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.
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
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.
Current Issues in Accounting Financial Accounting Financial Reporting International Management: Management Accounting Understanding Business and Management Research Dissertation
Business Performance Management Business Planning Entrepreneurship International Business Strategy Global Diversity Management International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance Strategic Management
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
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.