International Banking

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
20 November 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC N390 Banking and Finance,
BSC N391 Banking and Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N392 Banking and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH90 Banking and Finance (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module provides a good grasp of both the strategic drivers of international banks and selected aspects of the activities of international banking firms. The topics covered include international banking regulation, failures and crises, international banking activities and services, and comparative banking.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide students with a good knowledge of international banking institutions and markets.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the main functions, structural and performance features of international banks.

  2. Evaluate critically the main theories, activities, and strategies in international banking.

  3. Assess the structure and trends of the banking markets around the world.

  4. Appraise current competitive trends and risks affecting international banks.

  5. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge as to why international banks need regulation and assess the regulatory responses in light of the recent banking crises.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

This module will help students develop a range of transferable skills that will be useful in their future professional life, including:

  1. Ability to critically evaluate best practices and regulation compliance in international banking services.

  2. Ability to draw implications for the improvement of practice from contemporary thinking in international banking.

  3. Ability to identify and critically reflect on methods, processes, and outcomes in international banking.

  4. Analytical skills.

  5. Research skills.

  6. Critical thinking.

  7. W.ritten communication skills

Module information

Specifically the topics covered include the kinds, functions and strategic drivers of international banks (including international commercial, investment, retail and private banking) and the main features of international banking markets and offshore financial centres. Special attention will be given to the topics of risks and the need and role of international banking regulation, banking crises, and emerging trends.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour lecture per week.
  • One 1-hour class per fortnight.
  • One revision session in the summer term.

Students are expected to do relevant reading and preparation before the lecture. It is strongly recommended that students also do additional reading to supplement the lecture material.

The classes will be organised in tutorial groups. Students are expected to always go to the same tutorial group.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   TEST     
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
30% 70%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Konstantinos Baltas, email:
Dr Konstantinos Baltas and Dr Chiara Banti



External examiner

Dr Hf Guo
University of Durham
Assistant Professor in Finance
Available via Moodle
Of 14 hours, 14 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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