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This course equips you with in-depth financial knowledge and the practical skills needed for a rewarding career in accounting or banking in multinational organisations.

Our MSc International Accounting and Banking is a unique degree amongst UK universities, giving you a competitive edge by combining theory and practice with real-life examples. You gain an advanced understanding of contemporary accounting and banking issues and produce a business report on a listed company. You develop your ability to research issues, analyse and solve business problems and operate effectively in a fast-paced international business environment.

Whether you have a first degree in accounting, or are looking to study the subject for the first time, this course is for you if you’re looking for a career in international organisations, such as banks, accountancy firms, accountancy and finance departments or business consultancy.

You explore topics including:
-International management accounting
-International financial reporting
-Corporate reporting and analysis
-Modern banking
-Bank strategy and risk

Essex Business School, where this course is taught, is an internationally diverse place to study, with more than half of our staff and students joining us from overseas (our Masters students currently join us from more than 40 countries). As a result, this course is informed by a wide range of global perspectives, preparing you for the demands of an international career in accounting or banking.

We’re a research intensive business school, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). You learn from world-class thinkers who embed the latest academic thinking into their teaching to ensure you experience the cutting-edge of your discipline.

Our MSc International Accounting and Banking is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts offered by the University of Essex. 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 expert staff possess a wealth of experience from around the globe and are at the forefront of accounting and banking research and debate.

We’re home to industry renowned figures, such as Professor of Accounting Prem Sikka. Prem is a leading academic on issues surrounding tax avoidance and his work has been quoted in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Independent.

The University of Essex is also ranked in the top five UK universities for social science research (REF, 2014). Our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts to tackle challenges currently being faced by organisations across the commercial, public and third sectors.

We’re recognised for our work on:
-Business ethics
-Corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

The Essex Business School building at our Colchester Campus is the first zero carbon business school in the UK, reflecting our commitment to sustainable business practices. The building provides a modern working environment for staff and students, and includes:
-A virtual trading floor, so you can practise managing stocks and securities with our Bloomberg Financial Market Labs
-Light and spacious lecture theatres
-Group working areas
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-Bonds café, next to our sun terrace
-A winter garden, which contributes to the building’s own micro-climate
-Study skills support, provided by the EBS Learning Team

Our building is located on the Knowledge Gateway, home to some of the region’s most exciting enterprises in the science, technology and creative sectors. The Knowledge Gateway provides potential networking and career opportunities for students directly on campus.

Your future

We develop your creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to prepare you for a successful business career. Our Masters courses foster the business leaders of the future, equipping them with the skills to handle the many challenges the international world of business continues to present.

As well as exploring their own entrepreneurial ventures, our graduates have gained fulfilling roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Essex Business School graduates have progressed to work for high-profile organisations across the world, such as:
-Access Group
-Bank of England
-Ernst and Young (EY)

Alongside the University’s Employability and Careers Centre, our own EBS Employability Team will encourage you to enhance your study with work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-International Management Accounting
-International Financial Reporting
-Corporate Reporting and Analysis
-Modern Banking
-Bank Strategy and Risk
-Cases in Corporate Governance (optional)

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




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