M.Sc. Banking, Finance and Risk Management

Glasgow Caledonian University

Application deadline: There is no formal closing date for applications, but early application is advised.
Tuition fee:
  • € 8,250 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The global banking industry is currently undergoing a major restructuring and future managers will have to be aware of the importance of the banking industry to the economy, key risk management techniques and the links between banks and the more broadly defined finance industry. Of critical importance is that future bank managers have a holistic knowledge of bank operations - including the credit, liquidity and market risk departments. As a result, the MSc Banking, Finance and Risk Management programme aims to arm graduates with the skills to understand and manage across an array of main bank operations.

What You'll Learn

* the fundamental and advanced aspects of domestic and international bank operations
* essential financial and operational risk measurement and management techniques
* key insights into investment banking and how these banks manage their global operations
* how to utilise financial techniques and their uses within the banking firm
* to apply analytical techniques to analyse operational problems arising within banks
* evaluate theory through critical appraisal of current research in the area of banks

The programme forms part of our MSc Financial Services suite. It is intended for graduates who want to pursue a career in banking and finance and those with relevant industry experience who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise. The programme is based upon banking and risk management and allows students from an accountancy, economics, finance and business background to tailor their expertise in these areas. In contrast to the MSc Financial Services, Risk and Operations programme, this programme allows you to study finance in more depth.
Students have the option of starting in September or January. Full or Part-time study is available.


September start
Trimester 1

* Investment Banking and Global Operations
* Operations and Strategy of Financial Institutions
* Managing Operational Risks in Financial Institutions
* Financial Market and Product Risk

Trimester 2

* Bank Financial Risk: Measurement and Management
* Financial Management
* Financial Services Regulation
* Personal and Professional Development
* Research Methodsand Dissertation

Trimester 3

* Dissertation

January start
Trimester 2

* Bank Financial Risk: Measurement and Management
* Financial Services Regulation
* Financial Management
* Personal and Professional Development
* Research Methods and Dissertation

Trimester 3

* Dissertation (continues in Trimester A)

Trimester 1

* Investment Banking and Global Operations
* Operations and Strategy of Financial Institutions
* Managing Operational Risks in Financial Institutions
* Financial Market and Product Risk

The programme has a broad range of assessment techniques including: continuous assessment; case study; written coursework; group presentation and final examination.


UK Honours degree 2:2 or equivalent in banking, actuarial studies, economics, finance, accounting or investment.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The university will also consider admission to the programme on the basis of prior learning and/or prior experiential learning.
Such learning may be certificated or un-certificated and could include considerable industrial experience in the sector at a management level.

Applicants in this situation are advised to consult with the Programme Leader at an early stage in the application process.

English Language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



Our MSc is accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute, The Institute of Operational Risk (IOR) and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), and we are the first and only MSc in the UK to receive this triple accreditation.

Chartered Banker

Graduates of our programme are entitled to become members of the Chartered Banker Institute and use the title Chartered Banker.

Chartered Banker gives you a world class qualification that helps students achieve and maintain the standards of excellence and professionalism expected by clients and employers and is recognised and supported by major financial services organisations across the globe. Chartered Banker will soon have a presence on our GCU London campus.


Study at the only Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence specialising in financial services, operations and risk.

CISI is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK and in a growing number of major financial centres round the world. The university joins an elite group selected by the Institute for our demonstration of leadership in academic education, focusing on financial markets.

Designation as a Centre of Excellence means that after sitting an online module in Integrity and Ethics, our graduates are eligible to be awarded the CISIs Diploma in Operational Risk. In addition, our students can compete for the CISI's annual Stephen Cooke Award, as well as the institute's other CISI scholarships.


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