Strategic Planning and Investment MSc

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £8,500
International: full time £15,740

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

Strategic planning is an organisation’s process of defining its strategy or direction and making appropriate decisions on the allocation of resources. This programme is aimed at graduates looking to develop a career in management, accounting, financial planning or corporate investment and provides a strong foundation of financial knowledge, analytical skills and an appreciation of managerial decision making.

Success on the programme will provide you with notable exemptions from seven of the professional examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Through the programme you will:

• engage in the advanced study of managerial decision making and investment
• develop the ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of management accounting, investment and finance in a thorough, systematic, informed and creative way
• learn how to convert theory into practice from a critical and informed perspective so as to advance the effectiveness and competitiveness of organisations
• develop the professional skills necessary for a successful career in senior managerial positions.

The programme contains significant elements of both finance and management accounting, providing the necessary tools for quantitative assessment of corporate performance. The final dissertation 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 a consultant’s report along with recommendations regarding performance and strategy.


Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:

Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold this triple crown and we are one of only 20 to have these accreditations in the UK.

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


Find out  more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree or international equivalent. Applicants must have evidence of a basic level of numeracy equivalent to a GCSE. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with a lower-second-class Honours degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-sections), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based with a minimum of: 24 in writing and speaking; 22 in reading; and 21 in listening), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Office
Newcastle University Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1503

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Finance and Accounting.