Newcastle University Business School welcomes students from all around the world to study at postgraduate level. Most of its programmes are suited to learners from any academic background. As a triple-accredited business school, NUBS offers students a world-class business education. More than 70% of the postgraduate student body within the Business School are international students and more than 90 nationalities are represented.
Newcastle University Business School alumnus Naman Aggarwal, shares his experience of studying Banking and Finance MSc at Newcastle (voted top 10 student city in the UK, QS Best Student Cities 2022). Naman graduated in 2019 and is currently based in New Delhi, working as an Analyst in the Business Research and Finance Sector.
Why did you choose to study at Newcastle University Business School?
Newcastle holds an excellent reputation worldwide and is one of the best cities for students in the UK.
What did you enjoy about the Banking and Finance MSc course?
What I liked the most was the wide range of modules offered throughout my studies. The course itself is highly accredited by professional bodies including CFA Institute's University Affiliation Program, Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI) and Chartered Banker Institute.
I also enjoyed the extra-curricular activities as part of the course, such as case study competitions and the annual CFA challenge. The activities enabled me to build a robust set of skills required for the industry.
Was there a standout moment from the course?
There were many moments which stood out from my time at the Business School. Key highlights included being part of the CFA annual research challenge team, which represented Newcastle University Business School in 2019. I am proud to have received several awards - the NCL + award by Newcastle University Career Service, and the NCL+ Advanced Award in Project Management. This was a joint award by Oxfam and Newcastle University Career Service. I also had the opportunity to represent Newcastle University Business School in the Indian Journal meetup in 2019. I was part of the winning team of the GEO case study challenge held in 2019.
Since graduating, what have you gone on to do?
I have worked in a Business Research and Finance team for clients in many industries, from Iron and Steel to the Entertainment sector (covering media, events, and social elements).
In these roles I have enhanced my skillset and knowledge in many areas including analysing financial statements, solving problems, and research skills to name a few.
What advice would you give to students thinking about studying at Newcastle University Business School?
I would advise anyone thinking about completing a Master’s at Newcastle University Business School, to make the most out of their time during the programme. It is essential to be highly proactive to grab opportunities and gain some exposure during their studies. They should take charge of their time by managing it effectively. And last, but not least - attend the award-winning Careers Service for workshops.