Finance, Accounting and Business Graduate Diploma

9 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,750
International: full time £10,495

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme is aimed at new and recent graduates from the UK and overseas who are interested in a career in accountancy or who want to improve their employability by developing a good understanding of finance, accounting and business.

Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of the Graduate Diploma and the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales(ICAEW) Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business. This programme provides credit for seven of the 15 professional papers required to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. The accountancy profession recruits approximately 5,000 graduates annually via ICAEW qualification.

Through the programme you will:

• develop an advanced understanding of UK financial reporting, taxation of income and capital gains, tax planning, the principles of VAT and UK commercial and company law
• appreciate the impact of International Accounting Standards on UK financial reporting
• develop an understanding of business and financial strategy and decision making
• develop a portfolio of employment related skills.

This programme builds on the School’s established strengths in accounting and finance and is closely related to the School’s other accounting programmes, offering you access to great expertise and experience.


Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:

Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold this triple crown and we are one of only 20 to have these accreditations in the UK.

Our accreditations reflect the investments we make for our students through providing a high quality teaching environment, innovative programming and active engagement with industry.


Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

A second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject. Evidence of mathematical ability is required, although no prior experience of accounting or finance is needed.

Applicants whose first language is not English normally require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-sections), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Ellen Arkless
Newcastle University Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1503

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Finance and Accounting.

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