Retail Banking and Money Markets
Retail Banking and Money Markets

Online MA in Finance and Investment (Retail Banking and Money Markets)

Explore how retail banks provide commercial services and cater to the needs of customers from all over the world.

Due to the increasingly global nature of banking activities, there is greater demand for an understanding of the instruments used in money and foreign exchange markets. This online course, offered through Study InterActive, provides solutions to the challenges banks face in the financial services industry.

You will gain an insight into the characteristics of the commercial banking sector, the global nature of banking activities and the impact of new business models. There are also topics covering the main types of risk financial institutions encounter, as well as the techniques used to manage them.

Duration: 18-36 months (100% online)
Start dates: Every 12 weeks

Campus available:

Online

Fees:

£7500 for MA Finance & Investment
£9500 for Dual MSc & MA Finance and Investment
Modular Payment plan available

  • UK undergraduate degree or equivalent – any subject area
  • English Levels 5.5 IELTS (5.5.in all bands) – or equivalent*
  • No work experience required, but is considered an asset

Students who fail to meet academic requirements can be assessed on their relevant work experience (3 years management experience minimum for mature study route)

*Don’t have the IELTS required? Get the IELTS preparation you need with The Language Gallery.

STAGESMODULES
Stage I Business and Financial Analysis 
Corporate Finance 
Quantitative Finance and Financial Markets 
Research Methods
Stage II Money and Foreign Exchange Markets
International Retail Banking 
Financial Risk Management 
Research Methods
Stage III Online Dissertation and Research Methods

LSBF has partnered with InterActive Pro to power and support the online MA Finance & Investment, and Dual MSc & MA Finance & Investment degree programmes.

Specialisation Modules **

MONEY AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKETS

This module gives you an up-to-date understanding of the money and foreign exchange markets, and of the instruments used in these markets by financial institutions as well as multinational companies.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Identify money and foreign exchange market instruments, as well as value them.
  • Design strategies to hedge risk using some of these instruments.
  • Identify clients’ or principals’ financing needs and recommend them suitable money market instruments.
  • Critically evaluate strategies designed around money and foreign exchange market instruments.
  • Write a report on an advisory basis recommending the most appropriate strategy designed around foreign exchange and money market instruments.

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INTERNATIONAL RETAIL BANKING

This module introduces you to the competitive landscape of the financial services industry. It examines the characteristics of the commercial banking sector, the global nature of banking activities, the impact of new business models, and the principles and structures of lending.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the management challenges facing banking institutions.
  • Evaluate the profitability and performance of banks during the lending cycle.
  • Critically evaluate the efficiency of asset-liability techniques and hedging against risks.
  • Assess the main issues and challenges facing banking groups in the management of their liquidity and capital requirements.
  • Produce logical arguments explaining and analysing key strategic decisions in the context of changing regulation.

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FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT

his module provides you with a broad understanding of the main types of risk that financial institutions face, as well as means of managing these risks. Such concepts include credit risk, market risk, operational risk, as well as loans and deposits management.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the inherent challenges and risks facing banking institutions.
  • Examine the pricing, profitability and credit risks taken during the lending cycle.
  • Evaluate the nature of market and operational risk.
  • Explain and compare the challenges facing banking groups in the management of assets and liabilities.
  • Analyse and evaluate the key strategic issues in the management of risk by financial institutions.

Learn more about the course assessment strategy.

**All specialisations are subject to student demand

Core Modules

Detailed information about the core modules can be found on the MA in Finance and Investment Programme Structure page.

Career Direction

As one of the largest banking sectors, retail banking has a range of career opportunities open to graduates. Aside from traditional routes of progression into managerial positions, there are career paths in risk assessment, operations management and human resources, among others. Our dedicated careers advisors and global corporate partners will support you with your job search.

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COURSE VALIDATED BY

“I apply the skills I learned at LSBF on a daily basis. They equipped me to function in a global/international environment”

Sumit Ahuja
Equities Derivatives Analyst, Citi Group
MA in Finance and Investment Graduate
India