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Accounting and Finance MSc


Course Description

Businesses and governments rely on sound financial knowledge to underpin their strategies for success.

This popular course has been ranked among the world’s best, placed Top 60 worldwide and Top 15 in the UK (Financial Times Masters in Finance Pre-experience rankings 2017). The rankings also recognise the career progression of our graduates, placing us 2nd worldwide and 1st in the UK for salary increase after graduation. This course will kick-start your professional career, providing you with advanced knowledge of modern financial theories, accounting practices and controls, as well as an understanding of the organisational context.

You’ll cover fundamental topics such as corporate finance and financial analysis, and can specialise your knowledge with optional modules, from international business finance to forensic accounting or corporate governance. The course also allows you to apply your learning to practical case studies and simulations to test your knowledge in genuine business scenarios.

Academic Excellence

You’ll learn from academics who are experts in their field, with extensive teaching, research and consultancy experience of international standing. At the same time, you’ll collaborate with graduates from diverse international backgrounds for a challenging, rewarding and rounded learning experience.

As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC). This research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc Accounting and Finance; you will benefit from a curriculum that is informed by the latest knowledge and critical thinking.

You will also benefit from our strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions. This provides a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments, giving you a Masters that is relevant to the contemporary environment.

Course content

You’ll explore the essentials of corporate finance and the relationship between accounting information and organisational performance. At the same time, you’ll build advanced skills in handling quantitative data and examine how modern finance theories are applied to solve complex finance problems.

You will gain an understanding of important research methods in finance and their impact on current practice, and explore topics such as financial analysis, reporting and regulation.

Beyond these core modules, you’ll be able to specialise in areas that suit your career plans with your choice of optional modules. You’ll take at least one of Corporate Governance or Information and Organisation Design, but you could also study topics such as forensic accounting, behavioural finance or international investment.

A professional skills module runs throughout the year to help you develop the critical skills that will allow you to take your knowledge into the workplace. By the end of the year, you’ll be prepared to design and carry out your own research dissertation on a related topic of your choice, developing your ability to tackle the most pressing challenges currently facing the industry.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll study eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Quantitative Methods 15 credits
  • Corporate Finance 15 credits
  • Accounting and Organisational Performance 15 credits
  • Applied Finance 15 credits
  • Financial Analysis 15 credits
  • Research Methods in Finance 15 credits
  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation 45 credits
  • Critical Skills for the Finance Professional 15 credits

Optional modules

You’ll also take two optional modules. One of these must be either Information and Organisation Design or Corporate Governance.

  • Information and Organisation Design 15 credits
  • International Business Finance 15 credits
  • Forensic Accounting and Finance 15 credits
  • Behavioural Finance 15 credits
  • International Investment 15 credits
  • International Banking and Finance 15 credits
  • Corporate Governance 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Accounting and Finance MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials. In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops.

Thanks to our links with major companies across the business world, you can also gain a practical understanding of key issues. For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Read more about professional development activities for finance students.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using methods such as exams, project work, presentations, reports and essays. This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of this masters course are vast. You will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of core accounting and finance principles, and the numerical and analytical skills to succeed in this rapidly changing complex environment.

Graduates have gone on to work as management accountants, management consultants, audit managers, finance managers, equity managers and credit risk officers.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support and training as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from our dedicated Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

We’re also committed to offering a wide range of development and training events and activities. Recent activities and events have included field trips to corporate headquarters, CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness networking events.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The University of Leeds Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.


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

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Business School General Scholarships - 20+ Awards

There are two financial awards for University of Leeds alumni joining the Business School:- Leeds Alumni Bursary
University of Leeds graduates are entitled to a 10% bursary towards tuition fees. Leeds graduates with a First Class undergraduate degree are also eligible for the Leeds University Business School Alumni Excellence Scholarship (details below). - Leeds University Business School Alumni Excellence Scholarship
University of Leeds graduates who achieved a First Class award in their undergraduate degree are eligible for this scholarship. Fully funded students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% bursary towards fees

Eligibility

- Leeds Alumni Bursary
If you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary. - Leeds University Business School Alumni Excellence Scholarship
University of Leeds graduates who achieved a First Class award in their undergraduate degree are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants who qualify for this scholarship are also entitled to receive the Leeds Alumni Bursary (details above) and so resulting in a total award of 20%. For more information on eligibility and qualifying awards, please visit the Leeds University Business School website (listed below).

Application Procedure

All eligible applicants with an offer to study a Masters programme beginning in September 2017 will automatically be advised by our Admissions team.

Further Information

http://business.leeds.ac.uk/masters/scholarships/


(Scholarship)

Masters in Finance Scholarship in Partnership with Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok - 2 Awards

2 half fee scholarships towards the cost of tuition fees.As well as meeting the conditions for your offer, you will need to demonstrate the following;- Outstanding academic credentials i.e. likely to be in the top 20 percent of your class
- Evidence of achievement explained in your personal statement (for example prizes or awards received, where you were placed in your class)
- Strong academic reference(s)
- That you bring diversity of background to the classWe will also consider your potential to be a successful ambassador for the Business School.

Value of Scholarship(s)

half-fee

Eligibility

All students from Chulalongkorn University who have received an offer to study any of the following Masters programmes in 2017/18:MSc Accounting and Finance
MSc Actuarial Finance
MSc Banking and International Finance
MSc Finance and Investment
MSc Financial Mathematics
MSc Financial Risk Management.

Application Procedure

All students from Chulalongkorn University with an offer to study will automatically be considered for a scholarship against set criteria. There is no additional scholarship application process.You will be told by the end of April 2017 if you have been successful.

Further Information

http://www.business.leeds.ac.uk/masters/scholarships


(Scholarship)

Masters in Finance Scholarship in Partnership with Tara Shevchenko National University of Kyiv - Single Award

One scholarship for the full tuition fee.As well as meeting the conditions for your offer, you will need to demonstrate the following;- Outstanding academic credentials i.e. likely to be in the top 20 percent of your class
- Evidence of achievement explained in your personal statement (for example prizes or awards received, where you were placed in your class)
- Strong academic reference(s)
- That you bring diversity of background to the class.We will also consider your potential to be a successful ambassador for the Business School.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full-fee

Eligibility

All students from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv who have received an offer to study any of the following Masters programmes in 2017/18:MSc Accounting and Finance
MSc Actuarial Finance
MSc Banking and International Finance
MSc Finance and Investment
MSc Financial Mathematics
MSc Financial Risk Management.

Application Procedure

All students from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv with an offer to study will automatically be considered for a scholarship against set criteria. There is no additional scholarship application process.You will be told by the end of July 2017 if you have been successful.

Further Information

http://www.business.leeds.ac.uk/masters/scholarships


(Scholarship)

Masters in Accounting and Finance International Excellence Scholarships - 10 Awards

10 scholarships covering half the cost of tuition fees.To be considered for the scholarship you must:- Hold a conditional or unconditional offer for the relevant Masters programme for 2016/2017.
- Demonstrate an excellent academic track record
- Show excellent professional and personal skills evidenced through work experience and/or extra-curricular activities.

Value of Scholarship(s)

half-fee

Eligibility

Particularly deserving international applicants wishing to undertake the following Masters programmes in 2016/2017:MSc Accounting and Finance
MSc Actuarial Finance
MSc Banking and International Finance
MSc Finance and Investment
MSc Financial Mathematics
MSc Financial Risk Management

Application Procedure

Once you have been made an offer for the relevant Masters programme, you can apply for the scholarship by downloading the Masters in Accounting and Finance International Excellence Scholarship application form via the Leeds University Business School website (listed below)The deadline for 2017/2018 applications has now passed.

Further Information

http://business.leeds.ac.uk/masters/scholarships/


(Scholarship)

Masters in Accounting and Finance UK/EU Excellence Scholarships - 10 Awards

10 half-fee scholarships towards the cost of tuition fees.To be considered for the scholarship you must:- Hold a conditional or unconditional offer for the relevant Masters programme for 2016/2017.
- Demonstrate an excellent academic track record
- Show excellent professional and personal skills evidenced through work experience and/or extra-curricular activities.

Value of Scholarship(s)

half-fee

Eligibility

Particularly deserving UK/EU applicants wishing to undertake the following Masters programmes in 2016/2017:MSc Accounting and Finance
MSc Actuarial Finance
MSc Banking and International Finance
MSc Finance and Investment
MSc Financial Risk Management
MSc Financial Mathematics

Application Procedure

Once you have been made an offer for the relevant Masters programme, you can apply for the scholarship by downloading the Masters in Accounting and Finance International Excellence Scholarship application form via the Leeds University Business School website (listed below)The deadline for applications is:
31 July 2017, 23:59 (UK Time)

Further Information

http://business.leeds.ac.uk/masters/scholarships/


(Scholarship)

Dean's Excellence Scholarship - UK/EU - Single Award

A full-fee scholarship, which provides a bursary covering tuition fees.For eligible applicants to any Business School Masters programme in 2017/18.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full-fee

Eligibility

This scholarship is available to all academically outstanding students from the UK/EU who are applying for a Masters programme at Leeds University Business School.

Application Procedure

Once you have been made an offer for the relevant Masters programme, you can apply for the scholarship by downloading the Dean's Excellence Scholarship application form via the Leeds University Business School website (listed below)The deadline for applications is:
31 July 2017, 23:59 (UK Time)

Further Information

http://business.leeds.ac.uk/masters/scholarships


(Scholarship)

Dean's Excellence Scholarship - International - Single Award

A full-fee scholarship, which provides a bursary covering tuition fees.For eligible applicants to any Business School Masters programme in 2017/18.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full-fee

Eligibility

This scholarship is available to all academically outstanding international students who are applying for a Masters programme at Leeds University Business School.

Application Procedure

Once you have been made an offer for the relevant Masters programme, you can apply for the scholarship by downloading the Dean's Excellence Scholarship application form via the Leeds University Business School website (listed below)The deadline for 2017/2018 applications has now passed.

Further Information

http://business.leeds.ac.uk/masters/scholarships



Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject such as accounting, finance, economics or mathematics. A background in accounting is essential and you’ll need to have a good grounding in quantitative subjects. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component .

Last Updated

07 August 2017

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