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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

    Finance

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Fees 2018/19

    UK/EU: £ 10,280
    International: £18,050

  • Last Updated

    31 May 2018

Course content

This course will provide you with a solid understanding of accounting and finance principles, preparing you with the knowledge and skillset needed for a successful career in accounting, finance, or as a senior business manager. Our graduates go on to work at companies including KPMG, Deutsche Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

This is a great course for those who have not previously specialised in accounting and finance but now wish to do so. Our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including both business and non-business specialisms. You will gain a clear understanding of the joint role of accounting and finance in ensuring successful operations in a range of business settings. This includes public and private sector organisations, both financial and non-financial.

Already specialised in accounting and finance or a related subject at undergraduate level?  Take a look at MSc International Accounting and Finance, Master’s course, designed to develop your pre-existing knowledge within an international context.

Modules

Core Modules

  • Management Accounting
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Business Finance
  • International Finance
  • Financial Analysis
  • Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Corporate Governance Regulation and Compliance
  • Ethics in Academic Practice
  • Professional Development Programme

The course concludes with a financial reporting project to be completed during the summer. 

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

Professional Accreditation and Exemptions 

Several modules are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and/ or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). 

Successful completion of this course leads to exemptions from the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). You will still need to secure professional training and complete further exams in order to become fully qualified in accountancy, but these exemptions can demonstrate to future employers your commitment and potential to complete sector qualifications.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

Assessment 

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a financial reporting project.

Personal Development

You will develop your skills in presenting; teamwork; report writing; negotiation and IT skills. Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical skills and knowledge highly relevant to a wide range of graduate careers where analytical, decision-making, problem-solving and planning are required. These include:

  • Evaluating and reporting on organisations’ financial performance
  • Measuring costs, financial planning, forecasting and decision-making
  • Assessing economic policy
  • Interpreting accounting information using financial tools including balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and cash flow statements
  • Ratio analysis and shareholding value reporting
  • Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
  • Analytical skills developed through financial reporting project.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you for a career in accounting, finance or as a senior business manager. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Accountant – Ernst & Young (China) 
  • Commodities Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK) 
  • Regulatory Reporting Analyst – UBS Bank (USA) 
  • Risk Consultant – KPMG (Russia and CIS) 
  • Tax Associate – PricewaterhouseCoopers (UK)
  • Accounting Analyst – IBM (Bratislava)
  • Auditor - Deloitte (China)

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


Visit the Accounting and Finance MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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