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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Strategic Accounting at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Strategic Accounting at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

*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.

Key Features of MSc in Strategic Accounting

- 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.

Bay Campus

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.

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’



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The MSc in Strategic Accounting is a 1 year top up course for individuals who have completed all their CIMA examinations. Applicants who have completed all their CIMA exams are given exemptions and can complete their MSc in one year. Read more
The MSc in Strategic Accounting is a 1 year top up course for individuals who have completed all their CIMA examinations.

Applicants who have completed all their CIMA exams are given exemptions and can complete their MSc in one year.

See the website https://www.rgu.ac.uk/business-management-and-accounting/study-options/distance-and-flexible-learning/strategic-accounting-with-cima

Course Modules

•Research Methods
•Business Environment
•Dissertation

Format

Study through our Campus Moodle virtual learning environment (VLE) provides full open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The interactive online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and these include:

•Virtual tutorials
•Live chat
•Discussion forums - student and tutor led
•Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
•User friendly material

Once you have received an offer for the course, applicants are offered the chance to log into Campus Moodle for more information and to interact with staff and other applicants.

Careers

The MSc Strategic Accounting equips graduates with a real competitive advantage.

The profession is a highly regarded one, both in the UK and overseas - and both awards are very well known within the Industry. Opportunities for future careers exist within local, national and international companies in the areas of management accounting and financial accounting and also in commercial roles requiring financial analysis skills.

The University supports career development and offers online and offline advice, services and resources through the Careers Advisory Service.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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The programme aims to provide students with a thorough postgraduate education in the field of international management, with a specialism in accounting and its international aspects. Read more

The programme aims to provide students with a thorough postgraduate education in the field of international management, with a specialism in accounting and its international aspects.

The MSc Accounting and International Management programme is distinctive in its international flavour, with a strong emphasis on the international business themes necessary for analysing the dynamic global business challenges of the 21st century.It offers a critical understanding of current management theories and global accounting practices. The programme covers issues relating to international strategic management, managing people and organisations, global financial reporting, corporate governance, ethics and the fundamentals of marketing.

Why Henley?

  • Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US
  • Excellent networking potential : 72,000 Henley alumni members in 150 countries
  • High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year
  • Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities
  • World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events
  • Henley is proud to be part of the University of Reading. The University is ranked within the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and 98% of the research is rated as being of international standard.

Course content

Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2017/18. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Either/Or:

Dissertation/Project:

Optional Modules

Students choosing the dissertation must choose ONE optional module from the list below. Students choosing the Management or Accounting project must choose TWO optional modules. Students choosing MMM054 cannot choose MMM027 and vice versa. 

Assessment

Exams, applied project and individual and group assignments

Careers and accreditations

The MSc Accounting and International Management programme is distinctive in its international flavour, with a strong emphasis on the international business themes necessary for analysing the dynamic global business challenges of the 21st century.It offers a critical understanding of current management theories and global accounting practices. The programme covers issues relating to international strategic management, managing people and organisations, global financial reporting, corporate governance, ethics and the fundamentals of marketing.

Graduates from this programme will enhance their employability in a range of careers related to their first-degree discipline or in a general international management as well as more specialized accounting roles.

This programme is granted exemption from four of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional exams: BA1 to BA4.



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Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Read more
Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Therefore, the MSc Accounting and Business Management appeals to graduates with a business-related degree who want to develop their understanding of accounting and management in a business context and develop skills that enhance their employability. The rigorous and integrated syllabus emphasises the value of developing knowledge and skills progressively. It supports personal learning and development through managed choice and encourages personal initiative, enthusiasm and positive study habits.

Aims

This programme offers students an opportunity to:
Develop an appreciation of the role of accounting within the overall function of management
Acquire technical accounting skills and integrate theoretical and conceptual considerations with practice
Evaluate the principles and theories that underpin accounting and management
Critically reflect on the role of the main stakeholders and the influence of regulatory frameworks on accounting and management
Develop analytical and problem solving abilities and apply them in making management decisions
Review research on current issues in accounting and management and apply accepted research methods to investigate a specific research question independently
Develop transferrable skills that will enhance employability

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Core Modules

Current Issues in Accounting
Financial Accounting
Financial Reporting
International Management:
Management Accounting
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation

Optional Modules

Business Performance Management
Business Planning
Entrepreneurship
International Business Strategy
Global Diversity Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Strategic Management

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013
Valuable accounting and management skills for students intending to seek employment in today's competitive job market and those who will work in the family business
Strong foundation for entrepreneurs planning to set up and manage their own businesses
Graduating students receive accreditation from ACCA in respect of three papers at Foundation Level
Graduating students receive accreditation from ICAEW in respect of three papers at Professional Stage
Graduating students receive accreditation from CIMA in respect of two papers at Certificate Level, one paper at Operational Level and two papers at Management Level
Graduating students receive accreditation from AIA in respect of six papers, which form a part of the AIA professional qualification
Firm foundation for future doctoral studies

Accreditation

Students graduating from the MSc Accounting and Business Management in Brunel Business School will receive accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for the following Professional Stage papers which form a part of the ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification:
Accounting
Business and Finance
Management Information
The ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, the ACA, is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. It is valued around the world in business, practice and the public sector. Details of the exemptions are listed on the ICAEW exemptions database.

 
Students graduating from the new MSc Accounting and Business Management will recieve accreditations from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in respect of the following papers:
Certificate Level: C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting, C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Operational Level: P1 Performance Operations
Management Level: F2 Financial Management, P2 Performance Management
Details of the exemptions are listed on the CIMA exemptions database.


Students graduating from the MSc Accounting and Business Management will recieve accreditations from ACCA in respect of the exemptions towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the following papers:
Paper F1: The Accountant in Business
Paper F2: Management Accounting
Paper F3: Financial Accounting
Paper F7: Financial Reporting
Details of the exemptions can be found using the Exemptions Enquiry tool on the ACCA website.

 
Students graduating from the MSc Accounting and Business Management will receive accreditation from the Association of International Accountants (AIA) for the following papers which form a part of the AIA professional qualification:
 Module A
Paper 1: Financial Accounting 1
Paper 2: Business Economics
Paper 3: Management Accounting 1
Module B
Paper 6: Information Processing
Module D
Paper 11: Financial Accounting 2
Paper 12: Management Accounting 2
Details of the exemptions can be found using the AIA Exemptions Database.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and learning methods typically comprise weekly lecture/workshops with the use of PowerPoint slides and other audio-visual teaching aids. The virtual learning environment provides access to the module guides, teaching and learning materials, and other resources. There will be opportunities for active-learning and formative feedback.
The dissertation is a self-directed activity guided by a supervisor. Assessment is based on the project report. Most of the accounting modules are assessed solely by examination, as this is a requirement for potential exemption from the professional examinations. Other modules are assessed by coursework and examination.

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The programme aims to provide a thorough postgraduate education in accounting and financial management for graduates who wish to understand how businesses use financial information for decision-making purposes. Read more

The programme aims to provide a thorough postgraduate education in accounting and financial management for graduates who wish to understand how businesses use financial information for decision-making purposes.

The programme provides an analytical and integrated study of accounting and financial management, combining a conceptual and theoretical approach with an emphasis on application to the relevant developments from the current international practice. It will cover issues related to international strategic management, management decision-making and performance evaluation, business finance, global financial reporting as well as ethics and corporate governance. Students will learn to evaluate alternative theories and methodologies and to make judgments on their applicability to complex practical scenarios.

Why Henley?

  • Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US
  • Excellent networking potential : 72,000 Henley alumni members in 150 countries
  • High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year
  • Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities
  • World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events
  • Henley is proud to be part of the University of Reading. The University is ranked within the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and 98% of the research is rated as being of international standard.

Course content

Compulsory modules

Dissertation/project

Optional modules

Students choosing MMM049 must choose one optional modules to the value of 20 credits. For students choosing MMM090 Dissertation, a project to dissertation form must be completed and no optional modules are available.

Assessment

Exams, applied project and individual and group assignments

Careers and accreditations

Students will enhance their employability in their related first-degree disciplines or in any general business management roles. The programme will also enhance career opportunities in more specialised accounting and finance fields. As the programme offers an international perspective, career prospects are likely to be international. In addition, the programme will serve as a good basis for further academic development in accounting- and finance-related disciplines.

Graduates from this programme will enhance their employability in a range of careers related to their first-degree discipline or in a general business as well as more specialised accounting and finance roles.

This programme is granted exemptions from four Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional exams: BA1 - BA4.



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The Master's of Accounting program at Binghamton University provides a generalist perspective and emphasizes conceptual understanding, analytical methods and the use of logical reasoning. Read more
The Master's of Accounting program at Binghamton University provides a generalist perspective and emphasizes conceptual understanding, analytical methods and the use of logical reasoning.

You will learn the most up-to-date accounting theories and analytical techniques combined with opportunities to apply this knowledge in real-world situations.

Highly integrative in nature, the curriculum includes a broad range of courses in auditing and taxation, along with financial and managerial accounting. You will be encouraged to choose from among the many electives offered in the MBA program.

Master of Science in Accounting

Consider the Benefits...
- Hands-on learning integrated throughout the curriculum
- Curriculum offers a generalist approach to accounting
- Strong program reputation translates into numerous job opportunities

- Qualified accounting majors can complete the program in two semesters


Combine theory with hands-on opportunities

Accounting is vital to any organization. It provides the financial information necessary for strategic planning. This function is critical to managers and investors in order to make informed business decisions. To prepare you for this important business function, the program provides a generalist perspective and emphasizes conceptual understanding, analytical methods and the use of logical reasoning. You will learn the most up-to-date accounting theories and analytical techniques combined with opportunities to apply this knowledge in real-world situations.

Accounting graduates are in demand

While most Binghamton students focus their careers in public accounting, the MS degree also allows for career paths in management accounting or in government agencies such as the Treasury Department, the General Accounting Office and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Binghamton program will prepare you for numerous career options, whether in public or private sector accounting, or provide the theoretical foundation for the PhD degree. Binghamton is known for its strong accounting program. As a result of this well-established reputation, accounting graduates are actively recruited by all of the Big Four accounting firms, as well as by regional firms.

Accounting in a contemporary social context

The mechanics of accounting are emphasized, but Binghamton faculty members are known for their novel approach to integrating accounting into a more social context. Expect to use your communication skills, as the program requires you to write and present on current literature. This approach helps develop critical thinking skills, in addition to the technical aspects of accounting.

Integrative coursework broadens your perspective

Highly integrative in nature, the curriculum includes a broad range of courses in auditing and taxation, along with financial and managerial accounting. You will be encouraged to choose from among the many electives offered in the MBA program.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university at which you earned a degree
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement of no longer than one page describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GMAT scores

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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The Strategic Management – Accounting program is for you if you want to gain a perspective on the organizational techniques required for the effective execution of strategic decisions, and the critical role that managerial leadership plays in the viability and growth of a business. Read more
The Strategic Management – Accounting program is for you if you want to gain a perspective on the organizational techniques required for the effective execution of strategic decisions, and the critical role that managerial leadership plays in the viability and growth of a business.

Through just two semesters of Strategic Management - Accounting courses, you also continue to learn and deepen your understanding in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting, taxation and auditing.

By taking this School of Business program, you get to:
-Enjoy comprehensive coverage of all the key areas of management
-Extensively use case studies and simulations to enhance your knowledge
-Be exposed to a strong focus on leading-edge managerial practices (including leadership practices) of the best companies in the world
-Receive hands-on training in the latest technology applications in the area of management information systems, including ERP systems

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-You develop your skills with a Strategic Management – Accounting curriculum that includes comprehensive coverage of all the key areas of management and focuses on cutting edge managerial and leadership practices of the best companies in the world.
-Learning in small class environments allows for training that incorporates one-on-one time with instructors and peers.
-The School of Business program sees you connect with and learn from a team of professors with strong academic backgrounds, deep subject matter expertise, and extensive business and management experience.

Articulation Agreements
Start in our post-graduate certificate program, end with a degree! Successful graduates of this Strategic Management - Accounting program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the graduate degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering universities that are available for this program. Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits.

Career Outlook
-Accounting supervisor
-Accounting manager
-Assistant controller
-Controller
-Business analyst

Areas of Employment
-Financial institutions
-Government offices
-Public accounting firms
-Manufacturing industries
-Service industries
-Small business
-Self-employment

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Changes in the business environment create the need for individuals wishing to pursue a senior management role to be aware of contemporary accounting and finance developments. Read more

Changes in the business environment create the need for individuals wishing to pursue a senior management role to be aware of contemporary accounting and finance developments.

Understanding these theoretical and practical issues is critical for managers who often have to make rapid and far-reaching decisions about the short term financial operations and long term strategies of firms.

The MSc in Accounting and Finance offers you a unique opportunity to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in the financial and corporate sectors, and to study advanced theory and practice relating to accounting and finance.

The aim of the programme is to provide graduates and other individuals that have practical accounting and financial training with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a senior level professional career in accounting, financial services or related sectors of the economy.

Issues you will tackle as part of your MSc Accounting and Finance degree programme include:

How are the financial accounts of companies formulated, and how do they differ across jurisdictions?

What agency issues are important in the creation of company accounts?

How does accounting theory inform financial and management accounting practice?

How does regulation impact on the performance of firms, and how do accounting practices highlight profit and/or loss realisation?

What empirical techniques can be used to evaluate company performance?

In what ways have financial accounting requirements and auditing been influenced by recent company failures?

What are the relationships between risk and return governing investment in company shares and other derivative instruments?

Which factors are most likely to influence the evaluation and implementation of international investment projects?

How can we calculate a suitable cost of capital to appraise the capital investment decision?

How should institutional investors go about constructing a portfolio of assets to maximise returns on behalf of investors?

How are futures, options, derivatives and swaps used to manage balance sheet and off-balance sheet risks?

What are the key principles of international portfolio management in a world of fast and unpredictable movements in exchange rates?

How can financial forecasts be used in business valuation, and what techniques should be used to improve trend analysis and interfirm comparison?

With these needs in mind, the MSc Accounting and Finance programme at Bangor is designed to develop participants’ existing skills through a scheme of specialist advanced study. An important objective is to provide participants with relevant analytical training, so that they are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to accounting and finance. The programme provides a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, but the emphasis throughout is on advanced practical application of accounting and financial techniques in a real-world setting.

Course Structure

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory modules:

Research Methods: This module develops knowledge of intermediate and advanced research methods, and provides a basis in research methodology for those who may eventually wish to pursue research degrees.

Accounting Theory: This module critically evaluates a widespread and widely based set of theories that underpin any explanation of accounting behaviour and accounting regulatory output.

International Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial instruments in a multi-currency world, taking account of insights from portfolio theory concerning the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, and the pricing of assets.

Advanced Financial Reporting and Regulation: This module provides an advanced treatment of the main theoretical principles underlying financial reporting, and the practical implications of alternative regulatory regimes.

Financial Analysis: This module analyses the techniques that are used to evaluate a company’s financial position and performance.

Management Accounting: This module provides an understanding of the uses of financial data in measuring and evaluating business performance, and in setting the strategic aims of the organisation.

Optional modules (choose 2):

Corporate Risk Management: This module provides an analysis of pure risk and its management.

Islamic Accounting and Financial Reporting: This module develops a critical awareness of theoretical and practical approaches to Islamic accounting and financial reporting. Islamic accounting standards are compared with IFRS, and the content and impact of academic research in this area is examined.

Islamic Finance: This course provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues.

Financial Econometrics: This module provides advanced coverage of econometric methods and practices that are used to model financial and business data. You will develop the independent capability to design, estimate and evaluate appropriate econometric models using econometric software.

International Financial Management: In this module, the financial management of multinational companies, and the influence of the macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision-making are examined in an international and global context.

Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds, equities and derivatives that are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes, and examines the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.



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On this master’s degree you will learn to understand accounting and financial information, analyse problems and participate in management decision making. Read more

On this master’s degree you will learn to understand accounting and financial information, analyse problems and participate in management decision making. In this intensive programme we cover financial accounting, management accounting and international finance. A Research Project allows you to develop a deeper knowledge in an area of interest.

You will develop the all-round capabilities needed to be a successful accounting or finance professional. These include research and analytical skills as well as team-working, problem solving and communication. The MSc Accounting and Finance is designed for those wishing to develop a career in the sector and applicants with prior accounting experience are welcome to apply.

Why choose this course?

  • Employability: Graduates have gone on to work in prestigious organisations such as Deloitte and KPMG. Whether you are seeking a career in accounting, finance or a general business career, this programme will give you a deeper understanding of accounting and finance issues and more flexibility in your career choices. On the practical side our Careers Centre offers support in developing your CV and interview skills, and provides regularly updated job vacancy information.
  • Professional accreditation and links: On completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for up to seven exemptions from the exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a professional qualification recognised worldwide. We have a strong strategic relationship with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and have links with other professional accounting bodies and accounting firms.
  • Teaching and learning: You will be taught in a supportive atmosphere with small interactive groups so you can learn from and bond with your classmates and lecturers. It is an intensive course, which has nearly twice the number of teaching hours of a typical accounting master’s degree and covers financial accounting, management accounting and international finance. Teaching staff have extensive professional experience and are able to provide practical insight and commercial understanding. Furthermore, prestigious guest speakers such as Professor George Magnus, Senior Economic Advisor to UBS and Financial Times Columnist, come and speak to you about the industry. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and our business school received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.
  • Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. 

Course content

The MSc Accounting and Finance is made up of four compulsory taught modules, one or two elective modules and a research project. You can view the course structure here.

Compulsory modules are as follows:

  • Skills and Techniques for Accounting and Finance
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance Concepts
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Finance and Accounting Research Project

Elective modules - You can choose either one or two elective modules from a choice of:

  • Financial Modelling
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Finance in Context
  • International Finance
  • International Business In Practice: Study Trip (non-credit)
  • Performance Management
  • Financial Reporting

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching takes place in interactive workshops. In addition, lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills.

Teaching staff from the Business School have in-depth knowledge of accounting practices and issues through practical experience or academic research. Visiting speakers from business and research bodies provide further input.

This is an intensive programme and you will have two taught classes each week for several modules.

Approach to assessment

Assessment will include a range of activities including examinations, case studies, reports, presentations and group projects.

Specialist facilities

We're investing over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • The Business School brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Field trips

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Attendance pattern

Classes are timetabled throughout the week and not every week will be the same.



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The course meets the growing demand for masters level professionals in finance and accounting. It is suitable if you . are from a general finance background and wish to gain specialist knowledge in accounting and finance. Read more

The course meets the growing demand for masters level professionals in finance and accounting. It is suitable if you 

  • are from a general finance background and wish to gain specialist knowledge in accounting and finance
  • have an accounting background and would like to extend and update your knowledge and skills

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

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

After successfully completing the course, you are able to

  • apply and adapt techniques to improve and extend specialist knowledge in accounting and finance
  • apply relevant frameworks, models and techniques of financial decision making to planning, performance measurement, and risk management
  • solve problems and develop and carry out accounting and financial strategies for different types of organisations
  • apply international accounting standards to corporate reporting and appropriate models to auditing
  • demonstrate analytical and research skills informed by the latest developments in accounting and finance
  • use models and techniques for collecting, processing, validating, interpreting and presenting information

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

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

ACCA fast track route

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

Professional recognition

ACCA has granted the following exemptions from their examinations to students graduating from this course 

  • F1 accountant in business 
  • F2 management accounting 
  • F3 financial accounting 
  • F4 corporate and business law

Course structure

September start – typically 12 months 

January start – typically 15 months but it can be completed in 12 months

Semester one - Postgraduate Certificate

  • Forensic accounting
  • International auditing and assurance 
  • International corporate reporting
  • Methods of enquiry 

Semester two - Postgraduate Diploma

  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance and ethics
  • Strategic management accounting for performance enhancement
  • Financial analysis

Semester three - MSc

  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Assessment

  • Assignments
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

Employability

Graduates from this course are well equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for professional careers in accounting and finance such as

  • accountant
  • finance or accounting manager
  • financial controller
  • financial analyst
  • financial consultant
  • researcher or educator


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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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Our Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment MSc prepares you for a career in management accounting, financial planning or corporate investment. Read more
Our Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment MSc prepares you for a career in management accounting, financial planning or corporate investment.

Strategic planning is an organisation’s process of defining its strategy or direction and making appropriate decisions on the allocation of resources to best achieve its objectives.

The course contains significant elements of finance and management accounting. It provides the necessary tools for quantitative assessment of corporate performance and investment opportunities.

The course is for graduates who are looking to develop a career in:
-Management
-Accounting
-Financial planning
-Corporate investment

What you'll learn

You will cultivate a skill set that will enable you to influence financial and strategic decisions from inside a company. Management accounting and financial analysis each play a leading role in the development of these skills.

You will gain a strong foundation of financial knowledge and analytical skills. You will develop an appreciation of managerial decision making and investment.

Your development

On completion of the course, you will be able to show practical skills and the ability to:
-Implement appropriate business strategies that optimise the financial interests of key stakeholders in various organisational environments
-Systematically collect, analyse and interpret data
-Provide advice about how to apply financial models, tools and techniques to improve organisational performance
-Understand and apply as appropriate product costing, budgeting, capital budgeting, and other management accounting techniques to make strategic decisions

Career focus

Graduates of this course have undertaken various roles including:
-Financial Trader
-Auditor
-Risk Analyst
-Investor
-Revenue Analyst
-Tax Assistant
-Accounting Associate
-Management Consultant

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The Accounting & Finance MA programme offers you the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills in the area of Accounting, Finance and Financial Management through a structured and focused programme of academic studies. Read more
The Accounting & Finance MA programme offers you the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills in the area of Accounting, Finance and Financial Management through a structured and focused programme of academic studies.

The Accounting & Finance MA Programme also enables you to develop a professional accountancy career and study CIMA through the Master’s Gateway route.

The Master’s Gateway route involves sitting CIMA’s Gateway exam/ Management Case Study Exam. (The content of the MA in Accounting and Finance programme prepares you to sit this examination during the course). Once you have passed this three hour exam, you’ll be granted 12 exam exemptions from the certificate, operational and management levels and you’ll also gain the intermediary award ‘CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting’.

You can then start studying the strategic level of CIMA’s Professional Qualification and work towards completing it to gain the full Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

The Accounting & Finance MA Programme enables you to develop a professional accountancy career and join CIMA through the accelerated ‘gateway’ route.

The Accounting & Finance MA programme prepares and enables you to sit the external CIMA ‘Gateway Examination’. Passing the one three hour examination allows you to claim 11 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level papers, and you will be awarded the CIMA ‘Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting’.

You then only need to sit and pass 3 strategic level examinations, the case study, and fulfil the work based practical experience, before being eligible for full CIMA membership.

Many of our Accounting and Finance staff have extensive industry experience through working in the private and public sectors and third sector organisations. Our academics have also gained advanced qualifications at some of the leading academic institutions in the world and are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

INDUSTRY LINKS

This is a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Gateway Exam focused programme to enable students to gain CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting whilst studying for the MA in Accounting and Finance.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Assessment by means of examinations, coursework and practical assignments.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Accounting & Finance MA programme offers you the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills in the area of Accounting, Finance and Financial Management through a structured and focused programme of academic studies. The MA in Accounting & Finance is linked to and approved by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

We seek to enable our graduates to gain a competitive edge in pursuing managerial, management consultancy and professional careers in accounting and finance and to make an outstanding contribution to the performance of their employing organisations.

The Programme builds on our reputation for providing employer-relevant postgraduate education in business and management and finance and addresses the development of those key skills that are sought by employers throughout the world.

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The one-year full-time taught MSc Accounting and Finance is open to graduates with an accounting, finance or related first degree. Read more
The one-year full-time taught MSc Accounting and Finance is open to graduates with an accounting, finance or related first degree. Science and engineering graduates are also eligible for admission to the programme subject to successful completion of a preliminary one week intensive course in Accounting run in the middle of September.

Employability and Careers

The programme is designed to provide students with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment with leading accounting and financial institutions or government agencies. Graduates from the MSc in Finance have been very successful securing jobs in the following areas: banking, fund management, broking, program trading, management, corporate finance, economic research and financial regulation. These careers will also be available to Accounting and Finance graduates plus those in corporate finance and investment analysis that involve detailed analysis of accounting information for valuation purposes.

Assessment

Students will be assessed by course work, which will include individual assignments, group exercises, class tests, independent learning activities, and a dissertation.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises five compulsory taught modules, one optional module offered in the second semester, and a dissertation.

September - January

Accounting and Security Valuation
This module provides a framework for assessing the usefulness of accounting information and accounting regulation for external users and management. Theoretical and practical accounting issues will be highlighted by considering specific accounting issues. The usefulness of financial statement information for valuation purposes will be examined and explored through the use of case studies and statistical analysis of share price and accounting data.

Research Methods in Finance
This module is designed to give students both theoretical and practical experience of statistical and econometric techniques. The module will acquaint students with a range of modern econometric techniques, which are an essential part of modern advanced empirical research in accounting and finance.

Corporate Finance
The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the primary theoretical and empirical issues confronting the modern corporation when making decisions about investment, capital structure, dividends and mergers.

January – April

Accounting and Capital Markets
This module integrates material in the accounting and securities valuation module with investment management decision making. The main areas covered include the theoretical economic underpinnings of capital markets, the role of firms’ disclosure in equity markets, the role of information intermediaries, value investing, and market microstructure.

Performance Management and Governance
The module explores the role and application of strategic performance management and governance in organisations. Theoretical and practical performance management and governance issues will be examined in both businesses and not-for profit organizations (NFPOs) primarily through the use of published research papers. Through this, the usefulness of a variety of research methods will be examined, including qualitative research utilising case studies and interviews.

Plus a choice of ONE of the following modules:

International Finance
This module is designed to develop a rigorous understanding of international financial markets. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical basis for pricing such assets as forward exchange rates. Recent international monetary events such as the establishment of the euro are studied extensively.

Options, Futures and Other Derivative Securities
This module provides students with a rigorous theoretical understanding of derivative instruments. The course includes the following topics: the theory of futures markets; futures contract pricing; pricing of interest rate and stock index futures; the theory of option pricing.

Money and Banking
This module provides students with an understanding of modern banking and other financial institutions. The emphasis is placed on policy issues such as: the regulation of financial institutions; the determination of the value and quantity of both private and fiat money; the proper role of central banking, government macroeconomic policies, affecting output and employment; and fixed verses floating exchange rates.

April – June

Dissertation
Students are assigned supervisors and have to undertake an original piece of empirical accounting or finance research. The dissertation will be approximately 12,000 – 15,000 words and must be submitted by the end of September.

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This conversion Masters programme is for graduates who have completed a first degree in any field of study and who now wish to build a career in financial accounting, general management or management consultancy. Read more
This conversion Masters programme is for graduates who have completed a first degree in any field of study and who now wish to build a career in financial accounting, general management or management consultancy.

About the programme

You will develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment, enhance your critical thinking ability, and deepen your knowledge of financial and management accounting to senior level. The course will maximise exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to further enhance your future employability.

You will gain an advanced understanding of accounting principles and practice, develop the practical skills of financial accounting and explore the background within which accounting operates. This creates an opportunity to change career path if you do not have a background in accounting.

The programme aims to:
• develop your critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills to prepare you for a career in financial accounting

• give you a solid understanding of current financial accounting theory and practice and future developments internationally

• assist you to develop further skills required for independent practice and team-working within the accounting profession

• encourage you to adopt an analytical and creative approach to study and to develop the ability to argue rationally, communicate clearly, and form sound judgements

• enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities through the execution of a Masters level project

Your learning

The programme involves a series
of core modules and a project:

• Strategic Financial Accounting (20 credits)
• Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)
• Professional Accounting and Governance (20 credits)
• Quantitative Analysis for Business (20 credits)
• Advanced Financial Accounting (20 credits)
• Theory and Accounting Research Methods (20 credits)
• Corporate and Business Law (20 credits)

MSc

To attain the MSc, you must complete an MSc dissertation (40 credits). This involves undertaking significant research into an accounting problem or area that interests you.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates can apply for careers leading to professional accountant status and hold various positions in the private and public sectors, the service industry and manufacturing.

Professional recognition

The degree will seek exemptions (examinations F1, F2, F3 and F4) from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the global body for professional accountants.

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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