Modules for course N3AX | MSC/BANKFIN
MSc Banking and Finance

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • ASB-4411: International Banking (15)
    • Overview of financial management at modern banks; • Current trends and impacts of foreign banks • Origins and evolution of international banks and markets • Evaluating country risks; • The location decision; • Diversification, risk and value • Syndicated lending; • Financial crises; • Issues in international bank regulation; • Issues in executive compensation

Semester 2

  • ASB-4402: Bank Financial Management (15)
    External and internal drivers that shape bank financial management; Financial and performance analysis; Asset and liability management; Lending and securitisation; Risk and capital adequacy; Capital allocation and VAR (Value-At-Risk) modelling; Current issues in bank financial management.

60 credits from:

  • ASB-4902: MSc Dissertation (60) (Semester 3)
    There is no set syllabus. The dissertation encourages students to develop a critical awareness of the professional skills relevant to the strategic management of a variety of business practices. Students choose their research topic, provided that there is suitable and sufficient reading material available, and a member of staff is available to supervise in the chosen area of study.
  • ASB-4903: Financial Seminar Series (60) (Semester 3)
    The content below is that delivered in 2015, but the content will vary from year to year. This will enable the seminar programme to include staff research specialisms, to reflect current and topical research issues and to adapt to any staffing changes. Topics:- Set A: Accounting Set I. A1. Corporate governance and executive compensation (Professor John Ashton). A2. Impression management (Dr Doris Merkl-Davies). Set B: Banking and Finance. B1. Competition in the banking sector (Professor John Ashton). B2. Valuation for mergers, acquisitions and leveraged buyouts (Dr Ru Xie). Set C: Corporate Finance. C1. Event studies and the measurement of abnormal returns (Dr Gwion Williams). C2. Dividend policy (Professor Lynn Hodgkinson). Set D: Financial Markets. D1. The role of rating agencies in financial markets (Professor Owain ap Gwilym). D2. Market microstructure and high frequency trading (Professor Owain ap Gwilym). Seminar E1: Monetary Policy. E1. The conduct of monetary policy (Dr Rhys ap Gwilym). Set G: Accounting Set II. G1. Earnings management (Dr Aziz Jaafar). G2. Accounting and sustainability (Professor Lynn Hodgkinson). Each student must attend six of the above research seminars, as follows: MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Banking, MSc Accounting and Finance: Seminars A1, A2, C1, C2, G1, G2. MSc/MA Finance, MSc International Finance, MSc Investment Management, MSc/MA Management and Finance: Seminars B2, C1, C2, D1, D2, E1. MSc/MA Banking and Finance, MSc International Banking, MSc/MA Islamic Banking and Finance: Seminars B1, B2, C1, C2, D1, E1.
  • ASB-4910: Finc'l Research & CFA Series (60) (Semester 3)
    In the Research Seminar component, the precise content will vary from year to year. This will enable the programme to include staff research specialisms, to reflect current and topical research issues and to adapt to any staffing changes. Indicative content for 2016 (labelling is consistent with the existing ASB4903/4896 module): A1. Corporate governance and executive compensation (Professor John Ashton). C1. Event studies and the measurement of abnormal returns (Dr Gwion Williams). D1. The role of rating agencies in financial markets (Professor Owain ap Gwilym). Each student must attend two of the above research seminars, as follows: MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Banking, MSc Accounting and Finance: Seminars A1, C1. MSc/MA Banking and Finance, MSc International Banking, MSc/MA Islamic Banking and Finance, MSc/MA Finance, MSc International Finance, MSc Investment Management, MSc/MA Management and Finance. Seminars C1, D1. MBA Banking and Finance, MBA Finance, MBA Islamic Banking and Finance. Seminars A1, D1. This is applicable to September and January intakes, in both Bangor and London. In the CFA component: Prepare students to undertake a professional exam. Training will cover topics on the CFA Level 1 syllabus. Indicative content for 2016: Ethical and Professional Standards; Quantitative Methods; Economics; Financial Reporting and Analysis; Corporate Finance; Portfolio Management; Equity Investments; Fixed Income Investments; Derivatives; and Alternative Investments.

45 credits from:

  • ASB-4101: Research Methods (15) (Semester 2)
    Describing and summarising data; Probability and probability distributions; Principles of statistical inference; Correlation and regression analysis; Regression models for panel data.
  • ASB-4103: Int'l Financial Markets (15) (Semester 2)
    An overview of financial markets and instruments; Review of the concepts of risk and return; Portfolio theory and diversification; The capital asset pricing model; Other asset pricing models; Efficient markets, behavioural finance and anomalies; Hedging, speculation and arbitrage; Foreign exchange and derivative markets; Option characteristics and option pricing; Forwards, futures and swaps.
  • ASB-4108: Financial Econometrics (15) (Semester 1)
    • Review of the linear regression model: estimation and hypothesis testing; • Dynamic regression models: distributed lag and autoregressive models; • Non-stationarity and testing for unit roots; • Modelling long-run relationships: cointegration; • Modelling volatility: univariate ARCH and GARCH models; • Regression analysis using panel data.
  • ASB-4403: Int'l Financial Markets (15) (Semester 1)
    An overview of financial markets and instruments; Review of the concepts of risk and return; Portfolio theory and diversification; The capital asset pricing model; Other asset pricing models; Efficient markets, behavioural finance and anomalies; Hedging, speculation and arbitrage; Foreign exchange and derivative markets; Option characteristics and option pricing; Forwards, futures and swaps.
  • ASB-4408: Financial Econometrics (15) (Semester 2)
    • Review of the linear regression model: estimation and hypothesis testing; • Dynamic regression models: distributed lag and autoregressive models; • Non-stationarity and testing for unit roots; • Modelling long-run relationships: cointegration; • Modelling volatility: univariate ARCH and GARCH models; • Regression analysis using panel data.
  • ASB-4601: Research Methods (15) (Semester 1)
    Describing and summarising data; Probability and probability distributions; Principles of statistical inference; Correlation and regression analysis; Regression models for panel data.
  • Students entering the programme in January must take ASB-4101, ASB-4108 and ASB-4103. Students entering the programme in September must take ASB-4601, ASB-4403 and ASB-4408.

Optional Modules

45 credits from:

  • ASB-4409: Banking and Development (15) (Semester 1)
    • Financial development and economic growth; • Capital markets and development; • Financial repression and financial liberalization (Developments in FS policy); • Financial fragility and the institutional environment; • Politics, the State and finance • Family ownership • Competition and market power • Efficiency considerations • Privatising the banking system; • Global crisis and the re-emergence of the State
  • ASB-4416: Financial Modelling (15) (Semester 1)
    Valuation of financial cash flows and rates of return; Expected return models and event studies in finance; The Law of One Price in finance and pricing financial claims via arbitrage; Portfolio theory and the modelling of investment portfolios; Value at Risk; Bootstrap methods; Brownian motion; Monte Carlo methods in finance; Pricing financial claims via replication and Black-Scholes option pricing.
  • ASB-4417: Financial Engineering (15) (Semester 2)
    Introduction to financial engineering; Static replication -creation, decomposition and analysis of financial products; Dynamic replication; Hedging strategies; Convexity, volatility and credit risk in financial engineering; Case studies in financial engineering.
  • ASB-4425: Invstmt Strat & Portfolio Mgmt (15) (Semester 2)
    The characteristics and roles of investment institutions; Investment objectives and the asset allocation decision; Principles of portfolio management; Bond valuation and bond portfolio management strategies; Equity portfolio management strategies; Performance measurement;
  • ASB-4437: Merger and Acquisition (15) (Semester 2)
    Theory of the firm: "Build vs Buy"; Current issues in the M&A landscape; Motives for M&A; How do mergers work? When do mergers work? Winners and losers; Valuation in the context of an acquisition; Criteria for value-adding acquisitions; Cross-border vs domestic acquisitions.
  • ASB-4450: Financial Stability (15) (Semester 1)
    • Theories of financial crises; • The role of central banks for financial stability; • Financial stability implications of the industrial organization of banking systems; • Measuring systemic risk; • Too systemically important to fail and related phenomena; • Contagion and interbank markets; • Financial stability and the real economy; • The policy responses to financial instabilities and regulation; • Tools to evaluate bank soundness: Stress testing techniques.