MSc Banking, Regulation and Financial StabilityFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
|Programme length||One year full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2020|
This programme will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge to pursue a wide range of careers in the banking industry. It has been developed with the needs of the sector in mind and reflects the industry’s growing demand for individuals with an extensive knowledge of regulation and compliance.
Our programme has a distinctive focus on banking regulation, supervision, compliance and risk management. It goes beyond traditional banking and finance courses by exploring the regulatory demands within banking and examining the role of central banks and international organisations in achieving and maintaining financial stability.
The MSc in Banking, Regulation and Financial Stability is designed for graduates of economics or finance who aspire to a career in banking. It will also appeal to recent graduates who are already working in financial services and wish to specialise in banking and financial regulation, as well as those who intend to continue to PhD research in this area. Successful students will be in demand and can expect to excel in careers in banks and regulatory bodies, or advisory roles in accounting, auditing and consulting firms.
You will be part of a dynamic and diverse body of staff and students at our School of Economics, Finance and Management and will be taught by world-renowned experts. Our academics enjoy internationally recognised research profiles in banking and beyond, and bring experience and insight from working at a senior level within the sector. The academic staff on this programme enjoy strong links with central banks (Bank of England, European Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank) and international organisations (International Monetary Fund and the World Bank).
We pride ourselves on our highly interactive and innovative style of teaching, and take a case study approach to learning, utilising the sector experience of our teaching team. You will also be able to develop your professional skills by taking part in the extensive programme of careers events and workshops offered by the school and the University's Careers Service.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2020/21
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
You will take eight 15-credit units: six core units, which are compulsory for all students, and two elective specialist units.
The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation; you will research a current theme or topic relevant to banking. You will be able to tailor your investigation to a setting that reflects your personal interests and future career aspirations, while being advised by a member of academic staff with a research interest in your chosen topic. The dissertation provides an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired and is a powerful way of showcasing your expertise and transferable skills to future employers.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Banking, Regulation and Financial Stability.
Applicants must hold at least an upper second-class honours degree (with a mark of 65 or above) in either finance or economics, or an equivalent overseas qualification from a reputable university. Students with a degree in finance are required to demonstrate a good understanding of economics and mathematics.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
The programme is excellent preparation for careers in banking and financial services. Given the increasing regulatory demands being faced by the sector, our programme will make you especially attractive to central banks and regulatory bodies.
Recent graduates of the School of Economics, Finance and Management have gone on to work with a variety of employers across the sector, including Deloitte, HSBC, Citi Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, JP Morgan and PwC. In 2019, the University of Bristol was ranked second in the UK for universities that are most targeted by top employers. Our careers service regularly runs recruitment events specifically for the banking sector.
Our usual overall deadline is 1 August 2020 for entry in September 2020.
The school continues to welcome applications that fulfil our admissions criteria in order to select a balanced international student cohort. As students from different countries tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some countries may close earlier in the year. Any such decision will be reviewed on a regular basis.
Early application recommended; places may fill before the deadline.
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.
REF 2014 results
Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol; in particular, the scores for subject areas 18 and 19.
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.