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This course brings together theoretical and applied expertise in finance and accounting practices. Read more

About the course

This course brings together theoretical and applied expertise in finance and accounting practices. You’ll gain a good understanding of the basics of financial statement analysis, corporate governance and international finance as well as the quantitative and analytical skills essential for developing fundamental problem-solving skills.

You can apply to base your dissertation on project work with an external organisation. Recent projects include group nominal structure for a multinational engineering firm, and developing a funding strategy for a Sheffield-based capital investment programme.

Core modules

Corporate Finance; Research Methods for Finance and Accounting; Comparative Finance and Financial Services; Quantitative Methods for Finance and Accounting; Project Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

Five of the following: Corporate Governance; Issues in Finance; International Finance; Risk and Uncertainty; Management Accounting; Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis; Emerging Market Finance; Philosophical Perspectives on Accounting, Financial Management and Finance; Financial Management

You can apply to base your dissertation on project work with an external organisation. Recent projects include group nominal structure for a multinational engineering firm, and developing a funding strategy for a Sheffield-based capital investment programme.

The example course structure listed is indicative and may be subject to change in future years. The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant.

Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. Please note that not all combinations of elective modules may be possible because of timetabling.

How we teach

We teach management from a truly global perspective, and our courses are based on pioneering research into the challenges faced by businesses everywhere. We use a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning, and web-based discussion groups. You'll be assessed through Individual assignments, group projects, end-of-semester examinations and a dissertation.

We’ll teach you how to identify opportunities, solve problems and inspire others. Many of our teaching staff are world-class researchers working in policy-relevant areas. Our courses are based on their research. We also bring in guest speakers from business, local government and industry. You can apply to carry out a project with an external organisation as part of your course. We also offer you the chance to spend the summer at another university overseas.

Your career

At Sheffield University Management School, we are committed to focusing on employability and our postgraduate students’ future career prospects. We have two specialist careers advisors in the School, dedicated to providing full-time career support throughout your course.

You will have many opportunities during your course to engage in personal and professional development. Our courses are designed to enable you to acquire the transferable skills essential for employment: communication, organisation, and the ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically.

Our dedicated Employability Hub acts as a key interface between students and employers. Its staff will help you access employability support, skills development and opportunities throughout your masters.

Our graduates work for companies such as Adidas, ASDA, Boots, ExxonMobil, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Pepsico International, Sainsbury’s and Vodafone. Their job titles include Head of Business Enhancement, Management Consultant, Product Marketing Manager, Web Marketing Consultant and Campaign Manager.

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The principal aim of the MSc in Management, Finance and Accounting is to introduce and develop an understanding of a broad range of management, finance and accounting techniques and concepts, and their application to a range of organisational contexts and situations. Read more
The principal aim of the MSc in Management, Finance and Accounting is to introduce and develop an understanding of a broad range of management, finance and accounting techniques and concepts, and their application to a range of organisational contexts and situations. Specifically, you will be provided with a stimulating and intellectually challenging learning experience, along with a rigorous education in the concepts and techniques of financial management and accounting and general management tools and techniques. The programme aims to prepare students for accounting/finance positions at management level in both public and private sector organisations, whilst offering scope to pursue further academic work in this area.

Course modules
You will study seven core modules and then choose two electives followed by your 15,000 word dissertation.

Core:
Foundations of Professional Knowledge and Skills
Foundations of Financial Analysis and Investment
Organizational Analysis
Accountability, Representations and Control
Business Environment

Accounting Representations: Public and Private Sector
Critical Perspectives on Management

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This course has been designed to develop the knowledge, skills, research interests and career prospects of those who work, or wish to work, in finance, treasury management or accountancy. Read more
This course has been designed to develop the knowledge, skills, research interests and career prospects of those who work, or wish to work, in finance, treasury management or accountancy. It’s especially useful if you’re a graduate with little or no accounting experience, as it offers the opportunity to study modules which will cover this shortfall.

If you are a graduate member of a UK accountancy body, or an overseas equivalent, you may claim up to four exemptions from this Masters by applying for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning. This would enable you to complete the taught part of the course in one semester.

The course provides exemptions from 7 of the papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams. The Westminster Business School is an ACCA Gold approved learning partner and one of the few UK institutions where you can qualify for so many ACCA exemptions on completion of a one-year course. Furthermore, graduates of the course have the chance to enter the the Gateway route of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). On successful completion of the Gateway examination, students will gain exemptions from 12 of the 17 CIMA examinations.

Course content

As a postgraduate finance student you will have access to the Financial Markets Suite, which uses the Bloomberg computer system to monitor real-time financial market movements and trends. It’s a resource available to very few UK universities, and one which provides a modern and progressive teaching environment combining finance theory with practice.

A highlight for many students are the social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking with fellow students and alumni. Students on this course also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-Financial Accounting Policy and Practice
-International Risk Management
-Managerial Accounting
-Modern Finance
-Project
-Research Methods in Finance and Accounting
-Taxation Principles and Practice

Option modules - You can choose a total of three options modules. Choose two or three from the following list; a third may be chosen from anywhere within the University, subject to the course leader’s approval.
-Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
-Data Analysis
-Financial Derivatives
-Financial Information Systems
-Financial Markets and Institutions
-Fixed Income Analysis and Trading
-International Financial Reporting
-Modern Portfolio Management

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Careers

As a Finance and Accounting MSc graduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in finance, banking, treasury management or accountancy, as well as general management and other senior finance-based positions. A number of our graduates have gone on to work for the "Big 4" accountancy firms.

Your exposure to the Financial Markets Suite simulated financial trading facility will mean you will be equipped in both the theory and practice of international finance.

Graduates of the course can apply to various professional accountancy bodies, which give exemptions on the basis of electives you have studied. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) allow graduates to go through a "Gateway" route. Successful completion of the Gateway exam grants 12 exemptions from CIMA's 17 examinations. You also have the opportunity to gain exemption from 7 papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations during this degree.

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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.

It will equip you with the skills necessary to advise on financial accounting standards, solve complex business problems and address contemporary issues in financial theory and practice.

You will be taught by experienced professionals who are active in consultancy and maintain excellent business contacts. This ensures that the course is industry-focused and continually updated to meet the changing nature of the financial sector.

Guest speakers are regularly invited to discuss curriculum topics, so you get professional insights into contemporary finance and accounting issues.

You will develop advanced research skills that, as well as providing a solid foundation for your dissertation, will be sought after by employers.

A specialist option and dissertation provide opportunities to tailor your studies to your individual interests and your chosen career path.

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Our MSc Finance degrees give you the theoretical background and practical skills for a career tackling contemporary issues in Finance. Read more

Course Description

Our MSc Finance degrees give you the theoretical background and practical skills for a career tackling contemporary issues in Finance. Each course has been created in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Finance (CFA), so your modules also contribute towards the institute's own qualification, which you can work to complete after graduation.

Our MSc Finance and Accounting route is designed to build on your first degree in Accounting. Its focus is on developing your understanding by applying theories to practice, covering the subjects that will enable you to complete your professional body entrance exams and progress your career.

See the website https://www4.ntu.ac.uk/nbs/courses/fees_and_funding/postgraduate_fees/index.html

Course length: January start: One year full-time
September start: One year full-time or two years with a work placement

Work placement

If you are starting your course in September, you can choose to add a year's work placement, making your master's a two-year course. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

We have extensive links with corporate partners who can offer placements, so we can help you find something perfect. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in Semester Three.

Study and support

Teaching and learning methods are centred around interactive workshops which are highly participative in nature and will employ case studies, discussions, business simulations and group activities.

Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing courses that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules.

We ensure that support and guidance is in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research based projects.

The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.

Induction

All our courses begin with a comprehensive development programme that will help you prepare for your studies and develop key academic and transferable skills. A key feature is a short residential team-building course, normally in the Peak District.

You will also have opportunities to meet members of the teaching team and other postgraduate students, receive detailed programme information, and gain valuable support and guidance from the library, careers service, international office and Student Support Services.

Visit the MSc Finance and Accounting page on the Nottingham Trent University web site for more details! https://www4.ntu.ac.uk/nbs/courses/fees_and_funding/postgraduate_fees/index.html

Scholarships

Nottingham Business School is delighted to offer a number of generous scholarships for our full-time master's courses. To find out more visit the Nottingham Business School website. (http://www.ntu.ac.uk/nbs/courses/fees_and_funding/postgraduate_fees/index.html?utm_campaign=FAM-BLSS-Nov-15&utm_medium=Profile&utm_source=Findamasters&utm_term=BLSS )

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Developed in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this programme prepares you for a successful career in finance and accounting, working at home or overseas in various business environments. Read more
Developed in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this programme prepares you for a successful career in finance and accounting, working at home or overseas in various business environments.

About the programme

This MSc provides an opportunity to gain relevant contextual and subject specialist knowledge through a structured programme of academic studies. It adds value to your first business or accounting related degree by giving you an integrated and critically aware understanding of your specialism.

Your learning

The course focuses on delivering the conceptual understanding and practical skills involved in accounting and finance with an understanding of how accounting operates. It will enable you to develop a professional accountancy career and join CIMA through the accelerated ‘gateway’ route. The course prepares you to sit the external CIMA ‘Gateway Examination’. Passing this three-hour case study examination allows you to claim 12 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level papers, and you will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.

You will then only need to sit and pass three strategic level examinations, the associated case study, and fulfil the work-based practical experience, before being eligible for full CIMA membership and recognition as a
professional Management Accountant.

The modules undertaken at Postgraduate Diploma stage are:
• Strategic Financial Accounting
• Strategic Financial Management
• Strategic Management Accounting
• Capital Resources
• The Professional Accountant and Governance

plus one option from:
• Advanced Financial Accounting
• Advanced Management Accounting
• Global Finance

MSc

To attain the MSc, you must complete an MSc dissertation (60 credits), an individual piece of relevant research.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates can explore a rich diversity of career options in finance and accounting management posts in industry and commerce. Our graduates’ careers include finance director, finance business partner, management consultant, operations director, management accountant and corporate finance manager.

Professional recognition

Students may wish to fully complete their professional accreditation with CIMA as the primary aim of this programme is to obtain professional exemptions. Other progression routes include a research career or further management qualifications such as an MBA or DBA.

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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Challenge contemporary critical thinking and explore new accounting concepts by taking an MSc in Finance and Accounting! We're here to provide progression for your current qualification to reach new levels of knowledge, encouraging debate and discussion of financial development, entrepreneurial thinking and many more key areas of this subject. Read more
Challenge contemporary critical thinking and explore new accounting concepts by taking an MSc in Finance and Accounting! We're here to provide progression for your current qualification to reach new levels of knowledge, encouraging debate and discussion of financial development, entrepreneurial thinking and many more key areas of this subject.

You'll study an extensive range of modules looking at important topics in finance and accounting, focusing on those that meet your specific interests. We'll look at the financial challenges faced by businesses in today's environment, providing you the perfect foundation to reach new heights in your professional development. Get an understanding of your contribution to financial leadership and move on to big things in your career.

Course outline

We offer a wide range of modules to look at financial leadership within both profit and non-profit organisations, considering case studies of current companies and organisational financial development.

Modules, such as Leadership & Organisational Behaviour and Strategic Thinking & Effecting Change allow you to study business leadership from a senior perspective, while Financial Governance Risk & Ethics; Financial Reporting & Communication; Strategic Performance Management and Corporate Financial Practices ensure that you consider the financial challenges businesses face today.

Graduate destinations

You'll emerge as a leader in your field, with the knowledge and skills to move up the corporate ladder and engage in discussions towards the future of financial development.

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Our Finance and Accounting MPhil and PhD programmes aim to develop rigorous scholars who can advance both academic knowledge and business practice. Read more
Our Finance and Accounting MPhil and PhD programmes aim to develop rigorous scholars who can advance both academic knowledge and business practice. The programmes are designed to equip you with the skills necessary to succeed in a knowledge-intensive environment and to open greater depth to your professional and personal life.

Our research is organised into 15 research centres and groups. Each of these involves externally funded research, international collaboration and the active involvement of doctoral students. A brief outline of some of the disciplines is outlined below.

Researchers in accounting mainly cluster around two main areas:
-Governance and ethics
-Accounting history

The Accounting, Governance and Accountability (AGA) research group undertakes research projects unified by the overarching theme of accountability. We have enjoyed recent funding support from a number of external bodies including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Specific areas of research expertise include:
-Corporate reporting
-Business ethics
-Corporate philanthropy
-Social and environmental accounting
-Sustainability and social measurement
-Third sector accountability
-Accounting history

There are opportunities for you to study in any of these disciplines.

Networking opportunities

Throughout the academic year, the School holds a number of events on campus to which all students are invited. Events are topical, and provide great opportunities for you to network with national and multinational organisations, alumni and peers.

Accreditation

Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:
-Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
-European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
-Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold this triple crown and we are one of only 20 to have these accreditations in the UK.

Our accreditations reflect the investments we make for our students through providing a high quality teaching environment, innovative programming and active engagement with industry.

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Businesses and government organisations implement strategies for economic growth by relying on sound financial knowledge. Read more
Businesses and government organisations implement strategies for economic growth by relying on sound financial knowledge.

This MSc Finance and Accounting, taught by highly research-active staff, is aimed at providing you with an in-depth grounding for your professional or academic career in finance, business and accounting.

The course develops your strategic understanding and critical thinking of the main finance principles and theories that support and inform corporate financial decisions upon which modern business decision-making is based.

In addition, it provides you with an opportunity to develop practical skills and a theoretical understanding of finance for international business.

You will explore the importance of accounting information in the management of corporations and the variety of approaches small firms use to secure finance and survive and succeed in the hyper-competitive market.

In this modern globalised business environment you will explore key factors that affect international business management and evaluate the impact of organisational theories and corporate governance on corporations in an international context.

As well as the opportunity of external visits, e.g. the London Stock Exchange, students will have the chance to apply the research skills developed throughout the programme to an independent piece of research in an accounting or finance related topic.

Typical modules include:

International Finance
International Business Environment
Financial Management
Accounting for Business
Entrepreneurial Finance
Corporate Governance in an International Context

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The course will meet the needs of most accountancy graduates who wish to embark on postgraduate training in accounting and finance. Read more
The course will meet the needs of most accountancy graduates who wish to embark on postgraduate training in accounting and finance. Graduates with a good degree in accounting and finance seeking to improve their employability profile would find this course of particular interest.

Course detail

Members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) have a particular advantage in that they may claim for exemptions from certain modules on the MSc Finance and Accounting course, based on completion of the ACCA's professional-level papers. Exemption requests from members of other recognised accountancy professional bodies are welcome, and will be assessed based on individual merit and the comparability of syllabuses.

Modules

• Corporate Financial Management
• Capital Markets and Decisions Under Risk
• Corporate Responsibility
• Corporate Financial Reporting
• Corporate Strategy
• Research Methods
• Research Dissertation.

Plus one option from:
• Tax System and Policy
• Auditing in Practice
• Management Decision Making.

Career and study progression

The course will equip graduates with the skills to access senior roles in Accountancy as financial controllers, audit seniors, financial analysts and senior accountants. The curriculum meets the needs of the profession and the qualification is recognised by employers.

On completion, graduates would be eligible to apply for a doctoral programme.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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The MSc Finance & Accounting and Financial Management programme provides essential knowledge, understanding and skills required for graduates to begin to operate competently and effectively within an accounting and financial management environment and is therefore targeted at students who are looking for either a professional career or career development in these areas. Read more
The MSc Finance & Accounting and Financial Management programme provides essential knowledge, understanding and skills required for graduates to begin to operate competently and effectively within an accounting and financial management environment and is therefore targeted at students who are looking for either a professional career or career development in these areas.

The course also provides a postgraduate progression route for UK and International students who have completed related degrees at Undergraduate level, or who are already working or training in a professionally relevant context.

Professional accreditations will help Leeds Trinity University graduates to find appropriate graduate level jobs and develop their professional networking skills. The programme will allow students to potentially obtain a number of exemptions against CIMA and ACCA professional exams (subject to validation).

Benefits of Finance and Accounting

- An opportunity to study at a professional postgraduate level to build on the skills and competences gained from either previous study or in the professional working context.
- The potential to gain exemptions from selected professional accountancy examinations (CIMA and ACCA) and thus gain qualification as an accountant more quickly.
- The chance to network with a global student community whilst completing study with well qualified and professionally experienced tutors.
- Access to financial and professional networks in the Leeds area – the second financial city in the UK. Additional English language classes open for all BMM international students – up to 120 hours of extra support included in the MA fee.

Graduate Destinations

Professional careers is a variety of accounting and Financial Management a​reas including; Banking, Accountancy, Financial Control, Strategic Management, Insurance, Financial Services and the Public Sector.

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The MSc Islamic Finance programme provides you with an opportunity to study the success of Islamic finance, particularly in the current economic climate, to evaluate its principles and understand its unique approach to finance for today’s businesses and society. Read more
The MSc Islamic Finance programme provides you with an opportunity to study the success of Islamic finance, particularly in the current economic climate, to evaluate its principles and understand its unique approach to finance for today’s businesses and society.

Europe, USA and many other parts of the world have been in deep recession since 2008. This recession is mainly caused by the collapse of the conventional banking and finance model operated in most parts of the world.

The Islamic finance and banking industry has been growing at annual rates of 15-20% over the last decade and is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. Islamic finance and banking has demonstrated itself to be a serious contender to replace much of the conventional banking and finance industry around the world. At the end of 2011 the global Islamic finance services industry was valued at USD 1.4 trillion. The supply of qualified professionals to take up careers in this industry falls way short of demand.

The success of the Islamic finance is mainly due to a sound theoretical foundation based on the following principles:
-Rigorous ethical principles
-Interest-free banking
-A system based on real asset and real business transactions NOT on high speculation and high risk activities

Course content

This programme provides you with a solid foundation in Islamic Finance and prepares you for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Diploma in Islamic Finance. The first part covers the core discipline of accounting and finance. The second part focuses on Islamic Finance.

-Compulsory Modules
-Financial Reporting and Analysis
-Management Control and Internal Audit
-Advanced Corporate Finance
-Business Management Research
-Islamic Investment and Financing
-Islamic Commercial Law (Shari'ah)
-International Finance
-Investment Game
-Dissertation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course unit details

The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units.

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

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

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

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

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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

Career opportunities

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

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

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

Key Features of MSc in Accounting and Finance

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

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

Modules

Modules on the MSc in Accounting and Finance typically include:

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

Accreditation

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

F1 - Accountant in Business

F2 - Management Accounting

F3 - Financial Accounting

F4 - Corporate and Business Law

F5 - Performance Management

F7 - Financial Reporting

F9 - Financial Management

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

Careers and Employability

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

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

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

Location and Facilities

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

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

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Got an undergraduate finance degree? Looking to advance your career in accountancy or corporate finance? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping you to improve your employment or promotion prospects. Read more

Overview

Got an undergraduate finance degree? Looking to advance your career in accountancy or corporate finance? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping you to improve your employment or promotion prospects.

- International accounting and finance at Solent covers risk, ethics, financial strategy, decision making, financial reporting, and auditing over the course of eight distinct units.
- Students can also tailor the curriculum to their own unique career ambitions by choosing from a range of optional units.
- Students work alongside experienced academics, researchers and business specialists, benefiting from their first-hand industry insight.
- Solent's strong links with industry help provide students with access to live briefs, case studies and guest speakers.
- Students will graduate in a good position to pursue chartered accountant, chartered management accountant or chartered certified accountant status.
- Two employability events are held throughout the year, introducing students to a range of employers and guest speakers.
- The course concludes with a final master’s project. This project gives students the opportunity to specialise their knowledge further, researching a subject that will help them throughout their careers.

The industry -

Finance is fast-moving, complex and ever-evolving – an industry that’s adding billions to the UK economy each year. Employers in this challenging environment are always looking for motivated and intelligent students to fill a variety of graduate roles. A postgraduate degree can help students to secure these roles – proving their academic commitment and bringing them one step closer to chartered accountant status.

The programme -

Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping students to understand the impact of accounting information on business performance, stock markets and corporate finance. It is also designed to prepare our graduates for essential professional accreditation.

Students study financial accounting and corporate finance, exploring their contribution to the strategic development of organisations through real-world examples and case studies. Students will also cover contemporary global issues in accountancy and finance, preparing them well for careers with multinational businesses.

The curriculum is taught by lecturers with professional qualifications and industry experience. This helps them to teach academic theory alongside practical application, enriching the student experience and ensuring that graduates understand how the skills they have learnt relate to ‘real world’ practise.

The accountancy, finance and economics tutoring team have significant experience of delivering postgraduate, professional accountancy and finance units. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible.

Course Content

- Risk, Governance and Ethics
- Financial Strategy
- Financial Aspects of Decisions (Strategic Management Accounting)
- Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Economics
- Corporate Financial Reporting
- Strategy and Performance
- Audit and Assurance
- Project.

Plus one of the following options:

- Taxation
- Finance in Context
- Current Issues in International Accounting and Finance
- Financial Risk Management.

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course is taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops which will guide your individual learning. You learn through taught sessions and independent study, with good access to support from tutors. You will have personal supervision for the project.

Assessment:

The course is assessed through individual coursework, with a variety of portfolios, written work, presentations, exams and the final project.

Web-based learning -

The University’s virtual learning environment is an integral part of the learning and teaching of the MSc course. It is used for course content, case studies, access to additional study resources and interaction with peers and tutors.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City Living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

The MSc International Accounting and Finance will provide a foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or corporate finance. It has been specifically designed to be a stepping stone to professional qualifications in accounting.

Suitable roles for graduates of this course include:

- Auditing
- Financial accounting
- Management accounting
- Financial management
- Tax
- Corporate finance
- Consultancy.

Links with industry -

All members of the course team have professional qualifications (chartered accountant, chartered management accountant or chartered certified accountant) and connections with the various professional bodies of which they are members.

The course team runs two employability weeks for students interested in careers in accounting and finance, with visiting speakers from over a dozen individuals and organisations.

Students will be encouraged to enter various business competitions and attend industry events.

Transferable skills -

In-class activities and assessments, and in particular the contemporary, real-world project, will help you to develop business awareness and skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and communication.

Further study -

The course provides a foundation for further study for professional accounting qualifications.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £5,665

International full-time fees: £12,380

UK and EU part-time fees: £2,835 per year

International part-time fees: £6,190 per year

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Think employment in accountancy and finance might be for you? With modern facilities, experienced teaching teams and a specialist focus on international regulations, Southampton Solent University’s postgraduate accountancy and finance programme could be the ideal next step towards your dream career.

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