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MSc Financial Compliance and Governance

Award MSc Financial Compliance and Governance
Locations London / Berlin
1 Year or 18 months with work placement
Next Start London: September 2020
  Berlin: April 2020, July 2020, September 2020
Course Fees
London: £17,000 (UK/EU/International)
  Berlin: €19,250 (UK/EU/International)
  Further information on course fees

This course delivers a cutting edge, comprehensive knowledge of financial markets and instruments, regulations and compliance in the financial services industry sector. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be fully prepared to become a key player in the roles of global audit and compliance coordination, corporate social responsibility and ethics management, security and compliance management, risk management functions as well as in a variety of front office roles in all types of financial institutions.

The programme commences with modules providing a comprehensive introduction to the financial services industry. You will gain an in-depth understanding of financial markets and trading instruments and the changing place of financial institutions in the global economy. The syllabus also explores broader global economic environment and its influence on financial markets and regulation. 

During the core modules, you will study various threats and risks faced by financial institutions and the role of the compliance function in to identify and combat them. You will examine the main attributes of a successful compliance culture within an organization and its overall importance. 

You will gain knowledge of financial reforms processes and a deeper understanding of the related legal issues as the course explores international regulatory bodies, rules and directives. Such concepts as management of the financial crime risks, cybersecurity, business ethics & integrity and money laundering will be studied in detail. 

The programme encourages students to look not only at regulations and compliance functions but also at other risks faced by financial institutions including market, credit and liquidity risks in light of the Basel accord, thus delivering a comprehensive knowledge of compliance and risk management synergies. 

Real life examples, case studies and class discussions facilitate hands-on understanding of the challenges and solutions in the governance, compliance and financial risk management space.

Our location in the heart of the City of London will enable you to meet senior bankers and finance professionals as they participate in regular teaching and think-tank sessions.

Through our partnership with GISMA Business School, this course is also available to study in Berlin. For further details, visit


You can expand your study experience by rotating across our campus locations in London and Berlin. During your time at ULaw Business School, you can complete modules at alternative campus locations, returning to your ‘home’ campus to complete your final module. Visa restrictions and study conditions may apply, however you are supported throughout the rotation process. Contact us for more information about the Global Rotation option.


This Master’s degree is ideal for those interested in switching to or progressing within a career in financial compliance and governance. 


Students will study for one year, which is divided into two semesters and the summer period for the dissertation. Students will study four modules, each worth 30 credits; and another module worth 60 credits, totalling 180 credits.

The course will cover the following modules:

  • Financial Markets, Analysis and Analytics (30)
  • Global Financial Regulation and Governance (30)
  • Risk Management and Compliance under Basel Accord (30 credits)
  • Digital Financial Crime, AML and Cyber Security (30 credits)
  • Research Methods and Research Based Output (60 credits)

Students who graduate from this degree may consider the following options if they wish to continue their studies:

  • PhD
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Other professional accounting qualifications

Postgraduate Work Placements

To find out more about the postgraduate work placements available as part of this programme please see our Frequently Asked Question’s here

Awards and Bursaries

We have a range of Bursaries and Awards available to provide financial support to this course. For more information please visit our Scholarships page.



The programme is delivered in an interactive way with a real-world focus, preparing you for the dynamic business environment you will face after you graduate. Learning takes places both in and outside the classroom environment, traditional lectures and workshops are combined with a wealth of online resources to ensure that you get the most out of the programme. Face-to-face learning is supported by online resources, including the Financial Times, case studies, simulations, learning videos, reading materials, online testing and feedback. For each 30 credit module, there will be a three hour workshop.

Through our partnership with GISMA Business School, this course is available to study on campus in Berlin. Learning inside the classroom and beyond, this postgraduate degree has a real-world focus, preparing you for the dynamic business environment you will face after your graduation.

Traditional lectures and workshops are combined with a wealth of online resources to ensure that you get the most out of the programme. You will benefit from access to case studies, online testing, video content and more. You will also receive all core textbooks free of charge and will be supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, Elite.

Students will be assessed in a number of ways, including assignments, presentations and examinations.

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