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This is a successful and innovative course, based on the research expertise of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group. Read more
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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Accountants with specialist expertise are in high demand. The Master of Accounting gives you the opportunity to focus on specific fields of accounting practice and develop high-level proficiency in your field. Read more
Accountants with specialist expertise are in high demand. The Master of Accounting gives you the opportunity to focus on specific fields of accounting practice and develop high-level proficiency in your field.

Our innovative curriculum connects research and practice to provide you with a deep understanding of contemporary applications. The course allows you to align your professional learning to your career goals or interests, with specialist studies in financial accounting, forensic accounting, auditing and management accounting and accounting information systems.

The course also offers you a fast-track route to complete your professional recognition with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/accounting-b6002?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in two parts. Part A. Mastery knowledge and Part B. Application studies. All students complete Part A. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part B.

PART A. Mastery knowledge
These studies draw on best and current accounting practice to develop your capacity as a critical professional who is able to apply your knowledge of a specialisation to provide discipline-based solutions in complex commerce environments.

PART B. Application studies
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to your professional development. You will develop the knowledge and expertise required to successfully operate as a specialist in the accounting profession.

Welcome to the Department of Accounting

The Department of Accounting is committed to the advancement of knowledge and preparation of accounting professionals through high quality research, teaching and learning.

Our enviable reputation is based on our:

- vibrant, collaborative and productive research culture
- contemporary, in-demand educational programs
- excellent teaching and research infrastructure
- strong links with professional bodies and the business community.

- High quality research
We have received the highest possible rating of five in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report for Accounting, Auditing and Accountability.

Our research strengths fall into four main areas:

financial accounting
management accounting
auditing
accounting information systems.

Our research activities are supported by the provision of excellent infrastructure and facilities including the Monash Business School Behavioural Laboratory.

- Outstanding education programs
The Department of Accounting teaches into a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees offering specialisations in Accounting. We also offer higher degree research programs. Our graduates have achieved great success in a variety of careers in industry, government, private practice and education.

- Strong industry links
We have developed strong ties with relevant professional bodies and leading individuals and companies in the business community through a range of collaborative projects and programs.

Our mission, vision and values

Mission
We engage in the highest quality accounting research and education to have a positive impact on society.

Vision
The Department of Accounting will be recognised as one of the world's leading academies of scholarship in accounting, verified by the most esteemed arbiters of quality.

Values
Whilst pursuing our mission and vision we are committed to:

- act with integrity, transparency and accountability
- strive for and recognise excellence in everything we do
- provide a respectful and collegial environment for all staff and students
- uphold the principle for responsible management education and effective global citizenship
- engage collaboratively with our stakeholders.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/business-and-economics

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/accounting-b6002?domestic=true#making-the-application

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

Aims

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

Course Content

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

Core Modules

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

Optional Modules

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

Special Features

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

Accreditation

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

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


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

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

Teaching and Assessment

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

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This course has been developed in conjunction with the ACCA to meet the requirements of both a Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting and the ACCA Fundamental Skills syllabus. Read more
This course has been developed in conjunction with the ACCA to meet the requirements of both a Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting and the ACCA Fundamental Skills syllabus.

On completion, you will be able to apply to the ACCA for exemptions from their Fundamental Skills papers F4 to F9.

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

You will study a broad range of subjects, including financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, taxation, auditing, law, quantitative techniques and economics, preparing you for a senior role in accountancy.

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

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

On completion of the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting you will be able to progress onto the Accounting PGDip/MSc course.

ACCA Syllabus Mapping

We have designed the university awards to run alongside the ACCA qualifications. The Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting follows the ACCA’s F4-F9 fundamental skills papers. Upon completion of this you will gain a diploma and become part-qualified.

You can then progress onto the Masters and the ACCA’s professional-level syllabus. To become ACCA qualified you will also need to complete two papers P5, P6 or P7, this can be done alongside the MSc Accounting.

You will follow the ACCA’s Fundamental Skills syllabus for the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting qualification and, on completion of the course, will be able to apply to ACCA for exemptions from Fundamental Skills papers F4 to F9 inclusive.

Assessment involves both coursework and exams. We offer a high level of student support from a small and committed course team, and aim to keep class sizes below 30 students.

If you would like to just receive tuition from the university for any of the ACCA Fundamental Skills or Professional papers and sit exams directly with the ACCA, please email for more information. More details about individual papers are available from http://www.accaglobal.com.

Modules:

Corporate and Business Law (F4)
Performance Management (F5)
Taxation (F6)
Financial Reporting (F7)
Audit and Assurance (F8)
Financial Management (F9)

Flexible Study

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

Students who take the full masters also have the option to exit the course early, graduating after one year with a Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting or with a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting by completing a shorter professional project in place of a dissertation.

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

Learning Support

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

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

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

Careers and employability

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

On completion of the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting you will be able to progress onto the Accounting PGDip/MSc course to gain a university qualification while receiving tuition for the ACCA professional-level papers.

Entrepreneurship network:

Beepurple is the university’s entrepreneurship support network. They offer free support any student or graduate with their business ideas, freelance plan or social enterprise project.

Beepurple run events throughout the academic year, designed to equip you with key skills that will improve your employability and help you grow a successful business. By taking part in their activities and events, you will meet like-minded people, hear how other graduates set up their own businesses and gain key enterprise skills that will help you stand out from the crowd.

For more information visit http://www.beepurple.co.uk

Mentoring scheme:

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

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If you already have a bachelors degree in accounting (or are otherwise eligible to enrol in the CPA program) then the Master of Advanced Professional Accounting will allow you to become a qualified practicing accountant. Read more

Overview

If you already have a bachelors degree in accounting (or are otherwise eligible to enrol in the CPA program) then the Master of Advanced Professional Accounting will allow you to become a qualified practicing accountant.

Our graduates consistently rank higher in grade results in the CPA program than non-Macquarie graduates. We have the largest number of high distinctions every year at the annual CPA awards and the highest pass rate (91 per cent) as of July 2013.

In addition to offering the professional segments of CPA Australia, this course has been endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) – meaning that our students will be exempted from 14 CIMA papers, effectively taking them to the final part of the CIMA qualification with only one subject to do.

Our Master of Professional Accounting develops advanced professional skills in:
- strategic management accounting
- financial reporting and disclosure, global strategy and leadership
- ethics and governance

You can also conduct a research project and choose from a range of subjects such as forensic accounting, taxation, information systems in business and more.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-advanced-professional-accounting

Key benefits

- supports and broadens professional studies: no other educational institution in Australia offers a similar degree
- meets the demands of the professional accounting, corporate governance and finance job markets
- emphasises communication, technical and research skills
- expands your skill set by offering six electives outside core CPA professional accounting units – for example, you can study research and advanced topics in international accounting and corporate governance
- students gain three qualifications upon completion: a postgraduate degree in accounting, membership of CPA Australia (subject to meeting the work experience requirements) and the opportunity to gain CIMA accreditation
- offers research skills and a research project as well as a capstone unit

Suitable for

Are you a graduate who’s eligible to enrol in the CPA program, or already have a bachelors degree in accounting? If so, the Master of Advanced Professional Accounting will give you a professional qualification that’s underpinned by rigorous academic support.

English language requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Careers

- Accreditation
The program allows students to gain two qualifications with several career pathways upon completion – a postgraduate degree in accounting and membership of CPA Australia (subject to meeting the work experience requirements). CPA Australia is a significant international professional qualification that unlocks new doors and opportunities to students.

- Career Opportunities
Our graduates are professionally qualified accountants in industry and government, in roles within accounting, corporate governance and finance.

Employers
- accounting and consulting firms
- auditors
- business analyst firms
- financial institutions
- forensic accounting firms
- government organisations
- merchant bankers
- private sector firms
- stockbrokers
- superannuation advisers

Average starting salary
Accounting graduates can expect competitive salaries that compare well to salaries within other fields. According to Payscale.com, the median salary for an accounting graduate is $57,000.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-advanced-professional-accounting

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Our MRes Accounting is designed for those wishing to follow a career in research and/or academia. It is the ideal first step if you hope to progress to doctoral studies, such as PhD. Read more
Our MRes Accounting is designed for those wishing to follow a career in research and/or academia. It is the ideal first step if you hope to progress to doctoral studies, such as PhD.

We equip you with the skills and knowledge to appreciate the depth and breadth of accounting theories and techniques and apply these within a social science context. The content of our course is a direct response to requirements for, and suggested improvements in, research training laid down by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

You deepen your thinking about accounting and develop a broader understanding of the changing roles and perception of accounting within an ever-changing social context.

You develop knowledge and understanding of:
-Research skills, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches
-Theoretical stances underpinning different approaches to research
-How to design a research proposal, including construction of research questions and/or hypotheses
-Launching and managing a research project, including data collection, analysis and interpretation

You study at Essex Business School, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence and research intensity (REF, 2014). In addition, 75% of our research was deemed world leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014).

Our MRes Accounting is also available to study part-time.

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 staff are a combination of leading academics and practitioners at the forefront of accounting research. For example, Professor of Accounting Prem Sikka is a world-renowned critic of tax avoidance and has been quoted in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Independent. He is the only living academic to have been recognised for his achievements in the accounting field by both the UK and US academies.

We’re home to three internationally respected accounting research centres:
-Essex Accounting Centre
-Centre for Global Accountability
-BAFA Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies

You benefit from the very latest thinking in:
-Corporate governance
-Corporate social responsibility
-Accounting in the public and third sector
-Accounting in emerging economies
-Corporate reporting and regulations

We address the important issues faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations using social science theories and concepts.

Specialist facilities

We’re proud of our stunning Essex Business School building, which uses a sustainable design. As well as being the first zero carbon business school in the UK, the building provides a superb working environment for our community of students and staff.

You benefit from facilities such as:
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market terminals
-A fully staffed student services helpdesk
-A lush winter garden, which contributes to the building’s own micro-climate
-Group working and networking areas
-Bonds café
-Study skills workshops for postgraduate students

Your future

Our MRes puts you in a particularly strong position to progress to doctoral studies in the field of accounting, for example by studying for a PhD.

The School’s employability team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre are here to support you in your career decisions and provide information on further 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.

MRes Accounting
-Dissertation
-Management Accounting (optional)
-Advanced Qualitative Research Methods: Empirical Explorations of the Contemporary Workplace
-Research Evaluation Projects
-Research Methods in Accounting
-Philosophy of Management and Accounting
-Cases in Corporate Governance (optional)

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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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How is the role and public perception of accounting changing in a world still coping with the effects of the financial crash?. Accounting at Essex goes well beyond the preparation of financial statements. Read more
How is the role and public perception of accounting changing in a world still coping with the effects of the financial crash?

Accounting at Essex goes well beyond the preparation of financial statements. We teach you to be accountable, act ethically and make financial decisions that positively impact both organisations and society.

This course will advance your knowledge of accounting in both depth and scope. You are taught at Essex Business School, champions of ethical management and sustainable business and ranked in the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF, 2014). We believe accounting information is the foundation for successful decision-making and further develop your practical accounting skills and theoretical knowledge so you can make a positive impact in the workplace.

You explore the changing role and perception of accounting within shifting global markets. We take a critical view of both financial reporting and management accounting, so that you can be perfectly placed to lead financial decision-making in your chosen industry. You work with students and staff from across the globe, preparing you to work in international markets; our Masters students currently join us from more than 40 countries.

MSc Accounting can also be part-time and you may be eligible for a number of 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 staff are at the forefront of debate and research surrounding accounting issues.

Essex Business School is home to industry renowned figures, such as Professor of Accounting Prem Sikka. Prem is a leading academic on issues surrounding tax avoidance, with his work often quoted in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Independent.

Our academics are members of three internationally respected research centres:
-Essex Accounting Centre, which has strong links with professional accounting bodies
-Centre for Global Accountability, which produces public policy-oriented research
-BAFA Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies, with aims to establish a more realistic understanding of accounting issues in developing countries

By learning from accounting experts, you can experience an education at the cutting edge of the discipline. You hear the latest thinking on issues impacting the business world today.

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

As a top five UK university for social sciences (REF, 2014), our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts. Much of our research addresses the important issues currently being faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. At Essex Business School, you study at an institution that aims to make a direct impact on the world you live in.

Specialist facilities

This course is based at our Colchester Campus, where you benefit from excellent facilities in the UK’s first zero carbon business school building.

Our building represents our commitment to sustainability in business. Our beautiful winter garden is not only a tranquil place for group working and networking, but our Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate.

You benefit from a cutting-edge working environment, complete with:
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, providing access to financial data used by professionals around the world
-Modern lecture theatres
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-Bonds café, serving a variety of refreshments
-The EBS Learning team, who can provide study skills support to help you excel academically

Your future

Our courses are designed to foster the business leaders of the future who, through creativity, innovation and ethical awareness, can meet the many challenges that the international business world continues to present. As a result, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study in 2015 (DLHE)

Many of our students enjoy roles in areas such as financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy.

The School’s dedicated employability team work closely with the University’s careers advice services to help you to find 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
-Dissertation
-Research Methods in Accounting
-Issues in Financial Reporting
-Management Accounting
-Audit Theory (optional)
-Corporate Reporting and Analysis (optional)
-Financial Decision Making (optional)

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On this master’s degree you will learn to understand accounting and financial information, analyse problems and participate in management decision making. Read more
On this master’s degree you will learn to understand accounting and financial information, analyse problems and participate in management decision making. In this intensive programme we cover financial accounting, management accounting and corporate finance. A Research Project allows you to develop a deeper knowledge in an area of interest.

You will develop the all-round capabilities needed to be a successful accounting or finance professional. These include teamworking, problem solving and communication, research and analytical skills.

MSc Accounting and Finance is designed for those wishing to develop a career in the sector and applicants with prior accounting experience are eligible to apply.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/accounting-and-finance/

Why choose this course?

- Employability: Graduates have gone on to work in prestigious organisations and whether you are seeking career in accounting, finance or a general business career, this programme will give you a deeper understanding of accounting and finance issues and more flexibility in your career choices. On the practical side our Careers Centre offers support in developing your CV and interview skills, and provides regularly updated job vacancy information.

- Professional accreditation and links: On completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply for up to seven exemptions from the exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a professional qualification recognised worldwide. We have a strong strategic relationship with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and have links with other professional accounting bodies and accounting firms.

- Teaching and learning: You will be taught in supportive atmosphere with small interactive groups so you can learn from and bond with your classmates and lecturers. Teaching staff have extensive professional experience and are able to provide practical insight and commercial understanding. Furthermore, prestigious guest speakers such as Professor George Magnus, Senior Economic Advisor to UBS and Financial Times Columnist, come and speak to you about the industry. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and our business school received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

- Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.

- Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching takes place in interactive workshops. In addition, lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will develop your teamworking skills through structured group assignments.

Teaching staff from the Business School have in-depth knowledge of accounting practices and issues through practical experience or academic research. Visiting speakers from business and research bodies provide further input.

This is an intensive programme and you will have two taught classes each week for each module.

Approach to assessment

Assessment will include a range of activities including examinations, case studies, reports, presentations and group projects.

Specialist facilities

Our Business School Postgraduate Centre at Wheatley Campus has a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.

The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including 1,000 sets of UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate theses in business and management and business examination papers.

Field trips

We also offer the International Business in Practice - Study Trip. The purpose of this Study Trip Module is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

In the past students travelled to Boston, USA. This self-funded trip included visits to Harvard University, MIT, Reebok, Ocean Spray, Federal Reserve Bank, and State Street.

Attendance pattern

Classes are timetabled throughout the week and not every week will be the same.

How this course helps you develop

This course helps you develop both academically and professionally, and provides you with a route into the accounting or finance profession.

It offers an opportunity to create global business links with fellow students, teaching staff and professionals. You will develop vital skills such as digital literacy, communication, presentation and team working.

Careers

Our students are attractive to employers both in the UK and internationally and have gone to work in prestigious corporations such as Apple (on the Leadership Programme), Proctor & Gamble, IBM and Wolseley Group.

Others have joined accounting practices such as KPMG, PwC and Deloittes and some are working in financial institutions such as Citibank, HSBC and Accenture. We also have graduates working in the third sector organisations such as Cancer Research.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The main focus of research within the department of Accounting, Finance and Economics within the Business School is on how accountability is achieved, explored from both theoretical and practical perspectives and encompassing a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Research areas and clusters

Research in this department is grouped around four clusters, Accounting, Accountability and Responsibility, Applied microeconomics, Applied Macro, Public and Financial Economics, and Development and Environmental Economics.

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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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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 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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Program Description. A fully on-line, part-time, flexible programme which focuses on the wider, non-technical, aspects of accounting which have a broader impact on organisations and society. Read more

Program Description

A fully on-line, part-time, flexible programme which focuses on the wider, non-technical, aspects of accounting which have a broader impact on organisations and society.

The programme content and method of delivery will prove attractive to both professional accountants, and other non-professional accountant applicants, who are unable to commit to a full-time on-campus programme.

Professionally qualified accountants will gain exemption from year one of this three year distance learning programme.

This MSc looks at how accounting, the accounting profession and various calculative practices impact on the management and governance of organisations, cultural formations, and the definition of economic and social relationships.

Through the School’s Centre for Accounting and Society (CAS) an established research tradition in the area of interdisciplinary studies of accounting has been established and this programme draws upon this tradition, and on exceptionally strong relationships with professional and accounting bodies.

This new MSc will focus on the three strands: Accounting, Culture and Society, The Accounting Profession, and Communication, Governance and Control.

Online learning

Course resources and learning materials for students to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme will be delivered to participants by the following means:

  • Weekly study plan to include topic overview, learning objectives, required reading and listening, self-assessment material and assignments to be completed
  • Recorded lectures and tutorials available to course participants on the Blackboard Learn Virtual learning Environment (VLE).
  • Real-time virtual classes through the VLE
  • Online Discussion Forums via the VLE
  • Access to online electronic resources of the University of Edinburgh Library:
  • University of Edinburgh Business School Seminar Series recorded for delivery via the VLE
  • Selected electronic textbook resources

Program Structure

This is a three year fully online programme which is assessed by a mix of online assignments together with case studies and essays.

Professionally qualified accountants are exempt from year one which consists of three technical accounting courses as a foundation for years two and three.

Five courses in each of the years two and three are then taken in the specific area of Accounting and Society and a final project is completed in the final semester of year three.

Learning Outcomes

The programme is intended to further knowledge and skills in a number of ways:

  • Develop a high level of competence in using various online tools and resources together with enhanced independent learning and time-management skills.
  • Ability to analyse and assess ethical, political, cultural, governance and social responsibility issues and their impact on organisations and society overall.
  • Analysis of existing practice in organisations in the areas of Accounting and Society with a view to recommending change.
  • Further develop cross-cultural and inter-personal communication skills sensitive to diversity in people and cultures through sharing knowledge.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of Accounting and Auditing together with ability to apply tools and techniques in these areas. (For students not already holding a professional accounting qualification and required to take Year One of the programme).

Career Opportunities

This online distance learning MSc programme enables you to study part-time for an internationally recognised degree, wherever you are in the world, while maintaining busy professional and personal commitments.

The programme is aimed at both professional accountants and other non-professionally qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds who may already have careers in practice and industry but who wish to gain an additional MSc qualification to advance their existing career opportunities and to study accounting in the broader context which includes the organisational, social, historical, cultural and technical aspects.

The three technical accounting courses in year one of the programme may also serve as a basis for the professional exams of a number of accounting bodies, should students wish to take those exams in the future, and it is possible that exemptions may be negotiated by students on an individual basis.

Our programme is promoted as a professional and personal development opportunity by the Chartered Accountants Worldwide whose members include the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS), The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) among others.



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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). Read more
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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