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MANG3009 International Banking

Module Overview

International Banking is at the heart of the global financial system. This module strides to link 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. In addition, 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 September 15th 2008 when Lehman Brothers Investment Bank collapsed in New York. Finally, this module covers how to measure bank performance and looks in detail at the case for international banking regulation.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to give you grounding in the theory and practice of financial intermediation and of international banking. The module introduces you to the foundations of financial intermediation theory and provides a holistic overview about the markets which financial intermediaries operate in. The module exposes you to regulation and why banks are monitored and supervised by regulatory authorities. Finally, the module discusses the different types of risks faced by banks and how these risks can be measured and managed.

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.


Week 1 - Theories of Financial Intermediation. Week 2 - Banks’ balance sheet and income statement. Week 3 - Risks in Banking. Week 4 - Credit risk analysis. Week 5 - Balance Sheet Management: Liquidity risk & Interest rate risk. Week 6 - Analysing Bank Performance. Week 7 - Capital Requirements & Securitisation. Week 8 - Banking and Financial Regulation. Week 9 -The Theory of Central Banking. Week 10 - Banking Crises. Weeks 11 &12 - Review Sessions.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Description Lectures, classes (with exercises).

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

Resources & Reading list

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

Mathews, Kent and Thompson, John (2008). The Economics of Banking. 

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

Mishkin, Frederic and Eakins, Stanley (2006). Financial Markets and Institutions. 

Saunders, Anthony and Marcia Millon Cornett (2006). Financial Institutions Management: A Risk Management Approach. 



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (45 minutes) 30%
Examination  (2 hours) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 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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