MSc International Finance and Investment with advanced practice

Northumbria University

Program Overview

If you have a passion for mathematics and quantitative finance, and want to use it to build a lucrative career within financial research, then this is the course for you.


Building on your undergraduate studies in a quantitative subject such as economics, accounting or engineering, this course provides a research-orientated approach to finance and investment. You will delve into specialist areas such as econometric's & forecasting, financial markets & institutions, and investments & risk management, and develop advanced analytical and evaluative skills.


You will make extensive use of our Bloomberg trading suite, where our Bloomberg terminals will give you invaluable access to live data from financial markets across the globe. You will use this, combined with our advance econometric packages, to build advance econometric models for the purposes of forecasting, developing trading strategies and examining policy implications for financial markets.


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.


The knowledge and experience that you will gain on this course will allow you to forge a successful research career. You can either progress within academia by continuing onto a PhD, or seek a position within the international financial sector as quantitative research analyst, where they are in high demand.  


If you are interested in a more general managerial career within the financial sector, and your undergraduate degree didn’t equip you for this specialist course, then you might be interested in MSc International Financial Management. 


Business Clinic


Newcastle Business School operates its own Business Clinic to provide consultancy services to real businesses and organisations in the region, dealing with challenges such as developing an internet marketing strategy or investigating international market opportunities for a new product. Our students work in teams, research the issues and prepare and present a professional set of recommendations.


NewcastleUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 19,500


IELTS: 6.5

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The MSc in International Finance and Investment is designed to meet the needs of students who are at the beginning of a career in the field of finance. The aim of the course is to enable you to develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of international investment and finance and thus expand your career options by combining the knowledge from previous degree with a specialised Masters qualification.

The course will equip you with the specialised skills required to implement finance and econometric theory in areas such as quantitative analysis, financial research, international financial markets and institutions, investment, derivatives and risk management. The course is designed to build on the transferable skills important for employment in the areas of business finance, banking, financial markets, investment and quantitative finance research.


Assessment forms an integral part of your learning experience. You will be assessed through essays, presentations and exams. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation. This is supported significantly through the core, non-credit bearing Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods module, and by an academic supervisor with relevant expertise in the subject. Alternatively you could complete a Masters’ Consultancy Project. This would give you a thorough introduction to essential management concepts, tools, functions and disciplines enabling you to demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed.



We are currently reviewing modules which provide opportunities to work with industry to gain real experience. Modules will be updated in due course.


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)
  • AF7005 -Financial Econometrics and Forecasting II (Core,20 Credits)
  • BM9718 -Research Methods and Analytics for Business Practice (Core,20 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)
  • MN0492 -International Financial Markets and Institutions (Core,20 Credits)
  • MN0493 -Investments and Risk Management (Core,20 Credits)

Year two


  • NX0470 -Applied Management Work Investigation (Optional,60 Credits)
  • NX0478 -Masters' Study Abroad (Optional,60 Credits)
  • NX0479 -Business Clinic PG Group 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 a relevant discipline, such as accounting, finance, mathematics or engineering, or a discipline with a quantitative element.


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: £12,075


Full EU Fee: £19,500


Full International Fee: £19,500

You will leave Newcastle Business School highly knowledgeable about the theory and practice of international finance and investment.

You will also have the ability to act and think strategically, meaning you will be well equipped to begin the next stage of your career.

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