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Bachelor of Finance Degree Specialization

A field where employment is expected to grow steadily for many years, finance is one of the most dynamic and expansive areas of the business world. Earn your business finance degree specialization from Newcastle University, and you'll learn from faculty with real-world finance experience. Through experiential learning methods, you'll become qualified to work with the new and diverse financial products and services of a global economy. Upon graduation, pursue careers in finance in such areas as bank management, credit management, insurance analysis, and financial planning.

Follow a career track in Finance by choosing this specialization when you earn one of the following bachelor's degrees from Newcastle University:

·         Business Administration

·         Management

·         Technical Management

 

Finance Courses

When you specialize your business degree in Finance, your coursework may include these career-enhancing courses:

  • Investment Fundamentals and Security Analysis – Introducing security analysis and valuation, this finance degree course focuses on how to make investment decisions by exploring the nature of securities, mechanics and costs of trading, the way in which securities markets operate, the relationship between risk and return, equity securities, fixed income securities, portfolio diversification, and concepts of valuation.
  • Money and Banking – In this course, students delve into the global financial system, exploring the role of financial services companies in money and capital markets. Topics include the nature of money and credit, U.S. banking systems, central bank policies and controls, funds acquisitions, investments, and credit extension. 
  • Financial Statement Analysis – This finance degree course focuses on techniques used to analyze and interpret financial statements, and how to use the statement to understand and evaluate a firm's financial strength, income potential, working capital requirements, and debt-paying ability.
  • Fixed Income Securities and Credit Analysis – Topics in this course include debt securities characteristics, provisions for paying off bonds, debt market structure, bond investment risk, global bond sectors and instruments, yield spreads and measures, valuation, spot and forward rates, interest rate risk, term structure and volatility of interest rates, bonds with embedded options, mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, trading strategies, and credit analysis. 
  • International Financial Management – Exploring specific issues facing international business firms and banks, this finance degree course covers the evolution of the international monetary system. Topic include balance of payments, the function of foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange rate determination, operation of foreign currency and global capital markets, and the use of international debt and equity markets to optimize firms' financial structure.

Finance Careers Overview

Finance is a field where steady employment growth is expected. With a Newcastle University degree, you'll be ready to take advantage of this expanding job market. Explore careers analyzing and tracking profit performance, managing bank branches, or establishing credit rating criteria. No matter what you do, you'll be prepared to work with the newest financial products and services. The data you uncover is integral, and will drive how important business decisions are made in your, or your client's, company.

Professional Responsibilities

When you earn your bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Newcastle University with a major in Finance, you'll be equipped to work in the new world of global economics. With expertise in areas such as short-term financing, credit cards, factoring, mortgages, education loans, derivatives, commodities, international currency, interest rate exchanges, and international transactions and translation, finance experts' professional responsibilities could include:

  • Managing bank offices
  • Helping business customers best use their financial resources
  • Analyzing and interpreting financial results to identify trends and variances
  • Establishing credit card rating criteria and credit ceilings, as well as monitoring collection of past-due accounts

Industries Finance careers can be found in many areas of business, including: Bank management Credit management Financial planning and analysis Mortgage brokering Security and commodity sales Insurance.

Career Options

Newcastle University graduates in Business Administration with a major in Finance will be prepared for careers in areas such as:

·         Bank branch manager

·         Budget analyst

·         Credit manager

·         Commercial banking officer

·         Financial analyst

·         Financial planning consultant

·         Insurance representative

·         Loan officer

·         Security and commodities sales agent

·         Broker

 

The Newcastle University Career Advantage

Whether you are looking to attend a traditional campus or an online university, Newcastle University is the place where you can gain the skills, credentials, and respect you need to succeed in the world of finance. The proof is in the numbers. In 2012, 90% of Newcastle University graduates actively seeking employment had careers in their field within 6 months of graduation.*

* Figure based on 2012 graduates self-reporting data to Newcastle University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by Newcastle University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to Newcastle University Career Services. 

 

Program Specific Accreditation

The Distance Education and Training Council for Business Schools and Programs (DETC) Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to Newcastle University's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program.* DETC is one of three major accrediting agencies for business schools and is a leading specialized accrediting agency for business education. This recognition certifies that programs offered through Newcastle University's College of Business & Management meet the rigorous educational standards established by DETC.

*For a full list of Newcastle University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by DETC, please see the Accreditation page.

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* Figure based on 2013 graduates self-reporting data to Newcastle University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by Newcastle University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to Newcastle University Career Services.

 

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