Banking and Finance MSc

Course code: 5148F

Full time:12 months

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Our Banking and Finance MSc provides you with an opportunity to understand and critically analyse the role of banking within international financial markets and the operations of both commercial and investment banks, notably the management of asset-specific, company and country risk.

You will develop a contemporary empirical understanding of the behaviour of international financial markets, alongside providing you with the IT and research skills required by employers in this highly competitive sector. In addition, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key principles and theories of banking and finance.

Worldwide growth in the financial services sector has increased the demand for students with specialist skills and
competencies in banking and finance. This course responds to this market demand and covers emerging trends and issues in the global financial services industries and features compulsory modules in central, retail and investment banking.

You will explore and apply theoretical frameworks in economics and finance, used by practitioners to interpret stylised facts in financial markets and behaviour of financial intermediaries. You will have access to state-of-the-art statistical software including Stata, MATLAB, Bloomberg and Thompson Financial’s DataStream. You will use these for your empirical projects in applied econometrics as well as your final dissertation.

The course builds on the School’s established research strengths in finance and economics with teaching informed by the Finance and Financial Economics and Macroeconomic Analysis and Applications research groups.

Your development

On completion of this course, you will develop relevant skills and a practical understanding of:

  • the role of banks in modern economies
  • the operational behaviour of banks, financial markets and various types of
  • contemporary debates in international financial markets
  • empirical modelling techniques


Career focus

  • A sample of job titles our graduates now hold include: Fund Manager / Relationship Manager / Accountant / Financial Trader / Auditor / Risk Manager / Risk Analyst
  • A sample of employers who our graduates now work for include: China Construction Bank / HSBC / Oracle /
    Santander / KPMG / PwC


Professional recognition

  • This course has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides you with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions you well to sit for the CFA exams, if this is the career direction you want to pursue.


Guest lectures on the course complement the study of theoretical frameworks with an analysis of the most recent trends in financial markets and banking industries and provide an overview of the available opportunities within the financial sector. A list of some of the past guest speakers is provided here:

+ Edward Courtat


Edward Courtat

Edward Courtat

Edward has a wide experience in banking and the financial industry. He worked for over four years for JP Morgan Private Bank in Switzerland where he started as a specialist in derivatives and structured products before transferring into a business reporting function. He was closely involved in assessing and reinforcing operational controls as a response to the new regulatory framework. He held previous positions at BGC Partners in Paris as client relationship officer and senior financial consultant in Germany as specialist on Basel regulations. Edward recently started as a senior financial analyst in Berlin for a leading company in digital services operating worldwide. Edward is a graduate of the Newcastle University Business School where he gained his MSc in Finance awarded with the best dissertation in 2010.

+ Ricardo De Sousa, ING Luxembourg


Ricardo de Sousa

Ricardo de Sousa

Ricardo is currently working for ING Luxembourg as a Private Banker/Wealth Manager. He is in charge of the niche market of Ultra High Net-worth Individuals. Previously, he had worked for J.P. Morgan AM as Analyst for 2 years and for Credit Suisse AM. Ricardo graduated in 2010 with a MSc in International Economics & Finance from the Newcastle University Business School.

+ Ingo Stegmaier, Associate Director of UBS Deutschland


Ingo Stegmaier

Ingo is Associate Director of UBS Deutschland. He held previous positions at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management where he had worked for more than 3 years, as well as HSBC and Geneve Invest. Ingo is a graduate of the Newcastle University Business School where he gained his MSc in Finance in 2010.

+ Kevin Southwood, Company Director


Kevin Southwood

Kevin Southwood

Kevin is a company director with over 25-year senior level experience. He has been the executive board director of two large UK banks. Kevin has been a lecturer at many UK Business Schools including London, Manchester, Northumbria and Newcastle and he is also the former National Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Newcastle. He has experience in floating both large PLC as well as small internet-based companies.

+ Mark Smyth, Sainsbury's Bank


Mark Smyth

Mark Smyth

Mark has a wide range of experience in banking and financial services. He worked for over ten years at the Royal Bank of Scotland, starting as an economic adviser before transferring into its risk management. He was closely involved in establishing the bank’s risk appetite framework, designed to learn the lessons from the crisis and to place it on a sustainable footing. Mark has recently joined Sainsbury’s Bank, the financial services arm of the supermarket group, where he is responsible for drafting and embedding the bank’s Recovery and Resolution Plan.

Mark started his career working as an economist for the UK government (Department of Transport) and also worked as an adviser to the International Air Transport Association. He holds a BA and MSc in Economics, and has recently completed his MBA.

+ Nick Swales, Regional Director of Rathbone Brothers


Nick Swales

Nick Swales

Nick started his career at Wise Speke. Before joining Rathbones, he had spent eight years at UBS where he became an executive director and head of the Newcastle office.

As well as gaining a degree from Newcastle University, Nick holds the Chartered Institute for Securities (CISI) Diploma. He is a Chartered Fellow and a Board Director of the CISI. In addition, Nick holds the Financial Planning Certificate (FPC) level 1, 2 and 3 and he has significant experience in managing private client, trust, offshore, pension fund and charity portfolios. Nick is Chairman of the Percy Hedley Foundation, a large charity in the North East of England providing educational, vocational and residential care opportunities for disabled people; a trustee of both the Newcastle University Retirement Benefit Fund and the University’s Development Trust.

+ Scott Farnetti, Portfolio Manager Barclays Wealth and Investment Management


Scott Farnetti

Scott Farnetti

Scott works as Portfolio Manager for Barclays Wealth & Investment Management in London, having joined in 2013. He manages discretionary investment portfolios across multiple asset classes for a variety of investment mandates and clients. He is also a member of Barclay’s UK Equity and Alternative Investments committees. Scott started his career in 2006 as an equity analyst for an investment trust boutique in Edinburgh, Blue Planet Investment Management. In 2007 he moved to Brewin Dolphin where he was an Assistant Director specialising in managing portfolios for charities and corporate pension funds. Scott is a graduate of Newcastle University with a degree in Economics and a Masters postgraduate degree in International Financial Analysis. Professionally, he is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Charterholder and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments in the UK.



+Christopher Clarke


Christopher Clarke

Christopher Clarke

Chris has 27 years’ experience in trading Global Financial markets. He is currently an FCA regulated Investment Manager and Managing Partner at Lawrence Clarke Investment Management LLP [LCIM LLP] – A systematic Managed Futures Investment Firm / Commodity Trading Advisor. LCIM LLP trades in over 100 Global Futures, FX and Commodity Markets.
Prior to this Chris had a successful 11 year career in Investment banking as a Senior Trader / Risk Taker in Global FX and Futures Markets. The highlight of this period was a 5 year stint as Executive Director at Goldman Sachs. Chris also undertook roles at Deutsche Bank , Bankers Trust NYC and Nat West Global Financial Markets.
Chris specialises not only in execution and trading in Global financial markets , but also in developing robust systematic models for trading Global Markets.



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