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Accounting, Finance and Financial Analysis, MSc

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Accounting, Finance and Financial Analysis, MSc - at Newcastle University

Our course develops your understanding of financial reporting and management in the context of the international financial environment.

About this course

Our MSc is an accounting and finance-based master’s with a financial analysis focus.

The global financial and business environment is rapidly changing. With increased regulatory supervision it has highlighted the importance of sound financial management and robust reporting. This course has been developed to meet this need.

The course will also provide you with an integration of accounting and finance expertise. This is for the assessment of corporate performance and valuation.

The course is for you if you're a graduate in:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • economics

You'll gain more specialist knowledge of issues related to financial analysis.

It is also suitable for business and non-business graduates with good numeracy levels. It will help 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

This master’s starts with three weeks of intensive training in fundamental accounting knowledge. This is to remedy the knowledge gap for students from different educational backgrounds.

You'll learn to:

  • apply quantitative and qualitative skills to real-world complex scenarios
  • use the analysis results for evidence-based decision-making

Advanced statistical software

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

  • Stata
  • SPSS

You'll analyse individual companies from an external perspective with substantial emphasis placed on:

  • corporate strategy
  • accounting
  • valuation

Financial databases

You'll undertake practical studies of real-world data via DataStream and other industry sources. You'll develop skills in the manipulation of financial and statistical software.

Your 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.

On completion of this course, you'll be able to show practical skills and the ability to:

  • integrate your accounting and finance knowledge and skills to assess corporate performance and valuation
  • deal with complex issues both systematically and analytically
  • use analytical skills 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

Professional accreditationCFA® Institute University Recognition Program

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.

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.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) 

This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and provides you with 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)

The Association of International Accountants (AIA)

This course is accredited by The Association of International Accountants (AIA) and provides you with the exemptions from the following professional examination papers:

  • all papers at Foundation level: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Corporate Governance and Audit and Business Management
  • one paper at Professional level: Financial Accounting and Reporting 1 (linked to Accounting for Analysts) from AIA

Our staff

View profiles of the module leaders for this course:

  • Dr Zhijuan Wu (Degree Programme Director)
  • Dr Bo Che
  • Professor David McCollum-Oldroyd


This course is modular, comprising 180 credits.


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.

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, Base, and Lounge providing a balanced mix of study space and relaxation areas
  • a contemporary café

Find out more about Newcastle University Business School

Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent. You must also have a good basic level of numeracy equivalent to GCSE or above.

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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