MSc Banking and Finance


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To build a successful career in the complex world of global financial markets, you are going to need in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the key principles and techniques used by academic researchers and practitioners. This is the central aim of the MSc Banking and Finance.

The course with give you the ability to understand and critically assess a wide range of banking and finance theories and techniques. For candidates with more interest in an academic career, this course will equip you with the necessary analytical and quantitative skills for pursuing research at the PhD level.


Drawing upon the wide expertise of academic researchers at Norwich Business School, this course will prepare you for a wide range of careers in: commercial or investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, hedge funds, asset management, financial analysis, data analysis, financial accounting, consulting or academic research. The course is ideal for students with a background in accounting, finance, business and economics, or in a quantitative subject such as science or engineering.


Part of the course is taught in computer labs offering a first-hand experience of the information and decision-making tools used by leading traders, financial analysts and investment bankers today. During your studies, you will also have the opportunity to obtain, at no additional cost, valuable qualifications by Thomson Reuters (Eikon and Datastream).

First-class learning experience

Teaching and assessment is based on the NBS 2x3 Learning Method, an approach which advocates the use of questions to challenge conventional wisdom, combined with the use of technology to facilitate student engagement and learning. Assessment is based on clear evaluation criteria and, in addition to feedback, offers extensive feed-forward advice to enhance future performance. Case studies and assessment through coursework will allow the students to improve their analytical and critical thinking and improve communication, writing and presentation skills.


Students gain a sound theoretical grounding in banking and finance, building a strong research-oriented background in investment and risk management, banking, corporate finance and governance and international accounting. You will focus on the most recent developments in academic research, and the cutting-edge quantitative techniques required to pursue empirical investigations in the areas of banking and finance.

Expert tuition

Leading academics from the Finance Group (FIN) of NBS provide the course design, content and delivery. FIN aims at producing and disseminating world-class academic research, with great impact. Students will have the opportunity to attend research seminars by distinguished academics from prominent academic institutions in the context of the Finance Group seminar series.


All theories, examples, case studies and simulations used in the course have an international perspective, allowing graduates to work in any country in the world or in multinational firms.

Course structure

In the first semester, students will be given a thorough grounding in the most important theories and practices in Corporate Finance, International Accounting, Corporate Governance and Business Regulation. From this base, students can then explore the more specialised modules of the second semester. These more specialised modules will include Investments, Banking and Risk Management. In addition, the module Empirical Finance will equip students with a rigorous understanding of the econometric techniques required to conduct effective academic or industry research in banking and finance.

Course Modules

Semester 1

  • Advances in Financial Management (20 credits)
  • International Accounting (20 credits)
  • Business Regulation and Corporate Governance (20 credits)

Semester 2

  • Empirical Finance (20 credits)
  • Investment and Risk Management (20 credits)
  • Banking and Financial Markets (20 credits)

Semester 3

  • Banking and Finance Dissertation (60 credits)


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Accounting, Finance, Business, Economics, Management or a degree in a quantitative subject (such as Science or Engineering). NB: There is a numerical content in a range of modules on the course, students need a competent level of numeracy to complete the course.
  • Degree Classification 2:1 or above or the international equivalent.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)


Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests


INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected master's degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in Business


INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for 2017/8

  • UK/EU Students: £9,400
  • International Students: £15,600

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.


Living Expenses

Approximately £9,600 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.


Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Funding for postgraduate study is also available both from the university and from a number of external schemes.

Find out more about scholarships, funding and bursaries.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. You can apply online.


Further Information

To request further information and to be kept up to date with news and events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office

 Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515


International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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