You are creative and confident, committed to success in whatever you do.
You know that international finance is dynamic, fast-moving, fast-changing. The MSc International Banking, Finance and Risk Management is designed for you.
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), the MSc International Banking, Finance and Risk Management programme will give you the skills you'll need to manage bank operations:
Develop an in-depth understanding of banking and finance
Explore both domestic and international bank operations
Master financial and operational risk measurement and management
Learn practical application of financial and analytical techniques
Deepen your understanding of ethical decision-making
We collaborate with leading financial services organisations to keep our programme cutting-edge. We understand today's pressing issues in the international financial market - ensuring you will too.
Whatever role you choose to pursue, you'll be prepared to use your skills and insight for good. By protecting businesses and communities from unnecessary risk and making ethical, responsible decisions that promote the common good, you can make a positive impact wherever you go.
The world of international finance is vibrant and diverse - and so is our programme's teaching team. You'll learn from their broad range of experiences, ranging from academic pursuits to industry expertise, and professional practice in both the public and private sectors. The result is a programme that helps you see the world from a broader perspective.
Whether you choose to study at our Glasgow or our London campus, you can expect a curriculum that's career-focused. You'll benefit from guest lectures, master classes and live case studies.
Joining a globally networked community of alumni and supporters, graduates enter the workplace ideally positioned and prepared to lead in their workplaces and industries.
Graduates pursue opportunities in the fast-growing field of bank risk management, both within the UK and internationally. They find rewarding careers in financial services, investment banking, financial consulting and global operations.
Bank Operational Risk and Global Operations Management
Equips you with an understanding of operational risk and management by analysis of the main operations of banks such as settlement and clearance in both EU and emerging markets. You will also study conduct of business, client asset rules and custody.
This module aims to develop a critical awareness of the management of large commercial banks - both their operations and how this exposes them to risk. This will include a look at the theory behind retail banks, an overview of the sector, analysis of the balance sheet of banks and performance analysis using FRA, managing liquidity and liabilities, capital adequacy, investment banking and more.
Financial Services Regulation
Focuses on banking regulation and conduct of business regulation, as well as setting all of this material within the broader framework of international developments in financial regulation.
Financial Securities Analysis
This module will focus upon pricing and placement of financial instruments and how they are traded upon financial markets. You will also study debt, equity, and risk and return.
Ethics and Corporate Governance
This module explores the key issues of incorporate governance and the extent to which the arrangements currently in place secure corporate accountability. Personal and Professional Development enables you to identify, understand, develop and articulate your personal abilities in the context of your future career aspirations.
Develops advanced skills related to a range of research methods needed for academic and practical research at Masters level.
Personal and Professional Development
Enables you to identify, understand, develop and articulate your personal abilities in the context of your future career aspirations.
The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a selective area of banking, finance and risk.
Assessment methods used vary across modules, these may include: class tests, written exam, coursework, essays, seminar participation, group presentations and individual reports.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
"The course focuses on all three areas - bank management, finance and risk management - of modern banking which are key to having a successful career in a well reputed international bank. GCU has made a great contribution to helping me realise my career objectives, by offering me the right blend of course and then teaching me how to collect and analyse the quantitative data."Faiz Subhani,
MSc International Banking, Finance and Risk Management graduate
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Typical entry requirements
UK Honours degree 2:2 or equivalent in financial services, insurance banking, actuarial studies, business management, economics, finance, accounting, investment, mathematics or any financial services related subject. Applicants with an unrelated degree wishing to move into this area will also be considered.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2019/20
Home (including Scotland and Europe): £8400
International (outside Europe): £12980
Part-time and distance-learning fees can be paid annually or on a module by module basis. For part-time and distance-learning fees starting in September 2019 or January 2020, please make an enquiry today.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 21st January 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).