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A career in the accounting sector requires a high level of understanding of both the theory and practice of accounting and finance, and this specialist Masters' degree is aimed towards partly qualified accountants who want to combine their practical experience with further academic training. Read more
A career in the accounting sector requires a high level of understanding of both the theory and practice of accounting and finance, and this specialist Masters' degree is aimed towards partly qualified accountants who want to combine their practical experience with further academic training. The course will develop your knowledge to higher levels and is aligned to professional body qualifications. It part-prepares you for undertaking further professional examinations in accounting.

Taught by our highly qualified staff who have considerable experience of working in accounting and finance, this course will equip you with the skills necessary to gain high-level positions in the profession. There's also the option of a placement in the third semester of the standard full-time route, further boosting your employability.

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-based activities, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences. You'll take part in a residential weekend to discuss current events and specific problems affecting the accountancy field with academics and a visitor practitioner.

There is a fast track route available for fully qualified CCAB accountants; this route will take 10 months to complete and consists of two taught modules and a dissertation.

Modules

Core modules:

Corporate financial management
Research design and methods
Governance, risk and ethics
Theories and issues in Accounting and Finance
Dissertation

Plus one elective module from four professional modules:

Corporate reporting
Business analysis
Advanced audit and assurance
Advanced corporate reporting

Plus another option from the areas of:

Accounting
Finance
Banking
Law
Corporate governance
Strategic management
Or one optional module from four professional module options

You'll also have the option to undertake a work placement.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, individual and group presentations and written exams. Atypical 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.

Fast track route
You'll study two taught modules and complete a dissertation. There is no placement option on the fast track route.

Placements

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

An optional placement in a relevant business area is available in the third semester of the full-time route. This will 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 or fast track mode.

Teaching and learning

Participation and active learning is encouraged through workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussion. 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).

Professional links

According to the electives chosen, the programme will part prepare students for some of the professional examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CIMA, ICAEW, and CISI.

Employability

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.

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

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.

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This is the only programme in Hong Kong that integrates applied knowledge and skills in accounting and finance to train professionals who will be at home in both fields. Read more
This is the only programme in Hong Kong that integrates applied knowledge and skills in accounting and finance to train professionals who will be at home in both fields. The programme emphasizes real, practical international cases. Students acquire an in-depth understanding of and updated knowledge in both accounting and finance. This makes the programme suitable not only for accounting and finance professionals, but also for managers and executives in other business areas.

Programme Theme

Enhance and Broaden Knowledge in Professional Accountancy and Finance


Programme Objectives

a) To provide an opportunity to Business Managers, Professionals, and Senior Executives to develop their analytical, judgmental, and conceptual minds;
b) To enhance students’ understanding of the state-of-the-art knowledge in accounting and finance;
c) To equip students with the solid accounting and finance knowledge and practical skills needed for managing their organizations;
d) To prepare students to advance further in their professional careers, or to continue their studies in the relevant fields, and
e) To facilitate students to prepare for relevant professional qualification examinations.

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The Master of Accounting program at Bond University program gives those with undergraduate credentials in fields other than accounting an opportunity to gain a professional accounting qualification. Read more

The Master of Accounting program at Bond University program gives those with undergraduate credentials in fields other than accounting an opportunity to gain a professional accounting qualification. The program offers a firm academic grounding and hands-on appreciation of the industry with a focus on communications and leadership so you are job ready at graduation. This program is professionally accredited by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ), Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Any completed relatable undergraduate program will also gain you up to 40 credit points towards the Master of Accounting program.

You will also have the opportunity to gain a Bloomberg certification during your degree and unlock your potential for more job opportunities in the global market.

Our internationally recognised programs offer a unique professional and personal development experience where you’ll be part of a small, exclusive cohort of students being mentored by world-renowned corporate leaders and academics; working on real-life projects relevant to your business and building a network of global contacts.

About the program

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is a specialist program for people interested in pursuing a professional accounting qualification. This course incorporates the traditional Master of Accounting program and is designed to provide an opportunity for students with undergraduate training in other fields to gain a professional accounting qualification. The course covers introductory as well as advanced units in financial and management accounting, economics, finance, tax and business law, security appraisal and valuation and auditing. The MAcc offers a firm academic grounding in the accounting discipline and offers a hands-on appreciation of the accounting industry. The program is a powerful amalgam of foundational accounting skills, decision-making, leadership and financial literacy. The course is designed to help develop a student's ability to advise businesses on financial issues. The classes combine theoretical knowledge in accounting with practical insights delivered through case studies, guest lectures and work integrated learning. Team building is encouraged through group projects and communication skills are enhanced through class presentations.

Professional outcomes

Accounting and financial literacy skills are needed by every business in the world. It is a globally recognised profession with a broad range of roles, often leading to careers in senior management. Master of Accounting graduates are eligible for employment in professional accounting practices (public accounting or chartered accountants), corporations, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. The degree is also useful to managers who are exposed to accounting on a day-to-day basis.

It is recommended that you become an affiliate of a professional body such as CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ). These groups provide valuable opportunities to network with other professionals in the industry.

Structure and subjects

Master of Accounting students must complete the following twelve subjects:



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The programme aims to provide students with a thorough postgraduate education in the field of international management, with a specialism in accounting and its international aspects. Read more

The programme aims to provide students with a thorough postgraduate education in the field of international management, with a specialism in accounting and its international aspects.

The MSc Accounting and International Management programme is distinctive in its international flavour, with a strong emphasis on the international business themes necessary for analysing the dynamic global business challenges of the 21st century.It offers a critical understanding of current management theories and global accounting practices. The programme covers issues relating to international strategic management, managing people and organisations, global financial reporting, corporate governance, ethics and the fundamentals of marketing.

Why Henley?

  • Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US
  • Excellent networking potential : 72,000 Henley alumni members in 150 countries
  • High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year
  • Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities
  • World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events
  • Henley is proud to be part of the University of Reading. The University is ranked within the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and 98% of the research is rated as being of international standard.

Course content

Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2017/18. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Either/Or:

Dissertation/Project:

Optional Modules

Students choosing the dissertation must choose ONE optional module from the list below. Students choosing the Management or Accounting project must choose TWO optional modules. Students choosing MMM054 cannot choose MMM027 and vice versa. 

Assessment

Exams, applied project and individual and group assignments

Careers and accreditations

The MSc Accounting and International Management programme is distinctive in its international flavour, with a strong emphasis on the international business themes necessary for analysing the dynamic global business challenges of the 21st century.It offers a critical understanding of current management theories and global accounting practices. The programme covers issues relating to international strategic management, managing people and organisations, global financial reporting, corporate governance, ethics and the fundamentals of marketing.

Graduates from this programme will enhance their employability in a range of careers related to their first-degree discipline or in a general international management as well as more specialized accounting roles.

This programme is granted exemption from four of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional exams: BA1 to BA4.



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In today’s fast paced, dynamic and highly competitive business arena, organisations require innovative, resourceful and ambitious professionals to get the job done. Read more

In today’s fast paced, dynamic and highly competitive business arena, organisations require innovative, resourceful and ambitious professionals to get the job done. Arguably the best way to demonstrate these capabilities and set yourself apart from other business professionals is to complete a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Bond's MBA is ranked #1 in Australia by students* and the cohorts are culturally and professionally diverse with over 20 nationalities represented to provide a cross-cultural experience while you study, and a rich global network post-graduation. In combination with the Master of Accounting, you will receive the tools required to understand the drivers of success and can greatly enhance the accounting decisions made by upper management through the information they generate and interpret. The program offers both a firm academic grounding and a hands-on appreciation of the industry, so you are ready to use your new skills from day one. *2015 Australian Financial Review Boss MBA Rankings - Student Satisfaction.

About the program

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is a specialist program for people interested in pursuing a professional accounting qualification. This course incorporates the traditional Master of Accounting program and is designed to provide an opportunity for students with undergraduate training in other fields to gain a professional accounting qualification. The course covers introductory as well as advanced units in financial and management accounting, economics, finance, tax and business law, security appraisal and valuation and auditing. The MAcc offers a firm academic grounding in the accounting discipline and offers a hands-on appreciation of the accounting industry. The program is a powerful amalgam of foundational accounting skills, decision-making, leadership and financial literacy. The course is designed to help develop a student's ability to advise businesses on financial issues. The classes combine theoretical knowledge in accounting with practical insights delivered through case studies, guest lectures and work integrated learning. Team building is encouraged through group projects and communication skills are enhanced through class presentations. The Bond MBA is a generalist management program. Designed to blend industry-relevant research with practical applications and challenges, the intended learning outcomes are centred on the three pillars of leadership, global business and entrepreneurship, developing graduates who can think critically and strategically in this context. The program is designed to provide graduates with the core underlying technical skills that inform effective decision making, framed around the development of the interpersonal, cross cultural and communication skills that are required to lead in the implementation of these decisions.

Professional outcomes

Accounting and financial literacy skills are needed by every business in the world. It is a globally recognised profession with a broad range of roles, often leading to careers in senior management. Master of Accounting graduates are eligible for employment in professional accounting practices (public accounting or chartered accountants), corporations, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. The degree is also useful to managers who are exposed to accounting on a day-to-day basis.

It is recommended that you become an affiliate of a professional body such as CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ). These groups provide valuable opportunities to network with other professionals in the industry.

Structure and subjects

Master of Accounting/Master of Business Administration students must complete the following nineteen subjects:



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The programme aims to provide a thorough postgraduate education in accounting and financial management for graduates who wish to understand how businesses use financial information for decision-making purposes. Read more

The programme aims to provide a thorough postgraduate education in accounting and financial management for graduates who wish to understand how businesses use financial information for decision-making purposes.

The programme provides an analytical and integrated study of accounting and financial management, combining a conceptual and theoretical approach with an emphasis on application to the relevant developments from the current international practice. It will cover issues related to international strategic management, management decision-making and performance evaluation, business finance, global financial reporting as well as ethics and corporate governance. Students will learn to evaluate alternative theories and methodologies and to make judgments on their applicability to complex practical scenarios.

Why Henley?

  • Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US
  • Excellent networking potential : 72,000 Henley alumni members in 150 countries
  • High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year
  • Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities
  • World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events
  • Henley is proud to be part of the University of Reading. The University is ranked within the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and 98% of the research is rated as being of international standard.

Course content

Compulsory modules

Dissertation/project

Optional modules

Students choosing MMM049 must choose one optional modules to the value of 20 credits. For students choosing MMM090 Dissertation, a project to dissertation form must be completed and no optional modules are available.

Assessment

Exams, applied project and individual and group assignments

Careers and accreditations

Students will enhance their employability in their related first-degree disciplines or in any general business management roles. The programme will also enhance career opportunities in more specialised accounting and finance fields. As the programme offers an international perspective, career prospects are likely to be international. In addition, the programme will serve as a good basis for further academic development in accounting- and finance-related disciplines.

Graduates from this programme will enhance their employability in a range of careers related to their first-degree discipline or in a general business as well as more specialised accounting and finance roles.

This programme is granted exemptions from four Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional exams: BA1 - BA4.



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Accounting and Finance at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Accounting and Finance at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

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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The Master of Accounting (Professional) program at Bond University gives those with undergraduate credentials in fields other than accounting an opportunity to gain a professional accounting qualification. Read more

The Master of Accounting (Professional) program at Bond University gives those with undergraduate credentials in fields other than accounting an opportunity to gain a professional accounting qualification. In addition, you will develop self-analysis and reflective learning skills and apply theoretical solutions for practical workplace problems. This 20-week Work Integrated Learning program will help you become job ready at graduation. You will also have the opportunity to gain a Bloomberg certification during your degree and unlock your potential for more job opportunities in the global market. Bond is the only university in Australia with 40 Bloomberg terminals, providing unparalleled access to live financial data. Any completed relatable undergraduate program will also gain you up to 40 credit points towards the Master of Accounting program.

Recognised internationally, this program is professionally accredited by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ), Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Professional outcomes

Accounting and financial literacy skills are needed by every business in the world. It is a globally recognised profession with a broad range of roles, often leading to careers in senior management. Master of Accounting (Professional) graduates are eligible for employment in professional accounting practices (public accounting or chartered accountants), corporations, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. The degree is also useful to managers who are exposed to accounting on a day-to-day basis.

It is recommended that you become an affiliate of a professional body such as CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ). These groups provide valuable opportunities to network with other professionals in the industry.

Structure and subjects

Master of Accounting (Professional) students must complete the following thirteen subjects:



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Businesses and governments rely on sound financial knowledge to underpin their strategies for success. This popular course has been ranked among the world’s best, placed. Read more

Businesses and governments rely on sound financial knowledge to underpin their strategies for success.

This popular course has been ranked among the world’s best, placed Top 60 worldwide and Top 15 in the UK (Financial Times Masters in Finance Pre-experience rankings 2017). The rankings also recognise the career progression of our graduates, placing us 2nd worldwide and 1st in the UK for salary increase after graduation. This course will kick-start your professional career, providing you with advanced knowledge of modern financial theories, accounting practices and controls, as well as an understanding of the organisational context.

You’ll cover fundamental topics such as corporate finance and financial analysis, and can specialise your knowledge with optional modules, from international business finance to forensic accounting or corporate governance. The course also allows you to apply your learning to practical case studies and simulations to test your knowledge in genuine business scenarios.

Academic Excellence

You’ll learn from academics who are experts in their field, with extensive teaching, research and consultancy experience of international standing. At the same time, you’ll collaborate with graduates from diverse international backgrounds for a challenging, rewarding and rounded learning experience.

As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC). This research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc Accounting and Finance; you will benefit from a curriculum that is informed by the latest knowledge and critical thinking.

You will also benefit from our strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions. This provides a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments, giving you a Masters that is relevant to the contemporary environment.

Course content

You’ll explore the essentials of corporate finance and the relationship between accounting information and organisational performance. At the same time, you’ll build advanced skills in handling quantitative data and examine how modern finance theories are applied to solve complex finance problems.

You will gain an understanding of important research methods in finance and their impact on current practice, and explore topics such as financial analysis, reporting and regulation.

Beyond these core modules, you’ll be able to specialise in areas that suit your career plans with your choice of optional modules. You’ll take at least one of Corporate Governance or Information and Organisation Design, but you could also study topics such as forensic accounting, behavioural finance or international investment.

A professional skills module runs throughout the year to help you develop the critical skills that will allow you to take your knowledge into the workplace. By the end of the year, you’ll be prepared to design and carry out your own research dissertation on a related topic of your choice, developing your ability to tackle the most pressing challenges currently facing the industry.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll study eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Quantitative Methods 15 credits
  • Corporate Finance 15 credits
  • Accounting and Organisational Performance 15 credits
  • Applied Finance 15 credits
  • Financial Analysis 15 credits
  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation 60 credits
  • Critical Skills for the Finance Professional 15 credits

Optional modules

You’ll also take two optional modules. One of these must be either Information and Organisation Design or Corporate Governance.

  • Information and Organisation Design 15 credits
  • International Business Finance 15 credits
  • Forensic Accounting and Finance 15 credits
  • Behavioural Finance 15 credits
  • International Investment 15 credits
  • International Banking and Finance 15 credits
  • Corporate Governance 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Accounting and Finance MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials. In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops.

Thanks to our links with major companies across the business world, you can also gain a practical understanding of key issues. For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Read more about professional development activities for finance students.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using methods such as exams, project work, presentations, reports and essays. This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of this masters course are vast. You will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of core accounting and finance principles, and the numerical and analytical skills to succeed in this rapidly changing complex environment.

Graduates have gone on to work as management accountants, management consultants, audit managers, finance managers, equity managers and credit risk officers.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support and training as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from our dedicated Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

We’re also committed to offering a wide range of development and training events and activities. Recent activities and events have included field trips to corporate headquarters, CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness networking events.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The University of Leeds Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.



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Become a qualified accountant and enjoy the benefits of a stable, financially rewarding career that is always in demand. Read more
Become a qualified accountant and enjoy the benefits of a stable, financially rewarding career that is always in demand.

About the course

Our Master of Professional Accounting provides training in the key areas of accounting and finance, while the addition of subjects such as business law and economics arms you with the expertise required for a modern accounting career.
Graduates are eligible for associate membership of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Who is this course for?

To be eligible for entry into this course you must have completed:
*An undergraduate degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in any non-accounting discipline or other qualification deemed equivalent;
*Or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Accounting.

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Master of Professional Accounting, JCU graduates will be able to:
*Critically analyse complex accounting-related knowledge and practice from both historical and contemporary perspectives
*Evaluate contexts within which differing accounting performance reporting and monitoring methods should be integrated and applied
*Evaluate sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from accounting disciplinary perspectives
*Integrate advanced theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law
*Research and apply established concepts to solve business and professional practice problems
*Critically analyse complex contemporary business issues using appropriate accounting models and techniques and make reasoned recommendations based on a synthesis of theory and evidence
Present complex business analyses and information appropriately to both accountants and non-accountants using:
*Effective oral presentation skills
*Clear and fluent written communication
Work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both:
*Collaboration
*Leadership
*Adapt accounting constructs and skills to diverse theoretical or practical situations
*Exercise judgement under minimal supervision to solve emerging and/or advanced accounting problems in complex contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives
*Seek and reflect on performance feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements and initiate this process for others.

Award title

MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING (MPA)

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), OR
*TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University’s professional programs are internationally recognised and teaching staff are often research leaders in their fields.
Our accounting programs are offered after hours in Cairns and Townsville with intensive weekend workshops.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Designed in consultation with sector experts, this Masters programme is suited to professional accountants, providing a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing the profession. Read more
Designed in consultation with sector experts, this Masters programme is suited to professional accountants, providing a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing the profession. Successful completion will enable you to pursue senior accounting and finance roles.

About the programme

Enhancing your critical awareness and understanding of current accounting issues, you will develop enquiry skills and research abilities to enable indepth understanding of developments within accounting; adding value to your existing professional qualification.

Delivered via distance learning through our Moodle online platform, this part-time course will accommodate your professional
and personal commitments. Teaching materials will introduce concepts, and guidance will be given on additional work necessary to understand and develop these concepts. Assessment is via case studies, essays, presentations and project work. Online support is
available throughout. The course will:
• Develop your critical, analytical problem-based learning and research skills, enhancing future employability

• Develop advanced skills for working within the accounting profession

• Enable a systematic understanding of current accounting theory and practice, and future developments internationally

• Encourage an analytical, creative approach to study and research, developing your ability to argue rationally and form sound judgements

• Enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities through the execution of a Masters dissertation

Your learning

Modules enable you to develop applied skills in accounting and accounting research. Study includes:
• Contemporary Issues in Accounting (20 credits) – you will critically examine accounting topics that are being debated or are contentious

• Theory and Accounting Research Methods (20 credits) – covering the various methodologies that could be adopted while undertaking accounting research

• MSc dissertation (60 credits) – can be any accounting-based topic and could focus on an ‘inhouse’ problem in your workplace

On successful completion, you will acquire 100 credits from the course, which are added to your professional qualification (worth at least 80 credits).

Our Careers Adviser says

The course aims to produce graduates who have shown high competence within the discipline and are skilled in accounting research, with a proven ability to critically analyse and understand theoretical and conceptual problems. This will equip you with the
skills to pursue senior accounting and finance roles.

Facilities

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

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A joint masters gives you with the skills to operate as a professional accountant and prepares you for senior management positions.

About the course

This joint masters provides training in the key areas of accounting and finance, while at the same time exposing you to key management areas such as strategy and leadership, human relations, marketing, business law, taxation, economics and business information systems.
Graduates are eligible for associate membership of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Who is this course for?

To be eligible for entry into this course you must have completed:
*An undergraduate degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in any non-accounting discipline or other qualification deemed equivalent;
*Or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Accounting.

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Master of Business Adminstration component of the joint degree, JCU graduates will be able to:
*Critically analyse complex business-related knowledge and practice from both historical and recent perspectives
*Evaluate contexts within which differing sustainable business performance methods should be integrated and applied
*Evaluate sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from different disciplinary perspectives
*Research and apply established concepts to solve business and professional practice problems
*Critically analyse complex contemporary business issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations based on multidisciplinary synthesis of theory and evidence
*Apply creative and innovative thinking effectively to business theory and practice
Present complex business analyses and information appropriately to differing audiences using:
*Effective oral presentation skills
*Clear and fluent written communication
*Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both:
*Collaboration
*Leadership
*Adapt sustainable business constructs and skills to novel theoretical or practical situations
*Adapt sustainable business constructs and skills to novel theoretical or practical situations
*Exercise independent ethical judgment and initiative in solving differing business problems creatively
*Demonstrate a capacity for personal reflection and self-development in relation to professional business learning and practice

On successful completion of the Master of Professional Accounting component of the joint degree, JCU graduates will be able to:
*Critically analyse complex accounting-related knowledge and practice from both historical and contemporary perspectives
*Evaluate contexts within which differing accounting performance reporting and monitoring methods should be integrated and applied
*Evaluate sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from accounting disciplinary perspectives
*Integrate advanced theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law
*Research and apply established concepts to solve business and professional practice problems
*Critically analyse complex contemporary business issues using appropriate accounting models and techniques and make reasoned recommendations based on a synthesis of theory and evidence
Present complex business analyses and information appropriately to both accountants and non-accountants using:
*Effective oral presentation skills
*Clear and fluent written communication
*Work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both:
*Collaboration
*Leadership
*Adapt accounting constructs and skills to diverse theoretical or practical situations
*Exercise judgement under minimal supervision to solve emerging and/or advanced accounting problems in complex contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives
*Seek and reflect on performance feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements and initiate this process for others.

Award title

MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING – MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), OR
*TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University’s professional programs are internationally recognised and teaching staff are often research leaders in their fields.
Our accounting programs are offered after hours in Cairns and Townsville with intensive weekend workshops.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Our Finance and Accounting MSc will help you develop an in-depth knowledge of financial theory and practice, research methods, financial markets, financial accounting and management accounting. Read more
Our Finance and Accounting MSc will help you develop an in-depth knowledge of financial theory and practice, research methods, financial markets, financial accounting and management accounting.

The course has been designed to help you develop the skills necessary to advise on financial accounting standards, solve complex business problems and address the latest issues in financial theory and practice.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Course structure

The course is composed of three phases:

Phase 1 - teaches the core subjects of finance, economics and research methods
Phase 2 - introduces specialist modules in finance and accounting
Phase 3 - is the dissertation that draws together the learning from the whole of the programme, allowing you to develop your research skills and capacity for critical analysis while creating a specialisation in a particular field of finance and accounting

All modules on the course involve both taught sessions and guided independent study. For a typical module, approximately 30% of the total hours comprise taught activity, 10% is guided study and supervision, and the remainder is independent study.

Syllabus

Core modules will give you practical background knowledge in key finance subjects. From term 2 you will be able to tailor your course through a choice of specialisms and option modules. The specialisms currently offered are banking, accounting, investment, economics and risk management.

Core modules:

Economics of Financial Markets
Financial Theory and Practice
Research Methodologies for Finance and Economics
Dissertation

Mandatory specialism modules:

Issues in Financial Accounting
Issues in Management Accounting

Option modules (choose one):

Advanced Financial Mathematics
Applied Econometrics and Financial Time Series Analysis
Banking and Financial Institutions
Emerging Financial Markets
Financial Derivatives
Financial Regulation: Economic Principles and Institutional Frameworks
Financial Risk Management
International Portfolio Management
Market-making and Investment Strategies
Money, Interest Rates and Banking

Dissertation

In the final phase of the course, you will complete a dissertation relating to finance and accounting.

The dissertation will be 10,000–15,000 words long. It will address an accounting problem that requires you to undertake research leading to practicable recommendations based on sound analysis and judgement. You will finalise the topic in consultation with the course leader and other specialists in accounting research.

You will receive help from your dissertation supervisor, who will monitor and support your progress. The dissertation is submitted in October.

Real-time trading room

As part of your course you will have access to modern computing facilities and specialist computing packages, for students on the Market-making and Investment Strategies module this includes access to our real-time trading room, fed by up-to-the-minute data from Reuters.

One of a handful of such facilities across the UK, our trading room sessions are supervised by guest traders and provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills to real markets and real data, and make use of simulation software to recreate the pressure of a trading floor.

We also invite guest traders to discuss curriculum topics, pass on their trading experience and supervise trading sessions.

Student trading society

We highly recommend students join our thriving Student Investment and Trading Society, which is established and run by students for the purpose of organising social and networking events, arranging talks by visiting industry experts and facilitating annual trading competitions against other universities.

Learning support

Experienced, professionally qualified lecturers and small class sizes will ensure your learning needs are supported. 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

Graduating with a Finance and Accounting MSc from the University of Brighton will help you to specialise and meet the growing demand for finance professionals with strong research skills.

The course prepares you for a range of careers in financial institutions, accountancy firms, consultancies, and finance departments in businesses or government.

According to Michael Page’s 2015 annual Banking & Financial Services Survey, employment is expected to grow across the sector, with 45% of respondents expecting an increase in their team’s headcount.

The course is also ideal preparation for continuing your studies at MPhil or PhD level, or working as a professional researcher in finance.

• Careers advice and support

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

• Careers counsellor

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

• Entrepreneurship network

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

• Mentoring scheme

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

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Gaining the skills and academic knowledge required to become a professional in the domains of auditing, accountancy, controlling and financial management/consulting. Read more

Master's specialisation in Accounting and Control

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

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

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

Why study Accounting & Control at Radboud University?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dealing with conflicts

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

Admission requirements for international students

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

Career prospects

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

Job positions

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

Our approach to this field

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

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

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

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

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This Master’s course provides essential skills for those seeking high level careers in all types of organisations; public and private sector, within industry and commerce, both in the UK and abroad. Read more
This Master’s course provides essential skills for those seeking high level careers in all types of organisations; public and private sector, within industry and commerce, both in the UK and abroad.

An understanding of the context in which accounting and finance operates within the business environment is crucial if you are looking to enhance your career. You will examine how financial decisions are made within business; the role of the auditor and the repercussions on broader society of corporate and financial decisions.

You also have the option to study this programme via Distance Learning: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/accounting-and-finance-distance-learning-msc/

Course content

Accounting and finance are essential areas of expertise for many people seeking high level careers in these professions, as well as commerce and academia.

The programme assumes that you will enter with a good deal of technical accounting knowledge, having either studied accounting at undergraduate or professional level. Building on that learning, you will be provided with theoretical background and applied knowledge at Master’s level. It is designed to enhance intellectual and transferable skills, including presentation, research, analysis and appraisal. This programme addresses many of the current accounting issues present in business and how they relate to wider social, technical and economic challenges. You will also have the opportunity to study a specialist interest.

On completion, you will be conversant with theoretical issues in accountancy and finance, and be able to apply accounting theory and practice to real issues that are faced in day-to-day operations. This will provide an excellent framework for you to pursue further study, or enhance your business prospects.

Semester One

You will be introduced to some of the main themes in accounting and finance, this is in the context of utilising financial information to enhance business decision making. Modules in semester one will highlight the importance of sound decision making in successful organisations.

Semester Two

You will examine the role which organisations can play in the wider social context in which they operate and also how this role can affect their decision making. You will also study the way in which accounting regulation takes place in an international context.

Semester Three

The research proposal produced in Semester two will guide the development of a clearly defined and evidenced study purpose, a critical review of the extant literature, and a robust methodology. Data is then collected, analysed, interpreted and applied to the study purpose, and a 15,000 word research report (dissertation) is produced, with the support of a dissertation supervisor.

Course modules (16/17)

-Corporate Reporting 1
-Global Financial Strategy
-Financial and Business Strategy
-Strategic Audit
-Investment Analyst
-Social Responsibility and Governance
-Dissertation and Research Methods​

Methods of Learning

Typically you will have nine hours (approx) of contact time with your tutor in the first semester and 11 hours (approx) in the second. Overall you will spend 108 hours per module in self-directed study (reading and research).

Assessments

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

Facilities and Special Features

-Practical relevance.
-Dedicated staff.
-Student support systems.
-Link to professional courses.

Careers

Excellent career opportunities exist in accounting and finance. Recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.

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