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Newcastle University: International Financial Analysis

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department Newcastle University Business School
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Our International Financial Analysis MSc develops an in-depth understanding of financial reporting and management in the context of the international financial environment.

The global economic crisis, high-profile banking failures and increased regulatory supervision have highlighted the importance of sound financial management and robust reporting. This course has been developed specifically to meet this need.

It provides you with quantitative and qualitative skills of analysis. You will also understand how accounting and finance expertise may be successfully combined to assess corporate performance and valuation.

The course is aimed at management, business or economics graduates, who would like to gain a more specialist knowledge of issues related to financial analysis. It is also suitable for non-business graduates with good numeracy levels who wish to develop financial skills and understanding.

The course also covers many relevant topics for those intending to study for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.

What you'll learn: You will analyse individual companies from an external perspective with substantial emphasis placed on: •corporate strategy •accounting •valuation.

You will undertake practical studies of real world data via DataStream and other industry sources, in order to develop skills in the manipulation of financial and statistical software.

Your dissertation consolidates this learning, as it takes the form of an analyst's report on a major corporation. You will prepare a report on a company of your choice, analysing financial and accounting data, strategy and corporate governance. You will conclude with a valuation of the company itself.

Your development: On completion of this course, you will be able to show practical skills and the ability to: •deal with complex issues both systematically and analytically •use this analysis to make sound judgements around investment management •analyse quantitative data used for operational decision making •critically engage with contemporary debates on financial theory •apply, with originality and creativity, the knowledge, skills and understanding gained on the course to complex issues within the finance sector.

Accreditation and recognition: This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the course provides you with the exemptions from the following professional examination papers:

  • Papers F1-F3 (on completion), F7 Financial Reporting (linked to Accounting for Analysts), F9 Financial Management (linked to International Finance and Capital Markets and Corporate Strategy and Valuation) from ACCA

  • All papers at Foundation level: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Corporate Governance and Audit and Business Management, and one paper at Professional level: Financial Accounting and Reporting 1 (linked to Accounting for Analysts) from AIA

Read about our exemptions on the Newcastle University Business School site.

CFA Institute's University Recognition Program Get ahead with your studies towards the CFA examinations. We are part of the CFA Institute's University Affiliation Program, which means that our courses incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK).

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: •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


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