Our International Financial Analysis MSc develops an in-depth understanding of financial reporting and management in the context of the international financial environment.
The global economic crisis, high-profile banking failures and increased regulatory supervision have highlighted the importance of sound financial management and robust reporting. This course has been developed specifically to meet this need.
It provides you with quantitative and qualitative skills of analysis. You will also understand how accounting and finance expertise may be successfully combined to assess corporate performance and valuation.
The course is aimed at management, business or economics graduates, who would like to gain a more specialist knowledge of issues related to financial analysis. It is also suitable for non-business graduates with good numeracy levels who wish to develop financial skills and understanding.
The course also covers many relevant topics for those intending to study for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.
What you'll learn
You will analyse individual companies from an external perspective with substantial emphasis placed on:
- corporate strategy
You will undertake practical studies of real world data via DataStream and other industry sources, in order to develop skills in the manipulation of financial and statistical software.
Your dissertation consolidates this learning, as it takes the form of an analyst's report on a major corporation. You will prepare a report on a company of your choice, analysing financial and accounting data, strategy and corporate governance. You will conclude with a valuation of the company itself.
On completion of this course, you will be able to show practical skills and the ability to:
- deal with complex issues both systematically and analytically
- use this analysis to make sound judgements around investment management
- analyse quantitative data used for operational decision making
- critically engage with contemporary debates on financial theory
- apply, with originality and creativity, the knowledge, skills and understanding gained on the course to complex issues within the finance sector.
This course is accredited by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the course provides you with seven exemptions from the following professional examination papers:
- F1-F3 (on completion), F7 (linked to Accounting for Analysts), and F9 (linked to International Finance and Capital Markets and Corporate Strategy and Valuation) from ACCA
- Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 11 from AIA
Read about our ACCA and AIA exemptions on the Newcastle University Business School site.
Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
- Association of MBAs (AMBA)
Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold triple accreditation. Our Business School is part of this elite group and this accolade is a huge endorsement. It reflects the investments we make for our students through providing:
- a high quality teaching environment
- innovative programming
- active engagement with industry
Graduates from the course have undertaken various roles including:
- Financial Trader
- Risk Analyst
- Finance Officer
- Equity Analyst
This course is modular, comprising 180 credits.
Practitioner and research led teaching
Profiles of academic staff teaching on this course:
Modules for 2017 entry
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £19,200
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject. You also need to have a good basic level of numeracy equivalent to UK GCSE or above.
To study this course you need to meet our Band 6 English Language requirements:
Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)
If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.
Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at a minimum of 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at a minimum of 5.5, including writing)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
There is a non-refundable application fee of £50. You need to pay this before we can process your application.
To pay your application fee and make an application please visit our WebStore.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
The knowledge gained on this programme serves as a foundation for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification. There is growing demand for the CFA qualification within the world of Finance, which implies better employment prospects for graduates who have a degree related to the CFA qualification. This played an important part in my decision.
One of the key benefits of the course is its practice-oriented thesis, which takes the form of an analyst’s report on a real public company and closely resembles the work performed by actual research analysts at companies like Reuters and Bloomberg, providing the opportunity to apply knowledge and gain insight into the work of financial analysts.
The programme focuses on practical, real-life scenarios rather than taking a purely academic approach. The modules are all designed to help with the final dissertation project which involved writing an analyst’s report. The programme gave me the knowledge required to understand the world of finance.
The practical skills and methods used for financial analysis were the aspects I enjoyed most about the International Financial Analysis (IFA) programme. These have been very helpful in enabling me to develop as a financial analyst and also giving me useful insights into managing personal funds.
One of the most challenging, yet rewarding, aspects of the programme is the practice-oriented thesis, which takes the form of a commercial analyst report. It provides students with an excellent opportunity to apply knowledge and practice skills as they are developed throughout the course.
The course combined academic knowledge and practical skills which gave me a strong theoretical understanding and the ability to analyse a company’s strategy, all while considering outside economic conditions and financial performance in the real world. Developing this skillset is essential for making accurate and robust financial analysis and being able to make sound recommendations to investors.