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Basma Akbar came to Cass Business School from Kuwait to study on the MSc in Banking and International Finance. In this video she tells us why she loved studying in London and learning from renowned professors.

Overview

Who is it for?

You are ambitious to succeed in global banking, attracted by the innovation led by Fintech and committed to become skilled in international markets. Your strong quantitative skills give you an ideal starting point as you begin to investigate the deeper levels of strategy and operations in fast-evolving banking markets. Your interest in banking is matched by your desire to establish yourself in this highly competitive marketplace where pressure and risk management accompany job satisfaction and financial rewards.

The Banking and International Finance course will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate the rapidly changing financial landscape.

Objectives

Take a step closer to your successful career in global banking and finance with this highly practical MSc in Banking and International Finance.

This postgraduate programme is tailormade to develop professional standards and competence for those wishing to pursue careers in the banking industry. Cass offers an innovative blend of theoretical and vocational learning equipping you with the outlook, the skills and the temperament to make things happen.

You’ll be based within a stone’s throw of the City of London and Fintech hubs, giving your studies a uniquely practical and strategic orientation with regular teaching from senior bankers and finance professionals.

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Structure

What will you learn

On the Banking and International Finance MSc course, you will:

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the banking sector
  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of finance, including institutions and instruments
  • Understand and critically evaluate current issues in international banking and finance, from regulatory changes, to technology and financial innovation, to stock markets
  • Develop your range of technical and conceptual skills
  • Gain broad experience of quantitative techniques
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of financial issues across all industry sectors.
  • Network with your peers and senior finance industry professionals in the City of London
  • Gain a highly valuable international, multicultural perspective
  • Acquire a flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles in global finance.

Induction Weeks

All of our MSc courses start with two compulsory induction weeks which include relevant refresher courses, an introduction to the careers services and the annual careers fair.

Assessment methods

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • nine core courses (15 credits each)

and either

  • five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits).

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Banking & International Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Term dates

Term dates 2020/21

In-Person ID Checks (all students must attend): Commences 14 September 2020

Compulsory Induction: 14 - 25 September 2020

Term I
28 September 2020 - 11 December 2020
Term I exams
11 January 2021 - 22 January 2021

Term II
25 January 2021 - 09 April 2021
Term II exams
26 April 2021 - 07 May 2021

Term III
10 May 2021 - 09 July 2021
Term III exams
12 July 2021 - 23 July 2021

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test will do so in the period:
09 - 21 August 2021

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
30 August 2021

Official Course End Date
30 September 2021

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Teaching staff

Course Director

Angela Gallo

Dr Angela Gallo

Lecturer in Finance

The teaching staff on the MSc in Banking & International Finance includes a variety of faculty members with established track-record of outstanding research in banking and finance and highly-trained professionals with many years of experience working in the financial services sector who are also active researchers and consultants.

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in Banking & International Finance.

Module Leaders include:

Application

How to apply

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • IELTS/GMAT result
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Specialist Masters Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.

Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Cass Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

  • A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.
  • Some level of previous study or evidence of skills in finance or quantitative methods is essential.

GMAT

  • Highly recommended
  • A well-balanced score in the range of 600-800 will significantly strengthen your application.

English language requirements

  • If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test
  • If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.

Fees

UK/EU/International £29,500 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study for continuing students (where applicable).

Deposit: £2,000 (usually paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

Career destinations for BSc Banking and International Finance

This master's degree in Banking and International Finance is designed to help launch a career in the banking industry, including Fintech companies, as well as major finance, consultancy firms and foreign exchange desks.

The degree is fully accredited by the Chartered Bankers Institute (CBI), which ensures its content is kept up to date and relevant to the industry.

Graduates from the MSc Banking and International Finance degree move into a variety of careers, from investment banking, commercial banks and major consultancy firms.

Graduates also go on to work in securities sales and trading desks at major finance firms, foreign exchange desks, hedge funds, private banking, asset management, credit products, financial and credit risk management consultancies.

Class of 2017 / 2018 profile

Recent graduates from 2017 and 2018 have secured positions for organisations such as:

  • Bank of China - Management Trainee
  • BNP Paribas – Intern
  • Citibank - Relationship Manager
  • Deloitte - Valuer
  • EY - Consultant
  • Goldman Sachs - Analyst
  • HSBC – Graduate Trainee
  • KPMG - Analyst
  • PwC - Data and Analytics Associate
  • Societe Generale - Assistant Investment Advisor
  • Standard Chartered Bank - Cash Product Manager

Where are they working now

  • UK: 25%
  • EU/EEA: 10%
  • North America: 5%
  • Africa and Middle East: 0%
  • Asia: 60%

Industry post-master's

15% Consulting
15% Accounting/Auditing Services
10% Commerical/Corporate Banking
5% Investment Banking/M&A/ECM/DCM
5% Investment Management

The remaining industries are made up of Advisory / Boutique firm (5%), Automotive (5%), Business Services (10%), Property / Real Estate (10%), Hedge Funds / Other Investments (5%), Healthcare / Pharmaceuticals / Biotechnology (5%), Venture Capital / Private Equity firms (5%), Manufacturing (5%).

Data provided from alumni who completed the annual destination data survey 2017/18

Course information and statistics

Man
22
average age of student body
Search
52%
females in 19/20 cohort
Globe
21
nationalities in 19/20 cohort
Human brain
3
international electives

Accreditation

The degree is fully accredited by the Chartered Bankers Institute (CBI) and the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)

*Please note that all accreditations and exemptions are subject to change.  Please check if you have specific requirements.

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ICAEW

The MSc in Banking & International Finance is accredited by Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).

CFA Programme Partner

The CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, recognises the rigour and the relevance of the MSc in Banking and International Finance and has awarded this course partner status. CFA Programme Partner status is awarded to a select number of universities around the world whose degree courses incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge. The CFA Program is the essential qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in the finance sector and the CFA Institute recognises the MSc in Banking and International Finance as strong preparation for their professional exams.

Cass students on CFA partner courses have the option of taking some additional preparatory classes for the CFA exams. They also have access to CFA study materials (including an online Level 1 sample exam) and complimentary access to Financial Newsbrief, a daily investment brief by the CFA. In addition, there is the opportunity to take part in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge.

Each year a number of CFA scholarships are available to Cass students, offering financial assistance with the CFA exam registration fees.