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Course content

How do organisations make financial decisions? How can accountants ensure their actions benefit a business’ bottom line, without negatively impacting society?

Our professionally accredited MSc Accounting and Financial Management is designed for those who have not studied accounting before, but have a degree in business, economics or another related subject. We provide a comprehensive grounding in corporate analysis and reporting, as well as building your confidence in financial decision-making. You then tailor your studies to suit your preferred career direction in industry, commerce or professional services by choosing from optional modules.

You cover topics including:
-Theories of financial reporting
-Management accounting and control
-Theoretical and critical approaches to accounting and financial management
-Analysis of financial statements

You study at Essex Business School, in one of the top 25 accounting and finance departments in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). We expose you to cutting-edge course content, informed by the latest academic thinking so you can excel in your professional career.

This course is also available to study part time and you may be eligible for University of Essex scholarships and discounts. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and IMC level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA.

Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our world renowned staff are at the forefront of debate and research in accounting issues and embed this thinking into your course.

You’ll find our academics, such as Professor Prem Sikka, writing on issues affecting commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations in global titles like The Huffington Post.

We use a broad range of social science theories and concepts to explore:
-Business ethics
-Corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

Our Essex Business School building uses an environmentally friendly design and features its own micro-climate:
-The UK’s first zero carbon business school building
-An innovative virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs
-High-tech lecture theatres
-A winter garden with study pods and innovation booths for group working
-A vibrant café located near to our sun terrace
-Study skills workshops

Your future

We foster your creativity and ethical awareness so you’re ready to meet the challenges of the international business world. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Our MSc Accounting and Financial Management provides you with the skills needed for roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Our course will be particularly useful if you want to pursue a career in industry, commerce or with professional services firms, with many of our graduates also beginning their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

MSc Accounting and Financial Management
-Dissertation
-Research Methods in Accounting
-Corporate Reporting and Analysis
-Financial Decision Making
-Issues in Financial Reporting (optional)
-Audit Theory (optional)
-Corporate Marketing Strategy (optional)

Visit the Accounting and Financial Management - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

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