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Course Description. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is the only accountancy body that focuses on finance within public services globally. Read more

Course Description

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is the only accountancy body that focuses on finance within public services globally. It is also highly regarded throughout public service organisations. CIPFA is a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).

The CIPFA professional qualification has been designed in three stages; the Professional Certificate, the Professional Diploma and the Strategic Level.

The course is flexible which allows you to complete each stage via a structure that suits you. CIPFA is suitable for those with a range of qualifications – whatever your subject. If you hold a degree in finance or accountancy you may be granted exemptions.

See the website https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/business/pf/2017-18/cipfa-professional-accounting-qualification

Modules

CIPFA Professional Certificate

• Financial Accounting

• Management Accounting

• Company Financial Reporting

• Audit and Assurance

CIPFA Professional Diploma

• Public Service Financial Reporting

• Financial Management

• Taxation

• Corporate Governance and Law

• Strategy and Policy Development

• Business and Change Management

Strategic Level

• Strategic Case Study

• Strategic Public Finance

Visit the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification (PAQ) page on the Nottingham Business School website for more details! https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/business/pf/2017-18/cipfa-professional-accounting-qualification



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The MSc Accountancy is a unique programme offered by the University of Dundee. It will allow fully professionally exam-qualified accountants to develop and demonstrate their academic ability through Masters level learning to obtain the MSc Accountancy degree. Read more
The MSc Accountancy is a unique programme offered by the University of Dundee. It will allow fully professionally exam-qualified accountants to develop and demonstrate their academic ability through Masters level learning to obtain the MSc Accountancy degree. Students will study three taught 20 credit modules over one semester and complete the 30 credit student-led professional accountancy project in the semester following the intake semester. The project can be completed on campus or at a distance.

The course is intended for candidates who are fully exam-qualified with selected IFAC member professional accountancy bodies , as listed below. The programme is for candidates who wish to demonstrate their ability to undertake learning at masters level to complement their professional exam qualified status, and to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the wider academic considerations in the subject areas of accounting and finance.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – ACCA
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland – ICAS
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales - ICAEW
Chartered Accountants Ireland – ICAI
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – CIMA
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy – CIPFA
Other IFAC member bodies which the Programme Director considers to be equivalent.

What is so good about this course?

Students will be able to pick relevant modules from the portfolio of postgraduate level modules that are offered by the Accounting and Finance group. There may also be the opportunity to choose modules from Economic Studies, with agreement from the Programme Director. Students will be taught by staff who are committed to providing a stimulating, supportive and friendly environment.

Many of our staff have practical experience working in the Accountancy sector, hold a professional qualification, and/or have close links with the profession through their academic research and networks. We have a strong track record of engaging in professional body-funded research which has contributed to policy debates in practice.

Teaching & Assessment

- How you will be taught

Students will be taking existing level 5 modules from the portfolio of master level programme modules. The students will share teaching with other students on the MSc programmes who are taking the same modules. Delivery of the content for the taught modules will involve a mixture of lecture–style delivery, workshops, student presentations, student-led discussions, computer laboratory-based sessions.

- How you will be assessed

Assessment will be a mixture of unseen terminal examinations and coursework assignments, and will reflect the intended outcomes of the learning environment. The student-led project will comprise individual student work focused on the accountancy profession and/or practice and will be supervised by staff. The student-led project will include an extended literature review, which may include company analysis, capturing relevant academic literature, professional accountancy pronouncements, professional publications, the financial press and use of specialist software, as appropriate. The student-led project will examine and appraise complex ethical and professional issues requiring students to make judgements and propose recommendations about such issues in the context of current global accountancy professional and practice.

What you will study

Students can commence their studies either in September or January of each year. Students will study three optional 20 credit modules over either 1 or 2 semesters and a compulsory 30 credit Professional Accountancy Project which can be completed on campus or at a distance.

- Optional Modules (choose three)

Semester 1 modules (September to December)
Corporate Finance (20 credits)
Corporate Governance (20 credits)
International Accounting & Financial Reporting (20 credits)
Performance Management and Reporting (20 credits)
Emerging Financial Markets and Investment (20 credits)
Operations Management and Change (20 credits)

- Semester 2 modules (January to April )

Contemporary Accounting Issues (20 credits)
Global Risk Analysis (20 credits)
Marketing Management and Strategy (20 credits)
Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)

- Compulsory Module - This module could be completed on campus or at a distance.

Professional Accountancy Project (30 credits).

Employability

The programme will allow successful students to demonstrate their academic ability to undertake learning at Masters levels and to obtain a Masters degree. The module choice will also enable them to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the wider subject areas of Accounting and Finance. The student-led project will allow the students to demonstrate their ability to plan, organise, research and present professional relevant findings in writing. The MSc will enhance their professional, career and academic development, contributing to their marketability and fulfilling career progression ambitions.

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The global finance accelerated pathway takes 18 months to complete and allows you to focus on the general management disciplines that will really further your career. Read more
The global finance accelerated pathway takes 18 months to complete and allows you to focus on the general management disciplines that will really further your career.

Choose the global finance accelerated pathway if you already hold professional finance qualifications such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA, ICA, CIPFA or ACIS.

Aims

The Manchester Global MBA is highly flexible and portable, meets the needs of busy executives and fits around your personal and professional commitments. Our proven blend of robust academic theory and practical, hands-on experience means you can start putting your learning into practice from day one, providing immediate benefits for you and/or your employer without putting your career on hold.

Career opportunities

Whether you are looking to accelerate your career, branch out in another direction or set up your own company, the Global Part-time MBA will give you the knowledge and transferable skills you need to succeed in the current and future worlds of business.

Our dedicated Postgraduate Careers Service knows that your objectives are ambitious and unique. Expect to boost your self-awareness and be challenged by experienced career advisors who will support you throughout your journey - from first steps to final offer and negotiation. You can focus on the career in front of you when you have all this behind you.

The Postgraduate Careers Service provides you with online, face-to-face and personal support.

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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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This programme is unique in the UK. It provides a route to obtain a MSc degree by production of a research thesis of a maximum of 40,000 words over a period of registration of 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time). Read more
This programme is unique in the UK. It provides a route to obtain a MSc degree by production of a research thesis of a maximum of 40,000 words over a period of registration of 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time). The subject matter of the thesis must be related to taxation, but the focus of the specific topic chosen would be by agreement between the student and the supervisors as part of the application and registration process.

The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of business research, with roots dating back to the appointment of the country's first Professor of Accounting, we have a longstanding history of researching and teaching in the area of accounting and finance. Taxation has been a field we have taught and researched actively for more than 20 years. You would therefore be joining and benefiting from a very active research community in participating in this programme.

Where the research subject matter chosen lends itself, students may also become members of the CHASM research centre – a joint venture between the Business School and the School of Social Policy, one of the leading such Schools in the UK. This Centre focuses on personal asset management, financial capability, inclusion and welfare inequality issues producing policy relevant output in each of these areas, so subjects including personal and wealth taxation and the impact of tax on the individual and household would fit into this Centre’s interest. Other subjects are of course however, equally suitable to this programme.

A research proposal is necessary as part of the application process for this programme (find out more about producing a suitable research proposal), and a Skype or telephone interview (or face to face if needed) is likely to be required as part of the registration process to be accepted onto this programme.

If accepted, students can expect to have two supervisors, one a subject expert in the chosen area of taxation (who would act as the lead supervisor), and one with wider taxation knowledge to support the contextualisation and application of the work more generally. The subjects chosen for the work would be expected to study the leading edge of thinking in the various fields of taxation. Where needed research training will be made available to the student.

Support and training

Birmingham Business School provides dedicated facilities, resources and support to postgraduate students and early career researchers which includes The Midlands Graduate School and Doctoral Training Centres and Programmes. Click to find out more.

About the Birmingham Business School

At Birmingham Business School we deliver world-class research and teaching that provides the; insight, ambition and skills to shape advanced and sustainable business strategies. We put people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

Consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group of global business schools.

Birmingham Business School is already globally renowned for the quality of our research and teaching. With students representing over 60 countries currently studying at our main campus, our courses being taught in a range of international business schools, and an international faculty and global alumni community of around 23,000 graduates, we have a global footprint that ensures worldwide impact.

Our dedication to providing our students with a rich educational experience within our Business School has led to increased investment in our career services and corporate relations programme. This will further enhance the already excellent career prospects of our graduates, with additional opportunities for project work and internships with leading global businesses.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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A course that makes business sense. Prepare yourself for senior finance roles and equip yourself with a highly marketable combination of strategic finance and leadership skills. Read more

A course that makes business sense

  • Prepare yourself for senior finance roles and equip yourself with a highly marketable combination of strategic finance and leadership skills
  • Make a more substantial contribution to the commercial and operational areas of your organisation
  • Develop your finance and leadership competencies so you become more noticeable as a manager who can lead with a financial perspective
  • Take a flexible study route to a highly regarded masters qualification - with intensive blocks of study taking place over six weekends.
  • If you’re an ambitious financial manager ready to pursue your next career move, this course is for you. It bridges the gap between the technical skills of the accountant and the practical leadership skills needed to succeed in a senior managerial role.
  • Relevant to professionals working in the public and private sector alike, it is particularly valuable if you are:
  • A qualified accountant and feel you’ve reached a ‘glass ceiling’. You’ll gain critical skills throughout the course which will set you apart from others.
  • An aspiring or current senior finance/senior manager keen to progress your career to reach chief financial officer level or the equivalent. You may have extensive financial knowledge acquired through experience, but no professional accounting qualifications.
  • Senior finance managers are increasingly seen as key drivers for creating value, implementing and actively informing strategy. To be effective at this level it’s vital to understand the organisation’s vision and lead across different functions.­ This integration of competences is often missing at various levels of management and in many business sectors.
  • Our MSc Financial Leadership is distinctive because it focuses on a powerful combination of strategic finance and leadership skills. You’ll gain knowledge that extends beyond the core functions of finance and embraces a more holistic and strategic view of business. Ultimately, you will make a difference to the success of your organisation while accelerating your personal career progression.
  • With extensive use of real-life case studies, the course is delivered by leading academics, research experts and practising senior finance and leadership professionals. Their wealth of experience will encourage you to consider a variety of perspectives and will enrich your learning experience.
  • Derby Business School collaborates with CPA Australia, a professional accounting body which works closely with a number of employers worldwide, including many blue-chip UK based organisations. The CPA is well respected globally, focuses on providing development for strategic business leaders, and is expanding its reach within the UK.
  • The MSc Financial Leadership qualification is currently awaiting a decision from CPA Australia to confirm what exemptions can be achieved on the CPA professional programme.


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This programme aims to. -Provide students with an intellectually challenging programme of study leading to an awareness of issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and investment management and associated subject fields, such as economics/international economics. Read more
This programme aims to:
-Provide students with an intellectually challenging programme of study leading to an awareness of issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and investment management and associated subject fields, such as economics/international economics
-Provide students with a programme of study which develops the academic skills and theoretical and empirical underpinnings appropriate to the study of finance, economics and investment management at Masters level
-Provide students with the knowledge and skills to identify suitable tools for the investigation of issues in areas such as investment analysis, fund/asset management, economics analysis and financial reporting
-Provide students with the necessary IT analytical skills which reinforce the theoretical and empirical underpinning of the programme. The students will learn quantitative methodology, to carry out quantitative analyses of relevant financial and economic problems

Why choose this course?

Enhance your career prospects with this unique Master's which will develop the analytical and evaluative skills essential for success within the field of finance and investment management.

The programme provides a coherent and intellectual learning experience, and supports the development of your critical understanding of the subject, allowing you to employ the tools of analysis used within that subject area.

Future career paths could include financial analyst, investment manager, securities’ analyst and portfolio manager. Alternatively, this programme offers a sound platform and preparation for doctoral research in the areas of accounting, finance and economics.

Additionally the programme echoes the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA®) examinations, level one and level two, providing students with the opportunity to sit that body’s examinations on completion.

Careers

The programme will not only appeal to those who wish to pursue a professional qualification relevant to corporate analysis and financial intermediation, but also those wishing to enter the field of accounting, banking, economics and finance and corporate regulation.

Specific careers that may be appropriate include those of financial analyst, investment manager, securities’ analyst and portfolio manager.

It also facilitates the transition to a doctoral degree.

Structure

Core Modules
-Asset Valuation
-Dissertation: MSc Finance and Investment Management
-Financial Data Analysis
-Financial Economics 1
-Financial Economics 2
-Financial Markets (FIM)
-Financial Statement Analysis 1
-Financial Statement Analysis 2
-Quantitative Analysis
-Research Methods: MSc Finance and Investment Management

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This fast track course offers professionally qualified accountants an opportunity to enhance their specialist skills and knowledge – using a flexible distance learning structure that fits easily around existing commitments. Read more
This fast track course offers professionally qualified accountants an opportunity to enhance their specialist skills and knowledge – using a flexible distance learning structure that fits easily around existing commitments.

Key benefits

The course is an ideal way to meet your professional body's expectations for CPD, and take your career on to the next stage. The fast track route is well suited to qualified accountants wishing to study for a Masters while continuing in their professional roles with the course delivered as an online distance learning programme. This mode of delivery will enable you to interact and network with other practitioners on the course who are located in different countries.

You will have access to your tutors in a variety of ways (e.g. by email, Blackboard discussion board, Skype) if you have any issues or questions relating to the course, and they will be on hand to guide and support you.

Course detail

As a professionally-qualified practitioner and specialist in accounting and finance, you are likely to be seeking to continue your professional development, possibly with a view to taking on increased managerial responsibilities. The MSc in Accounting and Financial Management (fast-track route) will enhance your ability to contextualise, critically evaluate and communicate financial information, adding significant value to your organisation at a senior management level.

This specialist Masters is designed to enhance the depth, value and contemporary relevance of your professional accountancy qualification. It will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of financial issues, and enhance your research and analytical skills, combining academic rigour with practical relevance.

Students on the course come from a variety of backgrounds, and possess a wide range of practical experience, making student interaction and networking an enjoyable and beneficial aspect of the course.

Structure

As a professionally-qualified accountant, you are likely to be exempt from studying the taught 'substantive' modules of the full-time MSc Accounting and Financial Management course. This fast-track route therefore only requires you to complete the following two modules and a dissertation (amounting to 75 credits in total):

• Financial Context and Contemporary Issues - develops your ability to comprehend contemporary and potential future accounting and financial management issues from a questioning and holistic perspective.

• Research Methods - provides you with sufficient research training to plan, undertake and effectively manage a substantial, analytical dissertation.

Format

This course is delivered online via our Blackboard teaching platform, which comprises online learning materials, group discussion boards, and peer and tutor support. It is designed to enable you to engage in your studies, wherever you are located, without disruption to your existing employment.

Assessment

Assessments consist of a combination of written assignments, supervised mini-projects and presentations.

Careers

This fast-track Masters will contribute towards your career development by providing an opportunity for you to:

• re-engage with the fundamental aspects of your profession
• develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist topic you have chosen for your dissertation
• critically evaluate contemporary developments in context and prepare for anticipated future trends
• enhance key transferable skills such as information accessing, analysis and interpretation, making presentations and report writing
• meet your professional body's continuing professional development requirements.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
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The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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