Contemporary Issues in Banking (N1620)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module provides aspects of bank financial management and the practical skills necessary to prepare reports analyzing bank performance. The module focuses on day-to-day practical issues and provides key management skills relating to the banking sector.

The module has three parts. First, it presents an overview of the various banking systems in US, UK, EU and also the developing markets; this overview includes the rationale for bank regulation and supervision with a focus on the impact of bank mergers and acquisitions. Secondly, the module compares the analysis of commercial bank performance with that of investment bank performance. Thirdly, important aspects of bank management are examined in detail, including bank asset and liability management, aspects of blockchain, liquidity management and capital adequacy management.

The module builds on the topics introduced in Principles of Banking in Year 2.


67%: Lecture
33%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 117 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.