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Banking and Finance, MSc

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Banking and Finance, MSc - at Newcastle University

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

About this course

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. 

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:

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

Financial databases

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

  • Thompson Financial's DataStream
  • Fame
  • Amadeus
  • WRDS
  • Compustat
  • CRSP
  • Oriana
  • 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.

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
  • 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 accreditationCFA® Institute University Recognition Programe

Get ahead with your studies towards the CFA® examinations. We are part of CFA Institute's University Affiliation Program, which means that our courses incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK), promoting ethics based investment education for developing investment professionals.

As a student on this course, you would be entitled to apply for one of the CFA Institute's scholarships. The Student Scholarship waives the one-time CFA Program enrolment fee and reduces the exam registration fee, which includes access to the eBook curriculum.

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 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.  

Newcastle University Business School accreditation

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 this triple crown. Our accreditations reflect the investments we make for our students through providing a high quality teaching environment, innovative programming and active engagement with industry.

‌‌‌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). 

Our staff

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:

  • Dr Xiaojing (Linda) Song (Degree Programme Director)
  • Mr Yacoub Sleibi
  • Dr Grega Smrkolj
  • Dr Xuegi Dong
  • Dr Minh Nguyen

Delivery

This master’s degree offers you a stimulating curriculum and a supportive teaching and learning environment.

Lectures

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

Facilities

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
  • alumni
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry

The Business School is based in a building within the Newcastle Helix development – Newcastle's emerging business district.

Find out more about Newcastle University Business School.

Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage  - https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/banking-finance-msc/#fees&funding

Entry requirements

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.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 6 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-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 a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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