Newcastle University Business School

Accounting, Finance & Strategic Investment

Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment MSc

Full time: 12 months

Profile

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:

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

  • BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

CIMA Operational Level 

  • E1 Organisational Management
  • P1 Management Accounting

CIMA Management Level

  • P2 Advanced Management Accounting

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

Practitioner and research led teaching

Profiles of academic staff who teach on the course:

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Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.

MSc

UK

Full time: £7,200

EU

Full time: £7,200

International

Full time: £19,200

Entry Requirements

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

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

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

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.

Application fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of £50. You need to pay this before we can process your application.

To pay your application fee and make an application please visit our WebStore.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • 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.

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