University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh Business School

Banking and Risk


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The aim of the MSc in Banking and Risk is to give students the knowledge, understanding and key skills that will enable them to be effective Managers in financial institutions, especially banks, in any country in the world.


Your Career                                                                                                                                                                 Banking is an industry rather than an academic discipline and the study of the management of banks is multidisciplinary. The approach of this programme is to consider the structural, financial and risk and asset management functions of banks.


Whilst there are many Masters degrees involving banking offered for example in the UK, the vast majority provide descriptive material about what banks actually do. The Edinburgh Masters differs from the majority in that it has a major emphasis on what decisions Managers in banks should make and how to make them. The course has been designed by asking the question 'what skills do Managers in risk functions need to be technically excellent at their job?' This approach is unique and has shaped the content of modules and the structure of the programme.


Our MSc in Banking and Risk is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Bankers and thus gives students automatic membership of the Chartered Institute and on graduating, students are eligible to use the professional designation of Chartered Banker, along with the MCIBS accreditation.


Why Edinburgh?


As one of Europe’s leading financial centres, Edinburgh uniquely combines a dynamic business community with its status as World Heritage site. Located in the heart of Edinburgh, the Business School is perfectly placed to engage with the local, national and international business community. One of our unique selling points is the University of Edinburgh’s strong relationships with finance and investment businesses, which have provided internship, dissertation and project opportunities for our finance students. The MSc in Banking and Risk utilises knowledge and skills gained through the research carried out by members of the Credit Research Centre (CRC) in the Business School. This is a leading international research centre that specialises in research into credit risk modelling.


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Eligibility Requirements:

The minimum academic requirements is a UK 2:1 honours degree from a University. For USA this is equivalent to GPA 3.25+ (4 point scale) and mid B+ for Canada.There are also English language requirements if you are not a national from a majority English speaking country. – An undergraduate degree in a quantitative subject, finance, economics, business or management is normally required. Acceptable quantitative subjects include mathematics, statistics, operational research, informatics, computer s

International Student Requirements:

The minimum academic requirements is a UK 2:1 honours degree from a University. Some examples of international equivalents are: China 80-85%+, B+; Germany 2.5+ (reverse 5 point scale) Sehr Gut/Gut; India 1st Class degree (60%+). There are also English language requirements if you are not a national from a majority English speaking country such as: IELTS score of 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section), or TOEFL iBT 100 (with scores no lower than 20 in each section).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): £15,400 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): £24,200 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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