literature together with the relevant research methodologies and methods whilst conducting your research. You will be required to independently plan, organise, and coherently produce a limited but a well-researched work.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MSc Banking and Finance taught?

As well as standard lectures and seminars, the course will also entail individual and group presentations. This academic focused work will be augmented by sessions and training in computer labs, including the Financial Markets Lab. You will also be shown how to collect data from resources such as Datastream, IQCapital, and Fame.

The course also includes several workshops on the different aspects of writing a dissertation delivered by academics who have produced high-quality, internationally-known research.


Your knowledge and understanding is assessed by presentations, examinations and written assignments, and through the research and writing undertaken to complete your dissertation.

Only the 30 credit module, Banking Theory and Practice, has a formal 2 hour examination. The assessment of the remaining compulsory modules comprises in-class tests, presentations and individual or group coursework.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU fees
  3. EU/International
  4. Additional costs
  5. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MSc Banking and Finance support your career?

This MSc course has been designed to allow you to develop your analytical skills, acquire a body of knowledge, and be exposed to the frontiers of the subject.

Potential careers span across many sectors and can include:

  • Investment management
  • Hedge fund management
  • Equity, bond and foreign currency markets
  • Corporate treasury management
  • Risk management

Dr Nitin Deshmukh
Senior Lecturer

Dr Deshmukh joined the Business School in 2012. Before joining academia, he worked for several years in industry as a successful fund manager.

Dr Edward Bace
Senior Lecturer

Dr Bace specialises in transmitting his experience and expertise in credit, commercial and investment banking in educational settings, having gained experience with Standard & Poor's, Lehman Brothers and EBRD.

Professor Ephraim Clark
Emeritus Professor

Author of eight books and over 90 papers in professional and academic journals, Professor Clark has been a full-time academic since 1989. He has two PhDs from the University of Paris, one in Development Economics and the other in Financial Economics.

  • Aisha Asad

    MSc Banking and Finance graduate

    I am studying my Masters (MSc Banking and Finance) having previously studied Business and Business Economics. I chose to continue studying with Middlesex at a postgraduate level as the structure of my undergraduate course and the teaching was prodigious, which assisted me in achieving a First Class degree.

    One of the most rewarding aspects of studying at Middlesex was the opportunity to meet the inimitable academics who are inspirational individuals and experts in their subject area; knowing and working with them has been a pleasure. My studies here have enabled me to become a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Economics for the University. I am thoroughly enjoying the experience so far and I am now keen to remain in the field of academia. I would highly recommend Middlesex University to those considering post graduate study. The teaching is prodigious, the ambience is delightful and the academics are truly inspirational. There really isn’t a better venue to build your academic foundations and shine.

  • Jamshed Shaikh

    MSc Banking and Finance graduate (was MSc Money, Banking and Finance)

    I chose to study this course at Middlesex University because I have experience in the banking industry and the modules offered on the course make it a good combination to climb the career ladder in the banking and financial industry.

    The tutors on the course were helpful, cooperative and some of them, Dr Amrit Judge and Marie Wong especially, were great. The way of rendering knowledge is appreciable and this helps me a lot. The interaction in seminars and the support extended by the tutors remained remarkable.

    I currently work in Credit Risk Analysis at the Standard Chartered Bank in Pakistan. I am currently planning to work on my Doctorate within the next few years, and Middlesex University would be my first choice of institute.

  • Myint Chit

    MSc Banking and Finance graduate (was MSc Money, Banking and Finance)

    I chose to study at Middlesex University because it was one of a few universities providing a master degree in banking and finance. My decision to come here was based on the expertise of the teaching staff, the course content, location and value for money. I chose this course to extend my knowledge. I wish to apply my knowledge and expertise developed on the course to help to develop the financial sector of my home country. I want to become a senior research fellow in a research institution focusing on East Asian economies.

    The course lecturers at Middlesex are very helpful and because of their encouragement and help, I graduated MSc degree with distinction. Based on my experience, I then decided to do a PhD in Middlesex University and was awarded a four-year PhD studentship by the university. The basis of my research is analysing how exchange rate volatility affects the exports of emerging East Asian economies: China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. The staff always encourages me to do more and more research and at the same time they are ready to challenge the results to improve the research. Since I came to study in Middlesex University, I have changed my world. Now I am just like in a new world doing what I enjoy.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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