Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment (MSc)

Newcastle University

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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.

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.

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

  • management
  • accounting
  • financial planning
  • corporate investment

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 provides you with exemptions 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

Career focus:

Graduates of this course have undertaken various roles including:

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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Notes about fees for this course

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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

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

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