De Montfort University

De Montfort University

Global Banking and Finance

The Global Banking and Finance MSc degree programme will provide students with an understanding of domestic and global financial systems, the impact of global and domestic financial crises and covers issues of regulation and control by international monetary authorities.

You will study corporate finance, legal and regulatory environments, national and international standards, financial theory and enhance your knowledge of alternative types of banking and contemporary issues in the field such as systemic failures and sector problems.

The course is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in financial regulation, banking, finance and risk management, insurance or actuarial science.

Most students will take part in a placement or internship as part of the Executive In-Company Project module, although the option of a traditional dissertation is available.

Entry requirements

You should typically hold a minimum upper second class honours degree (2:1), or overseas equivalent, in any subject.

Applicants are required to have gained an IELTS score of 6.5 or a Cambridge Proficiency Certificate grade B or above.

Exemptions from providing evidence of English language proficiency may arise if an applicant has gained an undergraduate degree from a UK university, or gained their undergraduate degree from a non-UK but English language medium recognised university, or completed a UK professional body programme of study.

Course modules

  • Research Methods introduces the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in finance, accounting and business. This module can also help to define a research topic for dissertation.
    International Financial Markets and Institutions guides you through the role and function of the domestic and global financial system, non-deposit financial institutions and financial markets. This will cover interest rates, debt securities, equity markets and the foreign exchange market, as well as crises and regulation in financial sectors.
  • Corporate Finance introduces key skills required for work in corporate finance. This module covers sources of funds for companies, investment needs, project appraisal and management of portfolios, risk measurement, relevance of capital structure and methods of company valuation.
  • Banking Theory and Practice covers types of banking, current issues in national and international banking and asset and liability management. You will also look at principles of credit assessment and investigation, the theory and practice of central banking and banking risk.
  • Econometrics introduces the theory and practice of basic econometric modelling techniques. You will examine simple linear regressions, multiple linear regressions, specification testing and misspecification testing. There will also be a focus on special cases in MLR, error-correction models, ARCH and GARCH modelling and time series forecasting.
  • Finance Theory explores consumption and investment decisions, state-preference theory and efficient capital markets theory. You will look at stock market anomalies, trading mechanisms and the role of derivative instruments and valuation models.
    International Banking and Financial Regulation will cover the legal and regulatory environment in which banks and other financial institutions operate, national and international standards and interpretation and enforcement by the relevant authorities. You will learn about banking supervision, Basel Core Principles and financial crime including market abuse and insider trading.


  • Financial Derivatives gives a foundation on the nature and use of these complex financial instruments at an advanced level. You will learn about the derivative markets, the options market and the commodity, interest rate, currency and index futures. This module also covers using options on stock indexes, foreign currencies, equity securities and the swap market.


  • Global Risk and Insurance Theory examines the life and non-life insurance sectors, mathematical models for costing alternative products, insurance practice and regulation and the UK and overseas pensions systems. You will also find out more about the underwriting process, reinsurance fundamentals, insurance practice and regulation and risk management systems and practices.


  • Dissertation involves research informed by a critical discussion, relevant issues and evidence. You will evaluate research methods available, identify and critically review literature, analyse information and draw conclusions relevant to a critical area of accounting and finance.


  • Executive In-Company Project offers an opportunity to complete a practical management project in the workplace, so you can link theory to practice and develop practical skills for leadership. You will research a management issue provided by a sponsoring organisation, supported by both academic and work-based supervisors, while engaging with the business world.

Assessment methods

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test.

Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week. We expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 12,500 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,000 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Leicester Castle Business School Leicester East Midlands

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