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Global Finance & Banking MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

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The 100% online MSc, PG Dip & PG Cert in Global Finance & Banking from King’s Business School allows you to explore advanced financial and banking principles, such as investment analysis, analysis of financial statements, models of asset returns, optimal investment & risk and portfolio management.

King’s Business School is the new hub in London for engaging with business, finance and government; where game-changing research informs a contemporary approach to business education, creating socially responsible leaders of the future. Learn from leading academics and active senior finance professionals who will give you the right knowledge and tools to effectively tackle business challenges and support your career aspirations. 

There will be a strong focus on practical skills, giving you the right knowledge and tools to effectively tackle challenges in the global finance and banking sectors, and support your career aspirations. 

Fit your studies around your work and life commitments without taking a career break, and start to grow the essential research, analytical and critical thinking skills that you will need to succeed in your future finance career.

Why study with King’s Business School?

  • King’s College London has been ranked top in London for business & management studies (The Complete University Guide 2019).
  • The course aims to develop practical skills and maximise employability. Course modules are led by industry leaders to ensure that there are real world applications for all of your learning.
  • King’s Business School provides a highly stimulating intellectual environment, where students access unparalleled academic excellence and study alongside international peers from over 50 countries.
  • Achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in as little as 8 months, a Postgraduate Diploma in 16 months and an MSc in just 2 years.
  • Become part of a large and active community of alumni worldwide.

Benefits of online learning:

  • Access world-class teaching and excellent student support, from anywhere in the world, without leaving home. King’s online courses offer the same rigour as on-campus courses.
  • Six intakes per year for maximum flexibility.
  • Small class sizes allow close instructor interaction and collaboration with other professionals from across the globe.

The Business School also offers a number of quality on-campus programmes. If you're interested in studying with us here in London on courses like our Banking and Finance MSc, please click here.

Key information


MSc: Minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years
PG Dip: minimum 16 months, maximum 4 years
PG Cert: minimum 8 months, maximum 3 years

Study mode Online/Distance learning

Key dates Intake dates: January, March, May, June, September, October


Programme Director: Dr Fotis Papailias

For further information please contact an Enrolment Advisor at 

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Course detail


The MSc in Global Finance & Banking offers specialised, practical and theoretical education in an environment of academic excellence.  It is designed for students who aim to pursue or progress their careers in banking and finance, including roles in financial regulation, finance and risk management and actuarial science.

Studying the MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert 100% flexible distance learning Global Finance and Banking course at King’s Business School is suitable for:-

  • Finance and Banking sector professionals looking for career progression
  • Professionals looking to specialise in global finance and banking sectors
  • Professionals looking to change career
  • Finance and banking professionals wanting to work in academia
  • Graduates seeking further education


This course has been designed specifically for a 100% online audience. It uses a range of interactive activities to support learning, including discussion forums, online readings, interactive lectures, videos and online tutorials.

Students are expected to undertake approximately 22 hours of study per week. In addition to the online learning resources designed specifically for this programme, students will have access to King’s College London’s Library Services, electronic resources, supportive online tutors and student support services.


Students are assessed through a combination of written coursework and online examinations. The assessment methods may vary between modules but each module will include one or more of these methods.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the programme modules change.



Courses are divided into modules.

You will normally take:

MSc – modules totalling 180 credits.
PG Dip – modules totalling 120 credits.
PG Cert – modules totalling 60 credits.


PG Cert

Required modules

You are required to take:

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance (15 credits)
  • Investments (15 credits)
  • Commercial and Investment Banking (15 credits)
  • Financial Statements (15 credits)

PG Dip

Required modules

You are required to take:

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance (15 credits)
  • Investments (15 credits)
  • Commercial and Investment Banking (15 credits)
  • Financial Statements (15 credits)

You are also required to take 4 of the following modules: 

  • Financial Derivatives (15 credits)
  • Applied Risk Management for Banking (15 credits)
  • Asset Pricing (15 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
  • Wealth Management (15 credits)
  • Global Tactical Asset Allocation (15 Credits)
  • Behavioural Finance (15 credits)


Required modules

You are required to take: 

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance (15 credits)
  • Investments (15 credits)
  • Commercial and Investment Banking (15 credits)
  • Financial Statements (15 credits)
  • Financial Derivatives (15 credits)
  • Applied Risk Management for Banking (15 credits)
  • Asset Pricing (15 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
  • Wealth Management (15 credits)
  • Global Tactical Asset Allocation (15 Credits)
  • Behavioural Finance (15 credits)

Entry requirements

Global Finance and Banking Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

1st class or 2:1 undergraduate degree required in a social science related area (e.g. management, economics, finance or other relevant subject). The programme is most suitable if students have some quantitative background in either finance, economics or have a degree with some quantitative elements. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

Non Standard: Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional experience may be considered.  Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

This 100% flexible online study course is an intensive modular course. It enables students to manage their study time alongside their work and home life commitments.

Application documents and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement No A personal statement is not required as part of your application.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References No References are not required as part of your application.
 Other Yes Please submit a full CV of your professional experience as part of your application.

Fees and funding

Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course.  From now until September 2021, you will be charged £1,875 per module.  

The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:   

PG Cert: 4 modules (£7,500)

PG Diploma: 8 modules (£15,000)

MSc: 12 modules (£22,500)

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. From September 2021 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,922 per module. 

Additional Fees Information

When you receive an offer for this course, you will be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place.  This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14 day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module.  Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods. 

The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,875) plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. From September 2021, the deposit cost will be £1,922 plus a non-refundable fee of £70. 

Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return.  

If you have registered for a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you will need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you will enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award.  Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.   

Additional Requirements & Costs 

Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course. 

We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers. 

Students will require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum). 

We will endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies. 

This is an online course and you are not expected to go to campus, should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for: 

  •  Books, ebooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)  
  • King’s campus Library fees and fines  

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

  • Graduation costs 


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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