Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment (MSc)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
12 Months

Domestic course fees
GBP 6000 per year

How you will study

Course starts
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International course fees
GBP 18500 per year

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About Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment at Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University


This course will provide you with a strong foundation of financial knowledge, analytical skills and an appreciation of managerial decision making, to prepare you for a career in management, accounting, financial planning or corporate investment.

Strategic planning is an organisation's process of defining its strategy or direction and making appropriate decisions on the allocation of resources to best achieve its objectives.

The course contains significant elements of finance and management accounting. It provides the necessary tools for quantitative assessment of corporate performance.

The course is for graduates who are looking to develop a career in:

  • management
  • accounting
  • financial planning
  • corporate investment

Your development 

On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate practical skills and the ability to:

  • implement appropriate business strategies that optimise the financial interests of key stakeholders in various organisational environments
  • systematically collect, analyse and interpret data
  • provide advice about how to apply financial models, tools and techniques to improve organisational performance
  • understand and apply as appropriate product costing, budgeting, capital budgeting, and other management accounting techniques

Graduates of this course have undertaken various roles including:

  • Financial Trader
  • Auditor
  • Risk Analyst
  • Investor
  • Revenue Analyst
  • Tax Assistant
  • Accounting Associate

Practitioner and research led teaching

Profiles of academic staff who teach on the course:

  • Professor Simon Hussain
  • Ms Gillian Holmes
  • Dr Chen Su
  • Dr Bo Che
  • Dr Lana Liu
  • Dr Zhijuan Wu


The course is modular, comprising:

  • 180 credits of compulsory modules
  • full time over 12 months

The dissertation takes the form of a consultant's report. This provides you with the opportunity to integrate and apply your learning to real world situations. You will choose a company and use available information to produce your report. You will also give recommendations on performance and strategy. The skill set that you cultivate will enable you to influence financial and strategic decisions from inside a company.



The course exempts you from seven Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional examinations. These include:

  • C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • C03 Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
  • C04 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • P1 Performance Operations
  • E1 Enterprise Operations
  • P2 Performance Management

Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold triple accreditation. Our Business School is part of this elite group and this accolade is a huge endorsement. It reflects the investments we make for our students through providing:

  • a high quality teaching environment
  • innovative programming
  • active engagement with industry


    Compulsory modules

    • NBS8001 International Finance and Capital Markets
    • NBS8401 Business Context and Operations
    • NBS8135 Introduction to Financial Reporting
    • NBS8223 Dissertation in Strategic Planning and Investment
    • NBS8224 Performance and Decision Management
    • NBS8233 Managerial Decision Making and Control
    • NBS8235 Financial Planning and Investment
    • NBS8301 Managerial Economics and Organisational Architecture

    Modules might change for your year of entry.

      How to Apply

      Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

      Start dates

      The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

      We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


      If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

      • pay a deposit of GBP1,500
      • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

      The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

        Study options for this course

        • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
        • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
          Course starts find outDomestic course feesGBP 6000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 18500 per year

        Notes about fees for this course

        2017-2018 fees

        The fees displayed here are per course.



        Full time: GBP 6,000


        Full time: GBP 18,500

          Entry requirements for this course

          Contact Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University to find course entry requirements.

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