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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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If you are an international student who is a CIMA passed finalists or qualified accountant, this course allows you to convert your CIMA qualifications to a UK masters degree in under one year. Read more
If you are an international student who is a CIMA passed finalists or qualified accountant, this course allows you to convert your CIMA qualifications to a UK masters degree in under one year. You can study this course in Sheffield or in Singapore.

We designed this course for international students who are CIMA passed finalists or qualified accountants. It is a fast track route that enables you to convert your CIMA qualification to a UK masters degree in nine months. The course is delivered in Sheffield and at the Aventis School of Management, Singapore.

Strategic financial management integrates the financial management function into business strategy and every other part of an organisations operation. Applying strategic financial management knowledge and skills improves an organisations effectiveness and efficiency. In today’s highly competitive business environment, both private and government organisations are increasingly putting more emphasis in this area to achieve their objectives.

The course emphasises business awareness, proactive and logical thinking, research and critical analysis to help managers make sound strategic financial decisions on a global scale. A distinctive course feature is its focus on present-day national and global developments in business strategy, management, accounting and finance.

By studying updated literature, worldwide events, case studies and companies’ financial accounts, you learn how real organisations operate and the strategies and decisions they implement. You complete in-depth research into various industries when producing presentations, coursework, assessments and dissertations. This real world focus provides immediate value to your present or potential employers.

Helping an organisation compete more successfully through better strategy and financial management can be a rewarding career, in the UK or internationally. The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

For further details see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-financial-management--cima-fast-track-route

Course structure

Full-time – nine months
Starts January

Core modules
-Methods of enquiry
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Options
Choose one of the following
-Financial analysis
-Advanced portfolio management

Assessment
-Assignments, examinations, and a dissertation.

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We designed this course for international students who are CIMA passed finalists or qualified accountants. It is a fast track route that enables you to convert your CIMA qualification to a UK masters degree in nine months. Read more
We designed this course for international students who are CIMA passed finalists or qualified accountants. It is a fast track route that enables you to convert your CIMA qualification to a UK masters degree in nine months.

The course is delivered in Sheffield and at the Aventis School of Management, Singapore.

Strategic financial management integrates the financial management function into business strategy and every other part of an organisations operation.

Applying strategic financial management knowledge and skills improves an organisations effectiveness and efficiency. In today’s highly competitive business environment, both private and government organisations are increasingly putting more emphasis in this area to achieve their objectives.

The course emphasises business awareness, proactive and logical thinking, research and critical analysis to help managers make sound strategic financial decisions on a global scale.

A distinctive course feature is its focus on present-day national and global developments in business strategy, management, accounting and finance.

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This course is for international students who are ACCA passed finalists or qualified accountants. It is a fast track course that enables you to convert your ACCA qualification to a UK masters degree in 9 months. Read more
This course is for international students who are ACCA passed finalists or qualified accountants. It is a fast track course that enables you to convert your ACCA qualification to a UK masters degree in 9 months.

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

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

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

You also gain:
-Transferable intellectual and professional skills relevant to the current national and international business world.
-Problem solving, communication and information technology skills.

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

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

Professional recognition

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

Course structure

Full time – 9 months.
Starts January.

Core modules
-Methods of enquiry
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Optional modules (choose one of the following)
-Financial analysis
-Advanced portfolio management

Assessment: assignments, examinations, dissertation.

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Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals, as well a a recognised world authority on governance, risk and compliance, this top-up degree is aimed at those who already hold the ICSA qualification and wish to gain a full Masters qualification. Read more
Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals, as well a a recognised world authority on governance, risk and compliance, this top-up degree is aimed at those who already hold the ICSA qualification and wish to gain a full Masters qualification.

You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including academic skills for finance, accounting and governance" and research techniques, access to Blueprint (the market-leading entity management software used by most chartered secretaries), plus a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences. Find out more about ICSA Software.

Students at LSBU can find quality work placements and permanent roles in the chartered secretarial field with Proceed, the specialist portal for connecting graduates with opportunities.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/corporate-governance-fast-track-icsa-msc

Modules

Semester 1
- Corporate governance principles and practice
- Research design and methods

Semester 2
- Dissertation (circa 16,000 words) in the subject area of corporate governance

Workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussion facilitate an active mode of learning. Assessment is by written coursework.

An academic is appointed as your Dissertation Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation.

Employability

Due to their varied knowledge and expertise, qualified chartered secretaries command highly-paid jobs in the private, public and voluntary sectors. A Masters degree in Corporate Governance combined with the internationally recognised ICSA qualification makes graduates highly employable in senior roles within governance, law, finance, strategy, leadership, and administration.

Past employability skills events held 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.

Placements

You'll benefit from the opportunity to take internships, be encouraged to get involved in initiatives that promote links with different firms and companies, and to participate in different programmes and schemes comprising voluntary work.

Teaching and learning

Lectures cover concepts which underpin and facilitate informed participative approaches to learning. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussion facilitate more active modes of learning.

Assessment is by written coursework.

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

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This course is designed for qualified accounting and finance professionals. It offers a flexible mode of study (distance learning) and the opportunity to add to your current skill set. Read more

About the course

This course is designed for qualified accounting and finance professionals. It offers a flexible mode of study (distance learning) and the opportunity to add to your current skill set.

Flexible distance learning
Study at your own pace and fit your studies around your schedule
Qualify at a faster face
As a qualified accounting and finance professional you will be exempt from certain modules which will allow you to complete the course at a faster pace
Work towards your organisation’s CPD requirements
Develop your theoretical knowledge of Accounting and Finance while completing studies, which could be used towards your organisation’s CPD requirements
Boost your earning potential
95% of our postgraduate students are in further education or full-time employment six months after completing their course (DLHE 2014/15)

Teaching and assessment

This is a distance learning programme and the overriding student-learning experience is guided self-study. Guidance is received from academic staff via the programme materials which are designed for self-study, telephone, Skype and e-mail communication, and by optional attendance at Study Days. Each module is supported by a tutorial during the Study Days subject to student demand. Assessment is through coursework and a dissertation

Course modules

On the programme the added value will come from the research skills which are developed throughout your studies. This will develop your ability to gather data, and also enhance your skills of evaluation, critical analysis and synthesis, and to write a coherent report/dissertation.
You will have to complete the following modules:
*Research Methods
*Literature Review
*Dissertation

Note: all modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Industry links and professional accreditation

Our Business School is an ACCA Approved Learning Partner with Gold status and accredited by CIMA.

Graduate careers

You will develop an advanced understanding of accounting and finance issues for the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally, enhancing your career prospects with key financial skills sought after by many employers.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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).

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This programme involves both taught classes in Applied Mathematics and a substantial MRes thesis which accounts for almost two-thirds of the total degree. Read more
This programme involves both taught classes in Applied Mathematics and a substantial MRes thesis which accounts for almost two-thirds of the total degree. The minimum period of registration is 12 months.

The MRes is an ideal preparation for entry into a PhD programme. Indeed, the MRes programme can be used as the first phase of our fast track PhD programme. This is an excellent option for well-qualified mathematics students who do not have all the necessary mathematical background to start immediately on a PhD in their area of choice. In the fast track programme the MRes thesis is extended over a further period of two years into a PhD thesis.

Each MRes student is assigned a project supervisor who will act as director and mentor in the preparation of the MRes thesis. This gives each student the opportunity to work one-to-one with mathematicians who are international experts in their fields.

In addition to the assessed elements of the course, students are expected to play a full part in the research life of the School. The School has an active seminar programme, and organises international conferences in all areas of mathematics.

About the School of Mathematics

The School of Mathematics is one of seven schools in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The school is situated in the Watson Building on the main Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham. There are about 50 academic staff, 15 research staff, 10 support staff, 60 postgraduate students and 600 undergraduate students.
At the School of Mathematics we take the personal development and careers planning of our students very seriously. Jointly with the University of Birmingham's Careers Network we have developed a structured programme to support maths students with their career planning from when they arrive to when they graduate and beyond.

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/pgfunding

Open Days

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

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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This programme involves both taught classes in Management Mathematics and a substantial MRes thesis which accounts for almost two-thirds of the total degree. Read more
This programme involves both taught classes in Management Mathematics and a substantial MRes thesis which accounts for almost two-thirds of the total degree. The minimum period of registration is 12 months.

The MRes is an ideal preparation for entry into the PhD programme at Birmingham or at any other UK university. Indeed, the MRes programme can be used as the first phase of our fast track PhD programme. This is an excellent option for well-qualified mathematics students who do not have all the necessary mathematical background to start immediately on a PhD in their area of choice. In the fast track programme the MRes thesis is extended over a further period of two years into a PhD thesis.

Each MRes student is assigned a project supervisor who will act as director and mentor in the preparation of the MRes thesis. This gives each student the opportunity to work one-to-one with mathematicians who are international experts in their fields.

In addition to the assessed elements of the course, students are expected to play a full part in the research life of the School. The School has an active seminar programme, and organises international conferences in all areas of mathematics.

About the School of Mathematics

The School of Mathematics is one of seven schools in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The school is situated in the Watson Building on the main Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham. There are about 50 academic staff, 15 research staff, 10 support staff, 60 postgraduate students and 600 undergraduate students.
At the School of Mathematics we take the personal development and careers planning of our students very seriously. Jointly with the University of Birmingham's Careers Network we have developed a structured programme to support maths students with their career planning from when they arrive to when they graduate and beyond.

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/pgfunding

Open Days

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

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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This programme involves both taught classes in Pure Mathematics and a substantial MRes thesis which accounts for almost two-thirds of the total degree. Read more
This programme involves both taught classes in Pure Mathematics and a substantial MRes thesis which accounts for almost two-thirds of the total degree. The minimum period of registration is 12 months.

The MRes is an ideal preparation for entry into the PhD programme at Birmingham or at any other UK university. Indeed, the MRes programme can be used as the first phase of our fast track PhD programme. This is an excellent option for well-qualified mathematics students who do not have all the necessary mathematical background to start immediately on a PhD in their area of choice. In the fast track programme the MRes thesis is extended over a further period of two years into a PhD thesis.

Each MRes student is assigned a project supervisor who will act as director and mentor in the preparation of the MRes thesis. This gives each student the opportunity to work one-to-one with mathematicians who are international experts in their fields.

In addition to the assessed elements of the course, students are expected to play a full part in the research life of the School. The School has an active seminar programme, and organises international conferences in all areas of mathematics.

About the School of Mathematics

The School of Mathematics is one of seven schools in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The school is situated in the Watson Building on the main Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham. There are about 50 academic staff, 15 research staff, 10 support staff, 60 postgraduate students and 600 undergraduate students.
At the School of Mathematics we take the personal development and careers planning of our students very seriously. Jointly with the University of Birmingham's Careers Network we have developed a structured programme to support maths students with their career planning from when they arrive to when they graduate and beyond.

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/pgfunding

Open Days

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

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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Get on the fast track to becoming fully qualified as a youth worker on a part-time course designed to meet the requirements set out by the National Youth Agency. Read more
Get on the fast track to becoming fully qualified as a youth worker on a part-time course designed to meet the requirements set out by the National Youth Agency. You complete 592 hours of professional practice and if you are already employed in the sector then you may be able to take your main placement in your current workplace.

Choose the fast track route to becoming a fully qualified youth worker on this 24-month part-time course based on National Youth Agency requirements. You take six modules, all relating to your work as a youth worker. Two are based in the workplace and the others cover key areas of study such as understanding youth work and developing communication skills.

You must complete at least 592 hours professional practice with 13-19 year olds in two different placements. They are likely to take place in local voluntary, community and local authority youth services. Your first placement is normally in your current place of work if you are already working in the sector.

We base the course on the National Youth Agency’s requirements for youth workers and the National Occupational Standards in Youth Work (Lifelong Learning UK).

As a student, you benefit from the insights of lecturers who are experienced youth workers. Course leader Jean Harris-Evans is a senior practitioner and co-author of Delivering Good Youth Work. You are taught in small groups with lots of support from staff.

The course design means that you only need to attend university one day a week during term time. There are no exams but lots of discussion and group work. We base the course at our City Campus in the heart of Sheffield, just three minutes’ walk from the train station.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the National Youth Agency. When you successfully complete it you gain Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers (JNC) status. This means you are a nationally recognised and qualified youth worker.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/graduate-diploma-youth-work

Course structure

Part time – 2 years (Runs September to May)
You attend one day a week – Mondays in year one and Tuesdays in year two, 9am–4pm.

Modules
-Understanding youth work and young people
-Professional practice 1
-Communication, interpersonal and intervention skills
-Contemporary issues in youth and community work
-Professional practice 2
-Leading and managing in youth work

Placements
In addition to these modules, you have to complete two work-based placements. The requirement is 350 hours for the first placement and 242 hours for the second. This work may take place during the evenings and weekends depending on the placement.

Assessment: assignments, in class timed assessment, funding bids, reports, placement assessments.

Other admission requirements

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score. If you do not meet these requirements, please contact the course leader to discuss your individual circumstances as there may be some flexibility.

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This flexible qualification offers three specialist routes – applied linguistics, inclusive practice, or leadership and management – enabling you to engage with issues, concepts, and debates in an area that supports your professional development. Read more

Masters degree in Education

This flexible qualification offers three specialist routes – applied linguistics, inclusive practice, or leadership and management – enabling you to engage with issues, concepts, and debates in an area that supports your professional development. Your investigative study will draw on your own and others’ experience and on appropriate literature, and will develop your understanding of the role and the limitations of research in informing educational practice. The qualification includes a literature review in a topic of your choice and a substantial dissertation or research project situated in your own practice. You will need some experience of working with learners, either in teaching, the education advisory service, educational administration or an allied field, which may include informal learning settings.

Key features of the course

• Flexibility to suit your needs with a fast track option to complete in two years or take up to six years
• Leads to MA or MEd, with a wide range of modules to suit your interests
• An emphasis on professional development through collaborative learning
• Develops and consolidates advanced scholarship and independent learning in the context of your own practice

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England.

Suggested routes to the degree

There are two options to studying the qualification, the fast track 2-year option or the standard 3-year option (with the flexibility to take up to six years). We recommend that you choose carefully and plan your work accordingly. You must start with a Stage 1 module in October (unless you are awarded credit transfer) and complete this qualification within six years. Owing to the way in which the qualification is structured you cannot start two modules at the same time; the only way to complete the qualification in less than three years is to opt for the fast-track option.

Modules

There are a number of possible routes through the Masters in Education, with specialisms in applied linguistics, inclusive practice, and leadership and management, which draw on the research strengths of the School of Childhood, Youth and Sport.

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

Stage 1

60 credits from the following optional modules:
• Addressing inequality and difference in educational practice (EE814)
• Educational leadership: agency, professional learning and change (EE811)
• Applied linguistics and English language (EE817)

Stages 2 and 3

Choose your specialism and study 120 credits from the following compulsory modules:

For the MA in Education (Applied Linguistics) or MEd (Applied Linguistics)

• Applied linguistics and English language (EE817)
• MA Ed dissertation: applied linguistics (EE819)

For the MA in Education (Inclusive Practice) or MEd (Inclusive Practice)

• Understanding literacy: social justice and inclusive practice (EE815)
• MA Ed dissertation: inclusive practice (EE816)

For the MA in Education (Leadership and Management) or MEd (Leadership and Management)

• Educational leadership: exploring strategy (EE812)
• MA Ed dissertation: leadership and management (EE813)

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit Transfer

If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards Stage 1 of this qualification, by applying for credit transfer, reducing the number of modules you need to study. Credit transfer will impact the time you have to complete this qualification, and the six year time limit will start from the time your credit transfer was completed. So, for example, if you use credit transfer that you were awarded two years ago, you would need to complete the remaining 120 credits in four years.

We particularly welcome credit from those who hold a Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Delta) (course entry from September 2008) or the Trinity College London Licentiate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (LTCL Diploma in TESOL) (course entry from March 2007). Credit from these diplomas may be counted towards Stage 1 of our MA in Education (Applied Linguistics)/MEd (Applied Linguistics).
You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form visit our Credit Transfer website.

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This course will provide you with a solid understanding of the fundamental accounting and finance principles, preparing you with the knowledge and skill set needed for a successful career within the sector. Read more
This course will provide you with a solid understanding of the fundamental accounting and finance principles, preparing you with the knowledge and skill set needed for a successful career within the sector. Our graduates go on to work at companies including KPMG, Deloitte and RBS to name a few.

Overview

This programme has been designed to enhance the specialist knowledge and skills of graduates who have already undertaken substantial accounting and finance studies at undergraduate degree level. Alternatively, if you have successfully achieved all of the ACCA Fundamental level papers you are eligible to apply.

The programme covers a number of core themes including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), corporate reporting, corporate governance and risk management. Professional ethics, alongside the application of tools and models of finance theory to complex strategic corporate finance transactions are central to the programme. In addition, you will develop knowledge in implementing strategy in the context of both the external environment and internal business capabilities, and be able to evaluate performance implications of a given strategy.

You will have the opportunity to engage with current business issues through specialist input and the completion of independent study. Your dissertation will normally take the form of an empirical piece of research.

Top Up Your Existing Postgraduate Qualifications to a Masters

If your qualifications are relevant to the MSc you would like to study, you may be eligible for ‘entry with advanced standing’. For more information please visit our Fast Track Your Masters page at http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/advancedstanding/

Course in Depth

You will study the following units:

International Corporate Reporting and Governance - The international corporate reporting aspect of the unit considers the impact of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on corporate reports across a number of different business situations and considers the impact of the move to harmonisation of accounting standards globally. The governance aspect of the course will cover governance, risk and ethics and their inter-relationship.

Corporate Finance and Strategy – This unit will develop the knowledge and skills used in designing and implementing business strategy in the context of the external environment and internal capabilities.

Investigating Business Practice - You will work on a live business problem, from the setting of objectives through to the production and presentation of recommendations for a business audience. This is an investigative unit that enables students to synthesise theoretical knowledge with practical application and supports the development of professional and employability skills.

Optional Unit – You can select from a range of optional units from across the Business School that will enable you to specialise in a particular subject area. These are:
• International Environment
• Behavioural Economics and Financial Decision Making
• Project Management Concepts and Practices

Research Methods – This unit will help you develop your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level.

Dissertation - You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions. Examples of past dissertation subjects include:
• Why Would Older Clients Have Trust in Their Financial Planner?
• Should Financial Planners be Graduates?
• Alignment between Performance Measurement and Strategy: A Study of a Nuclear Company.
• A Study of Exchange Rate Fluctuations

Career Prospects

You will be well placed to move into the finance function of both large and small organisations in the private and public sector. Alternatively you may prefer to seek work in financial analysis, securities and investments or commercial lending.

Manchester is the largest regional financial centre outside of London and home to major accountancy institutions including Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and Ernst and Young. In addition, there are regional centres of international banks based in the North West including Santander, Bank of New York Mellon, Bank of China and RBS.

Features and Benefits

• You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus in central Manchester.
• Teaching staff on this programme are highly experienced practitioners and active researchers in their fields. Read more about the staff from the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics here: http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/departments/afe
• As a student of the AFE Department, you will have complementary access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform used by the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
• There are opportunities to focus your assignments on your employment goals.
• This programme has an advanced standing route for mature students who have relevant professional qualifications or who have previously studied for a postgraduate certificate or diploma. Through advanced standing, we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Typically, this would be membership of the ACCA. Consequently, you only need to study selected units and can achieve an MSc in a shorter timeframe. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the units you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the MSc.
• You have the opportunity to join the Accounting, Finance and Economics (AFE) Student Society. This organises a variety of events for students including: employer fairs and various networking opportunities.
• Internship opportunities are available.
• All graduates from the MSc Accounting & Finance course will be eligible to sit the CIMA Gateway paper which will fast track them to the CIMA Strategic Level. The route requires you to sit a single three hour exam in either May or November each year. It assesses your knowledge of the material covered in the management level of the CIMA Professional Qualification. Once you have passed, you will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting and be granted exemptions from all certificate, operational and management level exams in the CIMA Professional Qualification. Then by sitting three strategic level papers and TOPCIMA (and relevant work experience) it will lead to students becoming CIMA qualified accountants.

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The Professional Skills Course (PSC) provides training in the practical skills you will need as you progress in your role as a trainee solicitor. Read more
The Professional Skills Course (PSC) provides training in the practical skills you will need as you progress in your role as a trainee solicitor. From advocacy and communication, to client care and professional standards, you will gain a solid grounding in all the areas that are essential and highly advantageous to your practice.

Key benefits

The PSC course at UWE Bristol is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The SRA requires that all trainee solicitors complete this skills-based course before becoming qualified, and determines the content of the compulsory core modules on the course.

We are recognised as one of the leading providers of PSC training regionally, thanks to our excellent teaching, strong links with law practitioners and rich learning environment. We are also the only provider in the South West to offer both day release and fast track routes for studying the PSC.

Course detail

This is a compulsory skills-based course that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires you to complete before your admission as a solicitor. Building on the foundations laid in the Legal Practice Course, the course includes 12 days of training in total, which you will usually complete during your two-year period of recognised training.

UWE Bristol is the main provider of PSC training in the West of England with over 19 years' experience of running the course. You will be taught by experienced university tutors, who have worked as solicitors for many years themselves and specialise in PSC training.

The course has been designed by industry practitioners to ensure it meets the needs of both trainees and their firms and includes visiting speakers from many local and regional law firms. You will also have the opportunity to prepare and present a trial in a realistic courtroom environment.

Structure

12 days’ attendance in total, spread throughout the year (usually year 1 of the training contract). Courses run throughout the year in Bristol and Exeter. Each day runs from 09.30- 17.00. There is also a Fast Track course enabling you to complete all 3 Core Modules in one go which runs through late July/ early August.

Core modules

• Advocacy and Communication Skills (three days)
• Financial and Business Skills (three days)
• Client Care and Professional Standards (two days)

Format

Delivered as a face-to-face course to allow for greater debate and discussion, you will leave armed with renewed confidence in your role, well equipped with the knowledge and skills you need on your journey towards becoming qualified.

The PSC course is highly interactive, with plenty of classroom discussion, group work and opportunities to use your skills and reflect on your practice. As well as industry talks, you will have the chance to prepare and present a trial in a realistic courtroom environment. This exercise is recorded for future analysis.

You will need to attend 12 days of training in total to complete the course. You can choose to do the modules in whichever order you like, although it is advisable to complete the compulsory core modules first before going on to your electives.

The course is run by experienced lawyers and teachers, drawn from the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice, Bristol Business School and legal practice.

Assessment

The only formal assessment on the course occurs in the Financial and Business Skills module, where you will need to sit a 90-minute unseen 'open book' examination on day three. For the other modules, there is no formal assessment but you will be expected to participate fully and will receive feedback on your performance during each module. You may also need to do some preparatory work in between sessions.

The results of your Financial & Business Skills exam and your attendance on all other modules will only be confirmed to you after our exam board. These occur four times per year and not always immediately after your modules. Please ensure that you check when booking modules so that you are aware of wheo re-sit the Financial & Busin you will be able to complete and obtain your certificate. For example, if you arerequired to re-sit the Financial & Business Skills exam this may impact upon your anticipated completion date.

You will need to have completed the requirements of the PSC before applying for admission as a solicitor.

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 –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACCA fast track route

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

Professional recognition

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

Course structure

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

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

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

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

Semester Three - MSc
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Assessment: assignments, examinations, dissertation.

Other admission requirements

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

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