Money, Banking and Finance

MSc

  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 12 Months

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 69

    69th for Business and Economics in the World

    Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2023)

  • Designed for Economics and Finance graduates who aspire to analyst and decision-making roles.

  • Lancaster University is top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2024

This programme provides essential grounding for those aspiring to analyst and decision-making roles within corporate and commercial banking or within government and regulators.

You will become proficient with modern methods of econometric analysis, forecasting, and risk assessment. You will analyse financial markets, the institutional framework of the money and banking sectors, and the role of governments and central banks in shaping the financial environment. You will learn to work with macroeconomic models used by central banks, fiscal authorities, and research departments in financial institutions.

In your final term, your knowledge and skills will be used in writing a research dissertation on a project of your choice. You will be personally supervised by an expert in the subject area of your topic, while developing highly marketable experience in rigorous analysis and presentation of your work.

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of roles in banks and financial institutions, consultancies, central banks, and financial regulators. This programme is also excellent preparation for pursuing doctoral research.

Potential careers

  • Analyst (Financial, Investment, Quantitative, Risk)
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Investment banker

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:2 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Economics, Finance or a related subject. You will have successfully completed modules in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Econometrics and Mathematics, including Calculus, Statistics and Probability, with consistent marks at 2:2 level.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Core

Optional

Fees and funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
Home £15,650 n/a
International £31,500 n/a

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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