About This Course
The Postgraduate Certificate in Bank Management and Technology (CertBMT) is a standalone professional and academic qualification for bankers and other financial services professionals who wish to improve their practical understanding of bank management and technology.
CertBMT can be completed in as little as 12 months, offering the fastest study route in gaining the prestigious Chartered Banker designation - a hallmark of excellence for all those within the profession.
This programme introduces and develops understanding of the key aspects of finance, banking and technology in an international and dynamic setting. You will achieve a reflective and ethical command of core professional, practical and future orientated elements of modern banking. This will cultivate professional judgement, ethical awareness and an analytical approach to problem-solving in a banking and financial services context.
- The Postgraduate Certificate in Bank Management and Technology (CertBMT) is offered exclusively by Bangor Business School
- Bangor University's Business School is ranked the highest of all academic institutions in the UK for its banking research ( RePEc, August 2021)
- The dual award of a Postgraduate Certificate and the prestigious Chartered Banker status is a hallmark of excellence for all those within the profession
- Part-time and flexible study that is designed to improve practical understanding of bank management and technology
- Study 4 module in as little as 12 months
- Provides an accelerated pathway to the Chartered Banker MBA with continuous learning discounts available
- Develop and hone multiple skills essential to building a successful career in financial industries
The Chartered Banker experience brings together high-level skills and knowledge from an internationally recognised university and centre of research excellence with the professional and managerial competencies of a world leading professional institution.
About the Institute
The Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) is a global professional education body for bankers, based in the UK and the oldest banking institute in the world. The CBI is the only organisation in the world approved by the UK’s Privy Council to award the “Chartered Banker” designation to members meeting the highest standards of professionalism.
CBI are the largest UK professional body for bankers, with more than 33,000 members – individual banking professionals who make an ongoing commitment to developing their customer-focused ethical professionalism.
Throughout their history they have driven an agenda of ethical professionalism; promoting professional standards for bankers, providing professional and regulatory qualifications for retail, commercial and private bankers in the UK and overseas, and offering professional membership to qualified individuals.
What will you study on this course?
The Postgraduate Certificate in Bank Management and Technology is a standalone qualification that combines four modules offered on the Chartered Banker MBA. This short programme introduces the key aspects of finance, banking and technology and is focused on the elements of contemporary banking.
The programme is organised over 12 months, the 3 core modules taken are:
- Credit and Lending
- Ethics, Regulation & Compliance
- Financial Institutions Risk Management
The Banking Technology and FinTech module is a project based module and is assessed wholly on this one assessment.
See below module descriptions: please note module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.
Module Director: Professor Alistair Milne
Available Routes: Elective Module: All Routes
The module addresses the current rapid changes in banking technology and the disruptive impact of new ‘fintech’ start-ups, challenging conventional bank business models. The focus is on the interaction of technology (cryptography, mobile banking, AI and machine learning), regulation (e.g. the EU PSD2) and changing business models. A broad issue will be the extent to which new technology is leading to disintermediation of traditional banking functions and to what extent resulting in a co-operation between banks and new non-bank technology-based companies. The lectures will focus on two business areas where the new technologies are having the biggest impact: (i) domestic and international payments; (ii) small business and unsecured personal credit, including trade and supply chain finance. They will also provide a discussion of the public policy and strategic issues in financial technology – in particular the interaction of regulation and innovation in banking technology; and the prospective change in co-operative and shared institutions such as the international card companies Visa and Mastercard and the international payments network Swift. The first three lectures will provide an overview of new payments providers, looking at international payments, and at the rapidly evolving landscape of domestic C2B and B2B payments. A supporting case study will examine the role of the major card companies Visa and Mastercard. The next two lectures will look at technology based ‘non-bank lending’ especially the role of P2P or market place lenders and also invoice and other forms of supply chain finance & the extent to which credit may be supplied entirely outside of the banking system. The final lectures will look at the changing financial technologies from a public policy and strategic perspective, critically examining the role of regulation in both support of and as a barrier to innovation, and the impact of technology on the banking landscape in the years ahead.
Module Aims & Objectives
On completing this module students will:
- Be aware of the leading technology-based companies in financial technology and how they are challenging banks in payments services and lending around the world
- Understand examine how technology, regulation and business context together shape the opportunities for technological innovation in banking
- Have critically examined the strategic and public policy issues raised by the new technologies, including the application of competition law and policy and the extent to which technology leads to new forms of industry competition and co-operation
There is no up to date textbook. Students will be guided to relevant research and industry analysis.
Means of Assessment
This module is assessed by means of a single mini project of 3,500 words in length
Unit One: Payment systems and new payment technologies
Unit Two: Credit technologies and alternative lending
Unit Three: The public policy and strategic implications of the new technologies
Module Director: Mr Ian Roberts
Available Route: CBMBA Full Programme, Accelerated and Super-Accelerated (MBA) Routes, CertBMT
This module explores the key areas surrounding Credit and Lending, starting with the relationship between the banker & customer, through business lending procedures and ends with credit risk practices for each type of bank (retail, business and commercial). Students studying the module will develop a detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of credit and lending in the banking industry and will also develop a range of banking skills, techniques and practices at a professional level.
Module Aims & Objectives:
On completing this module, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an extensive, detailed and critical knowledge of the legal aspects of the banker – customer relationship
- Describe in detail the principles of lending and the main lending and credit products
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the procedures for taking a range of securities for advances
- Exercise a range of business banking lending skills, techniques and practices and interpret and assess business accounts, including identifying, formulating and solving business problems and assessing and managing risk in a business banking context
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of diligence and bankruptcy
- Demonstrate an extensive, detailed and critical understanding of how the credit risk functions, and how it plays its part in managing risk for a banking business
Means of Assessment:
This module is assessed by means of an individual assignment (40%) and examination (60%)
Unit 1 covers: The aim of Unit 1 is to introduce Credit and Lending and to explain the main themes that run throughout the module. The structure of the module is outlined, and the main text introduced. An overview is provided of Credit Risk Management and its role in the modern financial services industry. The imperative is on a structured and practical approach to maximise profitability within the Lending portfolio. These issues are explored as important themes in modern Credit Risk Management. A fundamental approach of this module is that Credit and Lending is a central element of practical bank financial management. Indeed, a high percentage of most Commercial Banks assets are employed in the Lending portfolio. The module recommended textbook adopts the same practical approach. This approach enables Credit and Lending to be explored within its most appropriate bank strategic and managerial function, bank financial management.
Unit 2 covers: The aim of Unit 2 Part 1 is to introduce Retail Credit- Small Business Lending and to explain several tools and techniques to assist the Lender in the evaluation of Credit risk. We will review the economic setting and importance of the SME sector. The imperative is again on a structured and practical approach to maximize profitability within the Lending portfolio.
The aim of Unit 2 Part 2 is to introduce Large Company analysis and valuation; together with Stock Market performance indicators and the use of financial models to predict corporate distress. The imperative is again on a structured and practical approach to maximize profitability within the Lending portfolio. These issues are explored as important themes in modern Credit risk management. A fundamental approach of this module is that Credit and Lending is a central element of practical bank financial management.
Unit 3 covers: The aim of Unit 3 is to examine in Part 1 of this unit the specialised lending topic of structured finance and project finance. In part 2, to examine the specialised lending topic of Object Finance and to understand how financial engineering techniques can reduce the cost of capital in these complex financing projects. The imperative is again on a structured and practical approach to maximise profitability within the Lending portfolio. These issues are explored as important themes in modern Credit risk management.
Checkley, K., & Dickinson, K. (2018). Credit Masterclass (1st ed., Vol. 1). Credit Skills Academy. Ethics, Regulation & Compliance Information to follow – new module merge
Available Routes: Core Module, Chartered Banker MBA – Full Programme, Accelerated and Super Accelerated Routes, CertBMT
This module explores the risk management function in modern, shareholder owned banks. A fundamental approach adopted is that financial institutions risk management is a central element of practical bank financial management. In this context risk management is seen practically as linking risk-taking (an essential economic role of banking firms) and financial management (managing these risks and the respective risk and return trade-offs in the most efficient way). The nature, strategic context and management of bank risks are examined.
Module Aims & Objectives
On completing this module students will:
- Understand the role of risk management
- Be able to undertake a risk management role in their institution
- Understand the theories underpinning risk management
- Understand the regulations relating to risk management within the banking and financial services sector
- Understand their responsibilities under the regulations and how to meet them
Financial Institutions Management: A Risk Approach (9th Edition) Saunders, A & MillonCornett, M —McGraw Hill
Means of Assessment:
This module is assessed by means of an individual assignment (40%) and examination (60%)
Unit One covers:
An introduction to FIRM and explains the main themes that run throughout the module. The structure of the module is outlined, and the main text introduced. An overview is provided of banking and its role in the modern financial services industry. The nature of bank competition, regulation and their impact on FIRM are explored. Finally, the imperative on efficiency and marked-based valuation are explored as fundamental themes in modern FIRM.
Unit Two aims:
- To examine a bank’s main financial statements and their relationship to the risks inherent in banking
- To understand how a bank’s performance can be evaluated
- To understand the &banking significance of bank Asset and Liability Management and risk management
- To analyse the nature and BFM significance of interest rate risk and liquidity risk to BFM
- To examine the off-balance-sheet activities carried out by banks and to appreciate their BFM significance
- To consider the impact of the crisis (the ‘credit crunch’) on these areas
- To appreciate the impact of the credit crunch on the banking risks covered in this unit and, especially, on capital adequacy management and regulation
- To understand the nature and key importance of bank corporate governance
Unit Three aims:
- To examine the nature and role of product and geographic diversification within a bank’s risk management
- To examine and understand how banks use derivative contracts to hedge their asset-liability risk exposures
- To analyse how loan sales and securitisation techniques are used by bank managers to control credit risk
- To consider some further changes to the banking risk landscape in the wake of the credit crunch
Bangor Business School Executive Education reserves the right to offer modules in either an October or April semester. Time of completion shown above is indicative only. Contact the Executive Education team to find out more.
- The Postgraduate Certificate is a flexible part-time course that is designed for the working professional. Each module offers 3, one hour long 'live' interactive online sessions through Blackboard Collaborate, and 5, one hour Panopto recorded lectures.
- Given the global reach of the programme, the interactive classes are organised at a time of day to accommodate the widest audience. This means that those in countries east of the UK will join afternoon or evening classes whilst those living to the west will join at mid-morning or lunchtime. Students who are unable to attend the live sessions can view the recordings.
- Study materials are accessed within the virtual learning platform Blackboard and include study guides, links to additional reading and e-core text.
- Examinations are computer-based and students are given the option to sit their assessment from the comfort of home or office as the technology allows for online proctoring.
The course fees for the Postgraduate Certificate in Bank Management & Technology is £12,500
Course fees include:
- Online seminars, tutorials, discussion groups and support
- All course materials
- Personal Tutor
- Access to Bangor University’s online library and learning portal
- All assessments
Note that a deposit will need to be paid to secure your place on the programme.
Flexible Payment Options
Flexible payment plans are available for payment of your programme fees, including monthly and semester instalment options to spread the cost of the programme across your studies. For further details please contact us
Corporate discounts are available for employees that are financially supported. Please get in touch with the Executive Education team on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more
A good first degree in a related subject together with a minimum of three years relevant managerial experience. Applicants without a first degree may be admitted if they hold an approved professional qualification together with the required managerial experience. Those applicants without either may be considered for entry if they have several years of approved managerial experience.
Applicants must have a high level of fluency in the English language. The English language tests we normally refer to are as follows;
- IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)
- Pearson PTE: a score of 56 (with no element lower than 51)
- Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 169 (with no element lower than 162)
Recognition of prior learning will be considered on a case by case basis in accordance with the University’s regulations and codes of practice. The application is therefore made directly to the Executive Education department by simply completing this online form.
- This qualification is aimed at individuals who aspire to middle and senior management roles and/or those who wish to demonstrate their professional knowledge and skills in the financial services sector
- The Postgraduate Certificate offers the fastest study route in gaining the prestigious Chartered Banker status and is a hallmark of excellence for all those within the profession
- This course provides an accelerated pathway onto Bangor Business School's Chartered Banker MBA programme - the world's only dual award qualification of an MBA and Chartered Banker status
Applications are invited for the Spring 2023 intake for the Postgraduate Certificate in Bank Management & Technology, beginning in April 2023.
If you would like your eligibility confirming prior to applying, please provide supporting documents such as a cv and/or request further information by completing the following form, and if you have transcripts of professional or postgraduate programmes of studies undertaken, this is helpful. Please note that the admissions team will advise you on what information is required to support your application, so obtaining transcripts for previous study should not delay your application.
The following details are required to complete the application form:
- Personal information
- Employment details and positions held
- Course details of academic and professional qualifications achieved
Once enrolled onto the programme, students have 3 months of their first semester to provide certified copies of their certificates.
The application for the Postgraduate Certificate in Bank Management & Technology is made directly to the Executive Education department by simply completing this online form.