The MSc in Accounting and Finance has been designed to provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise necessary to cope with the ever-changing financial environment.
The course is designed to provide you with comprehensive and rigorous training in advanced accounting and finance.
You will gain a solid foundation in both accounting and finance with the ability to select optional modules in the second semester which are tailored to your interests. You will also have the opportunity to focus on international aspects of Accounting and Finance.
This is a modular, research-led degree delivered by experienced academic and professional staff with international research profiles.
This programme provides excellent training for those who wish to pursue doctoral level research with a view to an academic of research-orientated career.
• You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
• You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
• You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).
There are six core modules and two optional modules. In addition you will undertake a research dissertation to complete your study.
In the first semester you will take four core modules. In the second semester, you will take two further core modules along with two optional modules. The optional modules provide progression from those delivered in the first semester and allow you to expand your current knowledge.
Upon successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to the dissertation which is designed to enable you to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in the taught modules to individual independent research.
Advanced Financial Reporting Research Methods Management Accounting and the Control of Organizational Performance Finance and Investment Research Topics in Accounting Research Topics in Finance Dissertation
International Corporate Finance Financial Derivatives International Accounting Accounting and Finance in China Asset Pricing
Methods of teaching
Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).
In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly give an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practise techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic.
At the beginning of your studies, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor will be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutors at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.
During your studies, feedback will be provided on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral, personalised and generic written feedback.
General feedback will be given in relation to examinations following examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.
When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.
Assessment methods vary from module to module. Across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, presentations, and individual and group projects.
Although this is a specialist programme, you will have a wide range of employment options to choose from, including professional accountancy, the financial services sector, management consultancy or a specialist position in the public sector.
I chose Cardiff University because it is one of the leading schools in the United Kingdom and it has a high ranking and good reputation in China. Longer term, I want to become a marketing or branding manager in the fashion industry. For this reason I took two postgraduate programmes at Cardiff and I firmly believe they will help me to fulfil my career ambitions.
Sharifah Adlina Syed Abdullah (MSc International Economics, Banking and Finance)
"I have very much enjoyed my course and the facilities (computers, libraries and lecture theatres) in Cardiff Business School are excellent. I have also found the city of Cardiff to be very friendly. The university and the city centre are very close to each other and, to help you feel at home, there is also a range of different foods available, including Asian, Continental, Caribbean and Western. During my time here, I have found a good balance between studying and doing social activities with my two children, husband and friends."
Geraint Harvey (Human Resource Management)
“I initially decided to pursue a taught postgraduate course to enhance my employment potential, but decided to stay on and read for my doctorate because of the encouragement and enthusiasm offered by members of staff at all levels within the School. Cardiff Business School has an enviable reputation, both in the UK and abroad, and the support offered to postgraduate students in the School is exceptional.”
Master's Excellence Scholarships
No. of awards TBC
“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.
A minimum of a 2:1 (GPA 3.0/4.0) at undergraduate level in accounting and finance (separately or combined) from a recognised institution or a related degree which includes the following modules: two financial accounting modules, two management accounting modules and two finance modules.If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an IELTS exam with a minimum score of 6.5 and a sub score of at least 6 in each element.
27 June 2017
Recipient: Cardiff University
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