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The first intake for this course is Sept 2021/22.

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Master the art and science behind the financial markets and develop a deep understanding of the wider business world. Our CISI-recognised BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment Management course lays the foundations for a range of rewarding careers in this fascinating industry. 

The core focus of our teaching is about preparing you for employment. Key modules include Careers in Accounting, Economics and Finance, and Professional Practice in Accounting, Economics and Finance – both designed to build practical knowledge of working in the industry. 

And you won’t just be learning about investing in the classroom. You’ll also be putting your skills into practice in our on-site trading room, complete with industry-standard professional Bloomberg terminals that reflect live, real-life market developments. 

Between your second and final years, you can choose to deepen your understanding even further through a year-long work placement – gaining valuable hands-on experience within financial organisations including the Royal Bank of Scotland or the Bank of England. 

This course is highly rated by students, receiving a 97% overall satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2018. Recent graduates are now working for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Bloomberg, Deloitte and Brewin Dolphin. 

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
N395

Level of Study
NotDefined

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 year sandwich

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

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You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. The emphasis is on deepening your understanding of the intricacies of the financial world, considering the needs of each organisation and the different types of financial instruments available before moving on to the essential elements in risk management – credit and market risk, interest rate, liquidity and operational risk. 

Following an introduction to key finance theories and principles, a full range of modules covers the financial investment landscape from business and financial analysis and risk, through to investment management, decision making, personal finance and more.    

Alongside our teaching, you’ll benefit from a well-designed support system, to help you develop the academic study skills you need. And we make sure that we build extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, into the course. If you’re a non-UK student, you can choose optional sessions to help you develop both your academic language and study skills. 

As well as assignments, portfolios and presentations, you’ll also complete an extended piece of work such as a dissertation, management enquiry or consultancy report. And when it comes to assessing your learning, we know that every student has different needs, strengths and topics they’re passionate about – which means your work will always be considered on an individual basis.  

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Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the UK’s best business management education. We’re part of an elite group of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting. 

Many of our staff are current or former working professionals from the banking, finance and accounting industries – including qualified management and financial accountants. The School’s teaching team is always looking to explore new fields of knowledge and generate ground-breaking concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies were assessed as internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014.

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At Newcastle Business School you’ll experience a first-class education in a world-class environment. From our social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. For example, the 24/7 university library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010. 

We’re also committed to helping you make the most of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) by embedding it throughout the course. Tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists are there to help you efficiently and thoroughly prepare for seminars and independent research. Lecture capture software means you can review previous lectures online in your time, as well as at your speed.  

On the School’s ground floor, you’ll find our innovative Bloomberg Trading Room. It’s where you can put your financial and analytical skills to the test in a simulated trading environment using fully equipped Bloomberg terminals. 

What’s more, there are plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice through volunteering, internships and placements. This includes the Business Clinic that enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses. 

 

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With us, your learning will be influenced and inspired by our teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. These include equity financing, systemic risk and consumer credit. 

All modules reflect a research-rich approach that will help you become a more critical, reflective and independent thinker. You’ll become skilled in formulating questions, critiquing different interpretations – and developing well-founded arguments. In the final year of the course, you’ll undertake a significant investigation either as a dissertation or consultancy project. 

 

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Newcastle Business School (NBS) is the 8th most improved Business School in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) National Assessment.

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A number of the course’s modules have been specifically developed to meet the academic criteria of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) – making it easier for you to take their exams after graduation. 

Our Careers and Employment Service are there to help kick-start your next steps through workshops, one-to-one advice and networking opportunities. 

Once you complete your studies, you’ll be ready to pursue career paths across the financial sector – from financial services and banking, to advisory work in finance and insurance both in the UK and around the world. Examples of recent graduate progression from this course include the graduate management trainee scheme at Lloyds Banking Group, an internship at KPMG and banking supervision at the Bank of Russia.  

Should you wish to push your knowledge even further, the course also prepares you for postgraduate study – for example, on our MSc in International Finance and Investment. 

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a Northumbria graduate as every module of Northumbria Business School courses reinforces what you need to succeed. This includes the transferable skills that really matter to employers such as critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to solve problems in sustainable and ethical ways. 

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths, Statistics, or Physics at minimum grade 5/B and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or equivalents.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

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Modules

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

AF4030 -

Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces you to a wide range of mathematical and statistical tools which are functional to the study and understanding of accounting, economics and finance. The content, structure and activities in this module are aimed at building your confidence in using mathematics and statistics to analyse practical problems and issues across the three disciplines of references and beyond. The module comprises a number of practical workshop sessions which require the use of software packages to analyse and interpret data; assessment and feedback are aimed at strengthening your knowledge and enhancing your intuitive skills behind mathematical operations and statistical methods in view of data analysis and discussion of results. By acquiring these critical skills, you will significantly enhance your profile in terms of employability and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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AF4031 -

Accounting, Economics and Finance in a Global Business Environment (Core,20 Credits)

This module provides a foundation to the environment in which global business operates and is relevant to Accounting, Economics and Finance students. The modules provides a basis for studying these subjects that will underpin later study in this area. Students will receive certain information but they will have the opportunity to find and out and research for themselves.

The module will cover core topics that are central to understanding the accounting, economic and financial context of the global economy and economic environment within which businesses operate. You will develop your understanding of the external business environment in terms of institutions, markets, industries and firms and introduce you to analytical terms and principles that help explain their interaction within the context of the global economy.

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AF4032 -

Careers in Accounting, Economics and Finance (Core,20 Credits)

To maximise your chances of finding a placement or graduate-level role, you need to stand out from the crowd, and this module helps you achieve exactly that. Through group work and independent study, you explore the concept of employability and its practical application in your planned journey from education into employment. Tutors with significant knowledge of employability in accounting, finance and economics, will support you through a series of structured lectures and seminars. They will draw on their knowledge and experience to help you evidence relevant attributes, skills and abilities through specific activities focused on the recruitment and selection process. They will provide advice and support as you create a CV, application form and cover letter which all showcase what makes you different. When you complete this module, you will have the skills, ability, and confidence to make an impactful application to any employer.

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Principles and Theories of Finance (Core,20 Credits)

The field of finance is one of the most exciting and technically demanding areas of study. The purpose of this module is to introduce the principles, concepts, theories and terminologies underpinning the subject area that will provide the foundations for more advanced study. This module makes extensive use of the NBS Trading Room powered by real-time financial information and data to bring the theory to practice. This provides an environment accustom to practice within the banking and finance industry and will motivate you to learn, thus enhancing your employability attributes. Financial software will also inspire you to be become more inquisitive which will aid your research skills which you will use later in your degree. Finally, the module is assessed by an exam similar to one that you may encounter if you were to sit professional body examinations in the future. This will encourage you to enrich a wide range of knowledge and professional attributes.

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Business and Financial Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

Business and Financial Analysis (BFA) provides essential knowledge and skills required by other areas of finance including investment management, corporate finance, risk, and the extension of credit. The module will allow you to analyse and address important questions such as: how can financial statements inform or mislead investors? What should you look for in financial disclosures when judging a company's financial health? And how do financial statements relate to the value of a company's stock? The module therefore provides a comprehensive introduction to the practical challenges of contemporary business. Your module activities and assessment consist of tasks important to practitioners in various fields of finance including investments, risk, credit and corporate finance.

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Financial Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

The ‘Financial Decision Making’ module will provide you with the knowledge and numerical and problem solving skills that will greatly enhance your employability within any business environment. You will be able to assess the performance of businesses with regard to profitability, solvency, financial structure and working capital management by means of analysing and interpreting their financial statements. You will also be able to make decisions in relation to planning and control for a business as a whole, and evaluate individual projects by using investment appraisal techniques, taking into account risk and uncertainty.

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AF5030 -

Financial Markets and Institutions (Core,20 Credits)

Do you want to know the rules under which financial transactions takes place? What are the role of the professional bodies? Do you want to know more about financial markets, the institutions that operate in them and the key mechanisms used in those markets?


This module develops your understanding of the financial markets, the way that they operate, the regulations by which they must abide and the daily ethical considerations that practitioners are confronted with. The lectures are research-led and practice informed with the interaction between the regulations and practice being explored in more contemplative seminar sessions to build knowledge into understanding. In addition, you will explore financial software data to understand how markets operated and how securities are priced.

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AF5031 -

Professional Practice in Accounting, Economics and Finance (Core,20 Credits)

Professional Practice in Accounting, Economics and Finance will equip you with the skills and business acumen needed to succeed in your future career in accounting, finance or economics. It will also develop your employability and leadership attributes. The module takes an experiential learning approach and is designed so that you will conduct research, integrate theory and practice and apply knowledge and skills to develop viable solutions to business problems. You will learn through a process of enquiry, often co-operatively with peers, using digital information and technologies. In short it will develop your ability to think independently, to apply discipline knowledge to complex problems / opportunities, to work in teams (including with academic tutors as well as with each other), to communicate (present and report) and to collaborate to create new knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues within your discipline area.
You will undertake various assessment tasks which place emphasis on your personal reflections and problem interpretation within your discipline area. Your academic tutor will act as a facilitator to your learning focusing on your academic progression by helping you with such matters as study skills, team work, assessments and feedback. They will monitor your progress and that of others by making sure that all students are involved and encourage you to vocalise your ideas and to comment constructively on other’s ideas.

You will also have developed the employability and leadership attributes of capable individuals (set direction, engage, drive, collaborate, learn, innovate and act with integrity) and become an effective collaborator and team player and further developed self-directed, lifelong learning skills.


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AF5036 -

Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Finance (Core,20 Credits)

The skills you acquired in Year 1 provided you with a robust platform to understand and apply a wide range of mathematical operations and statistical tools. This module will increase and expand your knowledge with regard to different and more advanced analytical tools functional to the fields of economics and finance. By studying this module, you will advance your awareness and control of quantitative models and techniques, learning the intuition behind key theories and models in the fields of economics and finance from a practical perspective. The module comprises workshop sessions which require the use of software packages to analyse and interpret data. At the end of this module, you will be able to apply appropriate analytical tools and methods to different types of data and to discuss and explain results concisely and consistently. By acquiring these critical skills, you will significantly enhance your profile in terms of employability and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Personal Finance and Wealth Planning (Core,20 Credits)

Personal Finance and Wealth Planning’ will not only help you pass another module for your degree, this module will help you build relevant financial skills for life. You will learn about areas of finance that you may need to engage with as you progress through your life. You will learn about the lifetime financial planning process, how to save and build an effective investment portfolio, the impact of personal taxation, how to obtain a mortgage, how to manage debt, how to plan for retirement and even how to manage your estate. You will also learn how to address these issues through the eyes of a professional financial advisor, the module builds to an assessment where you will prepare a financial plan for a client, based on a comprehensive case study and present this to them as part of the final assessment

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Derivatives and Risk (Core,20 Credits)

The world of complex financial instruments is opaque and often confusing. We take some of the key instruments used in the world’s financial markets, pick them apart and examine the problems they have been designed to solve, the additional risks that they create, how they are priced and what ultimately impacts the profit or loss of a derivatives transaction.

This module builds the foundation for understanding the more complex elements of the financial markets, the way that they operate and demonstrates the way that fortunes can be quickly made or lost. The lectures are research-led and practice informed and the assessment will require you to exercise your research skills using the NBS Trading Room to examine an underlying exposure, propose a derivatives transaction, monitor its performance and reflect upon your approach and results to learn lessons and build knowledge. The workshops allow you to learn about derivatives in an applied way using relevant case studies and financial data. The module will thus allow you to build the theoretical and practical foundation for career-relevant skills in both risk management and investment management.

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Econometrics (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces you to econometric theories and techniques that are important to both the practitioners and researchers. The module provides you with essential econometric skills and knowledge to analyse and interpret real-world data, and stimulates you to acquire and develop a theoretical and practical understanding of econometrics. The content and structure of this module provides a comprehensive overview of econometric methods and analytical tools that are functional to the study of both economics and finance, such as linear and multiple regressions, panel data and time series analysis, and forecasting techniques. The module includes practical workshop sessions which require the use of econometric software packages. At the end of this module, you will be able to apply appropriate econometric techniques to a wide range of data, and to discuss and explain results concisely and consistently. By acquiring these critical skills, you will significantly enhance your profile in terms of employability and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module available on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. The placement consists of 48 weeks of full time work experience in a host organisation which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University.

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Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 120 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. At the end of the module you will have adapted to and appreciated a different cultural and learning environment and developed ability. You will have developed your interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as a result of your learning in an international environment.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Study Abroad Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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AF6030 -

Sustainable Development in Responsible Business (Core,20 Credits)

Climate change, degraded natural resources and the distribution of power and resources are some of the most profound challenges facing the global economy today. This module introduces students to key concepts, literature and debates to investigate the relationship between economic growth and environmental protection. The module adopts a multidisciplinary focus, drawing of key debates in political ecology, environmental economics and natural resource management. The teaching and learning approach will combine a traditional lectures with case study based seminars where in students will engage with specific cases of sustainability related topics on a weekly basis. This will equip them to critically engage with contemporary issues involving economic sustainability across a range of socio-environmental contexts.

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AF6036 -

Risk in Financial Insitutions I (Core,20 Credits)

The banking and financial services industry operates in a risk structured environment. Financial institutions are required to measure, manage and transfer risk under the constant eye of the financial regulators. The module focuses on the specific area of capital risk arising from credit risk, securitisation exposure, market risk and liquidity risk. This will be conducted within the context of the relevant regulatory framework and draw upon case study material provided by high profile banking and financial institutions.

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AF6037 -

Risk in Financial Insitutions II (Core,20 Credits)

The banking and financial services industry operates in a risk structured environment. Financial institutions are required to measure, manage and transfer risk, under the constant eye of the financial regulators. The module focuses on the specific area of treasury risk arising from interest rate and foreign exchange rate risk. You will also explore the dynamic world of operational risk and fraud risk assessment within financial institutions. Finally, you will investigate how the risks of financial institutions risk are linked via systemic risk and which institutions may be more susceptible to shocks.

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AF6038 -

Investment Management (Core,20 Credits)

Investment Management will enable you to understand and apply theories and techniques of managing investment in financial assets more effectively. By engaging with the financial software in the NBS trading room and Microsoft Excel you will learn the necessary skills of asset allocation, portfolio diversification, asset pricing, while also gaining exposure to behavioural biases in investment decisions. You will reflect on and evaluate your own behaviours as an investor and develop a range of strategies for moving yourself to a new level of performance. During your time on the module, you will invest in a number of real-world financial assets and you will crystallise your reflections and strategies in a report which you will submit as part of your assessment. The module is organised within the themes of rational and behavioural finance in which you will discuss relevant debates in specialised finance journals and everyday finance news.

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Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)

The Dissertation takes an enquiry-based research-rich approach, providing you with the opportunity to engage with a specific topic, problem or issue of interest to you in the fields of accounting, economics and finance. In developing your dissertation, you will be guided by your supervisor to confirm your research area, to generate empirical (primary) or secondary data, to analyse this data and to draw theoretically informed conclusions.





The module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking your individual student-led, responsible, ethical investigation, while concurrently you will further develop key transferable, employability and enterprise skills. Through taking this module, a student will develop skills and knowledge relating in particular to:





Defining feasible hypotheses and objectives for empirical research in the fields of accouting, economics, and finance;


Drawing on appropriate theories and concepts and locating and compiling data and information;


Applying appropriate techniques in analysing that data and testing hypotheses;


Presenting analysis outcomes and results in a coherent final report;


working independently but also interactively through engaging with other students working on their own projects.

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AF6043 -

Management Enquiry (Optional,40 Credits)

The Management Enquiry is an individual student-led enquiry. Initial lectures introduce you to the underpinning knowledge necessary for undertaking an individual student-led investigation into an applied business problem or issue. Associated workshops support you in puting this knowledge into practice for your own proposed Enquiry. These lecture/workshop sessions cover the following topics; critically reviewing the literature, researching ethically, quantitative and qualitative research techniques, quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. You will study on the same taught sessions as students taking the Dissertation module.





Following submission of your Enquiry proposal you will work though one-to-one or small-group supervisions with your allocated supervisor. Your supervisor will not instruct you but will provide you with on-going formative feedback on your progress as you engage with the Management Enquiry process. Supervisors will be appointed in line with NBS policy which recognise the requirements of professional bodies (CMI and CIPD) and AACSB accreditation.

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Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional,40 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired during the programme and apply this to a consultancy project for a real organisation. This consultancy project provides a vehicle for participants to develop and demonstrate key employability skills, to relate theory to practice, and to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module.

You will work on behalf of an external organisation, which has identified a business problem or question, requiring a solution, working in small group of typically 4 individuals (you will select their own team members), participating in group and individual activities. The host organisation will provide a project briefing, and review; students will be supported by appropriate academic input and guidance from Newcastle Business School in the form of a mentor and via the Business Clinic.

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Modules

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

AF4030 -

Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces you to a wide range of mathematical and statistical tools which are functional to the study and understanding of accounting, economics and finance. The content, structure and activities in this module are aimed at building your confidence in using mathematics and statistics to analyse practical problems and issues across the three disciplines of references and beyond. The module comprises a number of practical workshop sessions which require the use of software packages to analyse and interpret data; assessment and feedback are aimed at strengthening your knowledge and enhancing your intuitive skills behind mathematical operations and statistical methods in view of data analysis and discussion of results. By acquiring these critical skills, you will significantly enhance your profile in terms of employability and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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AF4031 -

Accounting, Economics and Finance in a Global Business Environment (Core,20 Credits)

This module provides a foundation to the environment in which global business operates and is relevant to Accounting, Economics and Finance students. The modules provides a basis for studying these subjects that will underpin later study in this area. Students will receive certain information but they will have the opportunity to find and out and research for themselves.

The module will cover core topics that are central to understanding the accounting, economic and financial context of the global economy and economic environment within which businesses operate. You will develop your understanding of the external business environment in terms of institutions, markets, industries and firms and introduce you to analytical terms and principles that help explain their interaction within the context of the global economy.

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AF4032 -

Careers in Accounting, Economics and Finance (Core,20 Credits)

To maximise your chances of finding a placement or graduate-level role, you need to stand out from the crowd, and this module helps you achieve exactly that. Through group work and independent study, you explore the concept of employability and its practical application in your planned journey from education into employment. Tutors with significant knowledge of employability in accounting, finance and economics, will support you through a series of structured lectures and seminars. They will draw on their knowledge and experience to help you evidence relevant attributes, skills and abilities through specific activities focused on the recruitment and selection process. They will provide advice and support as you create a CV, application form and cover letter which all showcase what makes you different. When you complete this module, you will have the skills, ability, and confidence to make an impactful application to any employer.

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Principles and Theories of Finance (Core,20 Credits)

The field of finance is one of the most exciting and technically demanding areas of study. The purpose of this module is to introduce the principles, concepts, theories and terminologies underpinning the subject area that will provide the foundations for more advanced study. This module makes extensive use of the NBS Trading Room powered by real-time financial information and data to bring the theory to practice. This provides an environment accustom to practice within the banking and finance industry and will motivate you to learn, thus enhancing your employability attributes. Financial software will also inspire you to be become more inquisitive which will aid your research skills which you will use later in your degree. Finally, the module is assessed by an exam similar to one that you may encounter if you were to sit professional body examinations in the future. This will encourage you to enrich a wide range of knowledge and professional attributes.

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Business and Financial Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

Business and Financial Analysis (BFA) provides essential knowledge and skills required by other areas of finance including investment management, corporate finance, risk, and the extension of credit. The module will allow you to analyse and address important questions such as: how can financial statements inform or mislead investors? What should you look for in financial disclosures when judging a company's financial health? And how do financial statements relate to the value of a company's stock? The module therefore provides a comprehensive introduction to the practical challenges of contemporary business. Your module activities and assessment consist of tasks important to practitioners in various fields of finance including investments, risk, credit and corporate finance.

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Financial Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

The ‘Financial Decision Making’ module will provide you with the knowledge and numerical and problem solving skills that will greatly enhance your employability within any business environment. You will be able to assess the performance of businesses with regard to profitability, solvency, financial structure and working capital management by means of analysing and interpreting their financial statements. You will also be able to make decisions in relation to planning and control for a business as a whole, and evaluate individual projects by using investment appraisal techniques, taking into account risk and uncertainty.

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Financial Markets and Institutions (Core,20 Credits)

Do you want to know the rules under which financial transactions takes place? What are the role of the professional bodies? Do you want to know more about financial markets, the institutions that operate in them and the key mechanisms used in those markets?


This module develops your understanding of the financial markets, the way that they operate, the regulations by which they must abide and the daily ethical considerations that practitioners are confronted with. The lectures are research-led and practice informed with the interaction between the regulations and practice being explored in more contemplative seminar sessions to build knowledge into understanding. In addition, you will explore financial software data to understand how markets operated and how securities are priced.

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Professional Practice in Accounting, Economics and Finance (Core,20 Credits)

Professional Practice in Accounting, Economics and Finance will equip you with the skills and business acumen needed to succeed in your future career in accounting, finance or economics. It will also develop your employability and leadership attributes. The module takes an experiential learning approach and is designed so that you will conduct research, integrate theory and practice and apply knowledge and skills to develop viable solutions to business problems. You will learn through a process of enquiry, often co-operatively with peers, using digital information and technologies. In short it will develop your ability to think independently, to apply discipline knowledge to complex problems / opportunities, to work in teams (including with academic tutors as well as with each other), to communicate (present and report) and to collaborate to create new knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues within your discipline area.
You will undertake various assessment tasks which place emphasis on your personal reflections and problem interpretation within your discipline area. Your academic tutor will act as a facilitator to your learning focusing on your academic progression by helping you with such matters as study skills, team work, assessments and feedback. They will monitor your progress and that of others by making sure that all students are involved and encourage you to vocalise your ideas and to comment constructively on other’s ideas.

You will also have developed the employability and leadership attributes of capable individuals (set direction, engage, drive, collaborate, learn, innovate and act with integrity) and become an effective collaborator and team player and further developed self-directed, lifelong learning skills.


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Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Finance (Core,20 Credits)

The skills you acquired in Year 1 provided you with a robust platform to understand and apply a wide range of mathematical operations and statistical tools. This module will increase and expand your knowledge with regard to different and more advanced analytical tools functional to the fields of economics and finance. By studying this module, you will advance your awareness and control of quantitative models and techniques, learning the intuition behind key theories and models in the fields of economics and finance from a practical perspective. The module comprises workshop sessions which require the use of software packages to analyse and interpret data. At the end of this module, you will be able to apply appropriate analytical tools and methods to different types of data and to discuss and explain results concisely and consistently. By acquiring these critical skills, you will significantly enhance your profile in terms of employability and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Personal Finance and Wealth Planning (Core,20 Credits)

Personal Finance and Wealth Planning’ will not only help you pass another module for your degree, this module will help you build relevant financial skills for life. You will learn about areas of finance that you may need to engage with as you progress through your life. You will learn about the lifetime financial planning process, how to save and build an effective investment portfolio, the impact of personal taxation, how to obtain a mortgage, how to manage debt, how to plan for retirement and even how to manage your estate. You will also learn how to address these issues through the eyes of a professional financial advisor, the module builds to an assessment where you will prepare a financial plan for a client, based on a comprehensive case study and present this to them as part of the final assessment

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AF5038 -

Derivatives and Risk (Core,20 Credits)

The world of complex financial instruments is opaque and often confusing. We take some of the key instruments used in the world’s financial markets, pick them apart and examine the problems they have been designed to solve, the additional risks that they create, how they are priced and what ultimately impacts the profit or loss of a derivatives transaction.

This module builds the foundation for understanding the more complex elements of the financial markets, the way that they operate and demonstrates the way that fortunes can be quickly made or lost. The lectures are research-led and practice informed and the assessment will require you to exercise your research skills using the NBS Trading Room to examine an underlying exposure, propose a derivatives transaction, monitor its performance and reflect upon your approach and results to learn lessons and build knowledge. The workshops allow you to learn about derivatives in an applied way using relevant case studies and financial data. The module will thus allow you to build the theoretical and practical foundation for career-relevant skills in both risk management and investment management.

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Econometrics (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces you to econometric theories and techniques that are important to both the practitioners and researchers. The module provides you with essential econometric skills and knowledge to analyse and interpret real-world data, and stimulates you to acquire and develop a theoretical and practical understanding of econometrics. The content and structure of this module provides a comprehensive overview of econometric methods and analytical tools that are functional to the study of both economics and finance, such as linear and multiple regressions, panel data and time series analysis, and forecasting techniques. The module includes practical workshop sessions which require the use of econometric software packages. At the end of this module, you will be able to apply appropriate econometric techniques to a wide range of data, and to discuss and explain results concisely and consistently. By acquiring these critical skills, you will significantly enhance your profile in terms of employability and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module available on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. The placement consists of 48 weeks of full time work experience in a host organisation which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University.

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Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 120 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. At the end of the module you will have adapted to and appreciated a different cultural and learning environment and developed ability. You will have developed your interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as a result of your learning in an international environment.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Study Abroad Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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Sustainable Development in Responsible Business (Core,20 Credits)

Climate change, degraded natural resources and the distribution of power and resources are some of the most profound challenges facing the global economy today. This module introduces students to key concepts, literature and debates to investigate the relationship between economic growth and environmental protection. The module adopts a multidisciplinary focus, drawing of key debates in political ecology, environmental economics and natural resource management. The teaching and learning approach will combine a traditional lectures with case study based seminars where in students will engage with specific cases of sustainability related topics on a weekly basis. This will equip them to critically engage with contemporary issues involving economic sustainability across a range of socio-environmental contexts.

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Risk in Financial Insitutions I (Core,20 Credits)

The banking and financial services industry operates in a risk structured environment. Financial institutions are required to measure, manage and transfer risk under the constant eye of the financial regulators. The module focuses on the specific area of capital risk arising from credit risk, securitisation exposure, market risk and liquidity risk. This will be conducted within the context of the relevant regulatory framework and draw upon case study material provided by high profile banking and financial institutions.

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Risk in Financial Insitutions II (Core,20 Credits)

The banking and financial services industry operates in a risk structured environment. Financial institutions are required to measure, manage and transfer risk, under the constant eye of the financial regulators. The module focuses on the specific area of treasury risk arising from interest rate and foreign exchange rate risk. You will also explore the dynamic world of operational risk and fraud risk assessment within financial institutions. Finally, you will investigate how the risks of financial institutions risk are linked via systemic risk and which institutions may be more susceptible to shocks.

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Investment Management (Core,20 Credits)

Investment Management will enable you to understand and apply theories and techniques of managing investment in financial assets more effectively. By engaging with the financial software in the NBS trading room and Microsoft Excel you will learn the necessary skills of asset allocation, portfolio diversification, asset pricing, while also gaining exposure to behavioural biases in investment decisions. You will reflect on and evaluate your own behaviours as an investor and develop a range of strategies for moving yourself to a new level of performance. During your time on the module, you will invest in a number of real-world financial assets and you will crystallise your reflections and strategies in a report which you will submit as part of your assessment. The module is organised within the themes of rational and behavioural finance in which you will discuss relevant debates in specialised finance journals and everyday finance news.

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Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)

The Dissertation takes an enquiry-based research-rich approach, providing you with the opportunity to engage with a specific topic, problem or issue of interest to you in the fields of accounting, economics and finance. In developing your dissertation, you will be guided by your supervisor to confirm your research area, to generate empirical (primary) or secondary data, to analyse this data and to draw theoretically informed conclusions.





The module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking your individual student-led, responsible, ethical investigation, while concurrently you will further develop key transferable, employability and enterprise skills. Through taking this module, a student will develop skills and knowledge relating in particular to:





Defining feasible hypotheses and objectives for empirical research in the fields of accouting, economics, and finance;


Drawing on appropriate theories and concepts and locating and compiling data and information;


Applying appropriate techniques in analysing that data and testing hypotheses;


Presenting analysis outcomes and results in a coherent final report;


working independently but also interactively through engaging with other students working on their own projects.

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Management Enquiry (Optional,40 Credits)

The Management Enquiry is an individual student-led enquiry. Initial lectures introduce you to the underpinning knowledge necessary for undertaking an individual student-led investigation into an applied business problem or issue. Associated workshops support you in puting this knowledge into practice for your own proposed Enquiry. These lecture/workshop sessions cover the following topics; critically reviewing the literature, researching ethically, quantitative and qualitative research techniques, quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. You will study on the same taught sessions as students taking the Dissertation module.





Following submission of your Enquiry proposal you will work though one-to-one or small-group supervisions with your allocated supervisor. Your supervisor will not instruct you but will provide you with on-going formative feedback on your progress as you engage with the Management Enquiry process. Supervisors will be appointed in line with NBS policy which recognise the requirements of professional bodies (CMI and CIPD) and AACSB accreditation.

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Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional,40 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired during the programme and apply this to a consultancy project for a real organisation. This consultancy project provides a vehicle for participants to develop and demonstrate key employability skills, to relate theory to practice, and to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module.

You will work on behalf of an external organisation, which has identified a business problem or question, requiring a solution, working in small group of typically 4 individuals (you will select their own team members), participating in group and individual activities. The host organisation will provide a project briefing, and review; students will be supported by appropriate academic input and guidance from Newcastle Business School in the form of a mentor and via the Business Clinic.

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