Chartered Banker MBA

Bangor University
1-2 years
Scholarships available
Blended learning
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About this program

Chartered Banker MBA

Bangor Business School is the only institution in the world able to offer the Chartered Banker MBA, the ‘Master in Business Administration (Chartered Banker)’ degree, which is a ground-breaking qualification that allows you to gain the dual award of a top MBA and the coveted ‘Chartered Banker’ status – the highest professional award available to bankers worldwide.

‘Chartered Banker’ status is awarded by the Chartered Banker Institute, the only banking institute in the World which can confer this designation. It is committed to raising the standards of professionalism at all levels in banking and financial services, and to rebuilding public confidence and trust in banks and bankers.

For the busy professional embarking upon an MBA program, the distance learning format of the CBMBA is a key component, allowing time to study whilst pursuing your career. The Chartered Banker MBA emphasises professional and vocational development, enhancing the understanding and application of skills required in 21st century banking. This MBA experience brings together high level skills and knowledge from an internationally recognised university and centre of research excellence with the professional and managerial competencies of a world-leading professional institute dedicated to the profession of banking.

The Chartered Banker MBA (CBMBA) provides a qualification that combines everything demanded in the new, post-crisis banking environment.

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Admission requirements

Candidates are assessed on an individual basis. As an example, entry to the full program would normally require a good undergraduate degree or possession of an approved professional qualification and practical experience. Individuals who do not have a formal degree or professional qualification, but who have several years of approved management experience will also be considered. Candidates may wish to submit their CV for assessment to confirm eligibility for a specific route.

Applicants must have a high level of fluency in the English Language. An IELTS, Pearson PTE or Cambridge English Test may be requested at the discretion of the Academic Director. Where this is requested, the following minimum scores are required:


  • IELTS: overall score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5.)
  • Pearson PTE: a score of 56 (with no element lower than 51)
  • Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 169 (with no element lower than 162)

Work experience

  • Applicants should have a minimum of 3
  • years practical experience at a relevant level

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Program content

Compulsory Modules:

  • Financial Institutions Risk Management
  • Credit and Lending
  • Professional Ethics and Regulation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Managerial Economics
  • Research Methods
  • Human Resources/Organisational Behaviour

Elective Modules:

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Financial Analysis
  • New Venture Creation
  • Financial Crises and Regulation
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets and Treasury Management
  • Private Banking and Wealth Management
  • Banking Technology & FinTech
  • Financial Services Compliance
  • Retail Banking

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Full Program

The full CBMBA program comprises 8 Compulsory and 4 Elective modules for the dual accreditation of Chartered Banker MBA which is normally studied over a 24 month period.

The CBMBA may be completed in 2 years of study and with minimal disruption to your career.

Accelerated Route

Applicants with an approved professional banking or accounting qualification may be admitted to the accelerated Chartered Banker MBA route. This means that applicants are exempt from at least 4 modules. This route can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Super Accelerated Route

Applicants with a recognised postgraduate qualification such as an MBA, or its equivalent may be admitted to the Super Accelerated Route. This means applicants are eligible to study a pre-set combination of four modules over a period of 12 months to gain the dual accreditation of Chartered Banker MBA.

Suitably qualified Bankers and Accountants with Executive level experience may also be considered for this route. These will be assessed on a case by case basis.


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Key Features of the Chartered Banker MBA

  • It is a unique and innovative dual accreditation from Bangor Business School and the Chartered Banker Institute
  • Blended learning delivery - which is a combination of online and face-to-face learning, minimising time away from the office
  • Flexible study options - study on the move
  • Tailored Elective Module choices to meet your career aspirations
  • Delivery of practical and contemporary content which aids executives and managers to make sense of the holistic nature of bank management.

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Bangor University

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A Top 30 university

The Complete University Guide 2022 results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 30 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on the overall student experience.

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We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 5 in the UK (WhatUni 2022).

World-class teaching & research

Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. 85% of Bangor University's research is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021).

Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which include supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first-year students who apply by the deadline and select us as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation was rated Top 3 in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022.

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Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies. There are over 150 different ones to choose from, so you can try something new, get involved with sports, meet new friends and get out and explore the local area.


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