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This programme offers a contemporary and specialised approach to accountancy and finance, focussing on the exploration of key practical, theoretical and empirical issues. It is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the financial services industry, professional accountancy, banking and finance or management. It also provides a thorough preparation for academic research.

The worlds of accountancy and finance are always changing due to the changing legal framework the financial sector operates in. If you want to work in this area, this course will provide the theoretical framework and latest information.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of key theories, approaches and issues in the fields of accounting and finance
  • Enhance your career prospects with an understanding of the complexity of policies and practices in accounting and finance and their similarities and differences in different jurisdictions
  • Update your knowledge of the latest developments in accountancy and reporting required by local, national and European government.

Why study your MSc in Accounting and Finance at Queen Mary?

The programme brings together two highly-respected Schools of Queen Mary University of London. The School of Business and Management is rapidly building a strong reputation for a distinctive approach, in particular the focus on the inter-disciplinary nature of business and management.

The School of Economics and Finance is one of the top Economics schools in the country, with particular expertise in economic theory, econometrics and finance, and applied economics. We have published research in virtually all the top economics journals. In the REF 2014, the School of Economics and Finance was ranked among the top ten in the country for research power.

  • You will also receive tuition from visiting 'practitioner' professors, who are City professionals and able to apply theory to real world scenarios
  • There are an unparalleled set of optional additional modules focussed on applied topics such as portfolio management, computational finance and electronic trading-designed to equip students with the key technical skills employers look for
  • The School of Economics and Finance runs the MSc Investment Club which will enable you to gain hands-on experience in trading and portfolio analysis. The investment club operates as a micro-fund and provides you with the chance to familiarise yourself with the financial world.

Learning and Teaching:

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study:

For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations. 

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. 

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment:

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and interaction with the Virtual Learning Environment. A wide range of assessment techniques are used, including coursework, examinations and a dissertation. Coursework may take the form of an individual and/or group assignment, individual and/or group presentations or invigilated tests. Examinations take place in May or early June. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.

Dissertation:

You will also be assessed on a supervised dissertation.


Visit the MSc Accounting and Finance page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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