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Global Banking and Finance MSc

Study in the historic Great Hall of Leicester Castle, originally built in 1150 which has recently undergone a £4.2 million refurbishment.

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Reasons to study Global Banking and Finance at DMU:

The Global Banking and Finance MSc programme will provide you with an understanding of domestic and global financial systems, the impact of global and domestic financial crises and covers issues of regulation and prudential supervision.

You will study corporate finance, legal and regulatory environments, national and international standards, financial theory and have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of alternative types of banking and contemporary issues in the field such as systemic failures and sector problems.

This course is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in financial regulation, banking, finance and investment management.

Most students will take part in a placement or internship as part of the Executive Company Project module, although the option of a traditional dissertation is available.

Based at De Montfort University, you will be able to tailor you university experience to your interests. There are also opportunities to get involved with a #DMUglobal international experience programme and choose a language study option.

The course offers a range of benefits including:

  • Access to the Bloomberg Trading Room and industry standard software
  • Use of Cesim Bank Simulation to facilitate understanding of banking operations
  • Opportunity to pursue an Executive Company Project or Entrepreneurship Project 
  • Teaching from academics with experience across many segments of the finance industry
  • Regular visionary leadership talks by inspiring business figures and entrepreneurs
  • Peer support from a small talented tutor group
  • Inspirational setting headquartered in the historic Great Hall of Leicester Castle
  • Modules specifically created to provide key practical skills needed in today's finance industry
  • Portfolio developed in partnership with business
  • Access to the postgraduate wing of the £35million Hugh Aston Building
  • Access to a 24/7 high-tech library with a choice of learning environments and to amenities such as the QEII Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre
  • Opportunities to participate in business breakfast events



At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme codes:
September 2018 - N31071
January 2019 - N31072

Start dates: 
September 2018 - 12 months (full-time)
January 2019 - 15 months (full-time)

Location of study: Leicester Castle Business School

Fees and funding: £12,500

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme codes:
September 2018 - N31071
January 2019 - N31072

Start dates: 
September 2018 - 12 months (full-time)
January 2019 - 15 months (full-time)

Location of study: Leicester Castle Business School

Fees and funding: £16,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

You should hold a good honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in any subject. 

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


Course modules

  • Research Methods 
    This module introduces the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in finance, accounting and business. This module can also help to define a research topic for dissertation.
  • International Financial Markets and Institutions 
    This module guides you through the role and function of the domestic and global financial system, non-deposit financial institutions and financial markets. This will cover interest rates, debt securities, equity markets and the foreign exchange market, as well as crises and regulation in financial sectors.
  • Corporate Finance 
    This module introduces key skills required for work in corporate finance. This module covers sources of funds for companies, investment needs, project appraisal and management of portfolios, risk measurement, relevance of capital structure and methods of company valuation.
  • Banking Theory and Practice 
    The module covers types of banking, current issues in national and international banking and asset and liability management. You will also look at principles of credit assessment and investigation, the theory and practice of central banking and banking risk.
  • Econometrics 
    This module introduces the theory and practice of basic econometric modelling techniques. You will examine simple linear regressions, multiple linear regressions, specification testing and misspecification testing. There will also be a focus on special cases in MLR, error-correction models, ARCH and GARCH modelling and time series forecasting.
  • Finance Theory
    This module explores consumption and investment decisions, state-preference theory and efficient capital markets theory. You will look at stock market anomalies, trading mechanisms and the role of derivative instruments and valuation models.
  • International Banking and Financial Regulation 
    This module will cover the legal and regulatory environment in which banks and other financial institutions operate, national and international standards and interpretation and enforcement by the relevant authorities. You will learn about banking supervision, Basel Core Principles and financial crime including market abuse and insider trading.
  • Financial Derivatives 
    This module gives a foundation on the nature and use of these complex financial instruments. You will learn about the derivative markets, the options market and the commodity, interest rate, currency and index futures. This module also covers using options on stock indexes, foreign currencies, equity securities and the swap market.         


This involves research informed by a critical discussion, relevant issues and evidence. You will evaluate research methods available, identify and critically review literature, analyse information and draw conclusions relevant to a critical area of accounting and finance.


Executive Company Project 
This offers an opportunity to complete a practical management project in the workplace, so you can link theory to practice and develop practical skills for leadership. You will research a management issue provided by a sponsoring organisation, supported by both academic and work-based supervisors, while engaging with the business world.


Entrepreneurship Project 
This offers students the opportunity to turn a business idea into a business plan, to conduct preliminary research on the viability of the plan and receive feedback from experts.


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Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test.

Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week. We expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course so you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers and in semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation or Executive Company Project or Entrepreneurship Project.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

Facilities and features

Leicester Castle

Originally built in approximately 1150, and then extensively rebuilt in approximately 1523, the Great Hall has undergone a restoration project. Under the leadership of Professor Dana Brown, Leicester Castle Business School is based in the historical setting of Leicester Castle, enhanced by a £4.2 million refurbishment, and is here to meet the needs of 21st century business.

Going Beyond Business As Usual, we offer an accessible learning environment that invites you to challenge convention while also providing you with the opportunity and tools to think, create and inspire. With our engaging networking opportunities and inspirational setting, we aim to provide you with not just a qualification but a transformational experience.

Students will also be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million. Facilities include break-out spaces for group work; quiet study zones for individual work, high-spec IT labs and a café. Learning will be supported by access to DMU’s excellent facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

A Global Banking and Finance MSc will open up a wide range of career opportunities as you develop a broad base of skills that are in great demand with global employers.

You may choose to pursue careers in banking, finance, accounting or a variety of other roles within the finance industry. 

You will benefit from access to DMU’s established Careers and Employability Team, who offer employability sessions and workshops, with personalised support via a careers coach to advise you on your options and to help develop your plans.

DMU Open Evenings

Our next postgraduate open evening takes place on Wednesday 14 March 2018, 4pm - 6.30pm. Book your place today. 

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We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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Open Evenings

The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of the postgraduate open evenings or events that take place all year round. If you can't visit the university in person, you can also sign up for one of our online chats. Find out more.


Online chats

If you are unable to visit the university in person, we hold regular events where you can chat online with an adviser. Find out more.

Fees and Funding

Fees and finance

We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. Find out more about fees, funding and scholarship opportunities.

Meet us in your country

Meet us in your country 

We frequently travel the world to meet talented and ambitious students where we offer guidance about your application and can often offer places straight away to suitably qualifies students. Find out more.

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