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Course content

Accounting and Finance professionals have central roles in all types and sizes of organisations whether in the UK or abroad. This programme is likely to be of interest to current or intending finance or accounting professionals wishing to gain an academic qualification in both domestic and international financial operations.

The course offers a specialist pathway in accounting (linked to the ACCA Fundamentals papers), but also provides you with the opportunity to select modules in the areas of finance and strategy. This programme focuses on accounting and finance matters within an international context, addressing current challenges and issues faced by businesses and companies around the world.

You'll be provided with analytical and business-led tools that combine academic study with a pragmatic and well structured finance content for decision making (including the use of databases such as Bloomberg and Thompson One-Banker). The course also includes training in specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).

You'll take part in a residential weekend, exchanging experiences and discussing current events and specific problems affecting the accountancy and finance fields, with academics and a visiting practitioner.

You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including "Academic skills for Finance, Accounting and Governance" and Research Techniques, a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences.

There may be a possibility to undertake an optional work placement to enhance your employability skills and professional experience (subject to validation).

Modules

Core modules:

• Corporate financial management
• Research design and methods
• Financial reporting
• Theories and issues in Accounting and Finance
• Dissertation

Plus two elective modules from the areas of accounting, finance, banking, law, corporate governance and strategic management.

You'll also have the option to undertake a work placement. If you choose to do so, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, individual and group presentations and written exams. A typical taught module involves a total of 200 study hours (52 contact hours and 148 group and private study hours).

The use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker are embedded within modules.

Teaching and learning

Lectures cover concepts which underpin and facilitate informed participative approaches to learning. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussion facilitate more active modes of learning. You'll also benefit from excellent learning materials and small class sizes and receive training in the use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker, and specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).

Assessment is by written coursework and exams. Lecturers offer a rich profile of academic and professional qualifications backed by professional teaching and/or research experience. An academic is appointed as your Dissertation/Business Project Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation/report.

Facilities

Specialist industry software prepares our students with the digital skills that employers' value. Students on our programmes have access to Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, NVivo, and SPSS.

Read more about the Division of Accounting and Finance's specialist facilities and software:

http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/schools/business/subjects/accounting-and-finance/facilities

Placements

In addition to academic rigour, the Masters is highly oriented to support your professional development.

There may be a possibility of an optional placement in a relevant business area to enable you to enhance your employability skills and apply accounting and finance theory to contemporary business practices.

If you take part in a placement, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience. A placement is not currently offered on the part-time mode. Our graduates are highly employable and progress onto a variety of senior roles in the public, private and third sectors, often starting their own businesses and consultancy firms in the UK and abroad.

Successful students will gain a combination of professional body exemptions and also part preparation for various higher professional examinations of the ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CISI dependant on the choice of electives studied. This is subject to successful revalidation and professional body accreditation.

Possible links with ACCA China (from 2015).

Types of careers

Graduates who possess a combination of an LSBU Masters degree and a professional accounting qualification are likely to be highly employable in senior positions in accounting and finance, not only in the UK but throughout the world. Excellent career opportunities exist in accounting and finance. Recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.

Past employability skills events held by the Department include:

"My Employability event"

• My dream job
• Preparing CVs and cover letters
• Using databases to research the company
• IT qualifications for your CV
• Preparing for interviews
• Managing expectations
• Internships

Academic progression

This masters degree also prepares you for research and further study in this area which can lead onto a PhD qualification.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Visit the International Accounting and Finance - MSc page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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