This Master’s course provides essential skills for those seeking high level careers in all types of organisations; public and private sector, within industry and commerce, both in the UK and abroad.
An understanding of the context in which accounting and finance operates within the business environment is crucial if you are looking to enhance your career. You will examine how financial decisions are made within business; the role of the auditor and the repercussions on broader society of corporate and financial decisions.
You also have the option to study this programme via Distance Learning: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/accounting-and-finance-distance-learning-msc/
Accounting and finance are essential areas of expertise for many people seeking high level careers in these professions, as well as commerce and academia.
The programme assumes that you will enter with a good deal of technical accounting knowledge, having either studied accounting at undergraduate or professional level. Building on that learning, you will be provided with theoretical background and applied knowledge at Master’s level. It is designed to enhance intellectual and transferable skills, including presentation, research, analysis and appraisal. This programme addresses many of the current accounting issues present in business and how they relate to wider social, technical and economic challenges. You will also have the opportunity to study a specialist interest.
On completion, you will be conversant with theoretical issues in accountancy and finance, and be able to apply accounting theory and practice to real issues that are faced in day-to-day operations. This will provide an excellent framework for you to pursue further study, or enhance your business prospects.
You will be introduced to some of the main themes in accounting and finance, this is in the context of utilising financial information to enhance business decision making. Modules in semester one will highlight the importance of sound decision making in successful organisations.
You will examine the role which organisations can play in the wider social context in which they operate and also how this role can affect their decision making. You will also study the way in which accounting regulation takes place in an international context.
The research proposal produced in Semester two will guide the development of a clearly defined and evidenced study purpose, a critical review of the extant literature, and a robust methodology. Data is then collected, analysed, interpreted and applied to the study purpose, and a 15,000 word research report (dissertation) is produced, with the support of a dissertation supervisor.
Course modules (16/17)
-Corporate Reporting 1
-Global Financial Strategy
-Financial and Business Strategy
-Social Responsibility and Governance
-Dissertation and Research Methods
Methods of Learning
Typically you will have nine hours (approx) of contact time with your tutor in the first semester and 11 hours (approx) in the second. Overall you will spend 108 hours per module in self-directed study (reading and research).
The course has a mixture of assessment involving essays, reports and examinations, plus a dissertation.
Facilities and Special Features
-Student support systems.
-Link to professional courses.
Excellent career opportunities exist in accounting and finance. Recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.
Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in finance, banking, accounting or a business related discipline. Students who hold professional qualifications may be eligible to enter this course.