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Diploma in Banking and Finance: Career Options and Course Overview

Posted on April 22, 2019 by Saumya Omer  | Academics | Blog

Careers in Banking and Finance are on the boom with new technologies driving a brisk pace of financial innovation. To keep up, the banking and financial sectors are looking for candidates with more specialised skill-sets.

The objective of the Graduate Diploma in Finance programme, offered by University of London with academic direction from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is to offer a potent combination of theory and practice in both banking and finance, and to this extent it can be considered as, and compared with, a diploma in banking and finance.

The module on Asset Pricing and Financial Markets equips students with knowledge of topics like efficient markets, mean-variance analysis, portfolio diversification, capital asset pricing model (CAPM), arbitrage and derivative pricing. The course on Financial Reporting discusses income measurement and capital maintenance, historical cost accounting, accounting for groups and the analysis and interpretation of financial reports. , Principles of Corporate Finance covers project valuation, factor models, asymmetric information and agency costs, capital structure, weighted average cost of capital (WACC), leverage, Modigliani-Miller propositions, dividend theory, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. And the module on Valuation and Securities Analysis talks about security valuation, credit analysis, distress predictions and returns to fundamental and technical analysis, among other things.

Thus, the Graduate Diploma in Finance, equivalent to a diploma in banking and finance, helps students gain significant command over the use of accounting and quantitative tools for solving complex financial problems. The graduate’s skills, both soft and hard, are honed through a comprehensive portfolio of subjects, active classroom learning, exposure to a curriculum of the highest international standards and frequent industry interface. All this prepares her/him for a career in the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector and related fields.

Some of these careers could be:

  • Investment Banking:
    • Mergers & Acquisitions (or Advisory)
    • Equity/Debt Capital Markets
    • Trading/Structuring/Research roles in the Equity/Debt/Derivative/Foreign Currency markets
  • Corporate Banking
  • Investment/Wealth Management
  • Mutual Fund Analysis
  • Stock Broking
  • Retail and Commercial Banking
  • Credit Rating
  • Financial Planning
  • Actuarial Science
  • Auditing
  • Accounting
  • Taxation/Transfer Pricing
  • Financial Consulting

Growth-driven banks and financial Institutions exhibit increasing reluctance to hire or promote graduates with generalised and outmoded knowledge. With increasing specialisation, there is a clear preference for the superior academic proficiency, practical skills and acumen which one can obtain through a University of London postgraduate diploma in banking & finance.

By bringing the globe’s best education practices into its classrooms, the diploma programme at ISBF also provides candidates with a technical framework and higher order skills which stand them in excellent stead in senior level and high-profile management roles in the banking and financial sector. This is also possible because of the frequent guest lectures during the programme, by faculty members from LSE and leading industry experts.

The diploma in banking and finance course ensures that careers have widened beyond the traditional accounting and taxation roles, into glamorous, exciting and lucrative areas. This is why the sector today needs more robust, up-to-date professionals, which the programme offers. The Banking and Finance sector currently offers some of the most promising careers and will tend to do so even more in the future for professionals with thorough knowledge of modern-day financial trends in global economic markets.

With the firm grounding of fundamentals gained in this programme, students can hope to achieve long-term career success, by coping with and harnessing rapid technological developments and thus carving a niche industry leaders. Students desirous of a career in banking and finance would do well to the rigour of the industry through the postgraduate programme in banking and finance.

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