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Got an undergraduate finance degree? Looking to advance your career in accountancy or corporate finance? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping you to improve your employment or promotion prospects.

Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping students to understand the impact of accounting information on business performance, stock markets and corporate finance. It is also designed to prepare our graduates for essential professional accreditation.

Students study financial accounting and corporate finance, exploring their contribution to the strategic development of organisations through real-world examples and case studies. Students will also cover contemporary global issues in accountancy and finance, preparing them well for careers with multinational businesses.

The curriculum is taught by lecturers with professional qualifications and industry experience. This helps them to teach academic theory alongside practical application, enriching the student experience and ensuring that graduates understand how the skills they have learnt relate to ‘real world’ practise.

The accountancy, finance and economics tutoring team have significant experience of delivering postgraduate, professional accountancy and finance units. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible.

What does this course lead to?

The MSc International Accounting and Finance will provide a foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or corporate finance. It has been specifically designed to be a stepping stone to professional qualifications in accounting. 

Students will graduate in a good position to pursue chartered accountant, chartered management accountant or chartered certified accountant status.

Who is this course for?

Specifically designed as a stepping stone to professional accountancy qualifications, this course is ideal for those with a business or accounting undergraduate degree who wish to further progress their career in accountancy or corporate finance.

What you will study

Year one

Core units

  • Risk, Governance and Ethics
  • Financial Strategy
  • Financial Aspects of Decisions (Strategic Management Accounting)
  • Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Economics
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Strategy and Performance
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Project.

Plus one of the following options:

  • Taxation
  • Finance in Context
  • Current Issues in International Accounting and Finance
  • Financial Risk Management.

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates of this course include:

  • Auditing
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Financial management
  • Tax 
  • Corporate finance 
  • Consultancy.

Solent's strong links with industry help provide students with access to live briefs, case studies and guest speakers. Students work alongside experienced academics, researchers and business specialists, benefiting from their first-hand industry insight.

All members of the course team have professional qualifications (chartered accountant, chartered management accountant or chartered certified accountant) and connections with the various professional bodies of which they are members.

Placements

The course team runs two employability weeks for students interested in careers in accounting and finance, with visiting speakers from over a dozen individuals and organisations. Students will also be encouraged to enter various business competitions and attend industry events.


Visit the International Accounting and Finance (MSc) page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!

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