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MSc Accounting and Finance Who is it for?


You are a graduate in accounting and finance or a closely related discipline seeking to pursue further study and seeking career development and opportunities for promotion in this area. You do not need to have work experience in this area, but students with work experience and/ or professional qualifications are very welcome.


About the Course


This Master’s degree addresses many of the current accounting issues present in business and examines how they relate to the wider social, technical and economic challenges that businesses face. The course will provide students with a theoretical background and applied knowledge at Master’s level. It also offers the opportunity to study a specialist interest. It is designed to enhance intellectual and transferable skills, including presentation, research, analysis and appraisal. On completion students will be conversant with theoretical issues in Accountancy and Finance, and will be able to apply accounting theory and practice to real issues faced in day-to-day operations. Students can also enrol to take ACCA professional qualifications in parallel whilst studying relevant modules on the MSc course. The course carries exemption from ACCA modules F1 to F4. Exemption from additional modules is at the discretion of ACCA.


Course Content


The course consists of taught modules, research methods and a supervised dissertation. The modules are based on professional body syllabi to promote the inter-relationships between this degree and the expectations of the key accounting professional bodies.


Modules • Accountancy and Society


• Business and Financial Strategy • Corporate Reporting


• Corporate Social Responsibility • Developing Cross-Cultural Capability • International Business Crime • Investment Analysis • Strategic Audit


• Strategic Information Systems and Quality Management


• Tax Policy and Planning


Assessment The course has a mixture of assessment involving essays, reports and examinations, plus a dissertation.


Career Opportunities


Accounting and Finance are essential areas of expertise for many people seeking high level careers in the professions, business and commerce or academia. Accountancy and Finance professionals have central roles in all types and sizes of companies and organisations and excellent career opportunities exist in this area. Recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.


Duration of Course


You can choose to begin studying in either September or January. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout two taught semesters followed by a period of supported independent study whilst you complete your dissertation.


Entry Requirements


Applicants will normally hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and Finance or an appropriate postgraduate qualification for which a degree or HND qualification was a necessary entry requirement. Students with a degree in a related area with relevant content will also be considered. Professional qualifications such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA, AIB, ACII etc. at an appropriate level are acceptable if they are obtained by examination. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


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