Bank Treasury Risk Management (BTRM)

The Global Standard in Bank Asset-Liability Management

BTRM is 6 months part time course designed to empower professionals working in bank risk management and asset-liability management (ALM). BTRM is the only bank treasury qualification. It covers treasury, finance and risk and all the aspects of ALM and liquidity management. BTRM believes in empowering students with the most appropriate tools and techniques used in real world by banks. This gives the students an edge while contributing to overall enhancement of the individual’s professional qualifications.


  • Graduate-level professional qualification
  • Lectures streamed live over the internet and recorded
  • Developed and taught by highly experienced practitioners
  • Faculties are all specialists from bank ALM and Treasury risk management
  • Access to all materials, books, lectures, webinars and master classes in perpetuity

Asset-Liability Management

ALM is at the core of banking comprising of measuring, monitoring and managing the market risk of a bank. It is a comprehensive and dynamic framework for management of structure of balance sheet (liabilities and assets) in a way that the net earnings from interest are maximized within the overall risk-preference of institutions.

Risk Management in Banks

Since the global financial crash, risk has been studied specifically. Risk is one of those concepts which do not have a universal definition. Managing risk gives any bank a competitive edge. A bank can take calculated risks, anticipate adverse changes and protect itself from such changes.

Treasury Management in Banks

Funds and revenue which are at the disposal of the bank along with data-to-day management of these funds is referred to as Treasury. It is the custodian of cash and other liquid assets. Managing risk within the acceptable level and profitably consolidating funds of the bank is called Treasury Management. The Treasury of a bank is a window through which funds are raised or placed for its operations.

Programme Delivery

The BTRM Programme consists of 5 modules covering various aspects of ALM and liquidity risk management.

  1. Module One – Consists of balance sheet risk management
  2. Module Two – ALM operating model and governance
  3. Module Three – Strategic ALM and financial markets
  4. Module Four – Bank liquidity risk management
  5. Module Five – Bank capital management

Along with the above mentioned modules, there one more optional module – Diploma Module; wherein there is a dissertation project, satisfactory completion of which confers the award of Diploma in BTRM.

  • Teaching hours: 66 (22 weekly lectures x 3 hours)
  • Total learning hours: 301 (including 235 hours self-directed learning)
  • Equivalent to 30 credits

Course Textbooks

This programme begins with a primer on bank balance sheet risk, enabling all students to pace up on the introductory aspects of bank ALM. As study material students receive set of text books for reference.

Course Syllabus

BTRM has an extensive syllabus which starts with a primer on banking. The primer covers core principles of bank balance sheet risk management. The purpose of this primer is give students the much necessary level of understanding of bank ALM and role of bank Treasury.

Fee Structure

There are 3 payment options,

  1. Pay full amount
  2. 50% on registration and 50% in week 20
  3. Pay £1000 on registration, 50% of remaining balance at week 11 and the final 50% in week 22


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BTRM Designer and Founder

Moorad Choudhry

Moorad Choudhry

Professor Moorad Choudhry is at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Brunel University. He is also Honorary Professor at Kent University Business School and Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London.

Moorad has over 25 years experience in investment banking in the City of London and was latterly Treasurer, Williams & Glyn plc at The Royal Bank of Scotland. Prior to that he was Head of Treasury at RBS Corporate Banking, Head of Treasury at Europe Arab Bank, Head of Treasury at KBC Financial Products and vice-president in structured finance services at JPMorgan Chase Bank.

Moorad is Founder of the Professor Moorad Choudhry Scholarship at the University of Westminster, awarded every 3 years to two undergraduate students at Westminster Business School.

The BTRM Faculty

Abukar Ali

Abukar Ali

Abukar Ali is a financial engineering professional with extensive experience in derivatives and structured finance. During a 14-year career at Bloomberg LP he was responsible for developing a wide range of analytics capabilities, including several well-known pages on the Bloomberg system used for FX Options pricing and valuation.

Abukar holds the MSc in Mathematics and Statistics from Birkbeck, University of London and is also the holder of the CQF and PRM professional designations.

Edward Bace

Edward Bace

Edward Bace is a finance professional specialising in credit and liquidity risk. He is an advisor to the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), where he is involved in professional finance qualifications. He lectures at Middlesex University Business School’s Accounting & Finance Department, teaching graduate and undergraduate finance, banking and economics programmes.

Dr. Bace has been a banking and credit risk professional for many years in New York and London, and served as Head of Education for the CFA Institute in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He serves on Academic Editorial Panels for the CISI and IISES, and on PRMIA’s Ethics & Professional Standards Committee.

Edward has a University of Michigan PhD and a New York University Business School MBA. He is a CFA and a Charter Member of the CISI.

Suleman Baig

Suleman Baig

Suleman Baig has over 17 years experience in investment banking, over half of which has been in the securitisation and covered bond space.

Within the securitisation market, Suleman has executed a significant number of transactions in variety of asset classes spanning four continents. He has structured a number of market ‘firsts’ including the first ever South American covered bond (Structured Finance Deal of the Year, Latin Finance 2012).

Suleman is a board member of the European Securitisation Forum. He is currently responsible for Securitisation in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs.

He is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Polina Bardaeva

Polina Bardaeva

Polina Bardaeva graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Economics in 2007 with a Masters degree and obtained her PhD from the same institution in 2010.

During 2011-2014 she was Head of Internal Treasury at MTS Bank in Moscow, currently she is Head of Group FTP at Sberbank.

Polina is on the faculty of Moscow State University (for its Masters program) and has authored 16 publications on finance and economics.

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards is Head of Treasury at FBN Bank (UK) Ltd. He has 40 years experience in Treasury and Capital Markets.

His career began in the mid-1970s and since then he has carried out a number of roles, including Stock Jobber on the London Stock Exchange, head of a floor operation on the London Financial Futures Exchange, Head of Gilt Trading at Credit Lyonnais, Head of European Government Bonds at IBJ, Head of Government Bonds, Swaps, Swaptions and Options at Helaba and Head of Proprietary Trading at VTB.

Chris is a Certified Technician and has been a member of the Society of Technical Analysts since the mid-1980s.

Peter Eisenhardt

Peter Eisenhardt

Peter Eisenhardt is Secretary General of the International Council of Securities Associations. He has worked in treasury, money market trading, bond options trading, repo, credit, and debt origination in New York, London, and Tokyo over a 30-year career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan.

Peter was voted by industry peers to Euroweek's "Dream Team of the Global Capital Markets" in 2004. He is past chairman of the International Capital Markets Association Euro Commercial Paper Committee.

Peter holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from New York University.

Patricia Geraghty

Patricia Geraghty

Patricia Geraghty is Director of Audit for Treasury and Finance at TSB Bank in London. She is a qualified Corporate Treasurer with in-depth experience in Balance Sheet Management across a range of financial institutions from small UK to large international businesses, with over 20 years experience in Financial Services Treasury, in institutions such as Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and RBS. More recently she was Deputy Treasurer on the challenger bank buildout of Williams & Glyn plc.

Patricia has experience of diverse business environments, having worked in New York and London. She is also a Chartered Accountant, with extensive experience of balance sheet risk analysis and modelling.

Jamie Paris

Jamie Paris

Jamie Paris is Managing Director, Head of Liquidity Management and ALM at Standard Chartered Bank in London. As part of these responsibilities, he provides thought leadership on how to manage the Bank through regulatory changes and their implications on liquidity risk management.

He re-joined Standard Chartered in 2012 after 2 years at the Royal Bank of Scotland where he worked in Business Treasury, RBS Global Banking and Markets. Prior to that Jamie was at Standard Chartered for 12 years where he was Head of Regulatory Liquidity Reporting and COO ALM.

Jamie is a Fellow of the ACCA.

Engelbert Plassmann

Engelbert Plassmann

Engelbert Plassmann is Director at Commerzbank’s Treasury ALM department in Frankfurt. The department is responsible for controlling structural liquidity risk including Liquidity FTP and covers also regulatory developments relating to liquidity management.

Previously Dr Plassmann worked in several roles in former Dresdner Bank’s risk department, including market risk modelling and economic capital allocation.

Before entering banking in 2001, Engelbert pursued academic interests and earned a doctoral degree in econometrics from University of Constance, Germany.

Bruce Walker

Bruce Walker

Over a 32 year career in banking Bruce has acquired a wide range of experience; including stints in front-line roles of relationship management, leading the structuring and execution of tax deals and company sales, aviation and shipping finance, big-ticket leasing and asset finance, and non-core disposal activity.

Laterly Bruce has worked within the Treasury environment, structuring and executing large-scale balance sheet trades for secured funding and capital optimisation purposes. His most recent role was as senior manager in the embryonic Treasury unit for the RBS-divesting challenger bank, Williams and Glyn plc, where he was involved in the whole range of treasury activities building out the Bank’s Treasury function.

Chris Westcott

Chris Westcott

Chris Westcott has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry, with the majority of time spent in the field of Treasury management. He has held a range of senior positions in the Treasury functions of both Nat West and Royal Bank of Scotland in the UK. These have included divisional Treasurer roles and various project assignments, such as leading the development of an in-house securitisation capability and the integration of the ABN AMRO Treasury function post-acquisition.

In the lead-up to the implementation of CRD IV, Chris was the Basel 3 Programme Director for RBS, accountable for over-seeing the group-wide set of projects to achieve compliance with the new regulations.

Chris joined the BTRM Faculty in 2014.

Graeme Wolvaardt

Graeme Wolvaardt

Graeme is Head of Market & Liquidity Risk Control at Europe Arab Bank plc in London. In this role he is responsible for providing control oversight over market and liquidity risk issues as well as coordinating and delivering the firm's ICAAP and Recovery & Resolution Plan.

Graeme worked in product control and finance for Standard Chartered, Natwest Markets, CSFB, Commerzbank and Danske Bank before joining Europe Arab Bank in 2001. Since joining the Arab Bank Group, Graeme has worked in a senior capacity in a number of areas including Treasury, Product Control, Finance and Risk.

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