Our Banking and Finance MSc provides you with the skills and expertise to pursue a career in the banking and financial market industries.
About this course
Worldwide growth in the financial services sector has increased the demand for professionals with specialist skills and competencies in banking and finance. This course is responsive to trends and issues in global financial services industries.
It features topics including:
- retail banking
- investment banking
- investment management
- central banking
What you'll learnWhat you'll learn
We will teach you how retail and investment banks function within financial markets. You'll also understand the role of other financial intermediaries.
You will study and apply theoretical frameworks in economics and finance. The course will also encourage you to engage with contemporary debates on issues related to financial markets and institutions.
We will provide you with the opportunity to understand and critically analyse:
- the role of commercial and investment banks within international financial markets
- the functioning of financial markets
- a wide range of investment management topics
Where possible you will have access to advanced statistical software including:
You will also have access to a number of financial databases including:
- Thompson Financial's DataStream
You will use these for your empirical projects in applied econometrics as well as your final dissertation.
Your developmentYour development
On completion of this course, you will develop relevant skills and a practical understanding of:
- the role of retail and investment banks in modern economies
- the operational behaviour of banks, financial markets and investors
- contemporary debates in international financial markets
- empirical modelling techniques in the areas of economics and finance
- how to synthesise and present relevant data, conclusions and recommendations
Recognition by professional bodiesRecognition by professional bodies
CFA Institute's University Recognition Program
Get ahead with your studies towards the CFA examinations. We are part of the CFA Institute's University Affiliation Program, which means that our courses incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK).As a student on this course, you might be eligible for a CFA scholarship. This would entitle you to reduced CFA exam fees, including accompanying relevant materials.
Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI)
You have an opportunity to become a CISI member free of charge. Our partner status make sure you will be well prepared to sit the CISI Level 6 Financial Markets exam, as well as for your future career in investment and wealth management.You will also benefit from our status as a Chartered CISI Partner University. The CISI is a leading international professional body for securities, investment, wealth and financial planning. You will
Chartered Banker Institute
Benefit from our Chartered Banker Institute Centre of Excellence status. This course has a Chartered Banker pathway so you can achieve the Associated or full Member status of the Chartered Banker Institute.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Students who pass the exam in our module NBS8340: Introduction to Financial Reporting will be exempted from the CIMA examination in BA3: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (part of CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting).
Professional recognitions and accreditations are subject to revision.
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
Professional recognitions and accreditations are subject to revision.
Our staffOur staff
This course is delivered by a mix of highly experienced and prominent academics.
The course builds on our established research strengths in finance and economics:
View profiles of the module leaders for this course:
This course offers a wide selection of modules spanning from banking to portfolio management.
Guest lectures on the course complement the study of theoretical frameworks. These lectures analyse the most recent trends in financial markets and banking industries. They also provide an overview of the available opportunities within the financial sector.
You can view the profiles of some of our previous guest lecturers to get an idea of what we offer.
Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 93 nationalities. Our location and modern design creates a dynamic centre point for a valuable network of:
- regional, national and international thought leaders
- leading professions
Our facilities provide:
- a flexible and dedicated conference suite with panoramic views across the city
- Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing approximately 120 PCs
- four large lecture theatres and 21 seminar rooms, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
- a dedicated Hub and Base providing a balanced mix of study space and relaxation areas
- a contemporary café
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You take optional modules to the value of between 30 and 40 credits, of which at least 10 credits must be taken in semester 1 and at least 10 credits must be taken in semester 2, from the following list:
- NBS8018 International Money and Banking
- NBS8187 Time-Series Econometrics
- NBS8201 Risk Modelling
- NBS8219 Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Money Laundering and Financial Crime
- NBS8249 International Finance
- NBS8335 Corporate Finance
- NBS8336 Portfolio Management
- NBS8340 Introduction to Financial Reporting
You can take a maximum of 10 credits from the following modules in order to make up 180 credits in total, subject to availability and timetable constraints:
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.
This course will suit you if you're motivated to pursue one of the following careers:
- banker in retail and investment banks
- financial trader, financial analyst or risk manager in financial institutions
- economist in private and government organisations
Events and networking opportunities
We offer a wide range of extra activities to help develop your skills and expand your knowledge of financial matters. They will also give you insights into different roles in the financial industry and boost your employability. This includes training on financial trading delivered with Amplify Trading, as well as the CFA annual global investment challenge.
Throughout the academic year we also hold many events on campus that you are welcome to join. They are topical and provide great opportunities for you to network with:
- national and multinational organisations
Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Trader
- Fund Manager
- Financial Economist
- Chief Financial Officer
- Risk Analyst
Some graduates have gone on to do research in this area. At Newcastle, we offer PhD programmes in:
Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.
Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.
Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time: £9,810
Full time: £9,810
Full time: £20,970
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent. You also need to show a firm grasp of:
- basic calculus
- probability theory
- statistical inference
If this is not evident from your transcripts, please use your personal statement to give details of your mathematical knowledge.
We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have a 2:2 honours degree and substantial, relevant, professional experience.
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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
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
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.