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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Economics


MSc Banking & Finance

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About the Programme

The M.Sc. Banking and Finance provides exposure to advanced banking and finance concepts, knowledge and skills, which are academically rigorous and offer practical application in the workplace, in a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector.  The programme seeks to develop a formally trained cadre of banking and finance industry professionals, specifically targeting persons who desire formal academic qualifications to bolster their work experience and advance their technical competencies.

What Will I Study?

  • To develop well - rounded professionals who have a sound and comprehensive knowledge of critical issues important in the banking and financial services sector as well as in the general business environment.
  • To enable students to develop knowledge and skills in specialist areas, such as Real Estate and Corporate Finance.
  • To develop advanced capacity for critical analysis and research, and to enhance the technological culture of the financial community.


The Department of Economics specialises in a wide range of research. Please click here for more details. 

Career Opportunities

  • Financial Trader
  • Fund Manager
  • Financial Economist
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Auditor
  • Risk Analyst

Why Study in Barbados

The Department of Economics at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, plays a key role in training the next generation of decision-makers. The Department’s teaching incorporates local, regional and international perspectives and has a global reach.  According to RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), the Department of Economics is ranked in the top 10% of Economic Institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Many former students in the Department have gone on to pursue careers in finance (e.g. commercial banks, international banks, finance companies), to name a few. Additionally, careers can also be found in industry, government and international financial institutions, (Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, International Monetary Fund) among others.  As part of The UWI's effort to build our ideal graduate, The UWI provides an international learning experience for our students.

The excellent teaching we provide, coupled with our beautiful environment and our warm and friendly people, the Department of Economics at Cave Hill Campus, truly makes students consider us a home away from home.

Additional Information

Regulations for the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Taught Masters Scholarships can be found at the following link:

For more information on the Postgraduate Scholarships. Please click the links below.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: Full time: 15 – 18 months; Part Time: 24 – 30 months


Programme Details

The programme will consist of seven (7) core courses (3 credits each) covering the basic tools and techniques required by all Banking and Finance specialists, followed by a subset of approved electives (3 credits each) allowing for some level of concentration in a particular field of Banking and Finance. Students have the option of replacing two electives with a practicum (6 credits) at a relevant institution, which would allow students to utilize the theoretical skills acquired during the programme. Students also can opt to produce a research paper (9 credits), which will allow students to conceptualize and implement a research project. Alternatively, students can replace the research paper with three electives (3 credits each). Taken together, a total of forty-five (45) credits is needed to complete the degree.

For more programme information please click here.

For all Postgraduate financial information. Please click here.

For all entry requirements information. Please click here.

To read more about research and publications. Please click here.