Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment (MSc)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment at Newcastle University

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

About this course

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 and investment opportunities.

What you'll learn:

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

Your development:

On completion of the course, you will be able to show 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 to make strategic decisions

Course accreditation:

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Associate of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) 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

You will also be eligible for the following exemptions from Associate of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA):

  • 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))

Read about our CIMA and ACCA exemptions on the Newcastle University Business School site.

Delivery:

The course is modular, comprising 180 credits.

You must also complete a dissertation, which takes the form of a consultant’s report. You will choose a company and use available information to produce your report along with recommendations on performance and strategy.

Facilities:

Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 93 nationalities. Our location and modern design creates a dynamic centre point for a valuable network of:

  • regional, national and international thought leaders
  • alumni
  • leading professions

Our facilities provide:

  • a flexible and dedicated conference suite with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing approximately 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and 21 seminar rooms, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • a dedicated Hub and Base providing a balanced mix of study space and relaxation areas
  • a contemporary café.

View some of the Business School facilities.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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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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