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Finance MSc


Course Description

Course Overview

Our Finance MSc teaches you advanced knowledge and skills in financial markets and institutions. You'll learn how they function and interact with the real economy.

Worldwide growth in the financial services sector has furthered the demand for students with specialist skills and competencies in finance.

Our course is responsive to trends and issues in global financial markets and services. It features compulsory modules in financial theory and corporate policy. It also includes optional modules on financial markets, financial institutions and applied empirical methods in finance. It is closely related to our Banking and Finance MSc.

This course will suit you if you are motivated to pursue a career in:
•investment banking
•financial research
•financial trading.

What you'll learn:
Your studies will include financial markets and institutions and the management of asset-specific, company and country risk. We'll teach you how to analyse their roles within the international financial system.

The course will develop your understanding of the key financial principles and theories. You'll also improve your existing IT and research skills, which employers value in this competitive sector.

You'll understand and analyse international financial markets, institutions and the strategies of investors. We'll encourage you to engage with contemporary debates on important issues related to the operation of financial markets and institutions. You will learn about the types and function of financial markets such as stock, bond, foreign exchange and derivative markets.

Advanced software:
Where possible you will have access to advanced statistical software including:
•Eviews
•SPSS
•Stata
•Gauss
•MATLAB
•SAS
•Maple
•Minitab.

You will also have access to a number of financial databases including:
•Bloomberg
•Thompson Financial's DataStream
•Fame
•Amadeus
•WRDS
•Compustat
•CRSP
•Oriana.

You'll use these for your empirical projects in applied econometrics as well as your final dissertation.

Your development:
On completion of the course you will be able to:
•apply appropriate econometric and computational techniques in the area of finance
•show advanced capability with some econometric and computational techniques
•critically analyse the results generated by these techniques
•synthesise and present relevant data, conclusions and recommendations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
•apply knowledge, skills and understanding to complex issues within the finance and related industries.

Course recognition by professional bodies:

CFA Institute's University Recognition Program

This course is part of the CFA Institute's University Recognition Program. This means that our degree course(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). We provide a solid grounding in the CBOK which will position you well to sit the CFA exams.

As a student on this course, you might be eligible for a CFA scholarship. This would entitle you to reduced CFA exam fees, including accompanying relevant materials.

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).

Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI)

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. You will 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.

Career focus:
Graduates from the course have undertaken various roles including:
•Chartered Financial Analyst
•Financial Trader
•Risk Analyst
•Chief Financial Officer
•Accountant
•Auditor.

Throughout your time here, you will have one-to-one support from our award-winning Careers Service. They can help you make the most of your skills and to find the best opportunities.

Delivery:
The course is modular, with taught modules from October to May and a final dissertation project from June to September.

Guest lectures:
Guest lectures by practitioners and policy makers on this course complement the study of theoretical frameworks. These lectures analyse the most recent trends in financial markets and banking industries. They also provide an overview of the available opportunities within the financial sector.

Events networking opportunities:
We offer a range of extra-curricular activities to develop your skills and knowledge on financial matters. We also help you gain insights into different roles in the financial industry and boost your employability. This includes training on financial trading delivered with Amplify Trading, as well as the CFA annual global investment challenge.

Throughout the academic year we hold many events on campus that you are welcome to join. Events are topical and provide great opportunities for you to network with:
•national and multinational organisations
•alumni
•peers.

Research led teaching:
This course builds on our established research strengths in finance and economics:
•Applied Econometrics
•Behavioural Research in Finance
•Macroeconomic Analysis and Applications.

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 triple accreditation. Our Business School is part of this elite group and this accolade is a huge endorsement. It reflects the investments we make for our students through providing:
•a high quality teaching environment
•innovative programming
•active engagement with industry

Facilities:
Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 93 nationalities. Our location and modern design creates a dynamic centre point for a valuable network of:
•regional, national and international thought leaders
•alumni
•leading professions

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

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/finance-msc/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/finance-msc/#howtoapply

Visit the Finance MSc page on the Newcastle University website for more details!

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 or non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience.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 Language course

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