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Banking and Finance MSc

Develop the skills and expertise to pursue a career in the banking and financial market industries.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


Our Banking and Finance MSc 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 for a career in the banking and financial market industries.

The financial services sector has grown worldwide. There is greater demand for professionals with specialist skills and competencies in banking and finance. This course responds to trends and issues in global financial services industries.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI). The CBI is a UK-based global professional education body for bankers. At the start of the academic year, you can enrol with the CBI and enjoy the benefits of student membership. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded Associate Chartered Banker status.

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 encourage you to engage with contemporary debates. This could include issues related to financial markets and institutions.

Throughout your study, you'll 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 impact of financial technology and sustainability in financial markets
  • a wide range of investment management topics

Advanced statistical software

Where possible you'll have access to advanced statistical software including:

  • Eviews
  • SPSS
  • Stata
  • Gauss
  • SAS
  • Maple
  • Minitab
  • R

Financial databases

You'll also have access to a number of financial databases including:

  • Refinitiv Workspace: DataStream and ThomsonONE
  • Fame
  • Amadeus
  • Oriana
  • WRDS
  • Compustat
  • CRSP
  • OptionMetrics
  • ORBIS (cross-border investment)
  • Bloomberg - access to Bloomberg trading terminals is available on campus only

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.

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How you'll learn

Your development

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
  • the impact of financial technology in the banking and financial markets industries
  • the role of the banking and finance sector in the transition to the green economy
  • 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

Professional development

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 CFA annual global investment challenge.

You'll gain insights into different roles in the financial industry and boost your employability.

Your future

Graduate destinations

Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:

  • banker
  • fund manager
  • relationship manager
  • accountant
  • financial trader
  • auditor
  • risk manager
  • risk analyst
  • PhD candidate

Recent employers include:

  • KPMG
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
  • PwC
  • 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.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 80 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:

  • regional, national and international leaders
  • over 34,000 alumni in our network, spanning over 150 countries
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry

The Business School is the gateway to Newcastle Helix - an innovation hub and community that brings together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers.

Our facilities include:

  • flexible conference room with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing over 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and over 25 seminar and teaching spaces, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • dedicated Student Hub and Quiet Space, providing a balanced mix of study space for group work or quiet, individual study
  • contemporary café
  • employability hub to support your career aspirations
  • Bloomberg Room to give you a real feel for the trading room floor
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics Lab, a state-of-the-art research facility for conducting studies in experimental economics and economic psychology

The Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle Helix also offers further study and learning spaces. This includes a 750 seat auditorium – the largest in the University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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  • webinars

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Periklis Boumparis - Degree Programme Director
Newcastle University Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1500
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