University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Banking and Finance

The banking and financial industry is highly competitive and evolves rapidly. As a result of increasing financial integration worldwide, the industry has gone through a number of remarkable structural changes in the last 5 years. The general trend towards greater integration has been bolstered by the increasing harmonisation of the regulatory framework and the increasing integration of the underlying financial infrastructure. Against this background, our course provides you with essential knowledge and understanding of the banking and finance industry. The course gives you a comprehensive understanding of the main theoretical and applied concepts in banking and finance. In addition, it offers you omprehensive training in banking management and accounting as well as an in-depth appreciation of the finance industry, giving you a wide range of opportunities to specialise in advanced topics in banking and finance. You: Get professional training in banking, accounting, risk management, investment analysis, corporate finance, derivatives, financial microstructure and taxation; review modern theoretical and real-world practical developments relating to banking and finance look at the diverse nature of the banking industry in geographical areas such as Europe, America, Asia and the Arabic peninsula; gain technical skills through the application of quantitative analysis; look at advanced practical applications of financial techniques in a real-world setting; examine the underlying theories of the banking firm; study the structure, performance and efficiency of banking and financial markets; learn about bank regulation and risk management in light of the recent credit crunch; focus on the measurement of risks undertaken by banks; look at futures, options, derivatives and swaps as used by banks to manage their balancesheet and off-balance-sheet risks.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree, normally with evidence of ability in mathematics or quantitative related areas.

Course modules

Autumn term: Accounting for decision-makers; bank financial management; banking and financial institutions; corporate and international finance; quantitative methods for finance. Spring term: Bank risk management; financial derivatives; research methods. You choose 2 options from: Corporate governance; financial and time series econometrics; financial crises and bank regulation; information systems and management; money and banking; multinational financial management. Summer term: You conduct a research method project in banking and finance.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary and include unseen examinations and dissertation/projects.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,850 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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