Education for the higher educated

Banking and Finance, MSc

Middlesex University

  • Description
  • Overview

You will gain a rigorous and advanced intellectual training in banking, finance and economics that will provide you with all the advanced technical skills necessary for a career in these important and high-paying sectors.

The course consists of three core modules, one optional module and a dissertation. Year long modules provide you with more time to assimilate the subject matter in each module.

In the first term we will provide you with dissertation workshops on a range of research related topics. In the second term, the Learning Resources Centre will present workshops on collecting data from Datastream, Bankscope and Fame.

You will be required to submit a dissertation proposal at the beginning of the second term. With guidance from your supervisor you will be required to prepare a detailed review of the literature, proposed methodology and sourcing of data.

Full-time students usually attend three days a week and part-time students one or two days a week.

Most assessments are individually based, although some may require group work. Seminars and workshops will provide an opportunity for peer review, learning, formative and self-assessment and for feedback.


Normally a second class honours degree or above from a UK university in the field of finance or banking, economics, accountancy or business studies with an applied quantitative element of statistics, mathematics, engineering, physics, computing or science, or the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas university. If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL 575 paper based 233 computer based .

What can you do with an economics degree?
Our MSc Banking and Finance graduates have been highly successful in obtaining well-paid employment and have obtained positions in the financial, commercial and public sectors working in banking, insurance, investment, oil and pharmaceutical companies and government departments such as the Home Office.

There are three main types of economists business, government and academic - and each type applies the economic approach to decision-making in a different setting.

Where do our graduates go?
Based on the data from respondents of the 2007 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey, six months after graduating

  • 60% of Middlesex Economics graduates were in employment
  • 30% went onto further study
  • 10% were doing something else, such as travelling


Year 1


- Banking Theory and Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory
This module aims to advance students understanding of modern financial systems and institutions, utilising economic theory and empirical evidence. A wide range of different topics is covered. The programme initially explores the complexity and integrated nature of international banking systems and regulation. The module emphasises on the relationship between financial systems and economic performance, particularly the mechanisms by which the former may help to improve resource allocation and economic growth and stabilize banking systems. It also examines the causes of weaknesses in financial systems, including the roots of financial crises. Information-related problems and the way these are addressed by different types of financial institutions and systems will be central to the analysis. The investigation of emerging issues and contemporary trends in domestic and international banking will also be an important part of the programme. It aims at developing students ability to apply economic/finance tools and techniques in a variety of decision-making contexts for banking.
- Business Economics (30 Credits) - Optional
The general aim of this module is to develop students knowledge of applying the conceptual framework of economics to the solution of business decision problems. More specifically, this module aims to enable students: to explore the relevant economic reasoning to evaluate the structure, conduct and performance of business organisations to evaluate key issues about market structure and their implications for different business strategies to appreciate and apply the quantitative analytical tools of advanced economics to effectively evaluate the quality of managerial decisions
Contemporary Issues in Chinese Economy and Finance (30 Credits) - Optional
This module aims to provide students with a sound knowledge of the history and evolution of the Chinese economic system; a thorough understanding of Chinese economic and financial system; a good perception of the current issues and development trends of the economy and finance; economic analysis to an understanding and appraisal of China s economic policies and their impacts on some important economic aspects; major sources and concepts of Chinese economic statistics.
- Corporate Finance and Portfolio Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
The module aims to provide students with knowledge on functions of financial markets and financial intermediaries; knowledge of the theory and empirical applications of investment and portfolio management; ability to analyse the risk-return relationship in different asset pricing models; ability to evaluate the efficient market hypothesis and its implication for investment and portfolio management; skills to use statistical techniques to value different types of securities: bonds, stocks and derivatives. The module also aims to provide students with knowledge on the behaviour and decision-making of corporations regarding their capital budgeting and financing; knowledge of the fundamental theories of corporate financial management; and practical insight into the factors that affect company and security values. The module will provide students with skills needed for valuation of quoted and unquoted companies, and develop the ability of students to analyse broader financial issues and to apply finance theories to practical issues in international corporate finance setting.
- Development Economics (30 Credits) - Optional
This module outlines the principal features of the economic policy of developing countries with particular reference to a number of SSA LDCs with a theoretical exploration of causes of poverty in these states. This is linked to discussion of AID, FDI, income inequality and the political economy of development. The focus on the formulation of development policy will be supported by the use of a number of live-case studies and include invited speakers from a number of these countries and International Development agencies. Students will be encouraged to based their end-of module project on issues relevant to these countries and specifically to policy issues in these economies
- Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to synthesise the advanced knowledge and skills gained during the programme to enable them to define and execute a piece of fairly original research in finance, banking or economics within given time, resource and report-length constraints 15,000 words .
- Econometric Modelling in Finance and Economics (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Aims The aims of the module are to provide an advanced knowledge of econometric theory and practice as a basis for understanding its usefulness in finance, banking and economics and facilitating the use of econometric techniques in empirical work. The module is problem and data driven, giving students the skills to estimate and interpret econometric models, while having a strong grasp of the underlying theoretical concepts. The module will introduce the student to recent developments in the econometrics of time series and panel data analysis and enable the student to undertake applied econometric work successfully via hands-on training using econometrics computer software Excel, PcGive and Stata . The module will be very helpful in writing Master Dissertations a compulsory part of the MSc Programme at the Business School and develop interests for further research at MPhil/PhD level by engaging students in empirical research. studies.
- International Business and Globalisation (30 Credits) - Optional
The aims of the module are to provide an appreciation of the economic theory relevant to both trade, international business, multinational enterprises MNEs , foreign direct investment FDI and globalisation; to introduce the student to all major strands of the debate about new trade theories, MNEs, and FDI; to acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge to evaluate and analyse policy issues relating to international business, trade and globalisation; and to develop the ability to undertake research in this area.
- International Finance and Risk Management (30 Credits) - Optional


Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 12 months
Costs (indication) More than € 4,550
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country United Kingdom
Completion Diploma