Business Economics MA(SocSci)

Economics of Banking ECON4071

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course instructs students to analyse the various issues faced by banks in terms of liquidity and profitability, risks as well as the challenges for bank regulation.


Lectures: 10 x 2-hour lectures

1 x 1 hour revision lecture outwith normal hours.

Excluded Courses





ILO (covered)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The main aims of this course are to:

■ Impart knowledge about the theoretical and empirical analysis about the banking sector on the various issues faced by banks such as liquidity, profitability, risks as well as the challenges for bank regulation.

■ Train students to analyse the various issues faced by the banks and its regulators and critiquing these models.

■ Equip students with the ability to identify the problems faced by the banking industry and discuss possible solutions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will:

1. display knowledge of the theoretical models that can explain issues faced by the banking industry and empirical studies which complement these.

2. conduct critical analysis of theoretical and empirical models that explain issues faced by the banking industry.

3. identify problems and the effectiveness of existing policies related to the banking industry.

4. carry out independent research using academic literature and examples of events to critically analyse a contemporary issue in the banking industry. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.