Banking and Finance MSc 2019/20 entry

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1 year full-time



Coventry University


September 2019



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Responding to a rising demand for highly skilled professionals able to negotiate complex regulatory policy and structural change, this course considers banking and financial developments from a corporate and global perspective.

It aims to provide a thorough understanding of the strategies employed by financial institutions and the instruments at their disposal.

The most recent financial crisis highlighted the importance of the link between the banking and financial sector and the real economy and has driven rapid change within the banking industry.

Rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal, Coventry Business School offers industry-standard facilities, including a 42-terminal academic trading floor. Using a range of market-leading software and data packages, such as Bloomberg, Datastream, Fitch-Connect and Thompson Reuters Eikon, you’ll have the opportunity to master financial, statistical and econometric analysis, and learn to interpret, evaluate and communicate financial information in real-life business situations.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Course information

The course aims to provide a solid grounding in the main components of commercial and investment banking and the changing structure of the international financial industry. The emphasis is on interpreting, evaluating and communicating financial information to support strategic decision making within a commercial context.


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The first stage of the course looks to build your knowledge of current concepts, theories and techniques in banking, policy, economics, risk management and associated areas. We will consider monetary policies, changes in strategies of financial institutions, financial instruments, markets, consumer demands and competition.

We’ll teach you how to manage assets, liquidity and risk, and how to analyse credit, interest, statements and rates. We emphasise the importance and types of risk in banking activities; for example, how credit risk can be managed effectively in a global bank.

We strive to provide you with an international perspective on the world of banking and finance – considering the international dimensions of risk management, emerging markets and corporate finance. In the second semester, you also have the option to study Islamic banking and finance, exploring Islamic views on trade and commercial activity and drawing on actual experiences of Islamic financial operations, capital markets and banking institutions from different parts of the world. There is also a strong focus on key, current issues facing the global banking sector, such as the rapidly evolving regulatory environment that banks have to face.

In the final stage of the course, you could pursue a consultancy project in the form of a company internship as your final project, either at home or abroad. Alternatively, you could undertake a dissertation based on quantitative research, supported by supervisors who have specific expertise of the topic being studied.

This course includes the Professional Development Module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.


  • Semester 1

    • Economics of Money and Banking
    • Quantitative Methods
    • Corporate Finance
    • International Banking

  • Semester 2

    • Credit Risk Management
    • International Financial Markets
    • Institutional Investments
    • Banking Regulation and Governance

  • Semester 3

    • Dissertation / Consultancy Project
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Strong industry links with major employers like HSBC and Barclays.
  • Access to market leading databases, such as Thompson-Reuters Eikon, Bloomberg, Fitch Connect and Datastream.
  • Course is recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), one of the UK’s leading professional financial organisations.
  • With around 5,000 students and 300 staff, Coventry Business School is one of the largest in Europe, rated as ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal.
  • High levels of student satisfaction – 84% for the course overall, teaching, engagement and support with their dissertation in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Members of our student investment societies perform extremely well in national competitions, including the UK Universities Trading Challenge, winning ‘Best Portfolio Manager’ in the UK.
  • Research active staff who are widely published – for example, in the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, European Journal of Finance, Review of Behavioural Finance, Journal of Wealth Management and International Journal of the Economics of Business, to name a few.

Outstanding facilities include our trading floor featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.

Your main study themes are: 

  • Banking: We study the theory and practice of banking, financial market and monetary policy and examine how these macro principles can be used to model interaction among sectors in the economy. 
  • Quantitative methods: To familiarise you with the extensive range of statistical and mathematical techniques necessary to effectively analyse problems in the field of finance. You will be introduced to the areas of descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling methods and hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression analysis, experimental design, time series analysis and forecasting, optimisation techniques, and decision analysis in an applied context.
  • Corporate finance: Covers theories and practice associated with the key corporate decisions on investment, financing and dividends. We aim to give you an insight into the role and importance of governance and ethics within the firm and financial markets in general. We will explore the techniques and models of asset pricing and also develop the skills necessary to critically analyse and interpret the financial statements of firms and become aware of their limitations.

The programme can be studied over one year full-time or over two years part-time and is available as a September start.

You will be provided with a variety of learning experiences, such as lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, web-based learning, problem-solving, classes and tutorials, workshops, research design tutorials, dissertation supervision and guided and self-directed study.

We make use of a range of online tools and educational materials, such as Gretl, an open source econometrics package for statistical analysis, as well as Fitch Connect, the Bloomberg and Reuters Eikon databases. Additionally, literature and data provided by the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Central Bank and the Bank of England are also integrated into all teaching and learning aspects.

Many of our teaching staff are research active and will disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, as well as fostering debate and discussion around relevant issues in the news. Their research expertise spans areas such as asset pricing, corporate performance, financial reporting, derivatives, financial regulation and stock market efficiency.

You may also conduct your own supervised research as part of your dissertation, which has recently included investigations into the impact of greater competition on banking stability, the possible causes of banking collapse and the effects of new regulations on bank performance.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, dissertation/internship and coursework/tests.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Contemporary and controversial issues relating to development of banking and finance in developed and emerging markets.
  • In-depth exploration of concepts and theories of banking and finance, and their application to real world situations.
  • Critical awareness of banking and financing arrangements, strategies and governance structures of business and financial institutions.
  • Advanced mathematical and statistical techniques for financial and investment analysis.
  • Complex operation and function of banks and financial markets under different regulatory settings.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Exploit diagnostic and decision making skills in dealing with banking, financial and investment problems. 
  • Work out the implications of emerging finance issues and debates.
  • Practise financial research techniques to retrieve and analyse relevant data and information from finance-related databases.
  • Select, retrieve and analyse relevant data and information from finance-related databases like Datastream and Bloomberg to solve practical problems.
  • Design and conduct research in banking and financial management using appropriate methodologies to advance knowledge in these areas.
  • Critically evaluate the conceptual and theoretical frameworks of banking and finance and challenge assumptions. 
  • Exercise judgment in the selection of different methods and approaches to banking operations and financial management in the corporate environment.
  • Critically assess the economic environment and financial policy in developed and emerging markets.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 13 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 5 hours of tutorials or, later, project supervision, each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

The fact that so many of our graduates can be found working all over the world not only demonstrates the global nature of the banking and finance sector, but also the fact that successful completion of this degree can prepare you for a truly international and global career.

The very nature of the subject requires students to adopt international perspectives in all aspects of their learning. This is encouraged through the inclusion of international case studies, the analysis of contemporary financial events of various countries and use of financial, economic, demographic and other data from diverse countries and regions in quantitative analysis.

The wealth of international expertise amongst staff – ranging from teaching overseas, working with overseas partner institutions in a range of pedagogic activities, and cross-border research collaborations – all helps further support the internationalisation agenda. Both staff and students, who come from all over the world, will share perspectives and views based on their own heritage and cultural experiences.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.


Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



September 2019

£11,450 (per year)

UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2019

£11,450 (per year)

EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2019

£15,800 (per year)

International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

This Master’s course will suit recent graduates who already have some academic knowledge of the business and financial sector and are seeking to embark on a career in the financial services sector, as well as current financial practitioners who wish to upgrade their qualifications for career progression.

It can lead to specialist roles in the banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy sectors. Typical roles may include financial planners and controllers, economists, treasurers, stock brokers, commodities traders, cash and fund managers, insurance adjusters and other positions in banking and finance.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to work in varied roles, such as a Financial Planning Analyst for City Bank Indonesia, Senior Finance Officer for Royal Jordanian Airlines and Financial Administrator for Bank of China.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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