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Bank Financial Management (Incorporating Banking Finance and Development)

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A practical and comprehensive introductory course on the financial management of a bank and of the associated financial instruments and markets. Financial management is a key discipline of a successful bank or a company or almost any other organisation, so the skills gained on this course are widely applicable to a career in finance

Why choose this course?

This course can provide a useful introduction to a broad range of financial issues relevant to a career in banking, e.g., as an analyst, dealing with commercial customers, or managing the bank's finances (such as its treasury).

Taught over 10 consecutive weeks in a Central London location, our Bank Financial Management short courses are led by industry experts.

Designed for maximum flexibility, a City evening course is an ideal match for those looking to study and work at the same time, or anyone wanting to improve their business and management expertise.

Course overview

This Bank Financial Management evening course begins by identifying and explaining the many instruments and markets banks use and operate in. It then provides an overview of the roles of banks and other financial organisations in advanced financial systems and the value they add to economies.

Balance sheet and profit and loss statements are analysed to understand banks' commercial and investment activities. Financial ratios from these statements are calculated to compare commercial banks' relative financial performance and areas for improvement.

A bank's credit and interest rate exposures are also considered as well as methods to quantify and manage them.

The course also considers the financial development of economies from a barter system to the current complex international system based on money. It analyses the cause and solution to the current global financial crisis from a banking perspective.

  • “ Beyond my expectations. I learned a huge amount of very useful information. ”

    Estefania Abad

    Former student

  • “ This was a difficult subject, but the tutor made it easy to understand. The tutor was keen to answer all our questions. I'm planning to attend more courses provided by City, University of London in the future. ”

    Ewa Jopek


What will I learn?

What will I learn?

The Bank Financial Management short course is the ideal introduction to a wide range of subjects in the industry.

Topics covered:

  • Outlining the basic concepts of money and financial systems in an economy;
  • Describing the nature of financial instruments, institutions and markets;
  • Describing the role of banks and understand their asset and liability composition;
  • Analysing the financial performance of banks using key ratios;
  • Appreciating some of the financial risks banks face and how they are managed;
  • Understanding the nature and causes of bank and financial system failure.

Handouts of PowerPoint class notes will be provided via the City's online document software: Moodle.



Prerequisite knowledge

  • Should have an interest in banking, finance, and economics
  • No prior knowledge of Financial Management is required.

English requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

  • Handouts of PowerPoint class notes will be provided.
  • An informal one hour multiple choice test at the end of the course will be given to test individual understanding and progress.
  • Classroom tuition will be complemented by group discussion of topical news of the City, economics, or global financial markets.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

No prior reading is necessary

The following books may prove useful:

  • Bank Financial Management course study guide (2017)  Dr Permjit Singh
  • For an overview of international finance, read: The City and global financial services (2016): Dr Permjit Singh
  • Heffernan, S. (2005), Modern Banking
  • Buckle, M. and Thompson, J. (2004), The UK Financial System
  • Casu, B; Girardone, C; Molyneux, P; (2006); Introduction to banking
  • Howells, P and Bain, K (2005), The economics of money, banking and finance
  • Howells, P and Bain, K (2007), Financial markets and institutions
  • De Haan, J; Oosterloo, S; Schoenmaker, D; (2009); European financial markets and institutions
  • Hubbard, G; (2005); Money the financial system and the economy
  • Saunders, T, Cornett, M; (2009); Financial markets and institutions

Tutor information

  • Dr Permjit Singh

    Dr Permjit Singh is a qualified corporate treasurer and has held various positions in treasury management for financial services companies, including Head of Treasury.

    Permjit has a degree in biochemistry from Warwick University and a PhD in finance from Reading University.

    He has devised, prepared and taught corporate finance courses at various universities and business schools, and is currently a visiting lecturer at City and a Treasury Consultant.

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