Gain valuable insights into the international banking business

This module will give you an insight into the major features of the banking business and an understanding of the different types of banks and banking activities.

You’ll examine the changing characteristics of the banking industry and the main activities banks are involved in, and see how these different activities fit within a bank’s overall portfolio.

You’ll also explore how different banks are pursuing different models (universal banking vs. specialised banking).

In particular, you’ll examine the asset structure and revenue-earning features of major commercial and investment banks. You’ll also gain an understanding of their cost and return features, and of recent developments in the industry.

The topics you’ll cover in this module include:

  • Types of banks and banking activities (commercial, investment and private banking)
  • Issues in bank management
  • Bank failures and restructuring
  • Loan syndication
  • Financial regulation
  • Bank capital regulation

Get a preview of this module with our on-demand webinar presented by Module Leader, Professor Barbara Casu.

This taster lecture gives an in-depth look at how and why banks expand abroad, and the increasing geopolitical significance of SWIFT. You can also check out some teaser extracts from the webinar below.

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Areas of finance covered in the MSc Global Finance International Banking module:

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Barbara [00:00:03] International banking is really at the intersection between banks and markets. So we will be looking at more bank specific issues that have to do with the commercial and investment banking, particularly when we look at the products, when we talk about trade finance, when we talk about syndicated lending, but also how international banks, these large banks, play a key role in financial markets, both as providers of products but also as buyers of products, because they redefine themselves a lot on global financial markets. So, yeah, I would put it at the intersection between banks and markets.  

The significance of SWIFT for the international banking system:

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Barbara [00:00:03] What is important to bear in mind is that SWIFT doesn't do any transfer and doesn't do any holding of funds ok, the actual funds netting is done only by banks, but is a critical part of the communication infrastructure that enables cross-border money flows. Because of this key role and because it is important to global financial flows means that SWIFT is often looked at as a geopolitical tool as part of sanction packages. The latest one has being in relation to the invasion of the Ukraine, where a number of Russian banks have been disconnected from the SWIFT network as of 12th of March this year. So last Saturday, actually last week.  

Module Leader

The International Banking module is led by Professor Barbara Casu:

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