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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. Read more
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. Read more
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 popular vocational programme is designed to meet the needs of accounting graduates who wish to pursue a career as an Irish Chartered Accountant. Read more
This popular vocational 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 programme which attracts high calibre accounting graduates. It allows students to combine a postgraduate master's qualification with study for professional examinations.

Key benefits

- 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.

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

- As a result of the considerable exemptions from CAI examinations and the support from local employers, the employment prospects for a student completing this programme are excellent, currently exceeding 95%.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/advanced-accounting-8986

Course detail

- Description -

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.

- Course purpose -

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.

Career options

This Master's degree is designed for career preparation in the accounting profession.

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 either within professional practice or industry.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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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. Read more
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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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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Set yourself apart from the crowd by offering employers the complete package in terms of professional and academic accounting qualifications. This course is for aspiring professionals who want to progress towards completion of the ACCA professional accountancy qualification and gain a masters degree.

In order to study via this route, you must have passed or been granted exemption from ACCA papers F1 to F9. You will need to complete your core professional papers and a dissertation in order to be awarded the MSc Accounting.

You will also be able to study for your two optional professional ACCA papers in semester two if you wish to complete your ACCA exams. It is your choice whether you take on these additional papers ? you can decide when you receive your semester one results. There is an additional charge for these papers and a discounted rate is available to our students.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008

Note: If you are a fully qualified accountant you could complete this course in one year if you choose the part-time route.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/accounting_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

The ACCA qualification is a globally recognised chartered accountancy qualification. Add a masters degree, and accounting and finance job opportunities really start to open up. We have a number of connections with the financial services sector, including significant links with companies such as KPMG and the Yorkshire Bank. If you wish to pursue a career in education this course provides an ideal platform for further study at PhD level.

- Accountant
- Stockbroker
- Credit Policy and Assurance Manager

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course benefits

The course develops and enhances the technical, professional and academic skills required to enable you to operate effectively in the increasingly complex and challenging financial environment.

You will gain increased knowledge of financial accounting, investment and management accounting. A key element of this course is a focus on the increasingly global nature of accounting and the financial services profession. You will have the option to attend a two week study block, with online support available to guide you. This offers greater flexibility so you can study at your own pace. Taught by professionally qualified accountants with significant experience of working in industry as accountants, auditors and tax advisers, this course receives positive feedback from students who highlight the professionalism, commitment and support offered by tutors.

We also have a number of connections with the financial services sector, including significant links with companies such as KPMG and the Yorkshire Bank.

At Leeds Business School we're dedicated to supporting your professional development - that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan. To see our full programme and to register for a lecture visit http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/guestspeakers.

Professor Christopher Prince
Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law

"We are proud of the success of our national and international graduates."

With over 20 years' experience of designing and delivering in-company education and training for private and public sector organisations in the UK and overseas, Professor Prince speaks at world-wide conferences on corporate education, his area of business expertise. In addition to his academic role within our University he also acts as an advisor to a number of leading blue-chip companies on management and organisational development. Professor Prince has also served as a member of the UK's Association of Business Schools' Executive, and as the Chair of the Management, Organisation and Community Development Steering Committee. He is a former Deputy Editor of the Journal of Strategic Change, and has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Annual Conference of Management and Executive Development in the USA.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

- Gym and Sports Facilities
Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The ACA qualification is from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). ICAEW Chartered Accountants are always in demand and the ACA Qualification equips students to perform at the highest levels of accountancy, business and finance.

The majority of ACA trainees work in accounting practice and the qualification has a strong practice subject focus (audit, taxation) as well as covering other key technical accounting areas. An increasing number of students are now training in other sectors too.Once qualified, ICAEW Chartered Accountants work in all sectors, from accounting practices to commercial organisations, financial institutions, not for profit organisations and the public sector.

We offer tuition for the ACA Qualification at our Newport and Cardiff campuses. We offer a flexible portfolio of ACA courses that appeal to large or small training organisations (day release and block delivery) and we are an ICAEW Partner in Learning (City Campus Newport; Cardiff Campus application pending).

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1224-institute-of-chartered-accountants-in-england-and-wales-icaew

What you will study

To qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant students are required to complete:
• 15 examinations
• 450 days of technical work experience, which you gain by obtaining a training contract with an appropriate employer
• Professional development (delivered through ICAEW or your employer)
• Ethics and professional scepticism programme (delivered through ICAEW)

The ACA Qualification comprises three examination levels: Certificate, Professional and Advanced. A Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB) qualification is available upon completion of the Certificate Level, which is an excellent qualification in its own right for non-financial managers.

At the Advanced Level students are required to study a number of technical areas, which are then examined together in the Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management papers. These papers aim to simulate real-life business and accounting practice environments, and the concept is taken further with a final case study examination.

Certificate Level #
- Accounting
- Assurance
- Law
- Principles of Taxation
- Business and Finance
- Management Information

Professional Level *
- Audit and Assurance
- Tax Compliance
- Financial Accounting and Reporting
- Financial Management
- Business Planning: Taxation
- Business Strategy

Advanced Level **
- Corporate Reporting
- Strategic Business Management
- Case Study

#Only available at City Campus, Newport

*Available in block delivery mode (from 2016) at Cardiff Campus; available in day release mode at City Campus, Newport

**Available in block delivery mode (from 2017) at Cardiff Campus; available in day release mode at City Campus, Newport

How you will study

We offer a flexible portfolio of ACA courses that appeal to large or small training organisations.Our average student pass rate on our ACA course since its inception in 2012 has been 83%.

Weekly day release tuition (with block revision):
• Available at City Campus, Newport for all Levels (Certificate, Professional, Advanced)
• Papers taught for one day per week, with a block revision period at the end
• Typical tuition period lengths:
• Certificate Level papers – 10 weeks plus revision block
• Professional Level papers – 11-14 weeks plus revision block
• Advanced Level – 18 weeks plus revision block
• Advantages: Knowledge built up and exam question practice undertaken week on week. Students build skills gradually and sustainably, and are not absent from their work place for long periods of time (which is particularly important for smaller accounting practices)

Full block delivery:
• Available at Atlantic House, Cardiff for Professional and Advanced Levels
• For example, students study two papers at a time at Professional Level and attend tuition for four whole weeks, spaced across a number of months
• 2-3 days spent on each paper per week
• Four tuition weeks: two focus on knowledge building, one on question practice, and one on revision

Assessment methods

Certificate level:
Each assessment is 1.5 hours long and each exam will be e-assessed.

Professional level:
Modules will be assessed by paper based exams. Each will be 2.5 hours long, with the exception of the Financial Accounting and Reporting paper which will be assessed by a three hour exam.

Advanced level:
Consists of two technical integration papers and a case study:

• Technical integration papers will be 3.5 hours long
• Case Study will be four hours long

Learning and teaching methods

Students will attend workshops which will contain lecture, tutorial and question practice elements.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

ACA students enjoy early responsibility and excellent career progression. Many ACA students double their salary during training. Salaries for newly qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountants are on a par with careers in law and banking and many become partners or financial directors early in their careers, leading to a greater variety of opportunities.

ICAEW Chartered Accountants work at the highest levels of some of the world’s largest organisations; 80% of UK FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board.

Why study ACA at USW?

The University of South Wales has a rich history of providing first class tuition for ACA, ACCA and CIMA Professional Qualifications and we typically teach 300-350 part-time professional accountancy students each year. We also franchise AAT tuition to local further education colleges.

Our Professional Tuition Hub is a key element of the School of Law, Accounting & Finance with a focus on professional tuition. We have over 40 years experience of teaching ACCA and CIMA and we launched our ACA course in 2012, working closely with ICAEW.

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Over recent years the role accounting professionals play in business decisions has become increasingly important to the success of any organisation. As a qualified accountant, this course will allow you to refresh your technical skills and develop new ways of thinking about current issues in both management and financial accounting.

You will examine the latest techniques being used in industry, looking at real life case studies and comparing these to the practices used within your own workplace. Working with fellow students, you will also look at the growing importance of financial reporting, discussing accounting standards and how these could be developed to improve your own organisation's fiscal statements.

If you are studying on campus, you can choose to study on a weekly basis to help fit around other commitments, or you could attend a two-week intensive programme, with online support to guide you as you work at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/accountingtopup_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will enhance your existing skills as well as acquire knowledge of new techniques, allowing you to improve current practices and make a difference within your profession. Studying on this course will demonstrate a commitment to the industry and may help boost your job prospects within your current organisation or with new employers.

Alternatively, you may wish to further your education with a PhD or one of our MBA courses.

- Finance Director
- Academic
- Senior Accountant
- Financial Controller

Careers Advice:
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You can choose to study on a week-by-week basis to help fit around your work and life commitments, or you could attend a two-week intensive study programme, with online support available to guide you as you work at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

This is an opportunity to be taught by professionally qualified accountants who have significant experience working as auditors and tax advisers. Positive feedback from our students highlighted the quality of professionalism, commitment and support offered by tutors at Leeds Business School.

We're dedicated to supporting your professional development that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan. To see our full programme and to register for a lecture click here (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/guestspeakers).

Facilities

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

- Gym and Sports Facilities
Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Master's specialisation in Accounting and Control

Gaining the skills and academic knowledge required to become a professional in the domains of auditing, accountancy, controlling and financial management/consulting.
Do you want to dive into the nitty-gritty of a company’s financial system? Interested in managing the company’s financial affairs? Or perhaps you’d prefer to examine and assess a firm’s financial system to provide high-quality public accountability.

After a general overview of the most recent mainstream and divergent economic theories, the Master’s programme in Accounting and Control immerses you in the world of governance, control and accounting. This programme will teach you everything about the figures that make businesses operate. And once you graduate you will have the chance to discover the variety of businesses, processes and people hidden behind the figures.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ac

Why study Accounting & Control at Radboud University?

- We see accounting and control as more than simply learning to use and analyse information systems, management strategies and control mechanisms. Your findings will influence the behaviour of people and institutions. We therefore emphasise the importance of ethics and other applicable aspects of the profession.

- We teach you a blend of technical skills that are always fueled and supported by academic research and developments. We will show you how to discover the practical relevance of academic discoveries even when they may not be directly applicable to day-to-day work.

- Apart from other financial positions, this programme distinctly lays a good foundation for students desiring to become chartered accountants and controllers, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

- Education and research go hand in hand at Radboud University. Our lecturers are highly active in academic and applied research which allows them to incorporate the latest academic developments and applied issues. This close link between education and research also enables you to actively participate in academic research during your Master’s programme.

- In all of our Master’s programmes, professors and students interact in small groups, thus providing a collegial style of learning.

- Economics at Radboud University could be called ‘Economics Plus’. The ‘standard’ economics package is expanded with relevant knowledge from related disciplines such as psychology and sociology, offering more in-depth knowledge that can be applied in today’s globalised world.

Dealing with conflicts

At Radboud University we challenge you to see financial professions as much more than just dealing with money and trade. Apart from the important economic aspects, we also examine the social side of the profession in order to train you to be critical of a company’s financial processes, as well as your of own profession, and to consider the consequences of the decisions you make. It will help you deal with the inherent conflicts you will undoubtedly come across in your future profession.

Admission requirements for international students

- A proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
(Certificates may not be older than two year. No other certificates are accepted.)
- TOEFL (iBT) Certificate: minimum overall score of 90, with subscores not lower than 18
- IELTS Academic Certificate: minimum overall score of 6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): minimum score of C
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): minimum score of C

Career prospects

Employers are increasingly looking for economists who are highly financially literate and can tackle a wide variety of economic problems. This Master’s specialisation will provide you with the skills and academic knowledge required to become a professional in the domains of auditing, accountancy, controlling and financial management/consulting. It will teach you to use your analytical skills to find the shortest route to the best solution and to take the consequences of possible actions into consideration before making a decision.
Our graduates therefore have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to work in financial positions for audit firms, management consulting firms, financial institutions, large and medium-sized businesses, as well as for government and not-for-profit organisations.

Job positions

This Master’s specialisation is a step in the right direction towards professions as:
- Chartered accountant / Certified public accountant (Dutch = registeraccountant)
- Chartered controller / Business controller (Dutch = registercontroller)
- Management consultant
- Financial advisor / Financial officer

Our approach to this field

Particularly, but not exclusively, this Master’s specialisation provides students with the latest knowledge in the disciplines of accounting information systems, management accounting and control, financial accounting and governance, auditing, organisational learning, strategy management and corporate finance.

Our approach to the field of accounting and control resembles those of the London School of Economics and of the Copenhagen Business School, two universities known for their multidisciplinary and critical view on risk management. Like these prestigious universities, we believe in a broad theoretical basis. We therefore start by teaching our students general economic theories that include not just the mainstream theories but also unorthodox ones that provide a well-rounded perspective to contemporary economics.

The Economics Department at Radboud University is also known for its unique approach of focusing on the social and institutional aspects of the various topics that are taught. We teach our students a pluralistic view, showing how figures can influence people’s perception of a company and therefore also demonstrating the power and responsibility that comes with these professions. It’s important to understand that accounting can aid management but also that it is much more than just a tool, as it can influence behaviour.This needs to be understood not only by accountants, but also by future controllers, auditors and financial managers and advisors.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ac

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