Centres of Excellence

In 2015, the Institute decided to formally recognise the high standards of degree education available for banking and related topics, through the development of the ‘Centres of Excellence’ initiative. A number of the UK’s world-class universities are offering banking-related programmes that provide an excellent fit against the characteristics defined by qualified membership with the Institute. By working to enhance the links between the Institute and academic institutions, we are seeking to help potential banking leaders of the future to develop and maintain high standards of professional competence and an appreciation of conduct issues.
The Institute has historically enjoyed strong relationships with a number of UK Universities. It has a well-established track record of blending academic and professional education and, in particular, has developed a number of arrangements to recognise banking and finance related degree programmes for further study, or specific membership grades with the Institute. 

Bangor Logo Bangor Business School is a leading teaching and research focused business school offering a full range of disciplines from undergraduate to doctoral level. The School is consistently ranked amongst the world’s top 25 institutions for Banking research (RePEc, as of  May 2017). Our relationship with Bangor Business School has led to the unique and innovative Chartered Banker MBA. As a leading research organisation specialising in the banking sector our members also benefit from articles, events and other resources developed by the Bangor team. As a Chartered Banker Centre of Excellence, we have accredited their MA and MSc Banking and Finance Programmes, along with the Chartered Banker MBA


Edinburgh LogoUniversity of Edinburgh Business School enjoys a long tradition of teaching and research. The School offers undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA and executive development programmes in business and management and provides a platform for research, discussion and debate on a wide range of business issues. University of Edinburgh Business School produces theory-led, practical research that addresses challenges faced by businesses, public organisations, regulatory bodies, and policy-makers. Its MSc Banking and Risk Programme is accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute. 


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The University of Exeter Business School is recognised as one of the UK’s leading centres of business education and research, bringing together inspirational and internationally-respected business academics and students from around the world in an environment that combines historical and intellectual heritage with modern facilities.
The MSc in Finance and Marketing combines Exeter’s long tradition of excellent research-based finance teaching with a range of innovative marketing modules. Designed for UK and international students alike, this cutting-edge programme will ensure students are well placed to obtain a position in financial services, marketing or at the interface between the two. 


Leeds Logo Leeds University Business School is one of the leading business and management institutions, producing and disseminating high quality research, which increases knowledge, skills and understanding. As a business school, Leeds endeavours to enable individuals to develop their academic potential, their employability, their global and cultural insight and their ethical awareness to enhance their potential to benefit business and society. The Chartered Banker Institute has accredited their MSc in Banking and International Finance programme.

UoLThe University of Liverpool in London was the first non-London based Russell Group university to open a campus in London. This Centre of Excellence is in the heart of the city’s financial district offering innovative, professionally-focussed postgraduate teaching. 
The MSc Banking and Finance is accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute and is designed to equip students with a thorough understanding of the complex and rapidly changing areas of banking and financial markets. This programme develops the expertise needed for a broad range of careers in the finance and banking sectors.

Newcastle UniNewcastle University Business Schoolversity Business School is a hub of academic excellence and world-leading research and have been ranked 14th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) out of 101 other UK universities. The Business School holds a portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, which hold a strong international focus and are regularly being updated to give students the latest professional and research knowledge, along with the best possible learning experience. The Chartered Banker Institute has accredited its: Banking and Finance MScFinance MSc, Quantitative Finance and Risk Management MSc.


Nottingham Logo Nottingham University Business School has a unique, tri-campus presence in the UK, China and Malaysia and is EQUIS and AMBA accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs – the world’s leading accrediting bodies for business schools. Nottingham specialises in developing leadership potential, encouraging innovation and enterprise, and developing a global outlook in its students, partners, and faculty. The Chartered Banker Institute has accredited its MSc Banking and Finance.