MSc Money, Banking and Finance

Start date
1 year full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
For 2024-2025
£15,030 (UK)
£30,330 (International)
Attractive scholarships are available

Start your journey to a rewarding career within the ever-changing, dynamic world of finance by studying on our industry-focused Money, Banking and Finance programme.

With growing demand across the globe for experts in monetary economics and finance, this degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience necessary to excel as you take the next steps in your career.  

Our programme places responsible business practices at its core, encouraging you to understand how to manage risks and opportunities tied to environmental, social and governance factors.

Who is this course for?

Designed for those with a background in this field, this programme is a gateway to a thriving global career in economics, banking, and finance. Our focus is to deliver contemporary insights and hands-on practices that align with the rapidly evolving landscape of this industry. By enrolling on this programme, you will gain access to cutting-edge practical knowledge and industry practices, ensuring you are fully prepared to hit the ground running.  

Why study this course at Birmingham?

  • You will be taught by leading academics in the field, learning about the economic theory of money, banking, and finance within the wider context of a global economy. From macroeconomics to financial markets to international finance, this comprehensive and up-to-date curriculum covers the key areas highly valued by top employers.  
  • Get ahead of the competition by gaining specialist skills, such as monetary economics, macroeconomy, and responsible banking, as well as vital transferable skills such as resilience and personal effectiveness.
  • Gain hands-on experience within the world of economics and finance through professional training, industry workshops, external visits to top companies in the sector, as well as through your company-based dissertation project.
  • Birmingham is the UK’s Second City and is known for its thriving financial sector, home to major banks, investment firms, and financial institutions. In combination with our specialist careers service and links with employers in the industry, Birmingham Business School places employability at the forefront.
  • Birmingham Business School is part of an elite group of global business schools holding the Triple-Crown accreditation from leading bodies AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. This distinction ensures the highest standards in education and research excellence.

Discover our unique scholarship offers

Students walking on University campusAt Birmingham Business School we offer a wide variety of scholarships for our new MSc students in 2024.

These awards are available to both UK and international applicants and range in value from partial to full tuition fee support.

Find out more about our scholarship offers



There was extraordinary academic support with a really high quality team of lecturers

Xing Xing, MSc Money, Banking and Finance


Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024.

Core modules

The following modules must be taken:

Optional modules

During your Semester 2, you will choose 2 from the following list. All modules are worth 20 credits each.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


Fees for 2024 - 2025

  • £15,030 (UK)
  • £30,330 (International)

Please note that you will be required to pay a £50 non-refundable application fee for all of the above courses.


  • For information on scholarships you may be eligible to apply for, please use our PG Funding Database.
  • Business School Scholarships may be available, find out more about our scholarships.

Additional Course Costs

  • In addition to the Tuition Fees you will need to consider accommodation, living expenses and daily costs. You can find financial advice and support on our Finance pages, or use the below links to find further information.
  • For information on our accommodation and services, including the support we offer to students wanting to rent privately, please visit the Accommodation pages.
  • Questions about funding? Use our Student Help knowledge base to find the answer.

How To Apply

30 June 2024 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2024 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 30 August 2024.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

In order to be considered, applicants will have or should be expecting to achieve an Honours degree (2:1 or higher) from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in a subject with a quantitative element, such as Economics, Finance, Accounting, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics or Science or Commerce.

Applicants who demonstrate being able to exceed the minimum entry requirements will be given preference.

Find out more about entry requirements

International Requirements

International Students

Standard English language requirements apply 6.5 IELTS (no less than 6.0 in any band)

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less that 6.0 in any band
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.

English Presessional Programmes 

If you’re looking to improve your knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for studying at Birmingham, our pre-sessional English courses are for you. If you have a conditional offer, you can take one of these courses as an alternative to retaking IELTS or other similar qualifications. Find out more 

Students will be taught through a mixture of lectures, workshops, and seminars, and will be assessed through exams, group and individual projects and presentations, reports, essays, videos, digital artefacts, and case studies.

A high-class learning environment

Students outside the Alan Walters BuildingAs a postgraduate student, you will have access to our award-winning £10 million postgraduate teaching space, the Alan Walters Building. This will provide you with access to facilities of the highest quality, including a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, dedicated computer clusters and seminar rooms as well as communal areas for studying and group work, which look out over the University's ambitious Green Heart development, which was completed in 2019.

Assessment Methods

A number of methods of assessment are used in the Business School, including assignments, group work, presentation, and examinations. Help and guidance on other forms of assessment will be given in the module in which they are used.

Our MSc Money, Banking and Finance programme is designed to boost your employability prospects, allowing you to gain a greater understanding of the methodologies and techniques used in various economics, banking, and finance careers, helping you get ahead of the competition.

You will develop valuable real-life experience in banking and finance by having access to industry-standard software such as Python, and dependent on which modules you choose, you could even have the opportunity to participate in trading simulations. You will also gain a number of transferable skills such as the importance of adaptability, resilience and personal effectiveness which will only further enhance your career prospects. 

Career opportunities within Money, Banking and Finance include: 

  • Financial Manager 
  • Investment Analyst/Manager
  • Asset/Fund Manager
  • Trader
  • Security and Fraud Specialist
  • Client Adviser
  • Operations Analyst
  • Compliance Officer 
  • Associate/Risk/Investment Analyst
  • Auditor
  • Strategy Consultant

This postgraduate course is also a great first-step towards doctoral research for those students who wish to pursue a career in academia. 

BBS Careers and Careers Network

As a Birmingham Business School student, you will benefit from two award-winning Careers teams.  

Careers Network is the University of Birmingham careers and employability team offering: career fairs, employer events with top firms across the UK, start-up and entrepreneurial activities, and support. Internships and bursaries are also available exclusively to University of Birmingham students.   

BBS Careers is a dedicated service for Birmingham Business School students. The team provides guidance, support, and work experience opportunities, tailored to business school students, to help you succeed during and after university. We offer workshops, alumni and employer events, and 1-to-1 consultations. These will help you to develop your skills and learn how to submit high-quality internship and graduate applications. BBS Careers is one of a few, if not the only business school career service to offer life-long support.  

We are here to support you! Whether you are applying for postgraduate end-of-study internship, a graduate job, or applying for a management role five years after graduation.  

Visit the BBS website for more details


Excellent career prospects 

Our students have gone on to work for a wide range of employers such as NatWest, Amplify Trading, S&P Global Ratings, Scotiabank, Bank of China, HM Treasury, MUFG Bank, Citi, Grant Thornton, EY, Colmore and HSBC.  

Strong links with industry 

The Birmingham Business School’s strong links with industry mean that rigorous academic study is combined with a strong practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities.   

Future Leaders Certificate 

The postgraduate Future Leaders Certificate, run by the Business School’s Careers in Business team, is an extra-curricular programme designed to prepare you for the potential impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). You will gain the skills you need to stand out and succeed within this increasingly competitive market. As part of this, you will be encouraged to increase your awareness of responsible business and ethical considerations. 

The Certificate culminates in our Gold Award, where you will receive expert coaching, mentoring and industry insight, and work on a group project set by multi-national companies which places high importance on their social and corporate responsibility.