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Enhance your career prospects with a course that equips you with the skills you need to gain high-level positions in the accounting and finance industries. Read more
Enhance your career prospects with a course that equips you with the skills you need to gain high-level positions in the accounting and finance industries. We offer you practical experience of industry-standard methods, tools and data, set in a global context and taught by international staff.
-This course has been ranked in the top 50 accountancy and auditing courses in western Europe by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2015/16.
-Kingston Business School was one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council.
-Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.
-The programme has been developed in consultation with finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank to give you the practical, real-life skills employers require in this highly competitive sector.
-We are one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
-There are regular talks from practising industry experts such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.
-As well as studying an international curriculum, you will meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures who can add international insight to class discussions and working groups, and give you a global alumni network.
-Study in London's happiest borough, with London's lowest crime rate, but still be within easy reach of central London.

"In certain City jobs, the ability to use Bloomberg terminals is as important as being able to use Microsoft Office." – Dr George Alexandrou, principal lecturer, Department of Accounting and Finance

What you will study

During your Accounting and Finance MSc, you will develop your understanding of financial accounting, modelling and reporting, and how this integrates into a business environment. You will look at how theoretical and conceptual issues combine in the operational and practical activities of management accounting.

You will also look at the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors that influence an organisation's social responsibilities and how they integrate with a company's strategic decision-making processes. You will examine the core theories of finance and investment, and how they can be used in practical decision-making.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK... it was created, and is taught, by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, course director

Assessment

You will be assessed according to a combination of assignments, case studies, formal examinations and dissertation.

Eduniversal best masters winner 2016

This course has been rated by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2015/16 as one of the best accounting and finance masters courses in western Europe.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Available modules
-Financial Accounting and Financial Management
-Management Accounting
-Market-based Accounting
-Financial Modelling and Research Methods
-Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis
-International Money and Finance
-Auditing and Control
-Financial Reporting
-Research Project

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If you want to pursue a rewarding, exciting and challenging career in the financial sector, this course provides the knowledge and skills you need, even if you do not already have experience in finance. Read more
If you want to pursue a rewarding, exciting and challenging career in the financial sector, this course provides the knowledge and skills you need, even if you do not already have experience in finance. It will give you a well-integrated knowledge of financial accounting, finance and investment, and management accounting, together with the ability to relate this to the wider issues of management and corporate strategy. It produces graduates who are prepared for high-level jobs in the financial industries.

-The programme has been developed in consultation with finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank to give you the practical, real-life skills employers require in this highly competitive sector.
-We are one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
-There are regular talks from practising industry experts such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.
-As well as studying an international curriculum, you will meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures who can add international insight to class discussions and working groups, and give you a global alumni network.
-Kingston students can apply for Bloomberg certification. These industry-standard qualifications give graduates a huge additional advantage in the jobs market – and save time and money on extra studies.
-All our staff are highly accredited and experienced, and many have worked at high levels within business: in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, two-thirds of our research activity was classified as internationally excellent or world-leading.
-Enjoy studying in the peaceful and leafy suburb on Kingston, which is within easy reach of central London. It has the lowest crime rate in London and has been rated London's happiest borough.
-Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK...it was created and is taught by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, course director

What will you study?

In this research-led masters, you will learn from recent journal articles and research papers, live data and up-to-the-minute theories and models. You will learn from real-life examples and case studies during the taught sessions. The programme has a balanced approach between quantitative and qualitative methods, and it provides candidates with the computer and research skills required by employers in this highly competitive sector.

You will develop your understanding of the purpose and nature of financial accounting and reporting, and look at how theoretical and conceptual issues integrate with operational and practical activities.

You will also look at the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors that influence an organisation's social responsibilities, and how these integrate with a company's strategic decision-making processes. You will examine the core theories of finance and investment, and how they can be used in practical decision-making contexts.

Assessment

You will be assessed using assignments, case studies, formal examinations and a dissertation, and your assessments will also involve real life problems and solutions.

Course structure

Core modules
-Financial Modelling and Research Methods
-Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis
-Portfolio Theory and Investment Banking
-Financial Accounting and Financial Management
-Market-based Accounting
-Research Project

Option modules (choose one)
-International Money and Finance
-Fixed Income Analysis

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The Banking and Finance MSc produces highly skilled, analytical and forward-thinking graduates who are ready to slot into specialised roles in the banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy sectors. Read more
The Banking and Finance MSc produces highly skilled, analytical and forward-thinking graduates who are ready to slot into specialised roles in the banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy sectors. This is a demanding programme, but has an outstanding pass rate.

This course is suitable for students from a variety of academic backgrounds, including those with industry experience and those who do not have a bachelors degree in economics, finance or accountancy. You can study the course part time, so you can apply your learning in the workplace straight away.

-The programme has been developed in consultation with finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank to give you the practical, real-life skills employers require in this highly competitive sector.
We are one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
-There are regular talks from practising industry experts such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.
-As well as studying an international curriculum, you will meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures who can add international insight to class discussions and working groups, and give you a global alumni network.
-When you study this programme you can also apply for Bloomberg certification. This industry-recognised qualification gives graduates a huge advantage in the jobs market. The course covers many aspects of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, helping to prepare you for their professional examination.
-Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK...it was created and is taught by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, course director

What will you study?

This masters degree is designed to demonstrate the links between theory and practice. Taught sessions use real life examples and case studies, while the assessments also expose you to real-life problems and solutions.

The core modules on this course will show you how to manage assets, liquidity and risk, and how to analyse credit, interest, statements and rates. You will also learn about corporate finance and industry regulation. You will also get the opportunity to work in Kingston Business School's Bloomberg trading room.

You will study eight taught modules, then undertake a research project.

Assessment

You will be assessed via examinations, coursework assignments, case studies, presentations and research projects.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules
-Bank Operations and Strategy
-Bank Financial Risk Management
-Financial Modelling and Research Methods
-Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis
-Portfolio Theory and Investment Banking
-Financial Services Regulation and Compliance
-Research Project
-Islamic Banking and Insurance
-Financial Engineering

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This course is a combination of two highly successful courses run by the Business School – the Accounting and Finance MSc and the International Business Management MSc – both of which have established an international reputation for excellence. Read more
This course is a combination of two highly successful courses run by the Business School – the Accounting and Finance MSc and the International Business Management MSc – both of which have established an international reputation for excellence. It is an intensive, thorough and challenging programme, designed to give you the theoretical and practical skills essential for managing today's businesses.

This course is suitable for both experienced corporate finance and financial management practitioners who want to add to their skills, and those looking for a career in the area.
-The programme has been developed in consultation with finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank to give you the practical, real-life skills employers require in this highly competitive sector.
-We are one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
-There are regular talks from practising industry experts such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.
-As well as studying an international curriculum, you will meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures who can add international insight to class discussions and working groups, and give you a global alumni network.
-Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK...it was created and is taught by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, course director

What will you study?

The course is highly practical, with each module has been designed to teach you the skills that employers value most. You will even be assessed in practical terms, with all tests based on real-life practices, so that you can get used to the way you will work for an employer when you have finished the course.

You will learn the computer and research skills employers demand for work in this highly competitive sector. The programme has a balanced approach, teaching you how to interpret and solve problems using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The course is taught by both Kingston Business School's academic staff and expert guest lecturers form the accounting, auditing and financial services sector.

Assessment

We will assess you through assignments, case studies, formal examinations and your dissertation. All these tests are based on real-life practices, preparing you for your future career.

Course structure

Core modules
-Management Accounting
-Financial Modelling and Research Methods
-Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis
-Financial Accounting and Financial Management
-International Business Strategy with Simulation
-Research Project

Option modules (choose one)
-Islamic Banking and Insurance
-Global Marketing

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Investment and financial risk is a highly competitive sector – and this course will give you the IT and research skills employers demand. Read more
Investment and financial risk is a highly competitive sector – and this course will give you the IT and research skills employers demand. This rigorous and intensive masters course is designed to produce high-calibre, analytical graduates with practical skills who are ready to slot in to a specialised role. As a graduate, you will be ready to work in investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy.

-An extremely practical programme using real examples, the latest research and theories, and live data.
-Kingston Business School is one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
-Get additional qualifications while you study: you can apply for Bloomberg certification. You can also prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, since you will cover so many aspects of it in your coursework.
-Programme developed with advice from finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank.
-Lectures by sector experts, as well as Kingston Business School's own teaching staff, who have been awarded an 'excellent' rating for the quality of their teaching.
-Suitable for students who have not studied economics, finance or accountancy at bachelors level, as well as those with previous qualifications and experience.
-Meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures, who add international insight to class discussions and working groups, giving you a global alumni network.
-Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK ... it was created and is taught by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, course director

What will you study?

When you arrive, we will introduce you to the Business School and its expectations and ethos, alongside a personal development programme, then you will start work on individual modules. Each module is designed to develop the skills valued by employers, such as presentation, team work, problem solving and communication skills.

We teach an extremely practical programme using real-life examples, live data and the latest research and theories. Students get the opportunity to create and manage investment portfolios and present the results, learn to use a Bloomberg trading room and industry standard databases, and undertake a research project.

You will examine the key issues in investment banking and trading. You will also learn to apply various different techniques in practice. We will show you how to analyse and explore a number of different topics using a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Assessment

You will be assessed through assignments, case studies, formal examination and a dissertation. Our assessment methods mirror real-life practices - for example, students are asked to construct and manage investment portfolios and present the results.

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The Corporate and Financial Law LLM provides you with the opportunity to acquire a detailed knowledge and understanding of legal rules relating to business. Read more
The Corporate and Financial Law LLM provides you with the opportunity to acquire a detailed knowledge and understanding of legal rules relating to business.

Develop your skills

When you successfully complete the Corporate and Financial LLM you will have acquired significant research and analytical skills in a range of aspects of business, financial and corporate law. The dissertation module allows you to carry out a large piece of independent research with one-to-one supervision in a field of your choice.

A Kingston LLM will substantially enhance your prospects of securing the job you want as a professional or in-house legal adviser, a company administrator or in the wide variety of roles where the ability to apply and advise upon business law issues is significant.
For practising solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals, this LLM qualification will help hone and direct your work towards the fields which interest you the most and give you the opportunity to refresh and enhance your knowledge and research skills. A specialised LLM will significantly improve your prospects of career progression in the direction you want.

A focused and dedicated community

Kingston Law School is based on the Kingston Hill campus in the London Borough of Kingston. The leafy campus has excellent transport links and is just half an hour from the city centre.

The department have expert staff dedicated to helping you achieve your career goals. Studying at Kingston you will have a wealth of resources at your fingertips in terms of research papers and journals (which can also be accessed remotely), dedicated state-of-the-art computer labs and personalised help when you need it.

"Kingston Law School has very good staff to student ratios which allow students the access to staff for the one-to-one help that students sometimes need." – Stephen Harris, senior lecturer in law

Assessment

Written coursework, examinations and dissertation.

About Kingston University's LLM courses

Kingston University's LLM courses allow you to specialise and tailor your degree to a topic of your choice, while also giving you the flexibility to take modules on other subjects, making it flexible and easy to adapt to your interests and career goals.

You will complete work worth 180 credits by studying four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit dissertation module.

In addition to the Law School's team of highly skilled academics, courses are taught by experienced practitioners, and many of our lecturing staff combine teaching with legal practice. This helps to ensure that the courses are constantly refreshed with the latest industry thinking and practice, and provides you with the opportunity to mix with people who can provide hands-on experience and insight into their area of legal work.

Kingston Law School has strong links with The Law Society, the professional body that represents practising solicitors in England and Wales.

Course structure

You must take two core modules in corporate and financial law, two option modules, plus the Legal Research and Dissertation module on any topic of your choice related to corporate and financial law.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules (choose at least two, plus the Legal Research and Dissertation module)
-Company Law
-Insolvency Law
-Intellectual Property Law
-Legal Aspects of Business Finance
-Legal Research and Dissertation

Option modules (choose two, which can also be selected from the core module list)
-Advocacy
-Alternative Dispute Resolution
-Arbitration
-Civil Procedure
-Comparative Law of Obligations
-Environmental Law and Regulation
-EU Competition Law
-EU Environmental Law
-Evidence and Arbitral Awards
-Family Mediation
-Immigration and Refugee Law
-Individual Employment Law
-International Economic Law
-International Environmental Law and Sustainability
-International Trade Contracts
-Labour Law in the Global Economy
-Law of International Trade
-Termination of Employment

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This MA will enable you to master key tools used for the financing of individual companies - derivatives, investment appraisal and risk management - and provides an in-depth study of financial issues affecting the broader economic environment, such as crises and bubbles in the international economy. Read more
This MA will enable you to master key tools used for the financing of individual companies - derivatives, investment appraisal and risk management - and provides an in-depth study of financial issues affecting the broader economic environment, such as crises and bubbles in the international economy. It offers an opportunity to develop the key analytical skills necessary for carrying out research on contemporary issues in financial economics.

Key features
This course offers a good preparation for work with a range of public and private institutions in the area of applied financial economics, including banks and insurance companies; firms dealing with the reporting and evaluation of financial information; and domestic and international regulatory agencies focusing on the financial sector.

Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.
The University's Economics department is actively engaged in research and publication on financial topics, and you will benefit from regular staff seminars and workshops.

What will you study?

You will study core aspects of macro- and microeconomic theory, of applied econometrics and economic policy, and of the long-term historical and conceptual context of the contemporary issues and debates. Consequently, you will master a range of economic analysis, key analytical skills and empirical background necessary to participate in discussions on financial economic issues.

You will work individually with a member of staff to choose a topic for your dissertation, research this topic and write up your conclusions. Your topic will be a contemporary issue relating to a microeconomic or macroeconomic aspect of financial economics. You will work on your dissertation with a member of the Economics department who specialises in and pursues research in the field of financial economics.

Assessment

Graded problem sets, practical coursework, essays, examinations, thematic case studies, policy briefs, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Applied Econometrics and Microeconomic Analysis
-Economic Change and Ideas
-Economics Dissertation
-Financial Economics
-Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

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