Banking and Finance MSc 2017-18

About the course

This course is an ideal progression if you have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant area of accountancy, business, economics or finance. It is particularly suited if you wish to pursue a career in modern, international financial markets and it will help develop your understanding of the important issues facing banking, financial and economics systems and the regulatory framework that supports financial markets. The course has a strong focus on enhancing your management opportunities in areas such as investment banking, retail banking and other financial institutions. You will have the opportunity to develop critical insights through guest speakers from the commercial world, organisations such as RBS and Yorkshire Bank have previously provided guest lectures to inform our students of current practice and development, covering aspects such as of risk management, as well as offering career development and networking opportunities.

Our strong connections with the financial world are demonstrated through our Partners in Accountancy scheme which links you with accountancy firms of national and international repute.

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience gained as practitioners with knowledge gained in businesses, the commercial sector (including banking) and the professional bodies. Some of our staff are members of and hold positions within professional bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our course and subject videos.

Start date:
21 / 09 / 2017


September start - 1 year full-time

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Accountancy, Finance, Business or Economics. Or an appropriate professional qualification from a Consultive Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) approved professional accountancy body. Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually.


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Course content

This is a highly focused course specialising in helping prepare you to enter careers or progress within the banking and finance industry.

You study the following modules:

Applied Banking and Financial Modelling

This module examines the theories of the role of banks in an economy. Particular attention is given to analysing the features of the products and services offered by banks, the forces for changes in the banking industry, the sources of funds and the risk management techniques employed by retail banks.

Corporate Financial Management

This module explores the main financial decisions that have to be made by the management team to ensure maximisation of shareholder wealth. It considers how best to manage the finances of the firm on a medium to long term basis to ensure survival and growth.

Personal investment; Finance and Portfolio Management

This module introduces you to a range of personal finance and investment techniques whilst mapping a portfolio of investments using an innovative experiential learning environment called “The Masters Portfolio Game”. It also provides you with an opportunity for personal development whilst developing a critical appreciation of the features of managing a successful investment portfolio.

International Finance

This module considers the financial implications of multinational business that may arise because the world economy is made up of a number of distinct tax systems, economic systems, political regimes and currencies. The methods that national and multi-national firms may use to respond to such differences are also explored.

International Economics

This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of globalisation, international trade and financial crises. You will have the opportunity to explore global economic downturns and consider the causes and consequences of such events both in the developed and developing economies. 

Globalisation and Financial Crisis

This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of globalisation and financial crises. You will have the opportunity to explore global economic downturns and consider the causes and consequences of such events.

Corporate Governance

The central aim of this module is to enable students to gain a thorough grounding in a range of advanced topics in corporate governance. Specifically, the module seeks to introduce and develop students’ ability to critically evaluate a wide of range of concepts, principles, theories, models, systems, mechanisms, reforms, regulations and research in corporate governance.

Research Design and Analysis

This module is designed to give you knowledge and understanding of the principles of social science research. It provides you with grounding in the principles of research design and the principal methods of data collection in the context of research in accounting and finance, all of which are necessary for a successful research proposal.


This module allows students to deepen their understanding of a particular area or accounting, finance or banking according to their own interests. It enables students to carry out a substantial piece of work in these fields of research and developing students' abilities to present research according to academic conventions.  

The Research Design and Analysis module helps provide comprehensive training in research skills which will underpin your academic research in your taught modules and your dissertation project. Your dissertation will provide you with first-hand experience of field research in an area of interest relevant to your programme and a supervisor will be allocated to help you develop your work.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are ideally placed for further academic study to PhD level or careers in Higher Education, industry, commerce and banking institutions.

For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at our next Postgraduate Study Fair.

Teaching and assessment

Our focus is on using varied teaching and assessment methods to help develop a wide range of academic, analytical, presentation and practical skills in our students.

We use some of the following teaching methods on this course:

• lectures that provide a focus for theoretical study and a stimulus for further research and exploratory work by our students

• seminars, workshops and student-led discussions to analyse issues relating to defined topic areas

• Group projects and presentations to improve your team working and communication skills

• case study analysis and advanced level accounting exercises

• e-learning to support teaching and learning approaches

We use a variety of assessment methods which can include assignments, case studies, group projects and presentations and examinations.


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Additional routes

Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.

Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.

Other information

For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at our next Postgraduate Study Fair.

Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our course and subject videos.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff are contributing to the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry and the professions. For more information, see the Research section of our website

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