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You can study our Accounting and Finance MSc as a full-time or part-time course or via distance learning.

Our Accounting and Finance course provides you with the essential skills needed for pursuing high level careers in all types of organisations; public and private sector, within industry and commerce, both in the UK and abroad.

This course will give you an understanding of the context in which accounting and finance operates within the business environment and so if you are looking to enhance your career prospects, this course is the one for you. Studying the Accounting and Finance MSc will allow you to examine how financial decisions are made within business, as well as the repercussions on broader society of corporate and financial decisions.

Course content

Accounting and finance are essential areas of expertise for those seeking high-level careers in these professions, as well as commerce and academia.

We expect that you will start this course with a good deal of technical accounting knowledge, having either studied accounting at undergraduate or professional level. You will be provided with theoretical background and applied knowledge at Master’s level that allows you to build upon your existing skills. The course is designed to enhance your intellectual and transferable skills, including presentation, research, analysis and appraisal. This course 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 of your choice.

On completion of the course, you will be familiar with theoretical issues in accountancy and finance, and will be able to apply accounting theory and practice to real issues that are faced in day-to-day operations. This will provide you with an excellent framework for pursuing further study, or enhancing your business prospects.

Semester One

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.

Semester Two

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.

Semester Three

The research proposal produced in Semester two will guide the development of a clearly defined and evidenced study proposal, a critical review of relevant literature, and a robust methodology. Data is then collected, analysed, interpreted and applied to the study proposal and a 15,000 word research report (dissertation) is produced, with the support of a dissertation supervisor.

Work Experience

If you are studying this course full-time you can opt to participate in a Work Placement during an additional year of the programme. These placements can enable you to develop your skills and knowledge in a work environment, giving you an advantage over the competition for jobs and scholarships after you graduate.

Your placement will last between six and 12 months, it will need to be appropriate to your level of study and you should also be paid for this work. We will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement opportunity, however it must be noted that placements are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of a placement offer being made by an employer.

Careers

Career Opportunities

Studying the Accounting and Finance MSc offers you excellent career opportunities. Our recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.


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

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