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MSc Accounting, Finance and Management

Course Description

This Masters degree develops your understanding of advanced accounting by examining a range of contemporary finance and management topics, whilst also engaging you in research methods and the undertaking of a significant research exercise. You will develop strategic and tactical management skills from an accounting and finance perspective and gain a good understanding of how accounting techniques and accountants can add value and contribute to the success of an organisation. The programme will also enhance your understanding of the changing role and perception of accounting and related areas within the context of changing global markets, competition and shifting societal values. The aim is to prepare you to face the challenges of managing and working in organisations with a wide array of competing economic, social, political and cultural conditions.

What will I study?

You will study a set of modules designed to broaden your knowledge and understanding of accounting, finance and management. The programme also requires you to complete a dissertation or consultancy exercise, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in leading-edge research.

Modules consider contemporary issues in financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, auditing and business strategy. You will also examine the methods and methodology of research in accounting which will prepare you for your preferred research project.

How will I study?

The programme will be delivered through a hybrid approach that makes use of group sessions and one-to-one meetings. The modules may be delivered weekly, in block sessions, or by other appropriate arrangements such as audio/video conferencing and online discussions as appropriate.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods will be used on this programme. The dissertation/consultancy challenge is predominately assessed by a 25,000-word written thesis. Other modules are assessed through essays and examinations.

Who will be teaching me?

This programme is taught by highly motivated and experienced academics who specialise in different areas of accounting, finance and management research. All members of the programme team are active researchers engaged with research projects at national and international level. Some seminars will be delivered by external guest speakers from academia and industry. You will also be invited to attend a series of research seminars organised by the department and have the opportunity to present your own work within a supportive and nurturing environment.

What are my career prospects?

The programme is closely aligned with the requirements of professional accounting bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

As such, successful completion of the programme will significantly enhance your CV and employment prospects in accounting, finance and management.

The skills and experience acquired through this programme also provide essential preparation for progressing onto higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD.

Visit the MSc Accounting, Finance and Management page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, you should have a first or upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in accounting or a related discipline. Holders of ACCA Fundamentals (papers 1-9), CIMA Advanced Diploma, 1-8 ACA modules or papers 1-12 of the AIA Examination Syllabus will be considered eligible to join this programme. In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower second class honours degree with demonstrable knowledge of their subject matter may be admitted at the department’s discretion. Overseas applicants will be considered on an individual basis and will be expected to demonstrate IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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