Three reasons I chose to study Finance MSc at Newcastle University Business School
1. The course itself
The main reason I chose to study Finance MSc at Newcastle University Business School was the course itself. I am interested in financial markets and hope to pursue a career in investment, so the focus of the course on financial markets drew me in.
My favourite module so far is Financial Derivatives. For one of the assessments on this module, you’re given the opportunity to use paper trading software with near real time data to construct an investment portfolio using both stocks and derivatives.
I found it really interesting self-selecting stocks to invest in and deciding how to hedge them against drops in the market. It gives you an invaluable insight into investing interfaces and strategies used by financial professionals which is not only applicable to a job but also to your personal investments.
On top of this, as a student on the Finance MSc course you have access to interfaces and financial databases including Bloomberg terminals and Datastream, amongst others. This gives you an insight into some of the software you’ll be likely to use as a finance graduate.
2. Accreditation and recognition by professional bodies
Newcastle University Business School is one of the few of Business Schools in the world to hold triple accreditation from the three largest accreditation organisations AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This assures the quality and high standard of teaching, courses and engagement with industry, making graduates from triple accredited business schools highly employable.
In addition to this, the course is recognised by professional bodies including Charted Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI), Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This recognition means that students on the Finance MSc course can apply for a scholarship to reduce fees for the CFA, CISI, CBI or CIMA exams.
This was one of the key selling points of the course for me. Having not studied a business related subject at undergraduate level, the scholarship provided me with an opportunity to set myself apart from other graduates and impress employers with an industry-wide recognised professional qualification under my belt.
3. The city
Newcastle has been consistently voted the UK’s favourite student city and it’s easy to see why. I studied here for my undergraduate degree and was delighted that the Master’s course I wanted to study happened to be in Newcastle.
I like the compact nature of the city; everything is a short walk away yet there is so much going on. You can go from the University campus to high street shops and bars to the Quayside in all but 20 minutes’ walk.
When I first came to Newcastle I noticed how many green spaces and parks there are compared to my home city of Leeds. Exhibition Park, Jesmond Dene and Leazes Park are some of my favourite places to go for a walk or to sit and have lunch. The fact that the beach is only a 20 minute metro journey away is also a bonus.
Newcastle is also infamous for being one of the best cities for going out which was a factor in my decision to study here. Home to a plethora of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants, there’s no shortage of choice when it comes to deciding where to go.
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