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Accounting and Financial Management

Accounting and Financial Management at Newcastle Business School

The Accounting unit of Newcastle Business School develops individuals to achieve their leadership, accounting and employability potential through professionally relevant, research engaged education


Overview of Department

We have an international and diverse team of academics teaching and undertaking boundary stretching research in Accounting (including Tax and Auditing), Finance and Economics. Our academics have a depth of both scholarly and practitioner-based experience.

The Department’s areas of research expertise are wide-ranging, with colleagues regularly publishing world-leading research in globally recognised journals. Much of our teaching is informed by this research, enriching the learning experience for students.

On graduation, our students will be well placed to pursue a career in accounting and finance. Our graduates have become senior directors and managing partners in top accounting firms, secured high profile roles at companies such as Nissan and P&G, and have enjoyed successful careers within leading finance, financial services and stock broking firms. So, our students can aspire to life-changing opportunities.


We have three and four year undergraduate degrees, top up one year degrees, masters and doctoral degrees. We operate in a number of different countries (listed below).

Undergraduate degrees

The main two 2/3 year undergraduate programmes are Accounting and Finance and International Banking and Finance both with significant professional bodies’ exemptions.

We have excellent links with regional, mid-tier and ‘big four’ Accounting firms as well as with key national financial organisations enabling our students to experience what it is like to work in accounting and finance. Recent initiatives include our Deloitte student mentoring programme and our annual employer career networking event both of which have been extremely well received from students and employers alike. We actively engage with employers in the design and delivery of our programmes and through our employer guest lecture series to ensure that our programmes properly prepare you for your career in accounting and finance.

We actively encourage students to participate in the yearlong work placement to further develop your commercial awareness and employability skills. Our industry links and partnerships provide placement opportunities for students in international firms such as Goldman Sachs, PWC and many more. A number of our students have subsequently taken up graduate positions with their placement employer following a successful placement year. 

Other undergraduate programmes

We also offer: Accounting, Finance and Investment Management, Economics and Finance, and Economics which are 3/4 year programmes. 

Additionally, we offer an Accounting, Finance and Economics Foundation Year. Students can complete this programme before going on to full undergraduate study offered here. 

Top up degrees

Top up undergraduate programmes are available in Accounting and Finance, and International Banking and Finance. The top up programme in Accounting and Finance is also offered in Qatar and a variant of Banking and Finance is also available in distance learning mode in Sri Lanka. Students can only enter these programmes where they have studied and completed programmes equivalent to level 5 (for example a Diploma in Higher Education or the exams of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Master’s degrees

The department offers a range of programmes in both Accounting and Finance. We work to continually renew and refresh our programme portfolio in line with current market demands.


We currently offer MSc programmes in International Finance and Investment and MSc Finance (subject to validation). In addition, we are currently exploring opportunities in the wealth management and banking education space.


We offer a two year MSc in Professional Accounting which gives students the opportunity to take the professional level ACCA examinations alongside their academic study. We also have an established MSc in Forensic Accounting.

Doctoral degrees

A DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) and PhD are also offered by the department. Students are currently researching topics such as corporate social responsibility, banks’ corporate governance in developing countries, stock market investments, insurance and disasters, audit and family business, fraud, forensic accounting, diversity on boards, opportunities for women in the accounting sector, transfer of audit commission work from public to private, corporate tax reform, regulation and the use of ‘stock’ pictures in corporate disclosures.

Degree Apprenticeships:

In 2018 we developed a brand-new degree apprenticeship programme in Compliance and Risk in conjunction with a ‘Big 4’ client firm.


Key areas of research are wide ranging include: Corporate Governance in the UK and overseas, voluntary disclosure, environmental reporting and socially responsible investment, which are all fitting in in with the Business School’s signature area of Responsible Business. Further research areas within the department includes auditing and audit simulation, regulation, taxation, family businesses, corporate finance and risk, asset pricing, financial economics and econometrics, modelling and forecasting financial markets, monetary policy, banking, energy markets and energy economics, insurance, fraud and money laundering. The use of non-executives in SMEs is also an emerging area.

The department also hosts expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Research Impact:

The research undertaken within the department has far-reaching impact:

Recent publications

Members of staff in the AFM department publish their research in prestigious journals such as: Journal of Business Ethics, the British Accounting Review, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Business and Society, Qualitative Research Journal, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, European Journal of Finance, International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, International Review of Financial Analysis, Expert Systems with Applications and Journal of Financial Stability.

Knowledge Exchange

Our portfolio of short courses offers accounting and finance professionals the opportunity to enhance their skills in relation a broad range of areas including charity accounting, the role of non-executive directors, corporate governance in family businesses, enhanced counter fraud approach. In addition, we deliver courses on finance skills for non-financial professionals and specialised methodological workshops in the areas of grounded theory and quantitative data analysis.


Our orientation is international in everything we do. For example, our International Business programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels have a truly global focus. Similarly, our research on entrepreneurship, regional development and innovation systems sets regions and firms in their international contexts. Our student body is made up of people from all over the world as well as from the UK, which allows us to provide a local to global and global to local experience for all stakeholders. Furthermore, our research is published in the very best international scholarly journals which enhances our global reach and reputation.

Our department has a strong international reach and global partnerships offering career-enhancing opportunities for students. We have operations and programmes in Qatar, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

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Our Staff

Our students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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