Postgraduate study
Business, Accounting, Leadership & Management

MSc Accounting and Finance

Accounting and finance are central to managing organisations effectively. This course integrates accounting, leadership and change, and gives you a practical insight into developing the discipline. It also provides you with a firm knowledge of accounting and finance and the adaptability needed in a rapidly changing environment.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • One afternoon and evening per week
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

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This course is distinctive in its focus on using financial skills in organisations rather than on mathematically modelling financial markets and in placing business accounting systems in the national and global business environment.

You develop hard and soft accounting skills as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively in the challenging business environment. The programme is suitable for fully or part-qualified accountants for whom significant exemptions are available.

This programme is available with 100 credits of advanced standing to entrants who have obtained a full professional accounting qualification such as ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW. These students will only need to undertake two modules to complete the award - Current Issues in Accounting and Research, and the Accounting Dissertation.

Three core modules deal with the disciplines of financial accounting, management accounting and international finance. You also study the global business environment and explore contemporary issues in accounting thought before taking accounting skills and management research modules in preparation for your dissertation.

This programme is open to qualified accountants who may enter with 100 credits of advanced standing, leaving them with only the Current Issues in Accounting & Research and the Accounting Dissertation to complete the award.

Modules

Core modules

Accounting Dissertation

You integrate their learning and development, and synthesise their knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of accounting and finance through application to professional issues arising in a relevant context. This is achieved by undertaking an extended submission (or dissertation) related to an issue in accounting and finance which is of current professional/technical or organisational significance. The topic area, context and approach will be proposed by you and agreed with a tutor before work on your dissertation can formally commence. This is a 60-credit module comprising 600 prescribed learning hours, of which the vast majority will comprise you directing your own learning and workload and preparation of your dissertation thesis. You are supported through the process of preparing and completing the dissertation by a supervising tutor who will monitor progress accordingly.

Core Concepts in Accounting and Finance

This module introduces essential accounting and finance concepts and principles for master's level students to afford an appreciation of the nature of financial information, the identification of relevant economic events, the determination of the most appropriate financial measures for those events, and the analysis of the effects of those events on the performance and financial standing of an organisation. You are assessed via a case study-based examination

Current issues in Accounting and Research

This module explores the development of accounting thought in selected aspects of the discipline of accounting. It identifies the range of research strategies and techniques that are adopted to investigate topical accounting issues and places these explorations in a theoretical framework that helps to explain and illustrate the process of research. Specifically, it will prepare you to undertake research in the discipline and provide the skills required progress to pursue the Accounting Dissertation. You are assessed by a combination of the collation of a portfolio exploring a selection of accounting issues and the submission of a research proposal.

Finance Management

This module provides a theoretical and practical insight into a range of financial management techniques. It examines the means by which financial information is used to inform the effective management of an organisation, including decision making and control, performance management and, investment management. You also considers associated managerial behaviours and the relevance of issues such as risk management and environmental impact. You are assessed by a combination of a report and an examination.

Financial Crime

This module considers an area of increasing concern in both domestic and international economies and which is therefore of growing interest to accountants and finance professionals. Specifically it considers a detailed knowledge of the context of fraud and financial crime and develops the understanding and skills relevant to the prevention, investigation and detection of such conduct in both the public and private sectors. You are assessed by an extended essay.

Global Economics and International Financial Markets

This module explores concepts and techniques in financial reporting, governance and professional ethics, and then moves to develop a critical understanding of the theoretical issues associated with the subject and the relevant skills associated with work issues in the area. You are assessed by a combination of a written essay and an end examination.

Reporting, Governance and Accountability

This module explores concepts and techniques in financial reporting, governance and professional ethics, and then moves to develop a critical understanding of the theoretical issues associated with the subject and the relevant skills associated with work issues in the area. You are assessed by a combination of a written essay and an end examination.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You work independently and with the support of peers and tutors in tutorials, seminars, directed exercises and IT-based activities.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods vary according to the module studied and include formal examinations, in-course work and presentations.

Career opportunities

Graduates can expect to be employed in areas within industry, accounting practices or the public sector. The degree provides a good stepping stone to training for a career in accountancy or a role in general management, and also provides those seeking positions in the finance industry with both specialist finance knowledge and the necessary level of understanding of accounting.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is one of the following:

  • a good honours degree (at least a 2:2) in a relevant discipline
  • a post-experience or professional qualification
  • equivalent qualifications (including international qualifications).



However, if you do not have an honours degree but have significant appropriate work experience, you are encouraged to apply.

This programme is open to qualified accountants who may enter with 100 credits of advanced standing, leaving them with only the Current Issues in Accounting & Research and the Accounting Dissertation to complete the award.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

More full-time details

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • One afternoon and evening per week
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

Contact details

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