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The aim of this programme (Website here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-international-accounting-and-finance/ ) is to enhance the research and employment potential of students who seek to specialise in international accounting and finance. Read more

Overview

The aim of this programme (Website here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-international-accounting-and-finance/ ) is to enhance the research and employment potential of students who seek to specialise in international accounting and finance. It is particularly suitable for those who seek to develop an academic career in research. It is also suitable for those seeking a professional career in this area, or for those already established in such a career who wish to extend their skill set and familiarise themselves with the latest themes of research in the areas of international accounting and finance.

The core of the programme is the stream on international accounting which consists of three subjects taken over semesters 1 and 2. These seek to provide students with an international perspective to the study of accounting so that they can develop an understanding of the reasons for national differences; the tendencies towards harmonisation; and the problems of multinational companies. This is done within the context of supporting classes on accounting theory and research methodology.

Programme duration

MSc - 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
PGDip - 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

Professional recognition

Successful completion of our MSc International Accounting and Finance programme grants the following ACCA Exemptions: F1 Accountant in Business; F2 Management Accounting; F3 Financial Accounting and F4 Corporate and Business Law. These exemptions mean you will be able to qualify more quickly than other graduates.

Programme content

The course provides theoretical training in the major areas of international accounting including Corporate Finance, Theory, Standards, and Managerial Accounting. Students can also take optional modules in other key finance subjects such as financial markets or financial reporting.

Semester 1:
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Analysis
- International Accounting Standards
- PLUS one optional module from: Corporate Governance or Financial Markets.

Semester 2:
- International Accounting Theory
- International Managerial Accounting
- Research Methods
- PLUS one optional module from: Emerging Financial Markets, or Comparative Financial Reporting.

Between May and August students undertake their MSc dissertation.

For more information on the content follow this link http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-international-accounting-and-finance/

Your career

- Accreditation
Successful completion of our MSc International Accounting and Finance programme grants the following ACCA exemptions: F1 Accountant in Business; F2 Management Accounting; F3 Financial Accounting and F4 Corporate and Business Law. These exemptions mean you will be able to qualify more quickly than other graduates.

- Career opportunities
Graduates can go on to train as professional accountants. Other potential graduate careers include managerial positions with accountancy departments of international companies; in financial institutions; banks; government and public sector institutions; business consultancies and other business services.

Previous graduates have gone on to successful careers as accountants in the private and public sector, though some have also entered in to other areas of the financial sector.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.
The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.
If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-international-accounting-and-finance/

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This course will provide you with an international perspective on the theory and practice of accounting. There will be a particular focus on the move towards global harmonisation of accounting standards and the impact of leading standard-setting authorities. Read more
This course will provide you with an international perspective on the theory and practice of accounting. There will be a particular focus on the move towards global harmonisation of accounting standards and the impact of leading standard-setting authorities. This degree is suitable if you have studied accounting before and wish to further their understanding of contemporary issues in an international setting.

Why study MSc International Accounting at Dundee?

The MSc in International Accounting course will equip you with a high standard of knowledge in the principles, theoretical framework and practice of international accounting. You will also be exposed to contemporary research methodology and modern qualitative and quantitative research techniques employed to explore international corporate reporting practices. You will gain a detailed insight into the issues facing preparers and users of accounting information in an increasingly globalised reporting environment.

What's so good about MSc International Accounting at Dundee?

International Accounting is a rapidly expanding field and its importance has grown in conjunction with the trend towards globalisation. Employers are increasingly demanding that their recruits not only acquire the technical skills necessary to complete accounting tasks but also demand an appreciation of the context of accounting information taking into account wider social, political, economic, natural and cultural environments.

The MSc in International Accounting focuses on the connections between theory and practice and provides a strong basis for understanding issues in international accounting within this broader context. It also meets a need for postgraduate training as preparation for further research study.

How you will be taught

Modules start at the beginning of the academic session in September and are taught by lectures and tutorials.

What you will study

This course comprises four core modules:

Research Methods
Quantitative Methods
International Accounting & Financial Reporting
Contemporary Accounting Issues

plus one modules from a variety of modules offered within the School of Business which typically include:

Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance
Emerging Financial Markets and Investment
Strategic Management Accounting

Semester 1 modules are examined in December while modules taught in semester 2 are examined by the end of April/early May. At this point, students will be directed, by their supervisor, to begin the dissertation phase of the degree (although they will be encouraged to begin thinking about their research topics in Semester 2).

The dissertation should take students around four months to complete with final drafts being submitted in late August/September.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination coursework, examinations and dissertation.

Careers

The School of Business has excellent employment records for its students (and an impressive Alumni), and this Masters-level programme is intended to continue this pattern of success and enable students to embark on fulfilling and rewarding careers. In this regard, the structure of the degree, with an emphasis on developing both technical and generic (soft) skills, in the context of a fast-changing business environment, will stand students in good stead.

***Scholarships are available for this programme***

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Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education. Read more

Introduction

Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education.
The increasing influence of international financial reporting standards and the shortage in some countries of international accounting expertise have led to significant demand for relevant education. In the EU the speed and significance of recent reforms have also led to a demand for Master’s level education which reflects these developments and facilitates transition.

Accreditation

The global accounting body ACCA recognises the MSc International Accounting and Finance giving graduates of the course automatic exemption from four of their papers with a fifth and sixth possible based on the spring semester options that are chosen.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Full-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Professor David McMillan

Course objectives

Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education. The increasing influence of international financial reporting standards and the shortage in some countries of international accounting expertise have led to significant demand for relevant education. The ACCA Accredited MSc International Accounting & Finance from the University of Stirling Management School reflects these developments and provides a solid foundation for a career in accounting or finance.
The course attracts students from every continent presenting a valuable opportunity to establish a worldwide network of contacts that last beyond the time spent studying on our beautiful campus. In 2014/15 the ACCA recognised MSc in International Accounting and Finance was the most popular Master’s degree at Stirling.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Delivery and assessment

Successful completion of the taught modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The Master’s degree is awarded on satisfactory completion of a dissertation following the Diploma examinations. Dissertation topics range over all areas of relevance to accounting and finance and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation.

Why Stirling?

REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

Career opportunities

- Where are our graduates now?
Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very beginning of the course your career is our focus.
Since the introduction of the course in 2007, our graduates have gone on to build their careers in a variety of sectors around the world in countries such as Malaysia, China, UK, Ethiopia, Italy, Oman, Kazakhstan and Taiwan. In doing so, they are contributing to the performance of organisations including investment banks, universities, car manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.
Some of the roles that our alumni currently hold include:
- Head of Internal Audit, University of Putra (Malaysia)
- Accountant, Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd (China)
- Multi-Functional Financial Analyst, Lockheed Martin (UK)
- PhD Students in Universities around the world
- Relationship/Business Development Manager, BGL Plc. (Nigeria)

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This is a successful and innovative course, based on the research expertise of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group. Read more
This is a successful and innovative course, based on the research expertise of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group. It was created in response to the increasing recognition of the need to set the theory and practice of accounting in the context of its social, political, natural and cultural environments. The course incorporates reflection on the broader setting and implications of accounting in addition to knowledge and understanding of contemporary financial and management accounting.

This theoretical Masters is of particular relevance to those who wish to enhance their understanding of accounting, or those already working as accountants who wish to acquire more advanced knowledge.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscinternationalaccounting(msc).aspx

Why choose this course?

- You will benefit from specialised teaching by academics in the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group at Royal Holloway who have published in a wide range of top ranking journals.

- You will develop advanced accounting knowledge and further explore more specialized areas of accounting which are not always available at undergraduate level

- You will obtain a postgraduate qualification recognised the world over which will enhance your understanding of accounting issues within organizations.

- You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of exciting and innovative course units enabling you to becoming a skilled international accounting practitioner.

- You will be constantly challenged to improve your accounting, conceptual, qualitative and people skills.

Department research and industry highlights

The Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group at Royal Holloway has an established and growing reputation. Its accounting branch is known for distinctive research and teaching of comparative, cultural and social aspects of international accounting, drawing intellectually on the social sciences and on arts disciplines. Each accounting unit is taught by an established accounting academic who has specialist knowledge of the field.

The group includes internationally-recognised scholars, who have published in a wide range of top-ranking journals including: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Accounting and Business Research; Accounting Horizons; Accounting, Organizations and Society; European Accounting Review; Human Relations; International Journal of Accounting; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Journal of Business Finance and Accounting; Journal of Public Economics; and Organization Studies.

Group members have many distinctions, including membership of high-level professional committees and the award of research grants. Members of the group have been advisors and consultants to a wide range of private and public sector organizations, and have long-standing connections with the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants); CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants); and ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales).

On completion of the course you will have:

Knowledge & understanding of – in the context of society & organizations:
- issues in international financial & management accounting
- more specialised and rapidly developing issues, including communication issues, comparative international accounting or sustainability.

Transferable skills including the ability to:
- critically evaluate accounting documents
- critically evaluate relevant academic literature
- employ different research methodologies
- evaluate and employ a variety of accounting-based techniques
- undertake report-writing, presentations, group work and IT.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different international accounting-related areas, including:
- Personal Relationship Manager at HSBC
- Auditor at Deloitte
- Data Analyst at Newedge
- Senior Risk Analyst at Bank of Azerbaijan
- Project Accountant at Building Design Partnership

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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In today’s competitive global environment, employers are increasingly selective in their search for competent accounting and finance professionals. Read more
In today’s competitive global environment, employers are increasingly selective in their search for competent accounting and finance professionals.

Our MSc in International Accounting and Finance is specially designed to develop your international accounting knowledge and skills to a high professional standard.

This one-year, full-time programme is designed to meet market needs through the preparation for, and development of, your career in international accounting and finance. It is well suited to students who have some knowledge of accounting and finance, and who wish to expand their skills and understanding to an advanced level. The programme is also suitable for students with a good academic standing from a related discipline, who wish to enhance their careers in international accounting and finance or for those interested in pursuing research or further study in this area.

This programme equips you with the professional and research skills to pursue careers in a wide range of institutional settings such as academia, auditing, banking, financial institutions, management consultancy and organisational management.

Teaching in the School is informed by the latest research and the changing needs of the global business environment. Our international teaching staff are all experts in their field of study and are regularly published in leading journals worldwide. They guide and support your learning, not only in current best practice in your chosen area of study, but also in emerging new concepts and theories, and the latest business thinking.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/24/international-accounting-and-finance

- Quants Workshop
Kent Business School offers an optional two-week refresher workshop in Mathematics, Statistics and Excel, prior to the start of this programme. See Study support for full details.

Kent Business School (KBS)

Kent Business School has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide you with an advanced conceptual understanding of the key issues in international accounting and finance

- provide you with an awareness of up-to-date practices in international and domestic accounting

- provide you with knowledge of research methodologies adopted in empirical research and the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theories

- provide you with the skills to test and evaluate theoretical models

- provide preparation for and/or development of a career in accounting and finance by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area

- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills

- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high-quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere

- foster the enhancement of life-long learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society generally

- develop your ability to conduct independent self-directed research.

Careers

Our finance programmes equip you with an impressive set of skills and specialist knowledge. In addition, inbuilt practical experience will help you succeed in a competitive job market.

This programme is ideal preparation for a career with investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, specialised financial institutions, trading companies and financial management roles in other industries.

Careers in finance continue to provide exceptional earning potential in the UK and globally (The very highest-paying job specialisms in the finance sector include structurer, trader, M&A and leveraged finance, 2 November 2015, CityA.M.).

Our students have an excellent record for employment. Recent graduates are now working in top companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD), CIPD, CIM and the Association of Business Schools (ABS). In addition, KBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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Our MSc International Accounting and Management programme is designed to offer contemporary and relevant knowledge in the area of international accounting and management of the company by combining key international business focused accounting modules as well as management modules which have a examine the more strategic and quantitative aspects of management. Read more
Our MSc International Accounting and Management programme is designed to offer contemporary and relevant knowledge in the area of international accounting and management of the company by combining key international business focused accounting modules as well as management modules which have a examine the more strategic and quantitative aspects of management. This combination allows graduates to develop careers in various organisations, including private companies and the public sector, either as accountants in business or as financially skilled managers who intend to be promoted to more senior managerial positions.


PROGRAMME STRUCTURE & CONTENT

SEMESTER 1
Competitive Strategy
Financial Analysis
International Accounting Standards
PLUS one optional course from: Strategic Project Management; or Work, Culture & Organisations.

SEMESTER 2
Comparative Financial Reporting
Project Management
Research Methods
PLUS one optional course from: Human Resource Management; International Managerial Accounting; International Accounting Theory; or Project Procurement & Contract Management.

Students who successfully complete all the required taught modules then go on over the summer months to undertake their disseration, leading to a written thesis of 12,000 15,000 words.

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The 100% online MSc in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool’s AACSB-accredited Management School aims to give students a thorough understanding of strategic accounting in a global context. Read more

The 100% online MSc in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool’s AACSB-accredited Management School aims to give students a thorough understanding of strategic accounting in a global context. Continue in your job as you acquire sought-after expertise in measuring performance in international organisations, gain a thorough understanding of the International Financial Reporting Standards and develop practical skills in strategic and tactical accounting management.

“Students were in constant dialogue with each other, which was a really great way to collaborate and share experiences.”

Mohamed Badi Derouiche (living in the UAE) MBA graduate

Next start date is 29 March 2018. Request information and get started today!

Gain an in-depth understanding of financial markets

Study managerial accounting in a global context with this MSc in International Accounting and Finance, which allows you to:

  • Evaluate best practices in strategic managerial accounting and performance management
  • Learn core accounting competencies applicable to real-world situations, including how to apply the International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Earn an MSc from a world-class British university with an AACSB-accredited Management School
  • Choose to follow a general track, or specialise in International Financial Reporting or Strategic Finance Practice

Centre of excellence

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the University of Liverpool Management School is a leading centre of excellence for management training, education and research.

The University of Liverpool is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-led British universities.

Careers

This MSc in International Accounting and Finance is designed to provide working professionals with the skills to influence the long-term success of their organisations as confident and knowledgeable financial decision-makers. The programme is ideal for current and aspiring senior leaders in roles such as:

  • Business Analyst
  • Consultant Finance Advisor
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Accountant/Senior Accountant
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Director Finance and Accounting
  • Accounts Officer
  • Tax Manager

Globally our accounting and finance programmes attract employees of major organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), KPMG, Credit Suisse, Siemens, the United Nations, AT&T, First Bank of Nigeria, Saudi Aramco (the Saudi Arabian Oil Company), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Alberta Health Services.

Find out more today

To learn more about University of Liverpool's online programmes simply complete the free information form. An enrolment advisor will contact you with information about our degree programmes.



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Why this course?. The programme is for graduates looking to broaden their previous study of accounting or for those already working in accounting or finance. Read more

Why this course?

The programme is for graduates looking to broaden their previous study of accounting or for those already working in accounting or finance.

The course gives you an international perspective on the theory and practice of accounting. You’ll study financial management and securities markets. There’s a particular focus on the move towards harmonisation with international accounting standards and the impact of leading standard-setting authorities.

The course provides you with:

  • an international perspective on accounting theories of income and value
  • critical awareness of international accounting standards and their implementation
  • sound understanding of financial theory and analysis
  • appreciation of the nature and functioning of financial markets and institutions
  • ability to apply analytical techniques in practice

You’ll study

The taught component of the course is covered in the first two semesters. Core modules include Principles of Finance and Accounting & Financial Analysis. Elective modules include Advanced Corporate Finance and Applications Advanced Accounting.

The research project will take up the third (summer) semester.

You’ll be assessed on your ability to select and apply relevant theory and research methods. This work may be linked to an issue raised by, or a problem to be solved for, an employer.

Dissertation or three research projects (MSc only)

You’ll work on either a series of research projects or a dissertation, supported by an academic supervisor. You can choose a topic from the broad range of issues covered on the programme.

You’ll be assessed on your ability to select and apply relevant theory and research methods. This work may be linked to an issue raised by, or a problem to be solved for, an employer.

Facilities

Strathclyde’s award-winning Business School is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. We've around 200 academic staff and more than 3000 full-time students.

The departments and specialist units work together to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary postgraduate courses.

The MSc International Accounting & Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

Learning & teaching

The taught component of the course will be covered in the first two semesters. Both of these semesters will run for 12 weeks. 

At MSc level the research project stage of the course is taken during the summer semester.

Assessment

Every class will either have a class test or assignment during Semester 1 and 2. The exams for all classes will take place at the end of the semester in January and June.

Careers

This course is suitable for those intending to develop their careers in finance, broadly defined as:

  • corporate finance
  • security analysis
  • portfolio management
  • options and futures
  • treasury management
  • the functioning of financial institutions and markets
  • financial decision-taking in the public sector


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PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION. Want to combine a postgraduate qualification in Accounting with professional exemptions, while preparing for a career in industry, practice, the not-for-profit or public sectors? . Read more

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

Want to combine a postgraduate qualification in Accounting with professional exemptions, while preparing for a career in industry, practice, the not-for-profit or public sectors? 

The MSc International Accounting Practice is designed to combine technical skills in accounting and business analysis, with the development of key competences in team work, business acumen, effective communication and critical thinking. 

Building on the excellent reputation of our Department for producing high calibre accounting graduates, recognised by all of the major accounting practices and other industry partners, the MSc International Accounting Practice will provide students with the skills required to gain a significant number of exemptions from the main international accountancy bodies and coupled with invaluable work experience as part of the programme; will create huge opportunities for subsequent employment – either internationally or nationally.

UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAMME

This course is open to applicants of all disciplines. As well as offering academic qualifications, the course also offers academic credits towards preparing for professional examinations and explicitly developing skills for lifelong learning.

SKILLS AND CAREERS INFORMATION

Upon completion of the MSc International Accounting Practice, you can expect to have excellent career prospects in an accounting role, with a wide range of organisations, including accounting practice, industry, financial services, the not-for-profit and the public sectors.

Alignment to professional accounting syllabi provides you with exemptions which are recognised globally.

PROFESSIONAL BODY EXEMPTION



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Throughout the MSc in International Accounting and Financial Management programme the emphasis is on preparing you for a career in business where accounting and finance knowledge and skills form key components. Read more
Throughout the MSc in International Accounting and Financial Management programme the emphasis is on preparing you for a career in business where accounting and finance knowledge and skills form key components. You will study financial reporting, governance, risk and ethics, business analysis, international corporate reporting and critically evaluate contemporary issues associated with accounting.

The course provides the opportunity for you to develop both technical and critical evaluation skills and the ability to apply decision making in complex situations. It will equip you with up-to-date knowledge of this fast changing field, and help to develop analytical and problem solving skills. In addition to achieving an MSc, the course modules and structure have been designed with the aim of contributing substantially to your chances of achieving success at ACCA professional level of examinations. Therefore, while the programme is academically rigorous it is also very practically focused.

Course content

This programme will give you a solid foundation in international accounting and financial management while preparing you for ACCA qualifications. The first semester of the programme will provide an intensive study of the core disciplines of accounting and financial management. The second semester modules will closely mirror the professional level of ACCA papers. The final semester will conclude with an individual dissertation and an online investment simulation module designed by market professionals.

Compulsory Modules
-Financial Reporting and Analysis
-Management Control and Internal Audit
-Advanced Corporate Finance
-Business Management Research
-International Finance
-International Corporate Reporting
-Economic Analysis of the Firm
-Investment Game
-Dissertation

Graduate destinations

The MSc in International Accounting and Financial Management will significantly enhance your employability and develop your career whether it be in practice, in the public sector, in financial services, industry or commerce.

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This course equips you with in-depth financial knowledge and the practical skills needed for a rewarding career in accounting or banking in multinational organisations. Read more
This course equips you with in-depth financial knowledge and the practical skills needed for a rewarding career in accounting or banking in multinational organisations.

Our MSc International Accounting and Banking is a unique degree amongst UK universities, giving you a competitive edge by combining theory and practice with real-life examples. You gain an advanced understanding of contemporary accounting and banking issues and produce a business report on a listed company. You develop your ability to research issues, analyse and solve business problems and operate effectively in a fast-paced international business environment.

Whether you have a first degree in accounting, or are looking to study the subject for the first time, this course is for you if you’re looking for a career in international organisations, such as banks, accountancy firms, accountancy and finance departments or business consultancy.

You explore topics including:
-International management accounting
-International financial reporting
-Corporate reporting and analysis
-Modern banking
-Bank strategy and risk

Essex Business School, where this course is taught, is an internationally diverse place to study, with more than half of our staff and students joining us from overseas (our Masters students currently join us from more than 40 countries). As a result, this course is informed by a wide range of global perspectives, preparing you for the demands of an international career in accounting or banking.

We’re a research intensive business school, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). You learn from world-class thinkers who embed the latest academic thinking into their teaching to ensure you experience the cutting-edge of your discipline.

Our MSc International Accounting and Banking is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts offered by the University of Essex. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our expert staff possess a wealth of experience from around the globe and are at the forefront of accounting and banking research and debate.

We’re home to industry renowned figures, such as Professor of Accounting Prem Sikka. Prem is a leading academic on issues surrounding tax avoidance and his work has been quoted in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Independent.

The University of Essex is also ranked in the top five UK universities for social science research (REF, 2014). Our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts to tackle challenges currently being faced by organisations across the commercial, public and third sectors.

We’re recognised for our work on:
-Business ethics
-Corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

The Essex Business School building at our Colchester Campus is the first zero carbon business school in the UK, reflecting our commitment to sustainable business practices. The building provides a modern working environment for staff and students, and includes:
-A virtual trading floor, so you can practise managing stocks and securities with our Bloomberg Financial Market Labs
-Light and spacious lecture theatres
-Group working areas
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-Bonds café, next to our sun terrace
-A winter garden, which contributes to the building’s own micro-climate
-Study skills support, provided by the EBS Learning Team

Our building is located on the Knowledge Gateway, home to some of the region’s most exciting enterprises in the science, technology and creative sectors. The Knowledge Gateway provides potential networking and career opportunities for students directly on campus.

Your future

We develop your creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to prepare you for a successful business career. Our Masters courses foster the business leaders of the future, equipping them with the skills to handle the many challenges the international world of business continues to present.

As well as exploring their own entrepreneurial ventures, our graduates have gained fulfilling roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Essex Business School graduates have progressed to work for high-profile organisations across the world, such as:
-PwC
-Hiscox
-Access Group
-Bank of England
-Ernst and Young (EY)

Alongside the University’s Employability and Careers Centre, our own EBS Employability Team will encourage you to enhance your study with work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-International Management Accounting
-International Financial Reporting
-Corporate Reporting and Analysis
-Modern Banking
-Bank Strategy and Risk
-Cases in Corporate Governance (optional)

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Who is it for?. If you are an ambitious, curious and hard-working graduate, driven to excel and succeed in the area of finance or accounting, this is the right course for you. Read more

Who is it for?

If you are an ambitious, curious and hard-working graduate, driven to excel and succeed in the area of finance or accounting, this is the right course for you. This is a highly practical course so you’ll need to possess sound quantitative skills.  This is a course for graduates that are keen to acquire both the leading techniques in finance and analytical understanding of accounting in measuring economic activities in a business.

You will be able to tailor your course with elective modules to pursue selected fields in depth and address your individual career choice. You can choose modules that will enable you to focus at greater depth on finance, or that will provide you with knowledge you will need to prepare for professional accounting qualifications.

Objectives

This is a one-year, full-time, expertly structured programme that will provide you with the real world finance and accounting expertise that leads to a wide range of rewarding international roles.

The emphasis of the course is to enable you to critically assess the implications of financial figures for a multitude of finance related topics. During the course you will develop a deep understanding of the use of finance and accounting tools in the context of global capital markets.

The course is designed to equip you with skills for using both finance theory and analysis together with accounting numbers in investment decisions and corporate assessment. For example, you will learn how to think in financial terms and develop the methods that will help you weigh financial risks when valuing underlying real assets, evaluating a strategy, and drawing conclusion about the business using financial figures, you will acquire analytical skills for making informed assessments on key financial decision, you will develop deep understanding of the fundamental issues behind international capital flows, their accounting treatment and bearings on business decisions.

This is a demanding and highly rewarding course and after leaving it you will be well-prepared for a broad range of financial careers. MSc IAF graduates find careers in investment and corporate banks, accountancy and audit firms, ratings firms, private equity, financial data providers, venture capital, and finance departments in major corporations.

Structure

What will I learn

  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of finance and accounting
  • Develop your range of technical and conceptual skills
  • Gain broad experience of quantitative techniques
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of financial issues across all industry sectors
  • Network with your peers and senior accounting and finance industry professionals in the City of London
  • Gain a highly valuable international, multicultural perspective
  • Acquire a flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles in accounting and global finance.

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • eight core courses (15 credits each)

and either

  • five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)
  • one super elective on IFRS (30 credits) and two electives (10 credits each)
  • one super elective on IFRS (30 credits) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in International Accounting & Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Induction Weeks

The MSc in International Accounting & Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused on:

  • an introduction to careers in finance and the opportunity to speak to representatives from over 75 companies during a number of different industry specific fairs.
  • a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Career pathways

As Cass is located close to the City of London, you will be perfectly placed to exploit the opportunities created by the degree. Our dedicated careers team will work with you to identify and achieve your career goals by providing you one-to-one support, as well as regular skills workshops and employer and alumni networking opportunities.

Our graduates embark on fulfilling careers in finance and accounting across the finance, professional services, and corporate world at companies including Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and KPMG.



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MSc International Accounting & Finance has been designed to critically develop your understanding of accounting within an international context. Read more

MSc International Accounting & Finance has been designed to critically develop your understanding of accounting within an international context. This course will prepare you for a graduate role as an auditor, financial accountant, tax accountant, financial analyst, decision analyst, management accountant or financial manager.

This course will allow you to build on the accounting and finance knowledge you have gained during your undergraduate studies and to develop the necessary expertise to take on senior management roles within a global environment.

You will focus on the application of knowledge to a real world global context by studying modules such as International Finance, International Business and International Taxation and Accounting. This course has a strong international orientation and as such introduces you to accounting in a wider global context.

Don’t have a background in accounting and finance or a related subject?  

Take a look at MSc Accounting & Finance where our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including both business and non-business specialisms. 

Modules

Core Modules 

  • Business Finance
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • International Business
  • International Finance
  • Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
  • The International Context of Corporate Reporting and Assurance
  • Financial Analysis
  • International Taxation and Accounting
  • Professional Development Programme 
  • Ethics in Academic Practice 

The course then concludes with a dissertation project. 

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout the course and focuses on your professional development and employability, giving you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, build a portfolio of professional business skills, or study abroad at one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK, or overseas, or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions.



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The world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Read more

The world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Working in this field, you will need a strong knowledge of how to resolve issues and tackle challenges by using the most up-todate methods. Our MSc combined with the ACCA Professional is for exceptional graduates with a strong background in both accounting and finance and a dedication to succeeding in a competitive market. This 12 month pathway is designed to enable you to graduate with both an MSc and two professional ACCA exams to enable you to be successful in your chosen financial career. 

By choosing a pathway to achieve the ACCA and combining our academic expertise with that of the sector knowledge and experience of Kaplan Financial, this is a truly unique opportunity to undertaken an MSc that will give you both theoretical and practical real-world experience of accountancy and finance. Kaplan Financial offers excellence in teaching the ACCA at its dedicated study centres.

Kaplan Financial - The UK's leader in financial and accountancy training

Kaplan, part of Kaplan, Inc is the UK’s leading global provider of diverse education and training. Programmes include professional accountancy and financial training, vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships, financial markets, postgraduate and undergraduate degrees.

Kaplan can trace its roots back to 1884 and prides itself in providing educational and learning excellence with leading online learning technologies, award-winning study materials and support from the industry’s most experienced tutors and assessors who are dedicated to ensuring success in your studies. Kaplan also provides professional onsite training for many of the UK’s largest businesses.

Course details

The International Accounting and Finance MSc, on offer since the 1960s, encompasses accounting in its international, public and private contexts, corporate financial management, private sector investment and foreign exchange markets.

It aims to give you a deep knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature that provides the background to understanding changes and innovations in accounting and finance, where you will also acquire a range of skills that can be used to solve real-world problems.

By combining with Kaplan Financial to offer the ACCA this 12 month pathway enables you to leave the University of Birmingham with an MSc and the completion of two ACCA modules; Advanced Performance Managementand Advanced Financial Management.  This is a unique programme on offer exclusively to students of the International Accounting and Finance MSc at Birmingham. 

This programme is only available for those who have a strong background in both accounting and finance; you will need to meet both the MSc entry requirements and those for the ACCA; please see the entry requirements below.

When you apply for this MSc with ACCA you must upload a transcript showing modules studied and mark achieved to date. If you have not yet completed your Bachelor’s degree, please ensure that you also upload a transcript or an official document which shows the modules you are studying in your final year, and any marks achieved so far.

For those without an accounting and finance background, but who have studied some quantitative subjects, please see our MSc Investments MSc and MSc Financial Management programmes.

For information about taught programmes in the fields of Banking and Finance, please see the Department of Economics postgraduate programmes.

Learning and Teaching

Birmingham Business School was the first business school in the country and has built on its reputation ever since to ensure that you get the best learning and teaching experience.

The MSc programme consists of six modules, including compulsory ones on Financial Accounting Theory and Policy and Theory of Financial Management. You can also choose from a wide range of options and must submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Taught modules contribute towards two thirds of your final assessment and your dissertation contributes the other third. Modules are assessed using written examinations and coursework. Coursework can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Group presentations
  • Practical assignments
  • Group based coursework

The ACCA elements of this course will be taught by Kaplan Financial who are an award-winning platinum approved provider with 100% pass rates. More information on how they teach the ACCA can be found on their website http://financial.kaplan.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

Employability

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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The world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Read more

The world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Working in this field, you will need a strong knowledge of how to resolve issues and tackle challenges by using the most up-todate methods. Our MSc combined with the ACCA Professional is for exceptional graduates with a strong background in both accounting and finance and a dedication to succeeding in a competitive market. This 16 month programme is designed to enable you to graduate with both an MSc and examinations towards the professional ACCA qualification to enable you to be successful in your chosen financial career. 

By choosing a pathway to achieve the ACCA Professional and combining our academic expertise with that of the sector knowledge and experience of Kaplan Financial, this is a truly unique opportunity to undertaken an MSc that will give you both theoretical and practical real-world experience of accountancy and finance. Kaplan Financial offers excellence in teaching the ACCA at its dedicated study centres.

Kaplan Financial - The UK's leader in financial and accountancy training

Kaplan, part of Kaplan, Inc is the UK’s leading global provider of diverse education and training. Programmes include professional accountancy and financial training, vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships, financial markets, postgraduate and undergraduate degrees.

Kaplan can trace its roots back to 1884 and prides itself in providing educational and learning excellence with leading online learning technologies, award-winning study materials and support from the industry’s most experienced tutors and assessors who are dedicated to ensuring success in your studies. Kaplan also provides professional onsite training for many of the UK’s largest businesses.

Course details

The International Accounting and Finance MSc, on offer since the 1960s, encompasses accounting in its international, public and private contexts, corporate financial management, private sector investment and foreign exchange markets.

It aims to give you a deep knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature that provides the background to understanding changes and innovations in accounting and finance, where you will also acquire a range of skills that can be used to solve real-world problems.

By combining with Kaplan Financial to offer the ACCA this 16 month pathway enables you to leave the University of Birmingham with an MSc and the completion of four professional ACCA modules to help you to achieve your ACCA Professional status; Advanced Performance Management,  Advanced Financial Management, Strategic Business Reporting and Business Leader .  This is a unique programme on offer exclusively to students of the International Accounting and Finance MSc at Birmingham. 

This programme is only available for those who have a strong background in both accounting and finance; please see the entry requirements below.

When you apply for this MSc you must upload a transcript showing modules studied and mark achieved to date. If you have not yet completed your Bachelor’s degree, please ensure that you also upload a transcript or an official document which shows the modules you are studying in your final year, and any marks achieved so far.

For those without an accounting and finance background, but who have studied some quantitative subjects, please see our MSc Investments MSc and MSc Financial Management programmes.

For information about taught programmes in the fields of Banking and Finance, please see the Department of Economics postgraduate programmes.

Learning and Teaching

Birmingham Business School was the first business school in the country and has built on its reputation ever since to ensure that you get the best learning and teaching experience.

This programme consists of six modules, including compulsory ones on Financial Accounting Theory and Policyand Theory of Financial Management. You can also choose from a wide range of options and must submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Taught modules contribute towards two thirds of your final assessment and your dissertation contributes the other third. Modules are assessed using written examinations and coursework. Coursework can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Group presentations
  • Practical assignments
  • Group based coursework

The ACCA elements of this course will be taught by Kaplan Financial who are an award-winning platinum approved provider with 100% pass rates. More information on how they teach the ACCA can be found on their website http://financial.kaplan.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

Employability

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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