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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Banking Risk Management

Course type


Course Summary

Programme description

The aim of the MSc in Banking and Risk is to give students the knowledge, understanding and key skills that will enable them to be effective Managers in financial institutions, especially banks, in any country in the world.

Recent events demonstrate that the successful management of banks is of crucial importance to western economies. Banking is an industry rather than an academic discipline and the study of the management of banks is multidisciplinary.

The approach of this programme is to consider the structural, financial and risk and asset management functions of banks.

While there are many masters degrees involving banking offered in the UK, the vast majority provide descriptive material about what banks actually do. The Edinburgh Masters differs from the majority in that it has a major emphasis on what decisions managers in banks should make and how to make them.

The course has been designed by asking the question ‘what skills do managers in risk functions need to be technically excellent at their job’. This approach is unique and has shaped the content of modules and the structure of the programme.

The MSc in Banking and Risk utilises knowledge and skills gained through the research carried out by members of the Credit Research Centre (CRC) in the Business School. This is a leading international research centre that specialises in research into credit risk modelling.

A strong academic base, passionate faculty and welcoming city will ensure a rewarding student experience in our city-centre campus. The school has widespread industry links and students will have exposure to a range of guest speakers.

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this programme will gain:

  • a knowledge of the economic roles and structure of banks in in different economies
  • knowledge and understanding of the different types of risks that banks face and how to measure them
  • knowledge and understanding of company financial statements
  • knowledge and understanding of statistical and econometric concepts
  • knowledge and understanding of risk models
  • knowledge of the economic and financial environments in which banks operate
  • detailed knowledge and understanding of credit scoring.


This course covers cross section and panel data techniques. Its main objective is to equip students with quantitative skills commonly needed at financial institutions and in empirical analyses used in MSc dissertations. The methods studied are illustrated with examples of their applications in banking.

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Entry requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification. An undergraduate degree in a quantitative subject, finance, economics, business or management is normally required. Acceptable quantitative subjects include mathematics, statistics, operational research, informatics, computer science, physics, and engineering. Candidates with a very good Honours degree in other areas of study or relevant business experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Department profile

The University of Edinburgh Business School has a long and established tradition of research excellence, dating back to 1919, when we introduced the first Bachelors of Commerce 100 years ago. We’re committed to developing tomorrow’s business leaders, like any Business School. But what really drives us is helping you play to your strengths, add to them, and develop strong relationships that will open up the world to you. These relationships...more

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