MSc Money Banking and Finance with Integrated pre-Masters

Start date
2 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the Pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc Money Banking and Finance programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc Money Banking and Finance

There is a worldwide demand for those trained in the areas of money, banking and finance, which shows no sign of abating. Graduates from this programme hold high-ranking positions in financial centres around the globe. In addition to those aiming for careers in the private sector, it attracts economists currently working in economics, treasury or finance ministries, or in central banks, and graduates preparing for such careers.


One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.

Other general MSc programmes, or more specialised and policy-oriented programmes, are available in the area of Economics, Banking or Finance. 


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Birmingham also offers the Money, Banking and FInance MSc

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 Compulsory Modules                               Credits   
Academic English & Study Skills 1 20 credits
Academic English & Study Skills 2 20 credits
Microeconomics A 10 credits
Microeconomics B 10 credits
Macroeconomics A 10 credits 
Macroeconomics B 10 credits
Introductory Econometrics A 10 credits
Introductory Econometrics B 10 credits
Optional (20 credits from the following modules)  
Microfoundations of Macroeconomics 10 credits
The Economics of Public Expenditure 10 credits
Environmental Economics A 10 credits
Environmental Economics B 10 credits
Economic Development A 10 credits
Economic Development B 10 credits
Contemporary Issues in the UK Economy 20 credits
Economics of Corporate Finance 10 credits
Game Theory 10 credits
The Economics of Uncertainty and Information 10 credits
The Theory of Industrial Organisation 10 credits
Introduction to International Trade 10 credits
International Trade Theory and Policy for Europe 10 credits
International and European Monetary Issues 10 credits
Open Economy Macroeconomics 10 credits
Economics of Financial Markets 10 credits
Behavioural and Experimental Economics 10 credits
Economics of Banking 10 credits
Monetary Policy 10 credits


A tuition fee of £15,660 will be payable for year one of the International pre-Masters programme for 2017–2018.

Fees for the second year will be the standard fees payable for the chosen masters programme. Details of fees for master courses can be found here

How To Apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

International Requirements

International Students

International pre-Masters programmes entry requirements apply

Further details can be found on the International pre-Masters entry requirements


The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues.

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers. For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required.

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills.

At the start of your Masters programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online.

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