MSc Banking

The MSc Banking is designed for students wishing to develop a comprehensive knowledge of banking in preparation for a successful career in the financial sector. The MSc Banking degree will give you a solid grounding in substantive finance while also developing the quantitative and technical skills that will equip you for future roles. What’s more, if you choose to study full time, you could complete your degree in a little as one year.

As the programme is also integrated with various professional qualifications, this means that you can gain exemptions from some exams – or work towards additional qualifications such as the Investment Management Certificate. Gaining specialist knowledge in specific areas of finance could give you a real headstart with prospective employers.

Key Information

  • BPP has provided financial training to over 50,000 professionals
  • Study in the heart of London – one of the world's largest financial centres
  • Access specialist business careers advice even before you start your course
  • Learn from a mix of academic and management professionals
  • Join the trusted provider for many of the FTSE 100 companies
  • Extra support offered through online lecture notes and discussion forums

Forge a successful banking career

The BPP MSc Banking degree is designed for existing finance professionals and graduates. It can be completed in as little as one year full time or two years part time at our state-of-the-art Business School in central London.

Our unique course teaches you the skills you need to forge a successful career in banking, at a pace that suits you. You'll benefit from first-hand exposure to the world of financial services, and understand how corporate and retail banking models blend together.

Three-tier award system

What's more, our three-tiered award system means that if you choose not to complete the whole MSc, you can still obtain either a Certificate of Higher Education or Diploma of Higher Education in Banking. So, you're guaranteed to get ahead.

How the course is taught

Our degrees are taught by experienced staff from both academic and professional backgrounds. This ensures that what we teach you will always be relevant to your future career. You will also get a real feel for what working in business is really like – across a variety of different disciplines.


All modules in Stages One and Two are compulsory. Stage Three is a combination of two elective modules and the dissertation. The modules are designed to maximise your understanding of the main areas of banking and also allow you to specialise in what will be most relevant to your career path.

If you choose not to complete the MSc, finishing Stage One will give you a Postgraduate Certificate in Banking. Stopping after Stage Two achieves a Postgraduate Diploma in Banking.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the programme, you must have a minimum of one year's relevant full-time work experience.

You must also have one of the following:

  • A 2:2 Honours degree from a recognised university or international equivalent
  • An acceptable professional qualification
  • A pass in the Qualifying Examination

Full membership of one or more of the following is also acceptable:

If you don't hold a degree or relevant professional qualification but have extensive suitable work experience, you may apply by taking the Qualifying Examination. This will include a combination of the following:

  • Essay
  • Quantitative methods test
  • Viva

Additionally, you may submit one of the following in support of your application:

  • A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of 550 or above
  • A Graduate Records Examination (GRE) of 1000 with a minimum of 500 for the Quantitative section
  • An IELTS Score of 6.5 overall, plus a minimum of 6.5 in each area or a recognised equivalent

Once your application has been reviewed, you may be asked to attend a face-to-face interview or take part in a telephone interview to further assess your suitability.

International students

If you're an international student, and English is not your first language, you will need to have an IELTS level 6.5 score (or equivalent) to prove that your English is good enough to take the course.

For details of which International qualifications are accepted onto our courses, please contact our International team on +44(0) 20 7061 1343 or email

After you apply

The Admissions Tutor will consider your application on its own merits and in competition with others. They may take into account examination results already achieved, predicted grades in forthcoming examinations, research project proposals, personal statements and academic references, as well as relevant vocational experience.

Where references are required, your referees should normally be academic staff working in higher education with direct knowledge of your academic work. If you are unable to obtain an academic reference or if your work experience is particularly relevant to the mode of the course you wish to undertake, a person with knowledge of your employment activity may be nominated to act as a referee.

Study locations

You can study for the MSc Banking at one of two London locations:

Paying for your course

Fees will be confirmed here in December 2011.


BPP offers a generous number of scholarships to help with the costs of your studies.

For more information on our scholarships and funding opportunities, please contact the Student Finance office:

Student Finance
BPP University College of Professional Studies
68-70 Red Lion Street

Tel: 020 7061 1301
Fax: 020 7404 1389