Overview

Who is it for?

You are ambitious to succeed in global banking and finance. Your strong quantitative skills give you an ideal starting point as you begin to investigate the deeper levels of strategy and operations in banks and 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 course will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate the rapidly changing global banking landscape.

Objectives

Take a step closer to your successful career in global banking and finance with this highly practical MSc. This course 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, giving your studies a uniquely practical orientation with regular teaching from senior bankers and finance professionals.

Structure

What will you learn

  • 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.

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:

  • eight 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.

Induction Weeks

The Banking and International Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, mainly dedicated to:

  • An introduction to careers in finance and the opportunity to speak to representatives from over 75 companies during a number of different industry specific fairs.
  • A refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Term dates

Term dates 2018/19

In-person ID-Checks (all students must attend): Commences 17 September 2018

Compulsory Induction: 18 - 29 September 2018

Term I
1 October 2018 - 7 December 2018
Term I exams
7 January 2019 - 18 January 2019

Term II
21 January 2019 - 29 March 2019
Term II exams
22 April 2019 - 3 May 2019

Term III
6 May 2019 - 28 June 2019
Term III exams
1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test  will do so in the period:
12 - 30 August 2019

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2019

Official Course End Date
30 September 2019

Teaching staff

Course Director

Course director profile

Professor Barbara Casu Lukac

Professor of Banking and Finance

The teaching staff on the MSc in Banking & International Finance have many years of practical experience working in the financial services sector and are also active researchers in their fields

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.

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 £28,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Deposit: £2,000 (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

This master's degree is designed to help launch a career in the banking industry, but also as central bankers, supervisors and regulators. It offers the foundation for a varied range of careers.

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 move into a variety of careers, from investment banking (Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, UBS, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs) to commercial banking (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, BNP Paribas); to rating agencies (Fitch, S&P) to 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 consultancy

Course information and statistics

Man
22
average age of student body
Search
8
applications received per place available
Globe
19
nationalities in 17/18 cohort
Diploma/ certificate
7.2
average IELTS score for 17/18 cohort

Accreditation

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

See accreditation details

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 5 CFA scholarships are available to Cass students, offering financial assistance with the CFA exam registration fees.