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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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
- 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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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- NBS8001 International Finance and Capital Markets
- NBS8401 Business Context and Operations
- NBS8135 Introduction to Financial Reporting
- NBS8223 Dissertation in Strategic Planning and Investment
- NBS8224 Performance and Decision Management
- NBS8233 Managerial Decision Making and Control
- NBS8235 Financial Planning and Investment
- NBS8301 Managerial Economics and Organisational Architecture
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.
The course is for graduates who are looking to develop a career in:
- financial planning
- corporate investment
Graduates of this course have undertaken various roles including:
- Financial Trader
- Risk Analyst
- Revenue Analyst
- Tax Assistant
- Accounting Associate
- Management Consultant
Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.
Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.
Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £19,200
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-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 our Pre-sessional English course at the 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:
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
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.
There is a non-refundable application fee of £50. You need to pay this before we can process your application.
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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.