MSc International Banking and Finance

Combining the latest academic thinking with a focus on current industry practice.

MSc International Banking and Finance

You are creative and confident, committed to success in whatever you do.

You know that international finance is dynamic, fast-moving, fast-changing. The MSc International Banking, Finance and Risk Management is designed for you.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), the MSc International Banking, Finance and Risk Management programme will give you the skills you’ll need to manage bank operations:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of banking and finance
  • Explore both domestic and international bank operations
  • Master financial and operational risk measurement and management
  • Learn practical application of financial and analytical techniques
  • Deepen your understanding of ethical decision-making


We collaborate with leading financial services organisations to keep our programme cutting-edge. We understand today’s pressing issues in the international financial market – ensuring you will too.

Whatever role you choose to pursue, you’ll be prepared to use your skills and insight for good. By protecting businesses and communities from unnecessary risk and making ethical, responsible decisions that promote the common good, you can make a positive impact wherever you go.

The world of international finance is vibrant and diverse, and so is our programme’s teaching team. You will learn from their broad range of experiences, ranging from academic pursuits to industry expertise, and professional practice in both the public and private sectors. The result is a programme that helps you see the world from a broader perspective.

Whether you choose to study at our Glasgow or our London campus, you can expect a curriculum that’s career-focused. You’ll benefit from guest lectures, master classes and live case studies.

Your career

Joining a globally networked community of alumni and supporters, graduates enter the workplace ideally positioned and prepared to lead in their workplaces and industries.

Graduates pursue opportunities in the fast-growing field of bank risk management, both within the UK and internationally. They find rewarding careers in financial services, investment banking, financial consulting and global operations.

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What will you study

  • Global Finance
  • Financial Risk Modelling
  • Banking Operational Risk and Global Operations Management
  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Bank Management, Operations and Strategy of Financial Organisations
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Financial Securities Analysis
  • Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership
  • Masters Research Project


This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

“As a double accredited programme taught by industry experts, this course will ensure that upon graduation you will have the specialist skillset to deliver in the challenging yet exciting finance sector.”

Dr Madhu Acharyya (Programme Leader)

Entry requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 or equivalent in financial services, insurance banking, actuarial studies, business management, economics, finance, accounting, investment, mathematics or any financial services related subject. Applicants with an unrelated degree wishing to move into this area will also be considered.

However, each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If applicants do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, they may be eligible to enter this programme via the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Students whose first language is not English will need IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5).


Home (including Scotland): £8700 | International (including EU): £13500

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

For details of part-time and distance-learning fee rates, please make an enquiry today.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.


We have a range of scholarship for this course. Please visit our scholarships page.

“The quality of teaching throughout my stay at GCU is commendable. I particularly noticed, all the students managed to develop good rapport with lecturers which has positive impact on the student education and helped them to achieve their educational goals.”

Faiz Subhani (MSc International Banking Finance and Risk Management)

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