Our Banking and Finance degree will:
- teach you how retail and investment banks function within financial markets
- strengthen your understanding of the role of other financial intermediaries
You'll develop the skills and expertise to pursue a career in the banking and financial market industries. 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.
We have seen worldwide growth in the financial services sector. This 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.
This course will suit you if you're interested in the following careers:
- banker in retail and investment banks
- financial trader, financial analyst or risk manager
- economist in private and government organisations
You'll study and apply theoretical frameworks in economics and finance. The course will also encourage you to engage with contemporary debates. This could include issues related to financial markets and institutions.
Throughout your study, you'll also meet experts from the financial industry. You'll gain insight into the world of finance and advice on your future career.
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What 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'll 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
Advanced statistical software
Where possible you'll have access to advanced statistical software including:
You'll also have access to a number of financial databases including:
- Thompson Financial's DataStream
- ORBIS (cross-border investment)
- Bloomberg – access to Bloomberg trading terminals is available on campus only
- Thomson One Banker
- Global Financial Database
You'll use these for your empirical projects in applied econometrics as well as your final dissertation.
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MSc is a taught Master’s degree. It usually involves the study of a science-related subject. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MSc full-time over 12 months.
A Master of Science is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation or research project.
How you'll learn
This master’s degree offers you a stimulating curriculum and a supportive teaching and learning environment.
Guest lectures on the course complement the study of theoretical frameworks. These lectures:
- analyse the most recent trends in financial markets and banking industries
- provide an overview of the available opportunities within the financial sector
Due to government restrictions on social distancing, guest lectures will be delivered remotely for 2020-21.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- PC examination
- Problem-solving exercises
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
This course builds on our established research strengths in finance and economics.
It is delivered by a mix of highly experienced and prominent academics. View profiles of the module leaders for this course:
You'll 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
You'll benefit from our status as a Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner. Through self-study, you'll complete the Bloomberg Market Concepts certificate. This gives you an interactive introduction to the financial markets.
You'll be able to take part in a live financial trading simulation. This is delivered jointly with amplify trading and CFA annual global investment challenge.
You'll gain insights into different roles in the financial industry and boost your employability.
Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:
- fund manager
- relationship manager
- financial trader
- risk manager
- risk analyst
- PhD candidate
Recent employers include:
- Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
- HSBC Bank
- Oracle Corporation
- Santander UK
- Lloyds Banking Group
- China Construction Bank Corporation
- Beijing Chenghuai Technology Co. Ltd
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 83 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:
- regional, nationality and international leaders
- leading professionals and practitioners from industry
The Business School is based in a building within the Newcastle Helix development – Newcastle's emerging business district.
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Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
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