International Banking and Finance (Completion award) BA (Hons)

UCAS code N4N2

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About this course 2019/20

Business School Of The Year

This course will allow you to top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree in one year, while benefiting from all that Northumbria University and the city of Newcastle has to offer. You’ll build on your all-round knowledge of business, adding expertise in international banking and finance as well as transferable professional and managerial techniques.

The course includes specialist modules in financial forecasting, financial markets, investments and risk management. You’ll gain first-hand experience of financial markets through using our Bloomberg terminals and taking advantage of opportunities to build a track record and portfolio. The curriculum of the programme is generally research-led, with the sophistication and depth of research used increasing over the course of the year until the final semester Contemporary Issues in Business module. Your technical ability to research is also developed within the Academic and Career Development module. 

Build your portfolio with hands-on experience of our Bloomberg financial terminals

You’ll be taught by experts from the banking, finance and accounting industries, including professionally qualified finance staff. At Newcastle Business School we work with a large number of employers at local, national and international levels enabling you to take advantage of graduate opportunities. Our dedicated Student Engagement Centre teams will provide ongoing support during the time you are looking for your graduate role, through to assessment day tips and CV support.

Learn from the best

Newcastle Business School is part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting. You’ll be taught by experts from the banking, finance and accounting industries, including qualified management and financial accountants.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. We received the accolade of ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching and Assessment

Your tutors will teach essential skills in risk management (credit and market risk, interest rate, liquidity and operational risk) as part of the course. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and workshops. There is significant emphasis on independent learning as well as self-directed and group activities as this course is, in effect, the final year of a degree course.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system in order to ensure a successful learning journey and the development of the necessary academic study skills. Extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course. Whatever your background, we’ll help you take the more critical, deeper and research-informed approach that’s needed for an honours degree at a UK university.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods will include a portfolio of work, group presentations and reflective statements.

Learning Environment

The excellent facilities at Northumbria University include the Bloomberg room where you’ll develop financial and analytical skills in a simulated trading environment. During your course you’ll build up a track record and portfolio that will help set you apart from other applicants when it comes to applying for jobs.

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.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course. We use tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses. 


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Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects which include financial regulation, forensic accounting and fraud, and the wider accounting and finance domain.

During the ‘Contemporary Issues in Business’ module you will analyse research into an aspect of international banking and finance. Your investigation will draw on relevant concepts and frameworks and will result in a critical synthesis of business practice and academic theory.

Other modules reflect a research-rich approach, which helps you become a more critical, reflective and independent thinker. You will become skilled in formulating questions, critiquing different interpretations, and developing well-founded arguments.

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Give your career an edge

The course includes the ‘Academic and Career Development’ module that will equip you with knowledge and skills for academic success and long-term career development. As part of this you’ll explore your personality, values, abilities and interests to make a well-informed career choice and develop a career plan.

Every module will play a role in developing and reinforcing the transferable attributes that are necessary for graduate employment: effective time management, excellent communication, good teamwork and high level analysis. In addition our Careers and Employment Service will offer a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

Your Future

At the end of this course there are logical career paths into banking, finance, financial services, insurance and financial advisory work, both in the UK and around the world. You can also undertake further study at postgraduate level with a course such as our International Finance and Investment MSc. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. 

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course info

UCAS Code N4N2

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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