3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020364GNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Economic & Social Sciences & Solvay BS
ES Academische eenheid
Educational team
Freddy Van Den Spiegel (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
21 contact hours Lecture
Course Content

Part I: the general framework of banking

  • Money and central banks
  • Regulation and supervision of markets and banks
  • International financial institutions and their role (IMF, BIS, world bank)

Part II: financial intermediation

  • Characteristics of banking versus the market financial intermediation
  • Financial intermediaries and their characteristics
  • Introduction to bank management

Part III: financial markets

  • Organisation of financial markets
  • Types of financial instruments and how they function


Additional info


Learning Outcomes

General competences

  • Understand the role of money and central banks in the global economy
  • Understand how commercial banks function in a global economy,
  • Understand the functioning and role of financial instruments and international financial markets



The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Written Exam with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation


Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business: Standaard traject