Program Overview

If you’re interested in a career in finance then this course will equip you with the analytical and managerial skills to succeed within the sector, after any undergraduate degree with a quantitative element.

We have developed the programme in response to market demand for graduates with strong financial awareness plus the essential skills to function as effective managers, both within the financial sector and across a range of multinational organisations.


The course is regularly refreshed to keep pace with advances in the financial sector, and is bench-marked against the syllabus of the CFA Institute. Current study themes include financial econometrics and forecasting, investment and risk management, sustainable strategic decision making, corporate financial management and international financial markets.


Facilities include a trading suite equipped with Bloomberg Terminals, which are used by financial traders and investment banks globally. The suite provides you with access to the live financial and economic data, portfolio construction and optimisation tools, information and analytics to support your studies.


The facility is also equipped with state-or-art econometric packages such E-views 10.0 which is used on Financial Econometrics and Forecasting module to estimate and interpret various econometric models for the purpose of designing trading strategies.


You will also undertake a number of professional development modules to give you a competitive advantage in the jobs market, in terms of self-development and leadership.


NewcastleUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,500


IELTS: 6.5


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This flexible MSc takes an applied approach to learning. In addition to the six taught modules in investment, econometrics and finance, you will choose between a dissertation and a Masters’ Consultancy Project working on a business problem faced by a real organisation.

You will be part of a global cohort of dedicated students. You will benefit from the experience of staff who have taught research-informed and cutting-edge topics to international students for many years, in a positive multicultural learning environment.


The course is delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one sessions. From the outset you will apply academic knowledge to real life business issues via tutorial-based activities, case discussion and group-work sessions. We also hold a number of guest lectures where you have the opportunity to engage with industry.


To complement the formal modules we focus on developing your key capability skills. This includes a residential weekend, in the first semester, which is aimed at strengthening skills in self-reflection, independent learning and critical thinking.


You will be assessed through a combination of personal development planning, group and peer assessments, constructing and managing financial portfolios and reflective reports as well as traditional exams and essays. This will help you to become an independent, reflective and critical thinker who is culturally and ethically aware, with strong leadership and financial management capabilities.



Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.


Year one


  • AF7004 -Financial Econometrics and Forecasting I (Core,20 Credits)
  • AF7014 -Research Methods and Analytics for Business Practice (Core,0 Credits)
  • GA7000 -Academic Language Skills for Postgraduate Business Students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
  • HR9737 -Leadership and Management Development (Core,20 Credits)
  • MN0490 -Sustainable Strategic Decisions (Core,20 Credits)
  • MN0491 -Corporate Financial Management (Core,20 Credits)
  • MN0492 -International Financial Markets and Institutions (Core,20 Credits)
  • MN0493 -Investments and Risk Management (Core,20 Credits)
  • NX0477 -NBS Masters Consultancy Project (Optional,60 Credits)
  • NX0480 -The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional,60 Credits)
  • NX9734 -Masters' Management Enquiry (Optional,60 Credits)

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:


A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject, or substantial experience of working in a business organisation. It is recommended that your previous studies include quantitative elements.


International qualifications:


If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. 


English language requirements:


International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

Full UK Fee: £9,075


Full EU Fee: £16,500


Full International Fee: £16,500

As an increasing number of businesses look to a global marketplace, there is a growing need for financial experts with practical, legal and cultural understanding of international finance.


That the skills and knowledge you will gain will help you to achieve aspirations within the field of quantitative finance, portfolio management, and financial analysts.


The personal development skills acquired in modules such as Developing Global Management Competencies will also help you to stand out. This module includes a residential weekend to build your understanding of individual and group behaviour.


To further improve your practical skills you have opportunity to undertake a project in place of the dissertation. This involves working on behalf of an external organisation that is looking for answers to a current business problem or question. You will work in a small group – participating in group and individual activities to identify solutions – giving you valuable experiences to boost your CV.


Our graduates have moved into a range of careers in the financial sector and beyond, including:


  • Analyst at a stock broker
  • Investment and security departments of large commercial and investment banks
  • Trainee manager within the treasury of an international company
  • Recruitment consultant specialising in finance personnel
  • University lecturer


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