Newcastle University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment (Taught)

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Course summary

Our MSc Accounting and Finance prepares you for a career in management accounting, financial planning or corporate investment. The changing business environment is driven by:

  • technological changes
  • globalisation
  • 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
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. Your development 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.
Accreditation 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 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 Facilities 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
  • alumni
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry
The Business School is based in a building within the Newcastle Helix development Find out more about Newcastle University Business School

Course details

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Association of MBAs
  • EQUIS

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. English Language Requirements: 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. See Entry Requirements tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus for full details.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment at Newcastle University - UCAS