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Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment, MSc

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment, MSc - at Newcastle University

Our MSc Accounting and Finance prepares you for a career in management accounting, financial planning or corporate investment.

The changing business environment is driven by:

  • technological changes
  • globalisation
  • customer preference

This requires organisations to respond effectively and efficiently. Our Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment MSc will enable you to develop:

  • advanced understanding of accounting, finance and strategic investment. You'll advance the effectiveness and competitiveness of organisations
  • quantitative and qualitative skills for evaluating and informing strategic decisions and investment opportunities
  • professional attributes and investment and decision-making skills highly valued by international organisations

You'll also learn transferable skills including:

  • report writing
  • personal and interpersonal skills
  • presentation skills
  • group working skills
  • an appreciation of working in a multicultural environment

This course brings together:

  • innovative thinking
  • fundamental theory
  • real-life case studies

It will enable you to develop a wide range of analytical and critical-thinking skills.

The course contains a significant part of both finance and management accounting. This provides the necessary tools for quantitative and qualitative assessment of corporate performance.

This master's dimensions reflect the fact that the degree is designed for those working:

  • within organisations
  • providing consultancy advice to organisations

What you'll learn

You'll cultivate a skill set that will enable you to influence financial and strategic decisions from inside a company. Management accounting and financial analysis each play a leading role in the development of these skills.

You'll gain a strong foundation of financial knowledge and analytical skills. You'll develop an appreciation of managerial decision making and investment.

Learn how developing an advanced understanding of accounting, finance and strategic investment can increase the effectiveness and competitiveness of organisations.

Your development:

On completion of the course, you'll be able to show practical skills and the ability to:

  • implement appropriate business strategies. They will 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. These will help to improve organisational performance
  • understand and apply as appropriate: product costing, budgeting, capital budgeting, and other management accounting techniques. These skills will help you make strategic decisions.

Professional accreditation

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 this triple crown. Our accreditations reflect the investments we make for our students through providing a high quality teaching environment, innovative programming and active engagement with industry.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and provides you exemptions from professional examinations.

You will be eligible for the following exemptions:

  • F1 Accountants in Business
  • F2 Management Accounting
  • F3 Financial Accounting
  • F5 Performance Management (upon passing Performance and Decision Management (NBS8224) and Managerial Decision Making and Planning (NBS8233)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and provides you exemptions from professional examinations.

You have two options to choose from to join CIMA:

A gateway route which is an accelerated route which allows you to take the CIMA’s Master’s gateway assessment. Once successfully passed, you will be granted 11 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level exams.

A non-gateway route which provides you with the following exemptions:

  • BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • E1 Organisational Management
  • P1 Management Accounting
  • P2 Advanced Management Accounting

Facilities:

Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 83 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:

  • regional, nationality and international leaders
  • alumni
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry

The Business School is based in a building within the Newcastle Helix development – Newcastle's emerging business district.

Find out more about Newcastle University Business School

Notes about fees for this course

 See our course-specific fees and funding webpage.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject. You also need to show a good basic level of numeracy equivalent to a GCSE.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have a 2:2 honours degree.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 6 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)    
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at a minimum of 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at a minimum of 5.5, including writing)

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

  • Business and Humanities Graduate Diploma
  • Business and Humanities Graduate Diploma with Pre-sessional English

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