The changing business environment is driven by:
- technological changes
- customer preference
This requires organisations to respond effectively and efficiently. Our Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment MSc will enable you to develop:
- advanced understanding of accounting, finance and strategic investment. You'll advance the effectiveness and competitiveness of organisations
- quantitative and qualitative skills for evaluating and informing strategic decisions and investment opportunities
- professional attributes and investment and decision-making skills highly valued by international organisations
You'll also learn transferable skills including:
- report writing
- personal and interpersonal skills
- presentation skills
- group working skills
- an appreciation of working in a multicultural environment
This course brings together:
- innovative thinking
- fundamental theory
- real-life case studies
It will enable you to develop a wide range of analytical and critical-thinking skills.
The course contains a significant part of both finance and management accounting. This provides the necessary tools for quantitative and qualitative assessment of corporate performance.
This master's dimensions reflect the fact that the degree is designed for those working:
- within organisations
- providing consultancy advice to organisations
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MSc is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of a science-related subject. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MSc full time over 12 months.
A Master of Science is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation or research project.
What you'll learn
You'll 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'll gain a strong foundation of financial knowledge and analytical skills. You'll develop an appreciation of managerial decision making and investment.
Learn how developing an advanced understanding of accounting, finance and strategic investment can increase the effectiveness and competitiveness of organisations.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
The course is modular, comprising 180 credits.
This master’s degree offers you a stimulating curriculum and a supportive teaching and learning environment. Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a virtual learning environment that allows you to:
- access your courses and groups
- receive notifications and messages
- submit your assignments
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- PC examination
- Problem-solving exercises
- Written examination
- Written exercise
You must also complete a dissertation, which takes the form of a consultant’s report. You'll choose a company and use available information to produce your report. This includes your recommendations on performance and strategy.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Benefit from an international academic teaching team. They are actively engaged in leading research and bringing their real-world research insights into the course.
View profiles of the module leaders for this course:
On completion of the course, you'll be able to show practical skills and the ability to:
- implement appropriate business strategies. They will 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. These will help to improve organisational performance
- understand and apply as appropriate: product costing, budgeting, capital budgeting, and other management accounting techniques. These skills will help you make strategic decisions.
Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles, including:
- futures trader
- investment analyst
- investor relations officer
- procurement manager
- financial planner
- corporate finance consultant
- risk analyst
- financial trader
- business development consultant
This course prepares you for a wide range of careers with employers, such as:
- Vodafone Group Plc
- Agricultural Bank of China
- BDO AG
- Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
- Tunlan Investment
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 83 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:
- regional, nationality and international leaders
- leading professionals and practitioners from industry
The Business School is based in a building within the Newcastle Helix development – Newcastle's emerging business district.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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