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Bolster your financial qualifications with training in the international banking sector.

As one of the major players of the financial world, banks are involved in a substantial and diverse range of financial activity – loans, stocks, investments, portfolios and many other financial products and instruments.

Join our online International Banking course and study how the global banking sector operates.

  • Develop a thorough understanding of banking institutions.
  • Explore their impact on financial markets, loan creation and general economic conditions.

Access this focused part of our MSc Finance on an online course you can fit around full-time work.

You can use the credits you earn on this course towards our Masters in Finance qualification.

What will I study?

On this online short course, you’ll study the theory and practice of international banking.

You’ll examine the main activities of commercial banks. You’ll also:

  • explore the role of the central bank, in terms of the conduct of monetary policy and the regulation of commercial banks
  • learn how we measure bank performance and the risks banks face
  • investigate how the structure of the banking market affects bank performance and risks
  • see how risks can be managed, evaluating the role of governance in minimising risk.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Critically analyse the role of banks within the economy.
  • Examine the activities of banks and break down performance measures.
  • Assess the risk faced by banks and determine how to mitigate those risks.
  • Communicate the nature of competition and its implications for bank behaviour.
  • Evaluate the nature of banks’ financial statements.
  • Discuss corporate governance issues in banking.

How will I study?

International Banking is an eight-week short course, delivered 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Course materials are carefully planned and structured. You’ll have unlimited access to our custom-built study platform, designed for ease of use and communication. Also available as an app, you can study on computer, smartphone and tablet 24/7.

Tuition is one-to-one and unlimited, which means your tutor will respond to any questions and provide feedback on your coursework within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • online one-to-one tutorials
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

This course is taught at Masters level by experienced academics and researchers from the University of Aberdeen’s Business School.


This course is assessed entirely online via:

  • two 1,000-word essays (50% of your final grade)
  • a 2,000-word research report (50% of your final grade) .

Your course coordinator

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

MSc Finance

  • Study part-time, online.
  • Gain a deeper knowledge of core financial theory.
  • Develop key skills in corporate finance, portfolio analysis, asset valuation, derivatives and risk management.

Build your learning

We have a range of online Business short courses you can use to build your skills.

Most carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.