Financial Markets and Institutions (849L1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You examine the important role of financial markets and institutions in a global context.

You study the role played by private banks and explore the workings of key financial markets such as stock markets, foreign exchange markets and futures markets, given their centrality to business activity.

You also explore issues surrounding the causes of financial crises, the regulation of financial markets and the role of central banks in relation to interest rates. A comparative perspective on financial centres across the globe and real world case studies are used throughout.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


25%: Coursework (Test)
75%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.