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 the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the course provides you with nine exemptions from the following professional examination papers:
- Papers F1-F3 (on completion), F7 Financial Reporting (linked to Accounting for Analysts), F9 Financial Management (linked to International Finance and Capital Markets and Corporate Strategy and Valuation) from ACCA
- Paper 1 Financial Accounting 1, Paper 2 Business Economics and Paper 11 Financial Accounting 2 from AIA
Read about our exemptions on the Newcastle University Business School site.
This course is modular, comprising 180 credits.
Practitioner and research-led teaching
Profiles of academic staff teaching on this course:
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
- NBS8001 International Finance and Capital Markets
- NBS8002 Techniques for Data Analysis
- NBS8003 Financial Information Analysis
- NBS8004 Dissertation (Analyst Report)
- NBS8005 Corporate Strategy and Valuation
- NBS8006 Accounting for Analysts
Part‐time candidates shall study the modules in an order to be agreed by the Degree Programme Director.
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.
Graduates from the course have undertaken various roles including:
- Financial Trader
- Risk Analyst
- Finance Officer
- Equity Analyst
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 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
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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.
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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.
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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.