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MBA Banking and Finance

Course Overview

The MBA Banking and Finance is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers.

A primary objective of the MBA Banking and Finance is to develop knowledgeable and capable executives to move quickly to key positions in the financial services sector. The programme will provide executive training at an advanced level covering the latest developments in the management of banks and financial services firms.

Key information

    Course name

    MBA Banking and Finance

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Bangor University

    Professional recognition

    CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £13,300 (Scholarship available)


    September & January

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

Applications from good graduates in relevant disciplines and from those with equivalent professional qualification and work experience honours degree or higher is required, or equivalent overseas qualification and grade. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification and practical experience may also be accepted.

English entry requirements

Graduates for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

It may be necessary for applicants falling short of this minimum standard to attend an intensive English Language course before registering for the academic programme.

Assessment methods

Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent research project.

Progression route

Further academic study of DBA, PhD or other research degree or Professional career.

Career opportunities

The MBA helps students prepare for successful careers in the banking and financial services industry.


Semester 1


  • International Banking (15 credits)
  • Organisations and People (15 credits)


  • International Financial Management (15 credits)
  • Banking and Development (15 credits)
  • International Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Financial Stability (15 credits)


Semester 2


  • Management Research (15 credits)
  • Bank Financial Management (15 credits)
  • Financial Institutions’ Strategic Management (15 credits)


  • Merger and Acquisition (15 credits)
  • MBA Dissertation (60 credits)


Semester 3

Choose 1

  • Applied Business Projects (60 credits)
  • Financial Research & CFA Series (60 credits) 


Reasons for choosing this course

Financial systems and financial services firms’ strategies are now involved in a fundamental, far reaching process of realignment and change. The strategic priority of banks and other financial institutions has shifted away from growth and size alone towards a greater emphasis on profitability, performance and shareholder value creation. The growing economic importance of financial sectors has also re-emphasised that bankers, fund managers, multinational companies, securities firms, regulators and financial advisers must have a clear understanding of the theory and practice relating to banking and finance.

This programme aims to: 

  • provide a mix of both theoretical and practical elements covering contemporary developments in the banking and financial field
  • extend and develop advanced training relating to the practical managerial issues faced by modern financial service firms
  • give you practical insight and skills in a range of strategic and management areas in financial services
  • provide a coherent analytical framework for the study of banking and financial developments from a management perspective. The emphasis throughout the programme is on the application of contemporary, financial, managerial and strategic developments that affect real-world decision-making in the global financial industry
  • provide a thorough understanding of recent developments in banking and financial firm strategies, financial management, risk management, international financial markets, marketing strategies and performance evaluation are essential requirements for all those involved in financial sector activities
  • provides the opportunity to follow the prestigious CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) specialist pathway and acquire the skills to complete the CFA Level 1 examination