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Got an undergraduate finance degree? Looking to advance your career in accountancy or corporate finance? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping you to improve your employment or promotion prospects. Read more

Overview

Got an undergraduate finance degree? Looking to advance your career in accountancy or corporate finance? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping you to improve your employment or promotion prospects.

- International accounting and finance at Solent covers risk, ethics, financial strategy, decision making, financial reporting, and auditing over the course of eight distinct units.
- Students can also tailor the curriculum to their own unique career ambitions by choosing from a range of optional units.
- Students work alongside experienced academics, researchers and business specialists, benefiting from their first-hand industry insight.
- Solent's strong links with industry help provide students with access to live briefs, case studies and guest speakers.
- Students will graduate in a good position to pursue chartered accountant, chartered management accountant or chartered certified accountant status.
- Two employability events are held throughout the year, introducing students to a range of employers and guest speakers.
- The course concludes with a final master’s project. This project gives students the opportunity to specialise their knowledge further, researching a subject that will help them throughout their careers.

The industry -

Finance is fast-moving, complex and ever-evolving – an industry that’s adding billions to the UK economy each year. Employers in this challenging environment are always looking for motivated and intelligent students to fill a variety of graduate roles. A postgraduate degree can help students to secure these roles – proving their academic commitment and bringing them one step closer to chartered accountant status.

The programme -

Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping students to understand the impact of accounting information on business performance, stock markets and corporate finance. It is also designed to prepare our graduates for essential professional accreditation.

Students study financial accounting and corporate finance, exploring their contribution to the strategic development of organisations through real-world examples and case studies. Students will also cover contemporary global issues in accountancy and finance, preparing them well for careers with multinational businesses.

The curriculum is taught by lecturers with professional qualifications and industry experience. This helps them to teach academic theory alongside practical application, enriching the student experience and ensuring that graduates understand how the skills they have learnt relate to ‘real world’ practise.

The accountancy, finance and economics tutoring team have significant experience of delivering postgraduate, professional accountancy and finance units. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible.

Course Content

- Risk, Governance and Ethics
- Financial Strategy
- Financial Aspects of Decisions (Strategic Management Accounting)
- Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Economics
- Corporate Financial Reporting
- Strategy and Performance
- Audit and Assurance
- Project.

Plus one of the following options:

- Taxation
- Finance in Context
- Current Issues in International Accounting and Finance
- Financial Risk Management.

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course is taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops which will guide your individual learning. You learn through taught sessions and independent study, with good access to support from tutors. You will have personal supervision for the project.

Assessment:

The course is assessed through individual coursework, with a variety of portfolios, written work, presentations, exams and the final project.

Web-based learning -

The University’s virtual learning environment is an integral part of the learning and teaching of the MSc course. It is used for course content, case studies, access to additional study resources and interaction with peers and tutors.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City Living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

The MSc International Accounting and Finance will provide a foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or corporate finance. It has been specifically designed to be a stepping stone to professional qualifications in accounting.

Suitable roles for graduates of this course include:

- Auditing
- Financial accounting
- Management accounting
- Financial management
- Tax
- Corporate finance
- Consultancy.

Links with industry -

All members of the course team have professional qualifications (chartered accountant, chartered management accountant or chartered certified accountant) and connections with the various professional bodies of which they are members.

The course team runs two employability weeks for students interested in careers in accounting and finance, with visiting speakers from over a dozen individuals and organisations.

Students will be encouraged to enter various business competitions and attend industry events.

Transferable skills -

In-class activities and assessments, and in particular the contemporary, real-world project, will help you to develop business awareness and skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and communication.

Further study -

The course provides a foundation for further study for professional accounting qualifications.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £5,665

International full-time fees: £12,380

UK and EU part-time fees: £2,835 per year

International part-time fees: £6,190 per year

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Think employment in accountancy and finance might be for you? With modern facilities, experienced teaching teams and a specialist focus on international regulations, Southampton Solent University’s postgraduate accountancy and finance programme could be the ideal next step towards your dream career.

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This programme aims to provide you with a strong professionally oriented training in accounting. You will study the professional syllabus of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and will obtain exemptions from all six professional-level papers of the exams needed to gain chartered accountant status (subject to validation of the programme by ICAEW), as well as receiving preparation to sit the final advanced-level papers.

The programme will equip you with:

• intellectual skills and theoretical understanding appropriate to the study of accounting at postgraduate level
• an awareness of key current issues, theory and practice in the field of accounting
• skills in professional accounting and financial decision-making, evaluation and analysis of financial data, and the techniques to evaluate and act upon complex financial and tax-related issues encountered in practice
• the knowledge necessary for qualifying and operating as a chartered accountant

Modules

• Financial Strategy
• Financial Accounting and Reporting
• Audit and Assurance
• Business Strategy and Management
• Business Planning - Taxation
• Tax Compliance
• Corporate Reporting and Auditing I and II
• Strategic Business Management
• Integrated Case Study

What are my career prospects?

The programme is designed to prepare you to qualify as a chartered accountant with ICAEW, and it is also useful preparation towards other professional accountancy exams, such as those offered by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). Students who successfully complete the programme and achieve grade levels stipulated by ICAEW, in addition to the four or more ICAEW paper exemptions that the student must already hold to enter the programme, and who then pass the Advanced Level papers, will have completed the examination requirements necessary to become a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW. After then satisfying the professional work experience component, you will be able to apply to become a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW.

Our overall aim on the programme is to prepare you for the workplace from day one. Our Master of Science in Professional Accounting programme provides you with a comprehensive up-to-date knowledge of contemporary international financial reporting and auditing, and is highly relevant to solving the challenges that face organisations today in their business planning. You will also have the opportunity to meet high profile people from the business world, and exploit our strong links with ICAEW, as well as attending the networking events that we run with local employers from time to time, and events delivered by recruiting organisations on campus.

NOTE: ICAEW ACCREDITATION IS STILL OUTSTANDING AND AN APPLICATION IS IN PROGRESS.

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The Finance, Accounting and Business Graduate Diploma is a professional accountancy conversion course designed to offer you a graduate entry route to Chartered Accountancy.

This course was developed in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). ICAEW is a world-class professional accountancy body, providing leadership and practical support to over 144,000 members from across the globe.

The course is designed to offer you a graduate route to become a Chartered Accountant. You will register as a student member of the ICAEW which gives you access to many useful resources.

What you'll learn

The course builds from the fundamentals of:
-Finance
-Accounting
-Business

This enables you to develop your knowledge and understanding.

The course also provides a bespoke skills development module. This was developed in collaboration with ICAEW and accountancy firms. It is aimed at improving your personal and professional skills.

The course draws on the expertise of three contributors:
-Newcastle University Business School
-ICAEW
-Professional Accountancy firms

You will study an applied syllabus informed by current business issues. This will help you to develop greater commercial awareness. Teaching on the course focuses on developing your technical and professional skills. This prepares you for professional life.

Career focus

Many of our graduates have secured training contract positions to complete the ICAEW ACA qualification. A sample of job titles our graduates now hold include:
-Assistant Fund Accountant
-Auditor
-Financial Analyst
-Trainee Accountant
-Trainee Chartered Accountant
-Financial Trader
-Auditor
-Risk Analyst

A sample of employers who our graduates now work for include:
-KPMG
-EY
-J.P. Morgan
-BDO
-Kenneth Easby Limited
-RSM
-MazarS
-UNW

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This well established and popular 'dual award' programme is designed to meet the needs of accounting graduates who wish to pursue a career as an Irish Chartered Accountant. Read more

This well established and popular 'dual award' programme is designed to meet the needs of accounting graduates who wish to pursue a career as an Irish Chartered Accountant. It is an academically challenging one-year taught programme which encompasses both professional and conceptual material, enabling accounting graduates to study for a master's award and at the same time gain exemptions from professional examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland. It is one of the leading programmes of its kind in Ireland and is the result of close collaboration with CAI, and the in-depth experience and expertise of the course team.

It is an aim of the programme to develop the high level of skills, understanding and leadership capability considered necessary for embarking on a career as a Chartered Accountant, and to obtain a deeper understanding of the contemporary problems and issues faced by accounting and business professionals. The master's dissertation element of the programme will enable students to develop their research and analytical skills further by completing a piece of primary research.

A highly desirable feature of the programme is the level of sponsorship provided by employers. Students being sponsored on the programme receive payment of tuition fees, generous book allowances and in some instances loans and laptops.

Recent employers and sponsors of graduates include BDO, Deloitte, EY, FPM, KPMG and PwC.

Attendance

Over the course of one academic year, lectures and seminars are scheduled during the University working day, and typically spread over four days per week during each semester. Typically 16 contact hours per week with the remainder of the time allocated to independent study.

Career options

Employment prospects for students completing this programme are excellent, with typically close to 100% of students securing training contracts with Chartered Accountancy firms.

The programme is highly regarded by employers, with many of the large and medium sized chartered accountancy firms sponsoring students on the programme. See Fees & Funding.

On successful completion of the programme, students not only gain a postgraduate qualification but also full CAP2 exemptions. With pass rates typically at 100%, students only have to complete the final FAE examinations in order to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

The goal of the programme is to produce high-calibre graduates who will progress quickly through their professional training and advance to senior management positions within the accountancy profession.

Career opportunities for Chartered Accountants have never been better. Currently, two thirds of CAI members are working in industry, business or finance. Many leading companies in Ireland have a Chartered Accountant as their Financial Director or Chief Executive. A third of members are currently working in practice. International recognition brings global mobility for members with over 3,500 members working outside Ireland (e.g. Australia, USA, Canada, Caribbean).

Professional recognition

Chartered Accountants Ireland  

Accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for the purpose of exemption from some professional exams.



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This part-time course prepares you for the examinations required to become an ACCA accountant. There are 12 core papers (nine Fundamental papers and three Professional papers), and an additional two option papers that make up the ACCA Professional Qualification. Read more
This part-time course prepares you for the examinations required to become an ACCA accountant.

There are 12 core papers (nine Fundamental papers and three Professional papers), and an additional two option papers that make up the ACCA Professional Qualification.

We run classes for Fundamentals papers (only papers F5-F9) and Professional papers (P1-P7).

The number of papers you need to take varies depending on your previous study and any exemptions you are entitled to claim.

Features and benefits of the course

-ACCA courses offer up to 40 hours of contact time per paper.
-The Business School is the only public sector ACCA platinum approved learning partner in the North of England.
-You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus.
-Teaching staff on this programme are highly experienced practitioners and active researchers in their fields.
-As a student of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department, you will have complementary access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform used by the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.

About the Course

We are an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, which means that ACCA has granted us official approval for the delivery of all stages of the ACCA course with the highest platinum rating.

The ACCA qualification is intended for people wishing to qualify as an accountant within public practice, or as an accountant in commerce, industry or the public sector. It is a flexible professional qualification which is recognised in many countries of the world. The qualification is applicable to auditing, accounting and financial aspects of business and provides a rewarding and fulfilling career to its qualified members.

Teaching staff on this programme are from the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics and combine a rich mix of industry qualified and research active academic staff.

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Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Read more
Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Therefore, the MSc Accounting and Business Management appeals to graduates with a business-related degree who want to develop their understanding of accounting and management in a business context and develop skills that enhance their employability. The rigorous and integrated syllabus emphasises the value of developing knowledge and skills progressively. It supports personal learning and development through managed choice and encourages personal initiative, enthusiasm and positive study habits.

Aims

This programme offers students an opportunity to:
Develop an appreciation of the role of accounting within the overall function of management
Acquire technical accounting skills and integrate theoretical and conceptual considerations with practice
Evaluate the principles and theories that underpin accounting and management
Critically reflect on the role of the main stakeholders and the influence of regulatory frameworks on accounting and management
Develop analytical and problem solving abilities and apply them in making management decisions
Review research on current issues in accounting and management and apply accepted research methods to investigate a specific research question independently
Develop transferrable skills that will enhance employability

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Core Modules

Current Issues in Accounting
Financial Accounting
Financial Reporting
International Management:
Management Accounting
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation

Optional Modules

Business Performance Management
Business Planning
Entrepreneurship
International Business Strategy
Global Diversity Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Strategic Management

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013
Valuable accounting and management skills for students intending to seek employment in today's competitive job market and those who will work in the family business
Strong foundation for entrepreneurs planning to set up and manage their own businesses
Graduating students receive accreditation from ACCA in respect of three papers at Foundation Level
Graduating students receive accreditation from ICAEW in respect of three papers at Professional Stage
Graduating students receive accreditation from CIMA in respect of two papers at Certificate Level, one paper at Operational Level and two papers at Management Level
Graduating students receive accreditation from AIA in respect of six papers, which form a part of the AIA professional qualification
Firm foundation for future doctoral studies

Accreditation

Students graduating from the MSc Accounting and Business Management in Brunel Business School will receive accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for the following Professional Stage papers which form a part of the ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification:
Accounting
Business and Finance
Management Information
The ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, the ACA, is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. It is valued around the world in business, practice and the public sector. Details of the exemptions are listed on the ICAEW exemptions database.

 
Students graduating from the new MSc Accounting and Business Management will recieve accreditations from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in respect of the following papers:
Certificate Level: C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting, C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Operational Level: P1 Performance Operations
Management Level: F2 Financial Management, P2 Performance Management
Details of the exemptions are listed on the CIMA exemptions database.


Students graduating from the MSc Accounting and Business Management will recieve accreditations from ACCA in respect of the exemptions towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the following papers:
Paper F1: The Accountant in Business
Paper F2: Management Accounting
Paper F3: Financial Accounting
Paper F7: Financial Reporting
Details of the exemptions can be found using the Exemptions Enquiry tool on the ACCA website.

 
Students graduating from the MSc Accounting and Business Management will receive accreditation from the Association of International Accountants (AIA) for the following papers which form a part of the AIA professional qualification:
 Module A
Paper 1: Financial Accounting 1
Paper 2: Business Economics
Paper 3: Management Accounting 1
Module B
Paper 6: Information Processing
Module D
Paper 11: Financial Accounting 2
Paper 12: Management Accounting 2
Details of the exemptions can be found using the AIA Exemptions Database.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and learning methods typically comprise weekly lecture/workshops with the use of PowerPoint slides and other audio-visual teaching aids. The virtual learning environment provides access to the module guides, teaching and learning materials, and other resources. There will be opportunities for active-learning and formative feedback.
The dissertation is a self-directed activity guided by a supervisor. Assessment is based on the project report. Most of the accounting modules are assessed solely by examination, as this is a requirement for potential exemption from the professional examinations. Other modules are assessed by coursework and examination.

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LSBU has been successfully producing Accountants for over 40 years. Our tutors are knowledgeable and experienced and our approach to ACCA is simple: we focus on exam preparation to give you the confidence you need to achieve a pass.

[[Our exam focused delivery ]]
We offer exam focused teaching using exam style questions to deliver the syllabus and constantly improve your exam technique. This method not only embeds theory it also means you get used to tackling exam questions, once you understand what the examiner is really asking it is easier to maximise marks.

Our four week exam preparation programme

We deliver a four week Exam Preparation Programme as standard. This is designed to highlight your weaker areas and give you plenty of time to address them before the exam. It includes: a mock exam a mock exam feedback week two revision weeks in the run up to the exam, with tutor support throughout. Being properly prepared allows you to approach your exam in a calm and focused way; using time effectively and maximising marks.

Excellent travel connections

We are centrally located and well served by the London Underground making it practicable to juggle work and study.

Start dates

The ACCA part-time Professional Accountancy Programme will be available in September 2016 for the December sitting of the ACCA Professional papers. Please email us with your details and we can make sure that you are informed of the dates of the classes, fees and all other relevant information. In the meantime if you require any further information, please contact Ivor Pingue, Director of Studies, ACCA Professional Accountancy Course.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/acca-professional-papers-programme

Modules

There are three compulsory papers:
- P1 Governance, risk and ethics
- P2 Corporate reporting
- P3 Business analysis

And four optional papers of which two must be selected:
- P4 Advanced financial management
- P5 Advanced performance management
- P6 advanced taxation
- P7 Advanced audit and assurance

Employability

The ACCA Qualification will provide you with skills and knowledge relevant to any business, which means you are free to choose which type of accountancy role and organisation you want to work for. It is expected that these papers will be taken to either establish or enhance a career in accounting in public practice, industry or commerce.

Career in accounting

One of the most popular jobs on graduating is to go on to train as a chartered accountant. There are many different directions to pursue, specialising in financial reporting, taxation, auditing or forensic accounting. They provide professional advice, aiming to maximise profitability on behalf of their client or employer. Strong analytical skills, a developed understanding of business and good mathematical instincts are all necessary key skills.

Although accountancy has four large firms: Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC, there are many small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which provide plenty of opportunities on graduation, such as professional training and development.

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto jobs such as: Accountant Assistant, Personal Banker, Financial Analyst, Payroll Assistant and Graduate/Trainee Accountant.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

This course carries ACCA accreditation and offers you the opportunity to simultaneously gain maximum exemptions from the Knowledge and Skills modules of ACCA Fundamentals level. This is the maximum number of exemptions permitted by the ACCA and currently there are only a limited number of educational institutions offering degree courses that are accredited with this status.

Facilities

Specialist industry software prepares our students with the digital skills that employers' value Students on our programmes have access to Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, NVivo, and SPSS.

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The combination of Chartered Certified Accountant study with university awards will prepare you for senior leadership roles within Accountancy.

By following the ACCA’s syllabus for the Professional stage, you can graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree whilst at the same time passing the relevant modules required to become a Chartered Certified Accountant.

This course is offered on a part-time and full-time basis.

Membership of ACCA also provides you with access to the institute’s resources and the opportunity to network with senior professionals and executives.

As an ACCA Gold Learning Partner, the university is recognised as providing high quality standards of tuition and excellent student support.

Course structure

You will be following the ACCA’s professional-stage papers syllabus for papers P1–P3 as part of the postgraduate diploma/masters qualification.

You will be allocated a subject-specialist supervisor who will be available to support you, advise you and discuss your personal research needs during the year for your research project or dissertation. In addition, students have the opportunity to attend workshops covering research methods and ethical issues and to share ideas and strategies.

ACCA Syllabus Mapping

We have designed the university awards to run alongside the ACCA qualifications. The masters and postgraduate diploma are mapped to the ACCA’s P1-P3 papers.

You will also be required to complete a research methods module to enhance your research skills and complete a research project for the postgraduate diploma route or a dissertation for the masters route.

To become ACCA qualified you will also need to complete two papers P5, P6 or P7, this can be done alongside the Accounting MSc.

You can receive tuition for the professional option papers in addition to the modules in the same academic year or in the following academic year.

You can choose to study part-time (one day a week over two years) or full-time (two days a week over one year). If you want a more flexible approach, you can sign up for one paper at a time and build your qualification as you go.

If you would like to just receive tuition from the university for any of the professional papers (core and option) and sit exams directly with the ACCA, email for further information. More details about individual papers are available from the ACCA website.

Accounting PGDip modules:

Governance Risk and Ethics (P1)
Corporate Reporting (P2)
Business Analysis (P3)
Research Methods Module
Research Project

Accounting MSc modules:

Governance Risk and Ethics (P1)
Corporate Reporting (P2)
Business Analysis (P3)
Research Methods Module
Dissertation

Flexible study

Our programme has multiple entry and exit points depending on how many ACCA papers you have passed, or hold exemptions from. You can also choose to take this course either full-time (two days per week over one year) or part-time (one day per week over two years).

Students also have the option to exit the course early, graduating with a postgraduate diploma in Accounting by completing a shorter professional project in place of a dissertation.

If you want a more flexible approach, you can also sign up for one paper at a time and build your qualification as you go.

Learning support

Our supportive learning environment includes an induction programme and specialist diagnostic tools to assess your learning strengths and needs. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor to support you in your masters project work

Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

An Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification will help your career progress in any organisation. Employers worldwide will understand and respect your qualification. You will be in demand for your finance and accounting knowledge regardless of employment sector.

This qualification, subject to ACCA's practical experience requirements, enables you to become a chartered certified accountant.

• Careers advice and support

Careers Service provides help and advice from the very start of your studies, on subjects including careers counselling sessions, CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

• Careers counsellor

The Business School's career development advisor, Christina Keiller is available to help you to write your CV, prepare for interviews and plan your career. She also works closely with tutors to ensure that our courses teach vocational skills as well as academic ones.

• Entrepreneurship network

Beepurple is the university’s entrepreneurship support network. They offer free support for any student or graduate with their business ideas, freelance plan or social enterprise project. Beepurple run events throughout the academic year, designed to equip you with skills that will improve your employability and help you grow a successful business. By taking part in beepurple activities, you will meet like-minded people, hear how other recent graduates have set up their own businesses and gain key enterprise skills that will help you stand out from the crowd.

• Mentoring scheme

Momentum is our award-winning mentoring scheme. It pairs students with professionals who wish to share their experience. Students and their mentors meet regularly to exchange ideas. The scheme helps students to develop new skills and enhance their career prospects.

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MSc International Accounting & Finance has been designed to critically develop your understanding of accounting within an international context. Read more
MSc International Accounting & Finance has been designed to critically develop your understanding of accounting within an international context. This programme will allow you to build on the accounting and finance knowledge you have gained during your undergraduate studies and to develop the necessary expertise to take on senior management roles within a global environment.

You will focus on the application of knowledge to a real world global context by studying modules such as International Finance, International Business and International Taxation and Accounting. This programme has a strong international orientation and as such introduces you to accounting in a wider global context.

Don’t have a background in accounting and finance or a related subject? Take a look at our MSc Accounting & Finance programme where our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including both business and non-business specialisms.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules
-Business Finance
-Strategic Management Accounting
-International Business
-International Finance
-Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
-The International Context of Corporate Reporting and Assurance
-Financial Analysis
-International Taxation and Accounting
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project. Complete outlines for all modules are available online.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a final project.

Personal development
You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills. Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills and knowledge highly relevant to a wide range of graduate careers where analytical, decision-making, problem-solving and planning are required.

Career opportunities

This programme will develop your expertise in both accounting and finance, while allowing you to gain the necessary skills for senior management roles in those areas. Positions may include: auditor, financial accountant, tax accountant, financial analyst, decision analyst, management accountant or financial manager.

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Developed in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this programme prepares you for a successful career in finance and accounting, working at home or overseas in various business environments. Read more
Developed in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this programme prepares you for a successful career in finance and accounting, working at home or overseas in various business environments.

About the programme

This MSc provides an opportunity to gain relevant contextual and subject specialist knowledge through a structured programme of academic studies. It adds value to your first business or accounting related degree by giving you an integrated and critically aware understanding of your specialism.

Your learning

The course focuses on delivering the conceptual understanding and practical skills involved in accounting and finance with an understanding of how accounting operates. It will enable you to develop a professional accountancy career and join CIMA through the accelerated ‘gateway’ route. The course prepares you to sit the external CIMA ‘Gateway Examination’. Passing this three-hour case study examination allows you to claim 12 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level papers, and you will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.

You will then only need to sit and pass three strategic level examinations, the associated case study, and fulfil the work-based practical experience, before being eligible for full CIMA membership and recognition as a
professional Management Accountant.

The modules undertaken at Postgraduate Diploma stage are:
• Strategic Financial Accounting
• Strategic Financial Management
• Strategic Management Accounting
• Capital Resources
• The Professional Accountant and Governance

plus one option from:
• Advanced Financial Accounting
• Advanced Management Accounting
• Global Finance

MSc

To attain the MSc, you must complete an MSc dissertation (60 credits), an individual piece of relevant research.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates can explore a rich diversity of career options in finance and accounting management posts in industry and commerce. Our graduates’ careers include finance director, finance business partner, management consultant, operations director, management accountant and corporate finance manager.

Professional recognition

Students may wish to fully complete their professional accreditation with CIMA as the primary aim of this programme is to obtain professional exemptions. Other progression routes include a research career or further management qualifications such as an MBA or DBA.

Facilities

We have invested in new facilities at our Lanarkshire Campus. There are new teaching rooms and a postgraduate student learning space which ensures our environment supports your learning. The use of technology (such as virtual learning environments, mobile applications, smart boards, etc.) at all campuses will add to your experience. Library and study spaces have also been upgraded and are regularly reviewed.

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This exciting conversion course is for you if you want to switch direction from your undergraduate degree or embark on a career in accounting. Read more
This exciting conversion course is for you if you want to switch direction from your undergraduate degree or embark on a career in accounting. In just 12 months you can graduate as a part-qualified accountant, with both the maximum exemptions awarded by ACCA (all 9 Fundamental Level papers) and 8 ICAEW exemptions (all 6 Certificate Level and 2 Professional Level papers).

This rigorous and stimulating Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) includes specialist coverage of a range of topic areas within the disciplines of accounting and finance, including Financial Reporting, Auditing, Taxation and Business Finance. You will gain an understanding of the principles, techniques and applications of accounting and finance through your development of technical knowledge and business skills including problem solving, professional judgement, communication and advice.

On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to progress on to our MSc Accounting programme, enter employment as a part-qualified accountant and/or complete your professional exams. Our MSc Accounting can lead to you becoming a fully exam qualified accountant after a further year of study.

As our London campus is based in the heart of the city, and on the edge of the ‘Square Mile’ financial district where the worlds of finance and accounting meet, you will have ready access to many potential employers whilst you are studying.

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The aim of this programme (Website here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-international-accounting-and-finance/ ) is to enhance the research and employment potential of students who seek to specialise in international accounting and finance. Read more

Overview

The aim of this programme (Website here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-international-accounting-and-finance/ ) is to enhance the research and employment potential of students who seek to specialise in international accounting and finance. It is particularly suitable for those who seek to develop an academic career in research. It is also suitable for those seeking a professional career in this area, or for those already established in such a career who wish to extend their skill set and familiarise themselves with the latest themes of research in the areas of international accounting and finance.

The core of the programme is the stream on international accounting which consists of three subjects taken over semesters 1 and 2. These seek to provide students with an international perspective to the study of accounting so that they can develop an understanding of the reasons for national differences; the tendencies towards harmonisation; and the problems of multinational companies. This is done within the context of supporting classes on accounting theory and research methodology.

Programme duration

MSc - 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
PGDip - 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

Professional recognition

Successful completion of our MSc International Accounting and Finance programme grants the following ACCA Exemptions: F1 Accountant in Business; F2 Management Accounting; F3 Financial Accounting and F4 Corporate and Business Law. These exemptions mean you will be able to qualify more quickly than other graduates.

Programme content

The course provides theoretical training in the major areas of international accounting including Corporate Finance, Theory, Standards, and Managerial Accounting. Students can also take optional modules in other key finance subjects such as financial markets or financial reporting.

Semester 1:
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Analysis
- International Accounting Standards
- PLUS one optional module from: Corporate Governance or Financial Markets.

Semester 2:
- International Accounting Theory
- International Managerial Accounting
- Research Methods
- PLUS one optional module from: Emerging Financial Markets, or Comparative Financial Reporting.

Between May and August students undertake their MSc dissertation.

For more information on the content follow this link http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-international-accounting-and-finance/

Your career

- Accreditation
Successful completion of our MSc International Accounting and Finance programme grants the following ACCA exemptions: F1 Accountant in Business; F2 Management Accounting; F3 Financial Accounting and F4 Corporate and Business Law. These exemptions mean you will be able to qualify more quickly than other graduates.

- Career opportunities
Graduates can go on to train as professional accountants. Other potential graduate careers include managerial positions with accountancy departments of international companies; in financial institutions; banks; government and public sector institutions; business consultancies and other business services.

Previous graduates have gone on to successful careers as accountants in the private and public sector, though some have also entered in to other areas of the financial sector.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.
The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.
If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-international-accounting-and-finance/

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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course is designed to give you the technical skills and abilities required to pass its examinations. Read more
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course is designed to give you the technical skills and abilities required to pass its examinations. The ACCA qualification is for student accountants who want a professional accounting qualification that is recognised throughout industry, commerce and the accountancy profession. The ACCA is the largest accountancy body in the world, with over quarter of a million students and members.

The University of South Wales' Treforest campus has been awarded Gold Status as a learning partner by the ACCA. This approval is further recognition of the quality of accounting tuition at Glamorgan.

Year One
- Financial Accounting
- Management Accounting
- Accountant in Business
- Corporate and Business Law

Year Two
- Performance Measurement
- Taxation
- Financial Management (FM)
- Corporate and Business Law

Year Three
- Financial Reporting
- Audit and Assurance
- Professional Accountant
- Business Analysis

Year Four
- Corporate Reporting
- Advanced PM
- Advanced Taxation

Our ACCA course is taught in groups of two modules, where you study one or two modules for 13 weeks and then complete the December examinations. When you return in February, you study a different two modules and complete the examinations for these in June. The big advantage is that you will only be studying (and preparing for examinations) for a maximum of two modules at any one time. In addition, our ACCA course is taught in “bite-size” blocks of between three and a four hours each week, rather than studying the subject for a whole day or week.

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The ACCA Professional Qualification, covering all accounting disciplines, can act as a springboard to career success in many different areas of accountancy and finance. Read more
The ACCA Professional Qualification, covering all accounting disciplines, can act as a springboard to career success in many different areas of accountancy and finance. The City Campus, Newport is an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, the highest level of accreditation that a tuition provider can obtain.

Our internal ACCA Fundamentals level course is accreditated for exemption from all Fundamentals Level ACCA papers on a paper by paper basis and can also earn University of South Wales awards, a Certificate of Higher Education (Professional Accounting) on completion of 120 credits and a Diploma of Higher Education (Professional Accounting) on completion of 240 credits.

The combination of the practical experience and technical expertise of our lecturing team and our excellence in teaching and learning make our ACCA course very special.

Part-time course:
We offer tuition for all 16 papers of the Professional Qualification (F1 to F9 and P1 to P7) on a part-time basis, and most papers are offered on either a day release or afternoon-evening basis. The course is flexibly designed to allow different study combinations at all levels. There are entry points in September for December exams, and January for June exams. Students taking the Fundamentals Level papers can choose between external ACCA exams or internal, exemption awarding University exams.

Full-time course:
Tuition for the Professional Level papers is also offered on a full-time basis.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1390-association-of-chartered-certified-accountants-acca-newport-city-campus

Accountancy at City Campus

At City Campus, we offer tuition for the qualifications of three of the major UK accountancy bodies (CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW) and have been successfully teaching for over 40 years. We are an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, a CIMA Global Premium Learning Partner and an ICAEW Partner in Learning.

Top for Student Satisfaction

100% of ACCA students at the University of South Wales are satisfied with their course (NSS 2015).

What you will study

Fundamentals Level:
Knowledge Papers (Internally Assessed):
• F1 Accountant in Business
• F2 Management Accounting
• F3 Financial Accounting

Skills Papers (Internally Assessed):
• F4 Corporate and Business Law
• F5 Performance Management
• F6 Taxation
• F7 Financial Reporting
• F8 Audit and Assurance
• F9 Financial Management

Professional Level:
Essentials Papers:
• P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics
• P2 Corporate Reporting
• P3 Business Analysis

Option Papers (2 from 4):
• P4 Advanced Financial Management
• P5 Advanced Performance Management
• P6 Advanced Taxation
• P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance

Students who need to complete all elements can do so over a four year period. Students with exemptions will take less time than this, while others may opt for a longer period of study. Tuition hours are between 50 and 60 hours per paper, depending on level.

Learning and teaching methods

Students will attend a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Assessment methods

The internal papers are assessed by coursework (30%) and end of year examination (70%). The coursework is designed to test soft skills such as group work, report writing and presentations. The external papers are assessed by end of session examination.

Employment Prospects

This qualification, subject to ACCA’s practical experience requirements, enables you to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, use the designatory letters ACCA after your name and to typically work across a range of finance or management roles in any business. Some students then opt to study at postgraduate degree level. A Professional Fast-track MSc Accounting & Finance course is available for full ACCA members at the University of South Wales.

Students who have passed or who are exempted from ACCA papers F1 to F9, can study our full MSc Accounting & Finance – with ACCA tuition and complete an MSc and ACCA Professional level course simultaneously.

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. Summary. The Graduate Diploma in Accounting at Ulster University is designed to offer you a route to become a chartered accountant. Read more

Summary

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting at Ulster University is designed to offer you a route to become a chartered accountant.

The course is suitable for students with little or no previous knowledge of accounting and finance who wish to study these subjects further, or who wish to undertake postgraduate studies in accounting and finance but lack the depth of knowledge necessary to study at master’s level.

Throughout this fast-track conversion programme, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of accounting, finance and business.

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting will also help you to enhance your personal skills, as well as the subject-specific and professional skills you will need to be successful as an accountant.

Modules

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. 

  • Audit and Assurance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Management Accounting in Practice
  • Regulatory Framework of Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Modern Taxation
  • Quantitative Methods and Economic Environment
  • Law for Accountants

Professional recognition

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)  

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Chartered Accountants Ireland  

Accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for the purpose of exemption from some professional exams.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)  

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Attendance

The programme is delivered over one academic year (late September - late June). It is a full-time course which is delivered through lectures and seminars and it is expected that students will undertake independent study.

Career options

Successful students can progress to the MSc Advanced Accounting.

This qualification will lead to careers in accounting, with graduates having acquired a basic knowledge of the core areas of accounting, as well as exemptions from professional examinations.



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