This programme, which was launched in 2018, 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.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time

Module Details:

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.

Student Destinations

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 2018, the University of Bristol was ranked fourth in the UK for universities that are most targeted by top employers. Our careers service regularly runs recruitment events specifically for the banking sector.


We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows: UK/EU: full-time £13,000 Overseas: full-time£25,000 Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time £13,000

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper second-class (2:1) degree 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.

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