This course is integrative, blending accounting and business finance theory to solve problems faced by managers on a daily basis.
You will also further develop the necessary quantitative, research, and presentation skills required for successful career in business or further academic study.
Your studies will be enhanced by the integration of theory and practice into those situations where vital financial decisions have to be made.
There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:
• September • November • January • March • June • July
Why choose this course?
• Study in formal lectures, seminars and tutorials but also in small groups that involve the in-depth discussion of case studies, simulation exercises, preparation for assessments and work on presentations • Explore the synthesis of information from different sources, and take different contextual approaches from a range of perspectives in order to solve complex problems and implement solutions • Develop your skills in the use of REUTERS 3000 Eikon, which will equip you with technical knowledge and skills in trading and data analysis • Gain a deep understanding of the synthesis of information from different sources and of the international context of your subject • Benefit from teaching that focuses on the relevance of accounting regulations to a complex globalised economy.
On this Accounting and Business Finance course, you will undertake four 30 credit Units and one 60 credit project unit. Our courses are designed to be engaging, attractive and flexible in the current global marketplace.
Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.
Modules (unit order depends on your start date)
• Financial Reporting and Analysis • Management Accounting and Financial Planning • Financial Markets and Portfolio Management • Strategic Management
The structure provides an intense and highly rewarding learning experience. The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.
This Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:
• Professional Practice - the central aim of this unit is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the commercial context in which organisations operate. By reflecting upon your existing knowledge and experience you will be required to respond to a number of work-based scenarios through critical evaluation to determine an appropriate course of action.
• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.
• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.
In line with the Business School’s commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand Accounting and Business Finance in practice.
It is the expectation of the course that you understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous expertise for a business or related organisation.
By completing completing the course you will have the skills and find career opportunities in the following industries/areas: • Assurance and audit • Financial accounting • Taxation • Corporate finance • Corporate insolvency and recovery
You will also be well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.