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*Formally MSc Professional Accounting.
Our MSc in Strategic Accounting is one of the first MScs of its kind in the UK. This postgraduate degree in Strategic Accounting allows students to gain a master’s qualification in one year and graduate as a professionally qualified accountant. This will benefit students and employers alike as the Strategic Accounting student enters the world of work with all the qualifications they need to hit the job running; avoiding any additional study costs or time off for studying or examinations.
Graduates of the MSc Strategic Accounting programme will be able to concentrate fully on their career and could therefore have opportunities for promotion before colleagues on a more traditional study support package.
- Students who graduate from this MSc in Strategic Accounting and pass all the ACCA professional papers will require no further study and will be able to concentrate fully on their career.
- All modules on the Strategic Accounting 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)
- 93% of Swansea students in employment or further study within six months of graduating
- High contact time – each module includes a 2 hour lecture followed by a 1 hour seminar/tutorial every single week
- Scholarships available for outstanding students
- Students experience a range of benefits by becoming an ACCA member:
- Improved career progression opportunities
- Ability to work internationally due to the ACCA world-class reputation
- Flexibility in career choice - students can work in any business sector from the financial services and public practice to the public and corporate sectors
- Part of a global professional body with a reputation for driving global standards of professionalism, ethics, integrity and accountability
- Access to a range of world-renowned technical materials and research, and comprehensive resources designed to support continuing professional development (CPD) including:
- free access to accounting jobs adverts posted by top employers
- free access to accounting and auditing standards
- technical updates
- access to exclusive online and face-to-face learning
- further accountancy qualifications from ACCA and other reputable academic and professional partners
Our MSc Strategic Accounting programme aims to improve career progression and opportunities for students to earn a high salary. It will give the students the opportunity to be able to work anywhere they choose, internationally because of the ACCA world-class reputation. Strategic Accounting students will be part of a global professional body with a reputation for driving global standards of professionalism, ethics, integrity and accountability while also having flexibility in their career choice. Strategic Accounting students must work for 3 years post-qualifying before they are able to use the ACCA letters after their name. Graduates of the Strategic Accounting programme will find opportunities to work in a wide range of sectors from the financial services and public practice to the public and corporate sectors.
In September 2015 Swansea University became one university with two stunning campuses; located in acres of tranquil parkland and on the majestic sweep of Swansea Bay. All programmes delivered by the School of Management including the MSc in Strategic Accounting are now taught at the Bay Campus both new and continuing students.
The Bay Campus is situated in an outstanding location on the eastern approach into Swansea, with direct access onto the beach and its own seafront promenade. The campus features modern and bright student accommodation, including standard, premium, twin and wheelchair accessible rooms.
Strategic Accounting students benefit from facilities in Bay Campus including:
- Central support services for students housed within the Tower Information Centre
- State of the art library and resource centre
- Students’ Union
- The Great Hall – incorporating the Stanley Clarke Auditorium, lecture theatres and a cafe offering magnificent views across Swansea Bay
- Extensive catering and grocery provision including cafeterias, bar, supermarket, launderette and cash points. All of this will be in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach for all to enjoy.
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’
- Innovative ‘leadership exchange’ will enable students to gain valuable experience of working in another public service organisation.
- Variety of expert guest speakers and research-active academics.
- Diverse learning activities and assessment methods across all modules.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is an internationally recognised professional postgraduate degree, which is a public sector equivalent to the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The course is targeted primarily at public service and third sector professionals. The content is relevant to both international students and those based in the UK.
The aim of the MPA is to enable learners to build on their professional experience by engaging critically with, and reflecting on, key developments in public administration in order to more effectively deliver public service outcomes in a rapidly changing environment.
The course is based on a philosophy of transformational learning and transformational change. Central to this is the role of public services in promoting social justice and equality. International examples will be used to provide thought provoking challenges to the way our public services are designed and delivered. Rather than reflect today’s public services, the state and society, this MPA aims to shape the public service landscape of tomorrow.
This MPA offers an excellent student experience and includes an innovative ‘leadership exchange’ element, working with the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO), to enable all students to participate in an appropriate exchange within another public service organisation.
The MPA offers options for both full-time and part-time study which will fit with busy working lives. This is a multidisciplinary course, with the purpose of preparing students for professional roles in the public sector. As such the delivery draws on academic expertise from a range of backgrounds such as administrative justice, public management and social policy. The input of research active academics will be complemented with expert guest speakers and visits to key public administration sites such as the Holyrood Parliament in Edinburgh, Houses of Parliament in London, Parlament de Catalunya in Barcelona and the European Parliament in Brussels. A series of academic development workshops are run alongside the taught modules to support stuents with academic writing and research methods.
The amount of contact time will vary depending on whether you are studying on a part-time or full-time basis.
The ‘leadership exchange’ element of the course is delivered in association with the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO). We are also an institutional member of the Joint University Council’'s Public Administration Committee.
There is a range of core and optional modules from which you will need to complete 120 credits, plus the 60 credit dissertation module in order to complete the MPA.
Core modules: International Trends in Public Administration/ Gender and Equalities/ Leading Change in Public Services/ Workplace Learning/ Dissertation
Optional modules: You can choose from a wide range of optional modules which include Strategic Internal Communications in a Digitalised World / Communications Impact on Policymaking / Negotiation / Mediation Theory and Practice / Behavioural Finance / Introduction to Finance and Accounting and many others.
In Scotland 21% of the workforce is employed in the public sector. This does not include the many private and third sector organisations that help deliver vital public services. At a time of increasing pressure on public finances, it is increasingly important that all those who support the delivery of our public services continue to develop their professional skills and knowledge. This course supports those seeking to develop these skills.
Innovative ‘leadership exchange’ will enable students to gain valuable experience of working in another public service organisation.
Variety of expert guest speakers and research-active academics.
Diverse learning activities and assessment methods
The MSc International Development: Public Policy and Management seeks to provide an interdisciplinary training and education that will enable policy-makers, economists, planners, managers and researchers to be fully conversant with current issues of public policy and management, in an international development setting. In doing so the programme will provide participants with the conceptual and analytical tools needed to understand and critically review issues relevant to public policy and public sector reform.
While the programme was conceived primarily for those already working in the public sector environment, it has evolved into a highly successful multidisciplinary programme that is appropriate to modern professionals, from a wide variety of backgrounds, who have an interest in issues of public policy.
Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact: Dr David Lawson (Programme Director) | Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 0415 | Email: [email protected]
By the end of the programme students will have:
Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 27 months. There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director first and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off. Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.
The taught elements of the programme, carrying 120 credits overall is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (project based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.
Participants must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice approved by the Programme Directors. Students are encouraged to base their dissertations on topics of direct professional concern to themselves.
The Arthur Lewis Building provides excellent resources including analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops, seminar rooms, an on-site cafe and dedicated computer clusters including GIS facilities.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
The course is intended primarily for those with experience of the public sector and those involved in public policy formulation and implementation. The nature of the course also ensures that graduates are well equipped to pursue careers in the public sector or in public policy and development as researchers, advisers or consultants.
The Global Development Institute (GDI) has a large and diverse postgraduate population, including a large number of students from outside the UK (85% of our students are drawn from outside the UK, particularly from Africa, Asia and Western Europe, but also reaching out to Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific). Many of our alumni have gone on to prestigious careers in the public service or in the NGO/charitable and private sectors, as policy officers, managers, consultants or development practitioners - while others have pursued further academic study leading to a PhD and academic careers. Since its foundation, GDI has trained over 7000 individuals from 170 different countries.
Accounting and finance are central to managing organisations effectively. This course integrates accounting, leadership and change, and gives you a practical insight into developing the discipline. It also provides you with a firm knowledge of accounting and finance and the adaptability needed in a rapidly changing environment.
This course is distinctive in its focus on using financial skills in organisations rather than on mathematically modelling financial markets and in placing business accounting systems in the national and global business environment.You develop hard and soft accounting skills as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively in the challenging business environment. If you are a fully or part-qualified accountant, significant exemptions are available.
This programme is available with 100 credits of advanced standing to entrants who have obtained a full professional accounting qualification such as ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW. These students will only need to undertake two modules to complete the award - Current Issues in Accounting and Research, and the Accounting Dissertation.
Three core modules deal with the disciplines of financial accounting, management accounting and international finance. You also study the global business environment and explore contemporary issues in accounting thought before taking accounting skills and management research modules in preparation for your dissertation.
This programme is open to qualified accountants who may enter with 100 credits of advanced standing, leaving them with only the Current Issues in Accounting & Research and the Accounting Dissertation to complete the award.
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
You work independently and with the support of peers and tutors in tutorials, seminars, directed exercises and IT-based activities.
How you are assessed
Assessment methods vary according to the module studied and include formal examinations, in-course work and presentations.
Graduates can expect to be employed in areas within industry, accounting practices or the public sector. The degree provides a good stepping stone to training for a career in accountancy or a role in general management, and also provides those seeking positions in the finance industry with both specialist finance knowledge and the necessary level of understanding of accounting.
Available at our Glasgow and London campuses
Turn public health theory into social action and create meaningful change at the local, national and international levels with our MSc Public Health. You'll join practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds in this unique and highly relevant programme. Develop the knowledge and skills you need to advance your career and improve the lives of people round the world.
Through a blended approach of traditional instruction supported by online study, your programme prepares you to make a positive impact across a broad range of issues in public health- from preventing disease and minimising its consequences to prolonging life and improving health equity. We've designed a variety of assessments - including written assignments, project proposals, small-scale research and systematic reviews - to make sure you get the most out of your studies.
Whether you choose to study at our Glasgow campus or our London campus, you'll learn from GCU staff who embody our commitment to the common good through their close working relationships with local and international communities - and through their contributions to world-class research in the field of public health.
Principles and Theory of Public Health
This module will include an overview of the history of public health and current theoretical frameworks, the principles of epidemiology and health needs assessment and the importance of public health policies and the wider public health workforce in supporting the application of theory to practice.
Health Economics and Development
This module is designed to provide students with the analytical tools to understand, from an economic perspective: the nature of health care systems internationally; how to assess health care reforms and specific health intervention programmes; and frameworks of health determinants. The module is divided into three main parts; the basic economics of health care systems, evaluation of health care and economic perspectives on health determinants.
Public Health Theory to Social Action
This module will encourage students to undertake activities that will enhance their knowledge on how community development approaches aim to support communities to address health inequalities. In addition it will provide students with the skills to be able to critically analyse and evaluate the relationship between public health theory and its application to social action.
Advanced Epidemiology, Application and Evaluation in Practice
During this module students will further develop and enhance their knowledge and understanding of epidemiological approaches and their application to public health practice.
It particularly aims to develop a practical understanding of how the techniques used to undertake epidemiological studies can be used to gather and interpret knowledge which can support the planning and implementation of new social action initiatives and evaluate existing activities.
Evaluating Evidence to Develop Research and Inform Practice
This module is designed to develop students' critical and practical understanding of research methods which can be applied to inform practice. It requires students to learn about the evaluation of literature, research design along with data collection and interpretation that relates to the student's field. Students will engage with the critical appraisal of evidence from published research literature, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, structured literature reviewing, research ethics, research design, data collection and relevant data analyses.
This module is available to our campus-based students.
This module is designed to gain first-hand experience of organisations currently delivering a social determinant approach to delivering public health goals. Students spend 15 days working alongside organisation staff to experience specific aspects of Public Health policy research and practice.
Students select a relevant organisation allowing them to explore, organise and administer an educational placement in an area/organisation of their choosing in terms of specialty and/ or geographical location. The student will consider a person centred approach as well as the key strategic local, national and international imperatives. Students will take responsibility for their learning by setting personal and professional learning outcomes for their placement. The module allows students to demonstrate reflection and reasoning in relation to a specific aspect of Public Health. Longer placements are possible if attached to their chosen dissertation.
Examples of recent placements include spending time at the National Institute of Health and Social Care Excellence; Social Action for Health (a voluntary agency in the East End of London - http://www.safh.org.uk; Health Action Partnership International (a charity advocating for change at a national and global level) and the Centre for Health in Valencia, Spain.
This module requires students to undertake an independent research project, in the form of a critical literature review, on an area of interest that also contributes to the body of knowledge in their profession.
Modules are delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, directed and self-directed study.
All modules provide opportunities for you to receive feedback on your academic work. The length and nature of assessments is dependent on module specific learning outcomes. Examples of assessment activities within the programme include written assignments on a given public health perspective, open book examinations, project plans, research proposals and a small scale research study or systematic review.
Modules will have either one larger summative assessment at the end of the module or two smaller assessments, spaced throughout the module. A Pass mark is awarded at 50% or above, and students must gain Pass marks in all modules.
Whether you choose a future in academia or pursue a career in the private, public or third sector, you'll be ready to compete for top positions in the UK and beyond. Our recent graduates contribute in a variety of fields including health improvement and health protection, hold roles in teaching and research and serve in public health teams round the world.
The MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions is a unique programme which gives you the opportunity to study the interface between accounting, organisations and institutions drawing on a variety of social science perspectives.
The core course will introduce you to fundamental issues at stake in the interrelationships between accounting, risk management, organisational performance, and institutional frameworks for accountability. The programme also addresses key design issues for accounting, risk and management control systems, and their operation and regulation in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
This programme is distinctive in its approach and different from a traditional accounting and finance master’s programme. Indeed, it does not require a background in accounting, and students with a good initial training in the humanities or the social or natural sciences, and with good essay writing skills, are strongly encouraged to apply. Yet, the programme is also suitable for those students with an accounting background who wish to develop a deeper knowledge of the organisational and institutional context of accounting.
Because of its breadth, this master’s programme is very flexible and prepares students for a wide range of potential careers in accounting, auditing and assurance, financial management, risk management, management consultancy, and regulation, in a variety of for-profit and non-profit organisations globally. The degree also provides solid intellectual preparation for those aspiring to embark on academic research in the field of accounting.
The programme is housed within the Department of Accounting, which is widely recognised throughout Europe for its excellence in accounting and financial management research and education, as well as for its leading role in public policy issues. The interface between accounting and managers, organisations, institutions, public policy and regulatory bodies is a particular teaching and research strength of the Department.
Students who successfully complete the MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions programme pursue careers across a wide range of sectors, in financial institutions, accounting firms, management consulting, industry, government and academia.
Companies who have employed recent graduates from this programme include Bain & Company, Bank of New York Mellon, Barclays Capital, BlackRock, Crédit Agricole, Crowe Horwath, General Electric, JP Morgan, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC, KPMG, Proctor & Gamble, Merrill Lynch, Mondelez, EMI Music, Nordea Bank, Royal Dutch Shell, Schroders and Strategic Asset Partners LLP.
Our flexible Master's programme will give you a strong grounding in core disciplines of accounting and finance. This masters aims to provide the theoretical frameworks and practical skills to become an effective accountant.
You will learn how accounting and financial information is used for decision making and how it integrates with the wider business environment. Throughout your studies you will follow a highly international curriculum which will be relevant to both home and international students.
The technical aspects of our Master's have been aligned to meet requirements of the accountancy profession. This includes International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). You will develop your practical skills by analysing real data sets in software platforms.
You will be encouraged to develop critical and evaluative thinking and judgement through exposure to contemporary issues in the field of accounting and finance.
You also have the opportunity to pursue your chosen areas of specialism through option courses and a dissertation. Our teaching is supported by current research and hands-on financial problems.
The Master's finance suite of programmes has a typical intake of over 90 students with over 30 nationalities. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to exchange viewpoints on global financial impacts with peers from around the world.
This Master's degree has accreditation from the leading global professional body, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Our accounting and finance subjects at the University of Greenwich are ranked third in London for course satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2016.
Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.
We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.
This degree aims to:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
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Students are required to choose 45 credits from this list of options.
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Students are required to choose 75 credits from this list of options.
Students will be assessed through examinations, coursework and a dissertation.
This Master's degree has accreditation from the leading global professional body, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Successful completion of the Master's provides exemption from papers F1 to F4 and F7 of ACCA. This increases your earning potential in the accountancy sector.
The degree provides a good stepping stone to a career in accountancy, especially as accountants in commerce and industry. Having acquired both specialist finance knowledge and the necessary level of understanding of accounting our masters also provides an excellent foundation for a career in treasury management, financial analysis or banking. Recent graduates from this programme have gone on to employment with First City Monument Bank and JP Morgan.
You will gain expertise in the fields of accounting and finance with a view to pursuing a future career as an accountant in the public or private sector.
Industry experts provide guest lectures, career development advice and curriculum input. Sector professionals are involved in developing content and teaching on various courses. As part of our continuing Big Picture guest seminar series, senior executives from Northern Trust and Barclays are invited to pass on their insights and experience.
We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to start your career.
You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs.
The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards; which shows their dedication to actively support career development.
We will encourage you to join societies such as the Trading and Investment Society and take part in student competitions like the UK Trading Challenge. We are proud that our team of first year Greenwich students won the competition, beating teams from many other universities.
The Economics and Business Society also provides an additional forum for students to meet and discuss current trends with faculty and guest speakers.