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Take your skills and knowledge to the next level with the best accounting and finance group in the world. Whether you want to further your professional career, or go on to study for a PhD, this course gives you the qualification you need to succeed. Read more
Take your skills and knowledge to the next level with the best accounting and finance group in the world. Whether you want to further your professional career, or go on to study for a PhD, this course gives you the qualification you need to succeed.

A career in accounting, financial services or related sectors of the economy requires a high level of understanding of both the theory and practice of accounting and finance. This course is designed to give you a broad-based understanding of the core subject areas with an emphasis on empirical research methods and on accounting and finance practice.

Our wide range of modules allows you to specialise and during the course you have the chance to build on your growing knowledge and expertise by completing a dissertation on a research area of your choice. This, coupled with the support you get from our staff, ensures a first class learning experience.

The MSc Accounting and Finance is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as postgraduate preparation for a PhD. It also holds the award of partnership status from the CFA Institute, the global association for investment professionals.

CFA training
We're pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Kaplan Schweser to facilitate student preparation for the CFA exams. Students attending our finance-related Masters - MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance - who perform well in Semester one and show a strong interest in CFA, will get free access to Kaplan's online training materials for CFA Part One.

Kaplan is a global firm offering professional training and helping individuals and organisations obtain financial certifications and designations. They will support our students by giving them access to tuition material, online question banks and progress tests, as well as mock exam runs. They will also offer tutor support and 1-2-1 sessions.

Students enrol in the CFA Program to build a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. Preparing for the Level I exam is the first step toward earning the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) credential, the most respected and recognised investment designation in the world.

Trading BootCamp Week
Each year, Alliance MBS runs a five-day Trading BootCamp for all current students studying MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance. These trading simulations provide students with experience of real world trading and the opportunity to engage with contemporary financial markets, enabling them to apply their classroom theory in practice.
To deliver the Trading BootCamp, the School has teamed up with Amplify Trading to provide those looking to enter the financial industry with a crucial skill-set. Amplify Trading are a global financial trading and training firm, which offers training to some of the world's largest financial institutions, such as HSBC, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. They have developed specialist software that enables students to experience a live trading floor and two experienced traders will deliver the week-long training.

Each day there will be four hours of classes in the morning followed by four hours of trading practice in the afternoon. Engaging in live breaking news, economic data and geo-political events, students will be able to apply their understanding, technical expertise and risk management practises in trading different asset classes.

This is a fantastic opportunity for accounting and finance students at Alliance MBS and is another way in which we prepare students for successful careers after graduation.

The Finance Zone
The Finance Zone in Alliance Manchester Business School gives you access to one of the UK's most comprehensive collections of specialist financial and business databases that are used by top researchers around the world. These include Bloomberg, Datastream, Thomson ONE, Compustat, WRDS, Capital IQ and many more.

Course unit details

The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units.

Semester 1
Core course modules:
-Asset Pricing
-Cross Sectional Econometrics
-Corporate Financial Reporting

Optional modules:
-Portfolio Investment
-International Accounting Practice & Regulation
-International Finance

Semester 2
Core course modules:
-Corporate Finance
-EITHER Advanced Management Accounting OR Corporate Governance in an Accounting Context
-Qualitative Research Methods

Optional modules:
-Financial Statement Analysis
-Time Series Econometrics
-Mergers & Acquisitions: Economic & Financial Aspects
-Managerial Economics
-Current Issues in Empirical Finance
-Advanced Management Accounting
-Corporate Governance in an Accounting Context
-Real Options in Corporate Finance
-Accounting & Society

Scholarships and bursaries

New for 2017 entry - Masters scholarships for Accounting and Finance programmes for UK/EU students.

We are delighted to be able to offer five scholarships available across the four Accounting and Finance programmes with a value of £10,000 towards the cost of the tuition fee. The scholarships will be awarded in line with our scholarship deadlines so early application is advisable.

Career opportunities

The course provides suitable training for those who wish to take up specialist positions in the accounting and financial services sector of the economy or those who wish to subsequently pursue a research and/or an academic career via a PhD in Accounting and Finance. Many students go on to work in the financial sector either in the City or across other sectors.

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Accounting and Finance at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Accounting and Finance at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

This Accounting and Finance MSc programme has been designed around the ACCA accreditation system.

Key Features of MSc in Accounting and Finance

- A full conversion programme that may be completed in a single year
- Does not require accounting, finance or any quantitative study to be completed at undergraduate level
- All modules on the Accounting and Finance programme are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)
- Access to the School of Management investment and trading simulation room to support in-depth understanding of finance in practice
- 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
- High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week
- Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
- Scholarships available for outstanding students
- Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)

The MSc Accounting and Finance is designed specifically to enhance employment prospects by offering students the opportunity to acquire an advanced and in-depth understanding of key accounting and finance topics (without any requirement of having previously studied accounting or finance).

Modules

Modules on the MSc in Accounting and Finance typically include:

• Principles of Finance
• Financial Accounting
• Financial Modelling
• International Financial Markets
• Management Accounting
• Financial Statement Analysis
• Quantitative Financial Analysis
• Principles of Law for Accounting and Finance

Accreditation

The MSc Accounting and Finance has been awarded the following ACCA exemptions:

F1 - Accountant in Business

F2 - Management Accounting

F3 - Financial Accounting

F4 - Corporate and Business Law

F5 - Performance Management

F7 - Financial Reporting

F9 - Financial Management

This means that graduates of our MSc Accounting and Finance will be exempt from six out of nine of the ACCA ‘Fundamentals’ examinations. Students graduating from the Accounting and Finance programme can now leave Swansea as part-qualified accountants and just have to sit the remaining six.

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates including those from the Accounting and Finance programme with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a student on the MSc in Accounting and Finance programme we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
- Complete the Swansea Employability Award
- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Location and Facilities

Accounting and Finance students will be based in a state-of-the-art building and will benefit from the applied research, innovation and employment opportunities offered by this exceptional working environment on the Bay Campus.

Accounting and Finance students will have access to high-tech teaching and research spaces, that together with collaborative working and practice areas will ensue the School is able to deliver its commitment to offer an engaging and innovative student experience.

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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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The MSc Accounting & Finance degree provides industry relevant accounting and finance skills. Read more
The MSc Accounting & Finance degree provides industry relevant accounting and finance skills.

This Masters in Accounting and Finance will provide you with the knowledge, skills and independent thinking abilities which are essential for developing a career in the accounting sector, within banking and financial institutions, or in the field of corporate finance. Given the nature of modern business, this MSc may also be useful to graduates seeking to develop a career in general management or management consultancy.

The course is a conversion Master’s course for graduates who have completed a first degree in any field of study and who now wish to develop a career in accounting. It aims to produce independent thinkers who are able to deal with the complexity of the accounting and finance challenges facing organisations, either domestically or internationally. It is studied full-time over one year and degree completion will result in exemptions from examination papers F1-F4 of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Visit the website https://www.rgu.ac.uk/business-management-and-accounting/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/accounting-and-finance

Course detail

The course is a "conversion" masters which assumes no prior knowledge of accounting or finance. It involves one year of full-time study, over three semesters with study normally commencing in the third week of September. The MSc stage is completed the following September with the submission of a Masters dissertation.

The modules provide an important core content developing a range of accounting, financial and quantitative theory and practical skills for application in the general corporate financial environment.

Semester 1

• Finance Theory
• Quantitative Methods for Finance
• Financial Information and Decision Making
• External Reporting

Exit award: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) Accounting and Finance

Semester 2

• Corporate Financial Management
• Research Methods
• Portfolio Investment and Wealth Management
• Management Accounting

Exit award: Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Accounting and Finance

Semester 3

• Dissertation

Award: Masters (MSc) Accounting and Finance

Format

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving access to discussion forums with fellow students and faculty, e-book resources, financial databases and investment simulations and to other learning materials e.g. videos.

Placements and accreditation

The MSc Accounting and Finance has been granted ACCA accreditation (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Careers

A degree from Robert Gordon University is confirmation to a future employer that a graduate will possess the blend of learning, skills and experience that they are looking for. The MSc Accounting & Finance will deliver graduates who can make an immediate valuable and effective contribution to their employer's business, allowing them to undertake careers in:

• Management Accounting
• Financial Management
• General Management
• Financial Accounting

Robert Gordon University has won awards as a top university for graduate employment with consistently high rankings. It is the top modern University in the UK and the only modern university to appear in the top 50 of all UK universities. See The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2012 (subscription applies). The university also saw its position in the UK university student satisfaction rankings rise in the Guardian University Guide 2013.

The University supports career development and offers online and offline advice and services through GRAD LINK, the university Careers Advisory Service.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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This programme is designed for students wanting to extend their expertise in the fields of accounting and finance. The programme involves an intensive study of the core disciplines of this area. Read more
This programme is designed for students wanting to extend their expertise in the fields of accounting and finance. The programme involves an intensive study of the core disciplines of this area. There are many different career opportunities for accounting and finance specialists.

Industry experts provide guest lectures, career development advice, off-site visits, and curriculum input. Practitioners are involved in developing content and teaching on various courses. As part of our continuing guest lecture series, senior executives from Northern Trust and Barclays have presented to a broad audience of undergraduate, postgraduate and research students as well as academics.

The MSc Finance suite of programmes has a typical intake of over 100 students. It is common to find a minimum of 30 nationalities represented.

We are proud to say that we ranked within the top 3 for course satisfaction in Accounting and Finance in London, according to the 2016 Guardian University League Tables.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable you to become competent and thoughtful practitioners, in this case, in the wider field of finance and accounting

- To develop your reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and judgement and to expose you to contemporary issues in the field, through teaching which is strongly supported by research and professional practice

- To provide a flexible programme which delivers a strong theoretical underpinning in accounting and finance through compulsory courses and which enables you to pursue coherently related areas of specialism through chosen areas of academic study, option choices and a dissertation title.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/acc/accfin

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Accounting for Performance and Control (30 credits)
International Financial Accounting and Reporting (30 credits)
Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Dissertation (Postgraduate Accounting and Finance Suite) (45 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Corporate Governance, Assurance and Audit (15 credits)
Project Finance (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Accounting for Performance and Control (30 credits)
International Financial Accounting and Reporting (30 credits)
Corporate Governance, Assurance and Audit (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Project Finance (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Dissertation (Postgraduate Accounting and Finance Suite) (45 credits)

Students are required to choose 75 credits from this list of options.

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Accounting for Performance and Control (30 credits)
International Financial Accounting and Reporting (30 credits)
Corporate Governance, Assurance and Audit (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Project Finance (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)

Assessment

Students will be assessed through examinations, coursework and a dissertation.

Professional recognition

The Department has applied to ACCA for professional accreditation of this programme.

Career options

The degree provides a good stepping stone to a career in accountancy, especially as accountants in commerce and industry, and also provides students who are seeking positions in the finance industry with both specialist finance knowledge and the necessary level of understanding of accounting. In recent years, employers of our graduates have included First City Merchant Bank and JP Morgan.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/643995/Prog-Specs-MSc-Finance-Suite.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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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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Study for our new specialist MSc Accounting course and boost your career prospects by developing an advanced knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and prepare for a leading role in the accountancy profession. Read more
Study for our new specialist MSc Accounting course and boost your career prospects by developing an advanced knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and prepare for a leading role in the accountancy profession.

The course will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of accounting as well as your critical thinking. You will be introduced to different aspects of accounting research, and provided guidance in conducting the research.

Course description

Boost your career prospects by developing an advanced knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and prepare for a leading role in the accountancy profession.

Our new specialist MSc Accounting course will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of accounting as well as your critical thinking. You will be introduced to different aspects of accounting research, and provided guidance in conducting the research. You will advance your thinking and debate in contemporary issues in financial reporting, management account, auditing and governance. These skills are not only valued by employers, but also prepare students for a research career in academia.

Many of our accounting academics have close connection with the accountancy profession, allowing you to benefit from these links.

CFA training
We have teamed up with Kaplan Schweser to facilitate student preparation for the CFA exams. Students attending our finance-related Masters - MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance - who perform well in Semester one and show a strong interest in CFA, will get free access to Kaplan's online training materials for CFA Part One.

Kaplan is a global firm offering professional training and helping individuals and organisations obtain financial certifications and designations. They will support our students by giving them access to tuition material, online question banks and progress tests, as well as mock exam runs. They will also offer tutor support and 1-2-1 sessions.

Students enrol in the CFA Program to build a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. Preparing for the Level I exam is the first step toward earning the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) credential, the most respected and recognised investment designation in the world.

Trading BootCamp Week
Each year, Alliance MBS runs a five-day Trading BootCamp for all current students studying MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance. These trading simulations provide students with experience of real world trading and the opportunity to engage with contemporary financial markets, enabling them to apply their classroom theory in practice.

To deliver the Trading BootCamp, the School has teamed up with Amplify Trading to provide those looking to enter the financial industry with a crucial skill-set. Amplify Trading are a global financial trading and training firm, which offers training to some of the world's largest financial institutions, such as HSBC, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. They have developed specialist software that enables students to experience a live trading floor and two experienced traders will deliver the week-long training.

Each day there will be four hours of classes in the morning followed by four hours of trading practice in the afternoon. Engaging in live breaking news, economic data and geo-political events, students will be able to apply their understanding, technical expertise and risk management practises in trading different asset classes.

This is a fantastic opportunity for accounting and finance students at Alliance MBS and is another way in which we prepare students for successful careers after graduation.

The Finance Zone
The Finance Zone in Alliance Manchester Business School gives you access to one of the UK's most comprehensive collections of specialist financial and business databases that are used by top researchers around the world. These include Bloomberg, Datastream, Thomson ONE, Compustat, WRDS, Capital IQ and many more.

Course unit details

(All taught course units are 15 credits)
Semester 1
-Corporate Financial Reporting
-Quantitative Research Methods in Accounting
Two elective units from:
-Assurance and Credible Corporate Reporting
-International Accounting Practice and Regulation
-Issues in Critical Accounting Research

Semester 2
-Advanced Management Accounting
-Qualitative Research Methods
Two elective units from:
-Accounting and Society
-Corporate Governance in an Accounting Context
-Elements of Market-Based Accounting Research
-Financial Statements Analysis

Summer period
-Dissertation (60 credits): Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or statistical research

Scholarships and bursaries

New for 2017 entry - Masters scholarships for Accounting and Finance programmes for UK/EU students.

We are delighted to be able to offer five scholarships available across the four Accounting and Finance programmes with a value of £10,000 towards the cost of the tuition fee. The scholarships will be awarded in line with our scholarship deadlines so early application is advisable.

Career opportunities

This course is new for 2017 entry and will help to enhance your abilities, skills and knowledge. It will prepare your for a career with top firms in the accountancy profession. In addition, if you have overseas professional accounting qualifications, successful completion of the course can boost your career.

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The Accounting & Finance MA programme offers you the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills in the area of Accounting, Finance and Financial Management through a structured and focused programme of academic studies. Read more
The Accounting & Finance MA programme offers you the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills in the area of Accounting, Finance and Financial Management through a structured and focused programme of academic studies.

The Accounting & Finance MA Programme also enables you to develop a professional accountancy career and study CIMA through the Master’s Gateway route.

The Master’s Gateway route involves sitting CIMA’s Gateway exam/ Management Case Study Exam. (The content of the MA in Accounting and Finance programme prepares you to sit this examination during the course). Once you have passed this three hour exam, you’ll be granted 12 exam exemptions from the certificate, operational and management levels and you’ll also gain the intermediary award ‘CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting’.

You can then start studying the strategic level of CIMA’s Professional Qualification and work towards completing it to gain the full Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

The Accounting & Finance MA Programme enables you to develop a professional accountancy career and join CIMA through the accelerated ‘gateway’ route.

The Accounting & Finance MA programme prepares and enables you to sit the external CIMA ‘Gateway Examination’. Passing the one three hour examination allows you to claim 11 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level papers, and you will be awarded the CIMA ‘Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting’.

You then only need to sit and pass 3 strategic level examinations, the case study, and fulfil the work based practical experience, before being eligible for full CIMA membership.

Many of our Accounting and Finance staff have extensive industry experience through working in the private and public sectors and third sector organisations. Our academics have also gained advanced qualifications at some of the leading academic institutions in the world and are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

INDUSTRY LINKS

This is a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Gateway Exam focused programme to enable students to gain CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting whilst studying for the MA in Accounting and Finance.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Assessment by means of examinations, coursework and practical assignments.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Accounting & Finance MA programme offers you the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills in the area of Accounting, Finance and Financial Management through a structured and focused programme of academic studies. The MA in Accounting & Finance is linked to and approved by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

We seek to enable our graduates to gain a competitive edge in pursuing managerial, management consultancy and professional careers in accounting and finance and to make an outstanding contribution to the performance of their employing organisations.

The Programme builds on our reputation for providing employer-relevant postgraduate education in business and management and finance and addresses the development of those key skills that are sought by employers throughout the world.

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How can organisations ensure fair and accurate accounting? How has finance changed in the wake of the global economic crisis?

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is taught at Essex Business School, an internationally diverse school ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). You join one of the UK’s largest and most respected finance groups and experience a Masters education that combines theory with practice. You further your understanding of advanced accounting and corporate finance and can tailor your studies to your professional ambitions by choosing from a range of optional modules.

You cover topics including:
-Recent developments in theoretical approaches to accounting and corporate finance
-Quantitative and qualitative approaches to empirical research
-Financial reporting
-Portfolio management

Our world-renowned academics are at the cutting-edge of their fields. They embed the latest thinking into your course to ensure you stay up-to-date with the current developments and major issues in accounting and financial reporting.

Whether you’re thinking about continuing your studies to PhD level or targeting a senior role in the world of accounting or finance, this is the course to advance your career.

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for University of Essex scholarships and discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our expert academics and practitioners seek to shape the direction of debate and research in the fields of accounting and finance, addressing issues currently faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Their work has been cited in the national press and we’re home to internationally regarded figures, such as Professor of Accounting Prem Sikka, who is campaigning for an end to corporation tax avoidance.

Essex Business School has four accounting and finance research centres, producing work with real-world impact:
-Essex Accounting Centre
-Essex Finance Centre
-Centre for Global Accountability
-BAFA Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies

We’re recognised for being at the forefront of research in:
-Business ethics
-Corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

We’re proud to have the UK’s first zero carbon business school building, which reflects our commitment to ethical and sustainable business. You will be able to:
-Practise analysing financial data in our virtual trading floor, complete with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs
-Prepare for your lectures in our lush winter garden
-Experience our Eden-style dome, which gives the building its own micro-climate
-Learn in light and spacious lecture theatres
-Utilise our study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Network with visiting businesses
-Utilise the study skills services provided by the EBS Learning Team
-Relax in Bonds café, adjacent to our sun terrace

Your future

We develop your business skills so you can use creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to solve the challenges that the international business world continues to present. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Our recent graduates have progressed to roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy in organisations across the world, such as:
-The Government of Pakistan
-Brit College
-Dytex Cotfabr

Our courses also inspire graduates to pursue their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Working alongside the University’s Employability and Careers Centre, we’ll help you find out about employability opportunities, such as work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

MSc Accounting and Finance
-Dissertation
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Portfolio Management
-Issues in Financial Reporting
-Research Methods in Accounting (optional)
-Trading Global Financial Markets (optional)
-Corporate Finance (optional)
-Financial Decision Making (optional)

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Accounting and Finance professionals have central roles in all types and sizes of organisations whether in the UK or abroad. This programme is likely to be of interest to current or intending finance or accounting professionals wishing to gain an academic qualification in both domestic and international financial operations.

The course offers a specialist pathway in accounting (linked to the ACCA Fundamentals papers), but also provides you with the opportunity to select modules in the areas of finance and strategy. This programme focuses on accounting and finance matters within an international context, addressing current challenges and issues faced by businesses and companies around the world.

You'll be provided with analytical and business-led tools that combine academic study with a pragmatic and well structured finance content for decision making (including the use of databases such as Bloomberg and Thompson One-Banker). The course also includes training in specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).

You'll take part in a residential weekend, exchanging experiences and discussing current events and specific problems affecting the accountancy and finance fields, with academics and a visiting practitioner.

You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including "Academic skills for Finance, Accounting and Governance" and Research Techniques, a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences.

There may be a possibility to undertake an optional work placement to enhance your employability skills and professional experience (subject to validation).

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/international-accounting-finance-msc

Modules

Core modules:
- Corporate financial management
- Research design and methods
- Financial reporting
- Theories and issues in Accounting and Finance
- Dissertation

Plus two elective modules from the areas of accounting, finance, banking, law, corporate governance and strategic management.

You'll also have the option to undertake a work placement. If you choose to do so, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, individual and group presentations and written exams. A typical taught module involves a total of 200 study hours (52 contact hours and 148 group and private study hours).

The use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker are embedded within modules.

Employability

Types of careers:
Graduates who possess a combination of an LSBU Masters degree and a professional accounting qualification are likely to be highly employable in senior positions in accounting and finance, not only in the UK but throughout the world. Excellent career opportunities exist in accounting and finance. Recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.

Past employability skills events held by the Department include:

"My Employability event"
- My dream job
- Preparing CVs and cover letters
- Using databases to research the company
- IT qualifications for your CV
- Preparing for interviews
- Managing expectations
- Internships

Academic progression:
This masters degree also prepares you for research and further study in this area which can lead onto a PhD qualification.

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.

Placements

In addition to academic rigour, the Masters is highly oriented to support your professional development.

There may be a possibility of an optional placement in a relevant business area to enable you to enhance your employability skills and apply accounting and finance theory to contemporary business practices.

If you take part in a placement, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience. A placement is not currently offered on the part-time mode.

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.

Teaching and learning

Lectures cover concepts which underpin and facilitate informed participative approaches to learning. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussion facilitate more active modes of learning. You'll also benefit from excellent learning materials and small class sizes and receive training in the use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker, and specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).

Assessment is by written coursework and exams. Lecturers offer a rich profile of academic and professional qualifications backed by professional teaching and/or research experience. An academic is appointed as your Dissertation/Business Project Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation/report.

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The course meets the growing demand for masters level professionals in finance and accounting. It is suitable if you. -Are from a general finance background and wish to gain specialist knowledge in accounting and finance. Read more
The course meets the growing demand for masters level professionals in finance and accounting. It is suitable if you:
-Are from a general finance background and wish to gain specialist knowledge in accounting and finance.
-Have an accounting background and would like to extend and update your knowledge and skills.

A distinctive feature of this course is its focus on present-day national and global developments in systems, regulations and general practices of accounting and finance. By studying updated literature, international accounting standards, worldwide events, case studies and companies’ financial accounts, you learn how real organisations operate and the accounting and financial strategies and decisions they implement.

You complete in-depth research into various industries when producing presentations, coursework, assessments and the dissertation. This real world focus provides immediate value to your present or potential employers. Helping an organisation compete more successfully through better accounting and financial management and systems can be a rewarding career, in the UK or internationally.

After successfully completing the course, you are able to:
-Apply and adapt techniques to improve and extend specialist knowledge in accounting and finance.
-Apply relevant frameworks, models and techniques of financial decision making to planning, performance measurement, and risk management.
-Solve problems and develop and carry out accounting and financial strategies for different types of organisations.
-Apply international accounting standards to corporate reporting and appropriate models to auditing.
-Demonstrate analytical and research skills informed by the latest developments in accounting and finance.
-Use models and techniques for collecting, processing, validating, interpreting and presenting information.

You also gain transferable intellectual and professional skills relevant to the current national and international business world, and problem solving, communication and information technology skills.

The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-accounting-and-finance

ACCA fast track route

International students who are ACCA passed finalists or qualified accountants can convert their ACCA qualifications to a UK masters on our MSc Accounting and Finance – ACCA Fast Track Route.

Professional recognition

ACCA has granted the following exemptions from their examinations to students graduating from this course:
-F1 accountant in business.
-F2 management accounting.
-F3 financial accounting.
-F4 corporate and business law.

Course structure

Full time – 1 year.
September start – typically 12 months.
January start – typically 15 months but it can be completed in 12 months.

Semester One – Postgraduate Certificate
-Forensic accounting
-International auditing and assurance
-International corporate reporting
-Methods of enquiry

Semester Two – Postgraduate Diploma
-Corporate finance
-Consultancy project 1
-Strategic management accounting for performance enhancement
-Options: one from advanced portfolio management; corporate governance and ethics; financial analysis; innovation in the digital enterprise; understanding markets; international treasury management*.

*Successful completion of the international treasury management module gives you an additional professional qualification awarded by the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). If you choose this module there is an ACT registration fee of £500 in addition to your course fees, you will be invoiced separately for this.

Semester Three - MSc
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Assessment: assignments, examinations, dissertation.

Other admission requirements

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills, is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English qualification. If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business or finance related masters degrees.

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The one-year full-time taught MSc Accounting and Finance is open to graduates with an accounting, finance or related first degree. Read more
The one-year full-time taught MSc Accounting and Finance is open to graduates with an accounting, finance or related first degree. Science and engineering graduates are also eligible for admission to the programme subject to successful completion of a preliminary one week intensive course in Accounting run in the middle of September.

Employability and Careers

The programme is designed to provide students with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment with leading accounting and financial institutions or government agencies. Graduates from the MSc in Finance have been very successful securing jobs in the following areas: banking, fund management, broking, program trading, management, corporate finance, economic research and financial regulation. These careers will also be available to Accounting and Finance graduates plus those in corporate finance and investment analysis that involve detailed analysis of accounting information for valuation purposes.

Assessment

Students will be assessed by course work, which will include individual assignments, group exercises, class tests, independent learning activities, and a dissertation.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises five compulsory taught modules, one optional module offered in the second semester, and a dissertation.

September - January

Accounting and Security Valuation
This module provides a framework for assessing the usefulness of accounting information and accounting regulation for external users and management. Theoretical and practical accounting issues will be highlighted by considering specific accounting issues. The usefulness of financial statement information for valuation purposes will be examined and explored through the use of case studies and statistical analysis of share price and accounting data.

Research Methods in Finance
This module is designed to give students both theoretical and practical experience of statistical and econometric techniques. The module will acquaint students with a range of modern econometric techniques, which are an essential part of modern advanced empirical research in accounting and finance.

Corporate Finance
The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the primary theoretical and empirical issues confronting the modern corporation when making decisions about investment, capital structure, dividends and mergers.

January – April

Accounting and Capital Markets
This module integrates material in the accounting and securities valuation module with investment management decision making. The main areas covered include the theoretical economic underpinnings of capital markets, the role of firms’ disclosure in equity markets, the role of information intermediaries, value investing, and market microstructure.

Performance Management and Governance
The module explores the role and application of strategic performance management and governance in organisations. Theoretical and practical performance management and governance issues will be examined in both businesses and not-for profit organizations (NFPOs) primarily through the use of published research papers. Through this, the usefulness of a variety of research methods will be examined, including qualitative research utilising case studies and interviews.

Plus a choice of ONE of the following modules:

International Finance
This module is designed to develop a rigorous understanding of international financial markets. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical basis for pricing such assets as forward exchange rates. Recent international monetary events such as the establishment of the euro are studied extensively.

Options, Futures and Other Derivative Securities
This module provides students with a rigorous theoretical understanding of derivative instruments. The course includes the following topics: the theory of futures markets; futures contract pricing; pricing of interest rate and stock index futures; the theory of option pricing.

Money and Banking
This module provides students with an understanding of modern banking and other financial institutions. The emphasis is placed on policy issues such as: the regulation of financial institutions; the determination of the value and quantity of both private and fiat money; the proper role of central banking, government macroeconomic policies, affecting output and employment; and fixed verses floating exchange rates.

April – June

Dissertation
Students are assigned supervisors and have to undertake an original piece of empirical accounting or finance research. The dissertation will be approximately 12,000 – 15,000 words and must be submitted by the end of September.

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This course is also offered at the Bangor Business School - London Centre.

Changes in the business environment create the need for individuals wishing to pursue a senior management role to be aware of contemporary accounting and finance developments.

Understanding these theoretical and practical issues is critical for managers who often have to make rapid and far-reaching decisions about the short term financial operations and long term strategies of firms.

The MSc in Accounting and Finance offers you a unique opportunity to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in the financial and corporate sectors, and to study advanced theory and practice relating to accounting and finance.

The aim of the programme is to provide graduates and other individuals that have practical accounting and financial training with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a senior level professional career in accounting, financial services or related sectors of the economy.

Issues you will tackle as part of your MSc Accounting and Finance degree programme include:

How are the financial accounts of companies formulated, and how do they differ across jurisdictions?
What agency issues are important in the creation of company accounts?
How does accounting theory inform financial and management accounting practice?
How does regulation impact on the performance of firms, and how do accounting practices highlight profit and/or loss realisation?
What empirical techniques can be used to evaluate company performance?
In what ways have financial accounting requirements and auditing been influenced by recent company failures?
What are the relationships between risk and return governing investment in company shares and other derivative instruments?
Which factors are most likely to influence the evaluation and implementation of international investment projects?
How can we calculate a suitable cost of capital to appraise the capital investment decision?
How should institutional investors go about constructing a portfolio of assets to maximise returns on behalf of investors?
How are futures, options, derivatives and swaps used to manage balance sheet and off-balance sheet risks?
What are the key principles of international portfolio management in a world of fast and unpredictable movements in exchange rates?
How can financial forecasts be used in business valuation, and what techniques should be used to improve trend analysis and interfirm comparison?

With these needs in mind, the MSc Accounting and Finance programme at Bangor is designed to develop participants’ existing skills through a scheme of specialist advanced study. An important objective is to provide participants with relevant analytical training, so that they are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to accounting and finance. The programme provides a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, but the emphasis throughout is on advanced practical application of accounting and financial techniques in a real-world setting.
Course Structure

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory modules:

Research Methods: This module develops knowledge of intermediate and advanced research methods, and provides a basis in research methodology for those who may eventually wish to pursue research degrees.

Accounting Theory: This module critically evaluates a widespread and widely based set of theories that underpin any explanation of accounting behaviour and accounting regulatory output.

International Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial instruments in a multi-currency world, taking account of insights from portfolio theory concerning the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, and the pricing of assets.

Advanced Financial Reporting and Regulation: This module provides an advanced treatment of the main theoretical principles underlying financial reporting, and the practical implications of alternative regulatory regimes.

Financial Analysis: This module analyses the techniques that are used to evaluate a company’s financial position and performance.

Management Accounting: This module provides an understanding of the uses of financial data in measuring and evaluating business performance, and in setting the strategic aims of the organisation.

Optional modules (choose 2):

Corporate Risk Management: This module provides an analysis of pure risk and its management.

Islamic Accounting and Financial Reporting: This module develops a critical awareness of theoretical and practical approaches to Islamic accounting and financial reporting. Islamic accounting standards are compared with IFRS, and the content and impact of academic research in this area is examined.

Islamic Finance: This course provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues.

Financial Econometrics: This module provides advanced coverage of econometric methods and practices that are used to model financial and business data. You will develop the independent capability to design, estimate and evaluate appropriate econometric models using econometric software.

International Financial Management: In this module, the financial management of multinational companies, and the influence of the macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision-making are examined in an international and global context.

Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds, equities and derivatives that are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes, and examines the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.

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This is a successful and innovative course, based on the research expertise of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group. It was created in response to the increasing recognition of the need to set the theory and practice of accounting in the context of its social, political, natural and cultural environments. The course incorporates reflection on the broader setting and implications of accounting in addition to knowledge and understanding of contemporary financial and management accounting.

This theoretical Masters is of particular relevance to those who wish to enhance their understanding of accounting, or those already working as accountants who wish to acquire more advanced knowledge.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscinternationalaccounting(msc).aspx

Why choose this course?

- You will benefit from specialised teaching by academics in the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group at Royal Holloway who have published in a wide range of top ranking journals.

- You will develop advanced accounting knowledge and further explore more specialized areas of accounting which are not always available at undergraduate level

- You will obtain a postgraduate qualification recognised the world over which will enhance your understanding of accounting issues within organizations.

- You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of exciting and innovative course units enabling you to becoming a skilled international accounting practitioner.

- You will be constantly challenged to improve your accounting, conceptual, qualitative and people skills.

Department research and industry highlights

The Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group at Royal Holloway has an established and growing reputation. Its accounting branch is known for distinctive research and teaching of comparative, cultural and social aspects of international accounting, drawing intellectually on the social sciences and on arts disciplines. Each accounting unit is taught by an established accounting academic who has specialist knowledge of the field.

The group includes internationally-recognised scholars, who have published in a wide range of top-ranking journals including: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Accounting and Business Research; Accounting Horizons; Accounting, Organizations and Society; European Accounting Review; Human Relations; International Journal of Accounting; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Journal of Business Finance and Accounting; Journal of Public Economics; and Organization Studies.

Group members have many distinctions, including membership of high-level professional committees and the award of research grants. Members of the group have been advisors and consultants to a wide range of private and public sector organizations, and have long-standing connections with the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants); CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants); and ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales).

On completion of the course you will have:

Knowledge & understanding of – in the context of society & organizations:
- issues in international financial & management accounting
- more specialised and rapidly developing issues, including communication issues, comparative international accounting or sustainability.

Transferable skills including the ability to:
- critically evaluate accounting documents
- critically evaluate relevant academic literature
- employ different research methodologies
- evaluate and employ a variety of accounting-based techniques
- undertake report-writing, presentations, group work and IT.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different international accounting-related areas, including:
- Personal Relationship Manager at HSBC
- Auditor at Deloitte
- Data Analyst at Newedge
- Senior Risk Analyst at Bank of Azerbaijan
- Project Accountant at Building Design Partnership

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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

Course details

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

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

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

What you study

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

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

Core modules
-Accounting Dissertation
-Core Concepts in Accounting and Finance
-Current issues in Accounting and Research
-Finance Management
-Financial Crime
-Global Economics and International Financial Markets
-Reporting, Governance and Accountability

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

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

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

Employability

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

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