Our Finance MSc teaches you advanced knowledge and skills in financial markets and institutions. You'll learn how they function and interact with the real economy.
Worldwide growth in the financial services sector has furthered the demand for students with specialist skills and competencies in finance.
Our course is responsive to trends and issues in global financial markets and services. It features compulsory modules in financial theory and corporate policy. It also includes optional modules on financial markets, financial institutions and applied empirical methods in finance. It is closely related to our Banking and Finance MSc.
What you'll learn
Your studies will include financial markets and institutions and the management of asset-specific, company and country risk. We'll teach you how to analyse their roles within the international financial system.
The course will develop your understanding of the key financial principles and theories. You'll also improve your existing IT and research skills, which employers value in this competitive sector.
You'll understand and analyse international financial markets, institutions and the strategies of investors. We'll encourage you to engage with contemporary debates on important issues related to the operation of financial markets and institutions. You will learn about the types and function of financial markets such as stock, bond, foreign exchange and derivative markets.
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'll use these for your empirical projects in applied econometrics as well as your final dissertation.
On completion of the course you will be able to:
- apply appropriate econometric and computational techniques in the area of finance
- show advanced capability with some econometric and computational techniques
- critically analyse the results generated by these techniques
- synthesise and present relevant data, conclusions and recommendations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
- apply knowledge, skills and understanding to complex issues within the finance and related industries
Course recognition by professional bodies
CFA Institute's University Recognition Program
This course is part of the CFA Institute's University Recognition Program. This means that our degree course(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). We provide a solid grounding in the CBOK which will position you well to sit the CFA exams.
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.
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 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.
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).
Chartered Banker Institute
We are a Chartered Banker Institute Centre of Excellence. We are one of only 8 centres globally to have this status. This course has a Chartered Banker pathway so you can achieve the Associated or full Member status of the Chartered Banker Institute. Membership forms a solid base for a successful career in banking and financial services.
The course is modular, with taught modules from October to May and a final dissertation project from June to September.
Guest lectures by practitioners and policy makers on this 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.
Research led teaching
This course builds on our established research strengths in finance and economics:
Profiles of academic staff who teach on the course:
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
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 will also take optional modules to a value of 50 credits, of which at least 10 credits must be taken in semester 1 and at least 20 credits must be taken in Semester 2. You can choose from the following:
- NBS8018 International Money and Banking
- NBS8187 Time-Series Econometrics
- NBS8200 Behavioural Finance
- NBS8201 Risk Modelling
- NBS8203 Retail and Investment Banking
- NBS8249 International Finance
- NBS8259 Cross Sectional and Panel Econometrics
- NBS8335 Corporate Finance
- NBS8336 Portfolio Management
- NBS8337 Economics of Commodity Markets
- NBS8340 Introduction to Financial Reporting
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 are motivated to pursue a career in:
- investment banking
- financial research
- financial trading
Events and networking opportunities
We offer a range of extra-curricular activities to develop your skills and knowledge on financial matters. We also help you gain 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 hold many events on campus that you are welcome to join. Events are topical and provide great opportunities for you to network with:
- national and multinational organisations
Graduates from the course have undertaken various roles including:
- Chartered Financial Analyst
- Financial Trader
- Risk Analyst
- Chief Financial Officer
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: £7,200
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £19,200
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Your transcripts need need to show an understanding of:
- basic calculus
- probability theory
- statistical inference
You can use your personal statement to show your mathematical knowledge if it is not clear from your transcripts.
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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.
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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.