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Banking & Finance MSc

UCAS code: N/A

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Build an excellent career in the banking and finance industry. Explore the challenges facing financial markets and the global banking sector. Uncover the complexities of intricate financial principles and data applications to investment problems. Investment analysts, financial advisors and managers require a thorough understanding of many complex and challenging aspects of banking and financial markets, and our course is explicitly designed to equip you with these essential skills. The MSc in Banking & Finance at King's Business School offers a comprehensive finance education. You'll discover a wide range of topics including commercial & investment banking, financial derivatives, risk management, financial regulation and behavioural finance. By the end of your course, you'll have all the skills you need for a huge range of careers across the sector.

Key benefits

  • Theory & practice - Our teaching staff consists of expert academics conducting game-changing financial research, alongside active senior finance industry practitioners. This gives students the ultimate combination of practical skills and advanced conceptual understanding.
  • Explore the challenges of tomorrow - our modules focus on areas that have major practical and theoretical application, such as investment analysis and management, portfolio creation and management, investment and commercial banking, asset and risk management, mergers and acquisitions, financial derivatives, quantitative financial analysis, taxation and banking regulation.
  • Masterclasses - Our ungraded modules & masterclasses allow you to enhance your understanding of financial markets, databases, software & programming and increase the possibility of securing internships in financial firms.
  • State-of-the-art facilities - such as a virtual trading floor which provides exclusive access to the latest financial software used in the banking and finance industry, and access to specialised financial and economic databases and software used by economists in finance or in government. These facilities are coupled with a range of courses that familiarise you with such practical skills as trading and database use.

This course is suitable for students who have studied finance previously at an undergraduate level, those who have studied management / business / economics, or those who come from quantitative disciplines such as Maths, Engineering or Physics.

Course Aims

  • Employ industry standard techniques and methods used in modern banks and financial institutions.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to solve theoretical and applied problems in finance.
  • Critically evaluate the impact and effectiveness of current banking practices.
  • Analyse the banking & financial systems of advanced and transitional economies.
  • Communicate effectively and exhibit key skills valuable for both employment in the finance sector and lifelong learning.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is typically 20-30 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study. Each 15-credit taught also module has approximately 120-130 hours of self-guided learning time.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

 

Assessment

    Throughout the degree students are assessed by a variety of methods, which could include written examinations, coursework and individual or group projects and presentations.

    The dissertation will be assessed on one 15,000 word extended piece of writing. 

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take:

    Quantitative Methods in Finance (15 credits)
    Investments (15 credits)
    Commercial & Investment Finance (15 credits)
    Financial Statement Analysis (15 credits)
    Financial Derivatives (15 credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take 45 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

    Asset Pricing (15 credits)
    Empirical Finance (15 credits)
    Applied Risk Management for Banking (15 credits)
    Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
    Corporate Finance (15 credits)
    Empirical Macroeconomics (15 credits)
    Financial Regulation and Governance (15 credits)
    Topics in Applied Finance (15 credits)
    Behavioural Finance (15 credits)
    Wealth Management (15 credits)
    International Finance (15 credits)
    Financial Engineering (15 credits)
    Portfolio Management (15 credits)
    Credit Ratings (15 credits)
    Computational Finance (15 credits)

    As part of the course, you will also have the chance to take ungraded modules alongside the above modules. These will allow you to gain practical, real world financial skills geared towards maximising your employability once you graduate. We currently offer ungraded modules in the key programming languages, software and environments for finance, including Matlab, Python, C++, R, VBA and Stata. We also offer classes in English for financial career and International Banking and Finance.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    As a Business School student you not only have full access to all the award winning events and resources from our central team King’s Careers and Employability service but a bespoke service curated especially for you by our dedicated careers team.

    • Develop greater self-awareness of strengths, interests and values. Increase confidence in presenting yours authentic self to employers and making career decisions that work for you.

    • Gain insight, make connections and uncover opportunities through our campus events and connections with world- leading organisations, alumni, thought leaders and investors.

    • Sharpen your application skills for internships, placements, graduate schemes and jobs using cutting edge technology combined with personalised expert feedback and specialised workshops.

    • Build an impressive portfolio of work relevant domain knowledge, leadership, workplace digital or technical skills through employer and professional programmes and micro-certifications.

    • Apply and hone your skills in a real world context. Access a world-class range of internships, placements, start-up incubators, leadership initiatives and focused diversity and inclusion opportunities.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £35,500 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: N/A

    International:

    Full time: £35,500 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: N/A

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021. 

    • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer. 

    • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer. 

    • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer. 

    • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer. 

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Printing course handouts 
    • Society membership fees 
    • Stationery 
    • Graduation costs
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

    Funding

    This course is suitable for students who have studied finance previously at an undergraduate level, those who have studied management / business / economics, or those who come from quantitative disciplines such as Maths, Engineering or Physics.

    Course Aims

    • Employ industry standard techniques and methods used in modern banks and financial institutions.
    • Apply knowledge and skills to solve theoretical and applied problems in finance.
    • Critically evaluate the impact and effectiveness of current banking practices.
    • Analyse the banking & financial systems of advanced and transitional economies.
    • Communicate effectively and exhibit key skills valuable for both employment in the finance sector and lifelong learning.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

    The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is typically 20-30 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study. Each 15-credit taught also module has approximately 120-130 hours of self-guided learning time.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

     

    Assessment

      Throughout the degree students are assessed by a variety of methods, which could include written examinations, coursework and individual or group projects and presentations.

      The dissertation will be assessed on one 15,000 word extended piece of writing. 

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take:

      Quantitative Methods in Finance (15 credits)
      Investments (15 credits)
      Commercial & Investment Finance (15 credits)
      Financial Statement Analysis (15 credits)
      Financial Derivatives (15 credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take 45 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

      Asset Pricing (15 credits)
      Empirical Finance (15 credits)
      Applied Risk Management for Banking (15 credits)
      Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
      Corporate Finance (15 credits)
      Empirical Macroeconomics (15 credits)
      Financial Regulation and Governance (15 credits)
      Topics in Applied Finance (15 credits)
      Behavioural Finance (15 credits)
      Wealth Management (15 credits)
      International Finance (15 credits)
      Financial Engineering (15 credits)
      Portfolio Management (15 credits)
      Credit Ratings (15 credits)
      Computational Finance (15 credits)

      As part of the course, you will also have the chance to take ungraded modules alongside the above modules. These will allow you to gain practical, real world financial skills geared towards maximising your employability once you graduate. We currently offer ungraded modules in the key programming languages, software and environments for finance, including Matlab, Python, C++, R, VBA and Stata. We also offer classes in English for financial career and International Banking and Finance.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      As a Business School student you not only have full access to all the award winning events and resources from our central team King’s Careers and Employability service but a bespoke service curated especially for you by our dedicated careers team.

      • Develop greater self-awareness of strengths, interests and values. Increase confidence in presenting yours authentic self to employers and making career decisions that work for you.

      • Gain insight, make connections and uncover opportunities through our campus events and connections with world- leading organisations, alumni, thought leaders and investors.

      • Sharpen your application skills for internships, placements, graduate schemes and jobs using cutting edge technology combined with personalised expert feedback and specialised workshops.

      • Build an impressive portfolio of work relevant domain knowledge, leadership, workplace digital or technical skills through employer and professional programmes and micro-certifications.

      • Apply and hone your skills in a real world context. Access a world-class range of internships, placements, start-up incubators, leadership initiatives and focused diversity and inclusion opportunities.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £35,500 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: N/A

      International:

      Full time: £35,500 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: N/A

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021. 

      • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer. 

      • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer. 

      • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer. 

      • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer. 

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies 
      • Printing course handouts 
      • Society membership fees 
      • Stationery 
      • Graduation costs
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

      King's College London is committed to the recruitment of students with the greatest academic ability and to maintain a diverse student population. In order to ensure a balanced international student population for our most competitive programmes, we have implemented the following deadlines:

      • The final application deadline for any students who are currently residing in mainland China is Friday 7 January 2022, 23:59 (UK time).

        Please note: if you reside in mainland China and apply for any of the above programmes after this deadline, your application will be automatically withdrawn, and you will not be eligible for an application fee refund.

      • Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time). After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

        Overseas (international) fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Home fee status: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.
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