Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Mobile Banking and Financial Innovation

Salford Business School

Full-time

Part-time

Attendance

One year

Two year

Course

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

The world of banking is changing massively with the introduction of new technologies that are disrupting the financial market.  Mobile banking and social media are giving all of us new opportunities for using and controlling our financial decisions. 

This new programme puts a strong emphasis on financial innovation.  You will look at the influence of mobile banking on the finance sector while developing a strong knowledge of modern finance and banking theory as well as appropriate accounting procedure relevant for banks and other financial institutions. 

You will develop skills that will enable you to work not only in the traditional sectors but also new and emerging platforms such as peer to peer lending. 

You will:
  • Study the most recent developments in financial markets, influenced by advances in information technology and mobile banking
  • Follow a programme that develops both theoretical knowledge and practical skills
  • Learn from research active and internationally acknowledged staff
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if

1.

You want a career in banking or finance

2.

You have an interest in technology

3.

You want to explore the latest financial and banking innovations

4.

You are an analytical thinker

5.

You want to develop practical skills and knowledge

6.

You are a problem solver

Course details

All about the course

This programme is block-delivered and part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods.  For each block, you study a single module for a 6-week period. Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the 6-week blocks.

During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Industry Collaboration Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.

Semester one

Corporate and Quantitative Finance

In this module, you will critically assess modern corporate governance in light of the recent financial crisis and review the ethical issues in running modern firms. You will also critically assess modern capital structure theory, the risks and opportunities involved in mergers and acquisitions and the limitations and applications of statistical methods in finance.

Bank Financial Management and International Banking

This module equips you with the tools of analysis to understand the basic mechanics of banks’ financial instruments and their roles in promoting efficiency in the financial markets. You will apply critical frameworks to evaluate the globalisation of financial markets and the continuing liberalisation of economies around the world.

Semester two

Mobile Banking and Financial Innovation

Through Mobile Banking and Financial Innovation you will examine financial and costing models for digital banking. Through this module you will also conduct stakeholder audits, identify key business trajectories and develop marketing strategies and cash movement plans.

Information Systems and Digital Transformation

Most businesses are undergoing some form of digital transformation, this module has been designed with business leaders to take a critical overview of the processes that are involved. You will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the needs of organisations when strategically planning transformation and integrating business information systems. You will also achieve a holistic knowledge of the critical role of IS/T, both at corporate and business levels, enabling you to be ready to support and deliver professional, ethical and legal services in IS/T transformation.

Semester Three (Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) - Choose One)

Work Placement

The paid Work Placement gives you the chance to undertake a six month project with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally. By exploring a key issue impacting an organisation, you will apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies and develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:
10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation

Internship

The unpaid Internship option of the Industry Collaboration Project aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments either in the UK or overseas.

Over a three month period, you will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue.  You will have specified learning goals and will need to actively reflect on what is being learned throughout the experience.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:

10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation

Dissertation

An advanced-level applied research pathway based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation.   The Dissertation path gives you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the programme to a current organisational issue and deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.  It is an excellent option if you are considering moving into academic research and PhD studies.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal consisting of research questions, aims and objectives, and the rationale for undertaking the study.  The 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation will include literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions, recommendations and a critical reflection of your learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:

10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation

Entrepreneurship

Please note, this option is available from September 2019
Through this option, along with applying your theoretical knowledge from the taught elements of the programme, you will develop the transferable skills and qualities required for entrepreneurial behaviour and work on your own innovative business idea. You will reflect on business opportunities, challenges and strategies with the aim of establishing a new businesses, or incorporating entrepreneurial thinking into the management of an existing organisation. The three month Entrepreneurship path will be assessed through the development of an Initial Business Proposal and an 8,500 word Comprehensive Business Proposal accompanied by a 30 minute presentation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years.

The teaching on this course is both academic and practical; you will not only obtain theoretical skills, but also gain practical skills along with an understanding of the limitations of the theory that you are being taught.   This is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities and supplemented by group and individual work on live project briefs.

Salford Business School

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.

Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

Programme leader

Dr Mostafa Mohamad

Mo is a system analyst by profession and an action researcher by blood. He has a wide professional and academic experience in the areas of multi-layer systems development, e-Marketing, business modelling, and digital innovation. Before joining Salford Business School, Mo served as a lecturer at Manchester Business School and Leeds Business School. Formerly, he served 7 years as a supply chain manager in the automotive and telecommunication industries.

At Salford Business School, Mo teaches a number of postgraduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of information management and systems development. Above all, he enjoys supervising PhD candidates in the wide discipline of business technology and Information systems.

Getting Here

If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. 

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students
 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Graduates from this programme will be able to work in the financial sector comprising of banks, insurance companies, investment houses etc.  They will also have the option of working in the treasury department of non-financial companies.  If the students pass the CFA exams, they will be highly sought after by financial institutions, as there is often a regulatory requirement to use CFAs.

A taste of what you could become

A Banker

A Financial Advisor

A Financial Risk Analyst

An Investment Manager

An Entrepreneur

And more...

Career Links

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience. Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE 

This course offers excellent scope for aspiring and existing finance or fintech professionals who want to improve their career development opportunities and employability. If you want to progress into a senior position in the worlds of finance, banking or technology this course will offer you the chance to gain skills which are highly sought by employers across a wide variety of organisations.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

Where a student has gained a recognised honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Alternative Entry Requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Fees TBC

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Still have some questions?  Contact us:

By email (UK/EU applicants): enquiries@salford.ac.uk

By email (international applicants): international@salford.ac.uk

By phone:  +44 (0) 161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

NEW PROGRAMME FOR SEPTEMBER 2019

Join us for this exciting new programme that looks at the latest developments in FinTech, mobile banking and how new technologies are changing banking.