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MANG3009 International Banking

Module Overview

Banks are at the heart of the global financial system. This module strives to link the theory and practice of banking in a real-world setting. Considerable attention is given to the vast array of risks that banks face and this is achieved by learning about the management and measurement of these various risks. Also, the module looks at financial/banking crises and the impact that these have on the wider economy especially over the past number of years since the global financial crisis of 2008. This module also covers how to measure bank performance and looks in detail at the case for banking regulation. Finally, this module will cover some recent trends in banking activities including sustainability and green banking and disrupted financial technologies (Fintech).

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • key available financial instruments and workings of financial markets, including roles of speculators, investors and bankers; the role and impact of banks in the economy and markets;
  • the need for appropriate regulation and supervision, and the actual regulation and bank behaviour observed in key markets.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate data, and use it in order to act upon it;
  • evaluate and interpret critically official publications by banks and authorities and compare this to empirical reality;
  • enhance your analytical and critical thinking capabilities.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate the risks and rewards associated with different financial instruments, and financial institutional settings; understand key workings of financial markets and the economy in general;
  • interpret official announcements and engage in public debates in the media and professional publications concerning financial and macroeconomic issues.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • understand the risks and potential rewards of certain financial instruments; understand better the workings of financial institutions and banks.


The material covered in this module will include, but not limited to, the following topics: • Theories of Financial Intermediation. • The Role of Banks in Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy • Banks Financial Reports • Banking Risk Measurement and Management • Asset Liability Management • Enterprise Risk Management in Banks • Stress Testing of Banks • Evaluation of Bank Performance • Credit Creation and Monetary Policy • Theory and Practice of Bank Regulation • Bank Failures and Banking Crises • Disruptive Fintech and Banking • Sustainable, Responsible, and Ethical Banking

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Description Lectures, classes (with exercises).

Wider reading or practice40
Follow-up work11
Preparation for scheduled sessions40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Casu, Barbara, Claudia Girardone and Philip Molyneux (2015). Introduction to Banking. 

Mishkin (2014). Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets. 

Mathews, Kent and Thompson, John (2014). The Economics of Banking. 

Saunders, Anthony and Marcia Millon Cornett (2018). Financial Institutions Management: A Risk Management Approach. 

Mishkin, Frederic and Eakins, Stanley (2018). Financial Markets and Institutions. 

Goddard, John and John Wilson (2016). Banking- A Very short Introduction. 



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: ECON1001 or ECON1003 or ECON1009


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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