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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Banking Finance / Accounting (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Banking and Finance MSc: Comprehensive training in finance with special focus on commercial and investment banking, especially regulation and risk management for banking; Wide range of elective modules.

This programme is based in the School of Economics and Finance (SEF) on Queen Mary’s Mile End campus.


Close to London’s financial districts (City of London and Canary Wharf)
On-site accommodation
State-of-the-art building
Virtual trading room with Reuters and Bloomberg trading terminals, Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation (TWS) and FXCM FX Trading Station


  • Taught by research-active academics as well as visiting city professionals
  • Teaching of each module typically consists of a two-hour lecture and one-hour seminar (for solving homework) each week
  • Lectures and seminars may be scheduled during the day or in the evening for both Part-time, two-year pathway available time and part-time pathways
  • Teaching by research-active academics as well as visiting city professionals
  • Wide range of elective modules
  • Wide range of optional short modules on programming languages, trading platforms such as Bloomberg.


Optional pre-semester modules in maths and statistics
Six compulsory taught modules

Choose Between

Three elective modules
Dissertation (7,000 words)


Five elective modules
Research Project (2,500 words)


75% Modules
25% Dissertation

Career paths

Graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers in the financial sector, especially in risk management and regulation in commercial banks, investment banks and supervisory financial institutions (eg central banks).

Students have moved into careers such as:

  • Business development managers
  • Marketing professionals
  • Management consultants
  • Business analysts
  • Finance and investment analysts
  • Chartered and certified accounts.

At organisations such as:

  • Bank of China
  • BDO
  • Swiss Re.

Our dedicated careers team offers students one-on-one appointments, support with job applications, practice interviews, information about internship opportunities, and employability events.


There are a number of ways you can fund your postgraduate degree.

  • Scholarships and bursaries
  • Postgraduate loans (UK students)
  • Country-specific scholarships for international students

Our Advice and Counselling service offers specialist support on financial issues, which you can access as soon as you apply for a place at Queen Mary. Before you apply, you can access our funding guides and advice on managing your money:

  • Advice for UK and EU students
  • Advice for international students


The Research Project will give students the ability to analyse evidence and use that evidence to construct an argument, reflect critically and develop independent thinking. It will allow students to advance their knowledge of the field covered by their degree programme and evaluate, challenge, modify and develop theory and practice and then offer synthetic and coherent solutions. The Research Project has a 2,500 word length limit.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a good 2:2 or above at undergraduate level in any subject, provided the degree contains satisfactory study of Mathematics and Statistics. Subjects likely to contain sufficient quantitative elements include Mathematics, Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, Economics and Finance. Students from less quantitatively oriented degrees, such as Accounting, Management and Politics, are welcome if they have focused on the more quantitative elements of those degrees.Candidates that do not currently meet the set entry requirements may also have the option to study the Graduate Diploma in Finance and Economics. Meeting the required grades on completion of this programme will provide a pathway to study MSc Banking and Finance.

University information

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is an internationally regarded public research institution based in London. It has a long history, dating back over 230 years, and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. QMUL has five campuses in the city of London and an international network of satellite campuses in China, Malta and Paris. There is a population of around 16,000 students at the London campuses and more than 32,000...more

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