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MSc Accounting, Governance and Financial Management


Course Description

About the course

This new programme will explore the financial management of a range of organisations. The first semester will set the scene with foundation modules, then you will be guided into more advanced material. On graduation, you will be fully equipped to take on an advanced accounting or financial management role in a variety of organisations. The special emphasis on governance means that this masters is ideal if you want to be a financial manager in an organisation or if you want to go into financial services, as an auditor, for example.

Like all our masters, this programme will combine rigorous academic work with practical experience. Through seminars, group work, real-life case studies and a dissertation, you’ll develop the skills – and the judgement – to practise financial management in any sector.

Core modules

Corporate Governance; Management Accounting; Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis; Financial Management; Research Methods for Finance and Accounting; Project Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

Four of the following: International Financial Reporting; Performance Management; Quantitative Methods for Finance and Accounting; Corporate Finance; International Corporate Governance; Philosophical Perspectives on Accounting, Financial Management and Finance; Supply Chain Accounting and Finance; Comparative Finance and Financial Services

The example course structure listed is indicative and may be subject to change in future years. The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant.

Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. Please note that not all combinations of elective modules may be possible because of timetabling.

How we teach

We teach management from a truly global perspective, and our courses are based on pioneering research into the challenges faced by businesses everywhere. We use a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning, and web-based discussion groups. You'll be assessed through Individual assignments, group projects, end-of-semester examinations and a dissertation.

We’ll teach you how to identify opportunities, solve problems and inspire others. Many of our teaching staff are world-class researchers working in policy-relevant areas. Our courses are based on their research. We also bring in guest speakers from business, local government and industry. You can apply to carry out a project with an external organisation as part of your course. We also offer you the chance to spend the summer at another university overseas.

Your career

At Sheffield University Management School, we are committed to focusing on employability and our postgraduate students’ future career prospects. We have two specialist careers advisors in the School, dedicated to providing full-time career support throughout your course.

You will have many opportunities during your course to engage in personal and professional development. Our courses are designed to enable you to acquire the transferable skills essential for employment: communication, organisation, and the ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically.

Our dedicated Employability Hub acts as a key interface between students and employers. Its staff will help you access employability support, skills development and opportunities throughout your masters.

Our graduates work for companies such as Adidas, ASDA, Boots, ExxonMobil, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Pepsico International, Sainsbury’s and Vodafone. Their job titles include Head of Business Enhancement, Management Consultant, Product Marketing Manager, Web Marketing Consultant and Campaign Manager.

Visit the MSc Accounting, Governance and Financial Management page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject or an approved professional qualificationEnglish Language Requirements Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and reading and 6.0 in each other component, or equivalent

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