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Masters Degrees in Taxation

We have 155 Masters Degrees in Taxation

Masters degrees in Taxation offer advanced study of the policy and operations surrounding taxation systems across various industries within the public and private sectors.

Related subjects include Financial Management. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Business Studies.

Why study a Masters in Taxation?

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This programme is unique in the UK. It provides a route to obtain a MSc degree by production of a research thesis of a maximum of 40,000 words over a period of registration of 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time). Read more

This programme is unique in the UK. It provides a route to obtain a MSc degree by production of a research thesis of a maximum of 40,000 words over a period of registration of 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time). The subject matter of the thesis must be related to taxation, but the focus of the specific topic chosen would be by agreement between the student and the supervisors as part of the application and registration process.

Course details

The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of business research, with roots dating back to the appointment of the country's first Professor of Accounting, we have a longstanding history of researching and teaching in the area of accounting and finance. Taxation has been a field we have taught and researched actively for more than 20 years. You would therefore be joining and benefiting from a very active research community in participating in this programme.

Where the research subject matter chosen lends itself, students may also become members of the CHASM research centre – a joint venture between the Business School and the School of Social Policy, one of the leading such Schools in the UK. This Centre focuses on personal asset management, financial capability, inclusion and welfare inequality issues producing policy relevant output in each of these areas, so subjects including personal and wealth taxation and the impact of tax on the individual and household would fit into this Centre’s interest. Other subjects are of course however, equally suitable to this programme.

A research proposal is necessary as part of the application process for this programme (find out more about producing a suitable research proposal), and a Skype or telephone interview (or face to face if needed) is likely to be required as part of the registration process to be accepted onto this programme.

If accepted, students can expect to have two supervisors, one a subject expert in the chosen area of taxation (who would act as the lead supervisor), and one with wider taxation knowledge to support the contextualisation and application of the work more generally. The subjects chosen for the work would be expected to study the leading edge of thinking in the various fields of taxation. Where needed research training will be made available to the student.

Support and training

Birmingham Business School provides dedicated facilities, resources and support to postgraduate students and early career researchers which includes The Midlands Graduate School and Doctoral Training Centres and Programmes. Click to find out more.

Research interests

The areas of Taxation research undertaken by our staff include:

  • Impact of taxation on the decision-making behaviour of individuals and businesses;
  • role for and development of tax policy (particularly wealth and capital taxation);
  • taxation in global trade;
  • tax education;
  • tax law;
  • tax history;
  • Philosophies of tax.

The acceptable research topic areas must be closely related to taxation. For example, to include one or more of the following topics;

  • The impact of taxation on the decision-making behaviour of individuals and businesses (e.g. consumption behaviours, tax planning etc);
  • role for and development of effective tax policy;
  • development of tax administration systems;
  • tax education;
  • international taxation;
  • comparative taxation;
  • the politics of taxation;
  • economic psychology of taxation;
  • taxation in developing countries;
  • understanding patterns of tax compliance, avoidance and evasion;
  • tax and governance;
  • tax and social policy (other tax topics may also be suitable);
  • institutions of taxation;
  • adjudication or dispute resolution.

Personal experience of working in the proposed topic area of study is desirable.

Please note that while applicants should create a reasoned proposal of study as part of the application process, it should be expected that this would be refined in conjunction with the allocated supervisors if successful in being offered a place on this programme.

Employability

If I gain a postgraduate research degree from Birmingham Business School, what are my career prospects?

The University of Birmingham has recently been ranked 9th in the UK, and 55th in the world, for post-qualification employability in a global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Birmingham’s Business graduates are sought after by a wide range of financial, commercial and public sector employers. They can typically offer a wide range of skills including analytical & research, numeracy, communication, team working and political & commercial awareness.

For those entering employment after graduating, traditionally popular areas include banking, accountancy/professional services and financial services. Many of our programmes involve studying towards a professional qualification. Outside of these areas, options include teaching abroad and retail management. Many Masters by Research graduates also go on to forge successful academic careers of their own in teaching and academic research.

What type of career assistance is available to Masters by Research students in Birmingham Business School?

The University of Birmingham has invested heavily in careers and employability support. The Careers Team have been praised for enhanced developments within their team and for adopting a model of integrated employability and internship support; something that has been rolled out and implemented across all Schools and Colleges at the University.

Masters by Research students at Birmingham Business School will benefit from this additional investment; the school now has its own well qualified dedicated Careers Team to support students with employment opportunities, work placements, internships and how to succeed at interview. In addition, a range of career management, personal development and employer events are run each year by the Careers in Business Team to help you make the most of the opportunities available. 

The University also has dedicated careers advisors for International students who run workshops and networking opportunities with potential employers. These are especially popular with International MSc by Research students.



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The Master of Taxation aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the knowledge and application of taxation theory, law and practice as applied… Read more

The Master of Taxation aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the knowledge and application of taxation theory, law and practice as applied to individuals and corporate entities both nationally and internationally. It also provides an opportunity for students to progress to study for the leading Irish professional tax qualification, AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA), and become a member of the Irish Tax Institute.

 The practice of taxation, both domestically and globally, has grown significantly in complexity and importance over the last two decades, creating exciting and dynamic opportunities nationally and internationally for tax experts. The Master of Taxation was developed by the Department of Accounting and Finance in the Kemmy Business School in collaboration with the Irish Tax Institute, in response to the expressed needs of the tax profession. It offers students the opportunity to be educated in tax in a holistic, integrated and sustainable manner. Graduates from the programme will be entitled to exemptions from Part 1 (full) and Part 2 (partial) of the Irish Tax Institute professional exams, subject to minimum grade requirements.  

Taxation is technical and interdisciplinary, taking in elements of law, economics, computational techniques, social sciences and critical theory. The Master of Taxation creates a distinctive opportunity for students to take their knowledge of taxation beyond the practice of compliance and planning to a deeper understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline. 

Why should you consider the Master of Taxation programme?

  • To develop the tax technical skills required for personal and corporate tax compliance and consulting work.
  • To gain an understanding of the underlying theory behind the discipline, the techniques of taxation and their implications in a social context.
  • To develop the ability to appreciate the ethical aspects of personal and corporate tax planning and the protection of the national tax base.
  • To acquire the skills necessary to research technical tax issues.
  • To develop key personal and professional skills including decision-making, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and presentation skills.

Programme Content

A variety of educational approaches will be employed in the delivery of the programme including interactive lectures and tutorials, guided reading, small group team work, seminars and workshops, e-learning and action learning through case studies and guest speakers from industry. Approximately a quarter of the student workload will be taken up by formal contact hours. The remainder of the student workload should be divided between independent and private study and the preparation of projects and examinations.

Autumn Semester

  • TX6001 Personal Taxes
  • TX6012 Indirect Taxes
  • TX6021 Revenue Law
  • TX6041 Seminar Series 1
  • FI6111 Research Methods in Finance 1
  • CO6001 Professional Development 1
  • AC6061 Financial Analysis & Governance

Spring Semester

  • TX6002 Capital Taxes
  • TX6011 Business Taxes
  • TX6022 Principles of International Tax
  • TX6042 Seminar Series 2
  • FI6112 Research Methods in Finance 2
  • CO6002 Professional Development 2

Elective Module (choose 1)

  • AC4906 Corporate Social Responsibility
  • EC6012 International Monetary Economics
  • MN6062 Project Management
  • PM6072 Leadership, Influence & Change
  • FI6091 Weath & Portfolio Management
  • AC6072 Risk Analytics & Big Data

Summer Semester

  • Dissertation


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The LLM in Tax Law provides a comprehensive programme of study in tax law. It is designed to equip lawyers for the substantive, procedural and technical aspects of tax practice, and to expand and deepen the knowledge base of established practitioners, but no previous knowledge of taxation is required. Read more

Overview

The LLM in Tax Law provides a comprehensive programme of study in tax law. It is designed to equip lawyers for the substantive, procedural and technical aspects of tax practice, and to expand and deepen the knowledge base of established practitioners, but no previous knowledge of taxation is required. Modules cover Business Taxation, International Taxation, EU Tax Law, VAT, Intellectual Property taxation, Taxation Principles and Policy and US Taxation. They are taught by leading academic and practitioners, with a strong practical emphasis.

You will have the opportunity to take part in the annual events organised by Queen Mary tax law academics, such as the London Alumni International Tax conference, the Avoir Fiscal Anniversary EU Tax Conference, the EU Tax Students Conference, Berlin Conference on EU and International Tax and the Summer Tax Programme, as well as workshops and seminars focusing on topical issues and current legislation. These events attract high profile practitioners, industry experts, international academics and government bodies, including the HMRC and the European Commission.

Professional Exemptions

The LLM in Tax Law is highly regarded by firms looking for tax specialists.

The LLM in Tax Law provides a fast track to other professional qualifications. The programme will enable you to proceed to Chartered Tax Adviser examinations, without the preliminary stage of the Association of Taxation Technicians examinations. The EU Tax Law and International Tax Law modules will prepare you for the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Taught Modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Tax Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM modules.

All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed.

The updated module list below represents the result of our ongoing modularisation of the LLM which is intended to offer students greater flexibility and choice of module options.

◦ QLLM062 International Tax Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM087 Taxation Principles and Concepts (45 credits)
◦ QLLM120 Business Taxation (45 credits)
◦ QLLM122 European Union Tax Law (45 credits) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM162 Intellectual Property Taxation (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM163 Value Added Tax (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM180 US International Taxation (45 credits)
◦ QLLM195 Transfer Pricing (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM356 Chinese Taxation (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)

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Why Petroleum Taxation & Finance at Dundee?

The world’s long-term economic development depends on the existence of efficient, innovative and creative energy and resources industries. These in turn rely on individuals who possess a sound grasp of their legal, economic, technical and policy backgrounds.
Natural Resources Law and Policy is at the heart of these issues and provides the best in advanced education in its field, preparing its graduates to meet the challenges posed by the evolving global economy.

This LLM is aimed at lawyers and other professionals, both in government and industry, who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the law and practice of international business transactions and general international economic relations. The position of this programme at the Centre provides the student a unique opportunity to combine studies in general international economic and business law and practice with specialized courses in the energy and resources industries. This intensive professional and academic training, provided by internationally leading practitioners and professors in this field, leads to a distinctive and reputed advanced academic qualification based on academic excellence and professional relevance.

What's great about Petroleum Taxation & Finance at Dundee?

Throughout its history, the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy as part of the Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management at the University of Dundee has achieved continuous growth and has established international pre-eminence in its core activities. Scholarly performance, high level academic research, strategic consultancy and top-quality executive education. Currently, we have over 500 registered postgraduate students from more than 50 countries world-wide.

Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and consultancy gives us a unique perspective on how governments and businesses operate. We offer flexible courses delivered by the best in the field, devised and continually updated in line with the Centre’s unique combination of professional expertise and academic excellence.

This provides a rigorous training for graduate students and working professionals. Full-time and distance-learning degrees, intensive training programmes tailor-made for individuals or companies and short-term professional seminars are all on offer.
We will teach you the practical and professional skills you need to mastermind complex commercial and financial transactions in the international workplace, and we will expose you to many varied and exciting opportunities. Why not take a few minutes to complete our application form - it could be the most far-reaching career move you’ll ever make!

How you will be taught

The LLM is made up of compulsory and elective modules with this taught component being followed by either:
A dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic approved by an academic supervisor

An Internship report - students who choose this option are required to source an organisation willing to offer a 3-month work placement, approved by an academic supervisor

An extended PhD Proposal - students who propose to follow up the LLM with a PhD may, with the approval of an academic supervisor, submit a 10,000 word PhD proposal

What you will study

Compulsory Modules:
• Natural Resources Sectors: A Multidisciplinary Introduction
• Dissertation or Internship
Core Modules:
• International Petroleum Law and Policy
• Mineral and Petroleum Taxation
Core specialist Modules:
• Risk Analysis for Energy and Mining Investment Decision Making
• Financial and Project Analysis of Natural Resources and Energy Ventures
• Petroleum Policy and Economics
• Legal Framework for International Project Finance
• Mineral Resources Policy and Economics

Elective Modules: Candidates are advised to choose additional modules from what is available on the academic timetable subject to any restrictions that may apply.

How you will be assessed

Each course is assessed by a combination of examinations and a research paper.

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This interesting and wide-ranging course is a conversion course, which is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction. Read more

This interesting and wide-ranging course is a conversion course, which is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

Modern businesses, especially those who operate in the international market, need a firm understanding of their financial position and their tax affairs. Here at the Business School, we have one of the UK's strongest teaching teams in taxation, and are therefore best positioned to provide you with a unique set of skills that are in high demand.

We begin by developing your understanding of how corporations report their financial data (Financial Reporting), before moving onto examine the implications international taxation and taxation policy can have for the modern global corporation. This course will also provide you with the transferable skills needed for a successful future career in accounting and finance: effective teamwork, objective analysis and effective communication.

Watch Dr Dermot McCarthy presenting 'Master's degrees in Accounting, Finance & Economics'. It will give you an excellent insight into each of the Master's courses we offer.

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The LLM in Global Taxation at IE University is an outstanding opportunity for students worldwide to upgrade their knowledge and skills on international tax issues thanks to the study of the most updated trends and challenges of this global and new economy. Read more
The LLM in Global Taxation at IE University is an outstanding opportunity for students worldwide to upgrade their knowledge and skills on international tax issues thanks to the study of the most updated trends and challenges of this global and new economy.

Throughout 10 months, the program will cover the guidelines of international taxation and details of the new tax strategies of multinational corporations as well as the most recent anti-avoidance principles (BEPS). The program is complemented with details of international tax structuring in different business sectors like digital economy, financial and investment world and product distribution.

Quick Facts

October

Full time

English

10 months

Madrid

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The five-semester Master study program Auditing and Taxation offers you a business based further education in the field of auditing and taxation in order to consolidate your tax consulting and auditing skills. Read more
The five-semester Master study program Auditing and Taxation offers you a business based further education in the field of auditing and taxation in order to consolidate your tax consulting and auditing skills. The program is open to graduates with at least one year’s work experience in auditing. Our students will receive an academic and professional education. The knowledge and skills they will acquire comply with the career profile of a certified accountant. Students will be prepared for the correspondent professional examinations.

The Program starts in Summer.

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The LL.M. in Taxation is a one year, full time non-thesis degree, with a part-time option. Read more

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What makes the program unique?

The LL.M. in Taxation will provide graduates with a depth of knowledge and level of technical expertise in tax law beyond that which can be acquired in a basic law degree or other relevant disciplines. Mandatory courses will ensure that students have a solid foundation in core areas of tax law and practice, while optional courses will give students the ability to develop expertise in areas of interest.

Career options

The program is designed to prepare graduates for specialized tax work in the private or public sectors.



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Content. The primary focus is on the instruments of internal and external accounting, including tax accounting. Essential elements of the curriculum include basic rules of depiction, incentive effects and the information content of diverse instruments, the analysis of accounting data and impact analysis. Read more

Content

The primary focus is on the instruments of internal and external accounting, including tax accounting. Essential elements of the curriculum include basic rules of depiction, incentive effects and the information content of diverse instruments, the analysis of accounting data and impact analysis.

Priorities

Financial accounting and auditing, international financial accounting, controlling and tax accounting

Career Prospects

Attractive career prospects await graduates in management functions and in the specialist departments of corporations as well as, and above all, in jobs with specialized service providers (auditing, tax and management consultancy, among others). Core competencies in accounting are moreover required for the wide-ranging and highly diverse professional profiles of the finance sector (corporate banking, investment banking, financial analysis and the like).

"The profound knowledge of controlling, operational accounting and business taxation is a vital and universal component of efficient business administration." Michael Overesch, Professor and Director of the Department of Financial Accounting and Business Taxation



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Tilburg University's Master’s program in International Business Taxation / track International Business Tax Economics equips you with the advanced tools needed to understand and manage the complex problems facing companies and governments in the field of international business taxation. Read more
Tilburg University's Master’s program in International Business Taxation / track International Business Tax Economics equips you with the advanced tools needed to understand and manage the complex problems facing companies and governments in the field of international business taxation.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016).

Taxation is an increasingly important determinant for enterprises in their decision-making processes on where and how to invest. Incentives and disincentives created by tax systems affect the behavior of multinational enterprises. Nonetheless, economic considerations are taken into account as well in the decision-making process on whether, where and how to invest. Students acquire in-depth knowledge in the key areas of international business tax economics. With your understanding on how tax and economic considerations relate, you will be optimally prepared to help multinational enterprises, organizations and governments to improve today's decision-making processes in the field of international business taxation.

MSc International Business Tax Economics offers you:

•A multi-disciplinary approach which ensures that you understand the full range of economic and legal tax aspects of corporate organizations and international business transactions
•A unique focus on concepts and principles underlying tax systems worldwide, instead of focusing on the tax system of one country only
•The key competencies necessary for a successful career including the ability to gather, process, and analyze information and communicate the results in an effective way
•Teaching by a team of senior, internationally-reputed economic and law lecturers These academics are widely published in the top academic journals in the fields of corporate tax law, international and European tax law, VAT, accounting and economics. They are also affiliated to the Fiscal Institute Tilburg, the largest Fiscal Institute within Europe.

Career perspective International Business Tax Economics

Outstanding and unlimited career possibilities
Tilburg University's Master's program in International Business Taxation / track International Business Tax Economics offers outstanding career prospects.

Expect to get a job soon after you graduate, finding positions in the private sector (internationally-operating companies, consulting firms) as well as the public and non-profit sectors. Your Master's degree in International Business Taxation / track International Business Tax Economics is an excellent launch pad for a career in tax consulting or as a tax policy advisor. Graduates may also pursue a Research Master's or PhD program either in the Netherlands or abroad.

A key advantage of the Master's program in International Business Taxation / track International Business Tax Economics is the specific skills you develop throughout the program - qualities valued by future employers.
Because of the excellent reputation of the Tilburg University Economics Department in both teaching and research, your Master's degree in International Business Taxation / track International Business Tax Economics gives you a competitive advantage in any career that requires sound economic knowledge, strong economic intuition, and sharp analytical and problem-solving skills.

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Tilburg University's Master's in International Business Taxation LLM program (sub-track. International Business Tax Law) equips you with the advanced tools needed to understand and manage the complex problems facing companies and governments in the field of international business taxation. Read more
Tilburg University's Master's in International Business Taxation LLM program (sub-track: International Business Tax Law) equips you with the advanced tools needed to understand and manage the complex problems facing companies and governments in the field of international business taxation.

Taxation is an increasingly important determinant for enterprises in their decision-making processes on where and how to invest. Incentives and disincentives created by tax systems affect the behavior of multinational enterprises. Nonetheless, legal considerations are taken into account as well in the decision-making process on whether, where and how to invest. Students acquire in-depth knowledge in the key areas of international business tax law. With your understanding on how tax and legal considerations relate, you will be optimally prepared to help multinational enterprises, organizations and governments to improve today's decision-making processes in the field of international business taxation.

A Tilburg University Master's in International Business Taxation LLM degree offers you:
•The key competencies necessary for a successful career including the ability to gather, process, and analyze information and communicate the results in an effective way.
•The opportunity to customize your degree with a specialized track. Choose between IBTL & Business Organizations and Strategies and IBTL & Globalization.
•An outstanding foundation for a future career. Your graduate degree in law is a qualification in high demand by employers in both the public and private sector.
•A core team of senior, internationally-reputed law lecturers teach the program. These academics are widely published in the top academic journals in the fields of corporate tax law, international and European tax law, VAT, company law and European law. They are affiliated to the Tilburg Law School, as well as the Center for Company Law.

Career perspective International Business Tax Law

Your International Business Taxation LLM master will ready you for the transition from university to your first job and the start of your career. Potential career paths include international roles as a professional business tax adviser, an in-house counsel of corporations, or a career in academic research. Graduates also may start their career in the public and non-profit sectors. Expect to get a job soon after you graduate.

A key advantage of the International Business Taxation LLM qualification is the specific skills you develop throughout the program - qualities valued by future employers.

These skills include the ability to critically assess and examine international business tax law phenomena; discuss international business tax law developments and cases from an analytical perspective, grounding your assertions in relevant theory, literature, and methodologies; convey your knowledge persuasively both orally and in written form; exhibit strong interpersonal skills; and display a clear understanding of the needs and perspectives of future clients, public organizations, and non-profit organizations.

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The MSc in Accounting and Taxation is a unique programme designed to offer you a high level academic understanding of contemporary developments in taxation policy and practice together with accounting both in the UK and in an international global context. Read more

The MSc in Accounting and Taxation is a unique programme designed to offer you a high level academic understanding of contemporary developments in taxation policy and practice together with accounting both in the UK and in an international global context. In short, our aim is to give you the best possible preparation for a long and successful career in accounting and finance with a specialisation in taxation.

Alongside traditional accounting subjects, our programme covers all aspects of taxation including policy development and implementation and practical operation of tax systems in the UK and overseas. The programme gives you an understanding of a broad range of topics on which you can choose to focus in greater depth when developing ideas for written assignments and later, your Masters dissertation. The MSc in Accounting and Taxation offers you the opportunity to specialise if you choose to do so early in your career.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.

Programme structure

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list.

Compulsory modules

Some examples of the compulsory modules are listed here;

  • Applied Empirical Accounting;
  • Advanced Financial Accounting;
  • Fundamentals of Financial Management;
  • Financial Modelling; Dissertation;
  • Advanced Management Accounting and Principles of International Taxation.

Optional modules

You will choose two options totalling 15/30 credits from a regularly updated selection. Some examples of optional modules are as follows;

  • Topics in Financial Economics;
  • Derivatives Pricing;
  • Domestic and International Portfolio Management;
  • Banking and Financial Services;
  • Advanced Corporate Finance;
  • International Financial Management;
  • Corporate Finance and Governance;
  • Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganizations;
  • Alternative Investments and Principles of International Taxation.

Constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/.



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This programme is suited to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of accounting and finance, and who wants to enter a career in financial markets, either as an analyst or professional accountant. Read more

This programme is suited to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of accounting and finance, and who wants to enter a career in financial markets, either as an analyst or professional accountant.

You will develop your ability to apply and evaluate the various models and methods that practitioners use to solve practical accounting and financial problems.

The MSc Accounting and Finance is designed to deliver financial expertise with an emphasis on understanding the accounting process. You will gain insight into the accounting process within the firm (management accounting) and into external reporting and its relevance to company valuation (financial accounting).

The programme gives you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of financial management and financial accounting, and will sharpen your quantitative skills in finance. You can specialise further by selecting options in subjects such as international taxation, derivatives, investment analysis, international portfolio management, corporate finance, banking, international financial management and many others.

We offer a programme of visiting speakers and a series of study weekends in which practicing fund managers and finance experts from the city share their expertise through a combination of seminars, discussions and practical project work.

In addition, non-assessed intensive information technology training, covering Datastream, Thomson Reuters and other financial databases and software systems, is incorporated into relevant modules.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/

Programme structure

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/.

Compulsory Modules

Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website.

Some examples of the compulsory modules are listed here;

  • Applied Empirical Accounting;
  • Advanced Financial Accounting;
  • Fundamentals of Financial Management;
  • Financial Modelling; Dissertation;
  • Advanced Management Accounting and Principles of International Taxation.

Some examples of the optional modules are listed here;

  • Topics in Financial Economics;
  • Derivatives Pricing;
  • Domestic and International Portfolio Management;
  • Banking and Financial Services;
  • Advanced Corporate Finance;
  • International Financial Management;
  • Corporate Finance and Governance;
  • Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganizations;
  • Alternative Investments and Principles of International Taxation.


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The ACA qualification is from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). ICAEW Chartered Accountants are always in demand and the ACA Qualification equips students to perform at the highest levels of accountancy, business and finance. Read more
The ACA qualification is from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). ICAEW Chartered Accountants are always in demand and the ACA Qualification equips students to perform at the highest levels of accountancy, business and finance.

The majority of ACA trainees work in accounting practice and the qualification has a strong practice subject focus (audit, taxation) as well as covering other key technical accounting areas. An increasing number of students are now training in other sectors too.Once qualified, ICAEW Chartered Accountants work in all sectors, from accounting practices to commercial organisations, financial institutions, not for profit organisations and the public sector.

We offer tuition for the ACA Qualification at our Newport and Cardiff campuses. We offer a flexible portfolio of ACA courses that appeal to large or small training organisations (day release and block delivery) and we are an ICAEW Partner in Learning (City Campus Newport; Cardiff Campus application pending).

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1224-institute-of-chartered-accountants-in-england-and-wales-icaew

What you will study

To qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant students are required to complete:
• 15 examinations
• 450 days of technical work experience, which you gain by obtaining a training contract with an appropriate employer
• Professional development (delivered through ICAEW or your employer)
• Ethics and professional scepticism programme (delivered through ICAEW)

The ACA Qualification comprises three examination levels: Certificate, Professional and Advanced. A Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB) qualification is available upon completion of the Certificate Level, which is an excellent qualification in its own right for non-financial managers.

At the Advanced Level students are required to study a number of technical areas, which are then examined together in the Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management papers. These papers aim to simulate real-life business and accounting practice environments, and the concept is taken further with a final case study examination.

Certificate Level #
- Accounting
- Assurance
- Law
- Principles of Taxation
- Business and Finance
- Management Information

Professional Level *
- Audit and Assurance
- Tax Compliance
- Financial Accounting and Reporting
- Financial Management
- Business Planning: Taxation
- Business Strategy

Advanced Level **
- Corporate Reporting
- Strategic Business Management
- Case Study

#Only available at City Campus, Newport

*Available in block delivery mode (from 2016) at Cardiff Campus; available in day release mode at City Campus, Newport

**Available in block delivery mode (from 2017) at Cardiff Campus; available in day release mode at City Campus, Newport

How you will study

We offer a flexible portfolio of ACA courses that appeal to large or small training organisations.Our average student pass rate on our ACA course since its inception in 2012 has been 83%.

Weekly day release tuition (with block revision):
• Available at City Campus, Newport for all Levels (Certificate, Professional, Advanced)
• Papers taught for one day per week, with a block revision period at the end
• Typical tuition period lengths:
• Certificate Level papers – 10 weeks plus revision block
• Professional Level papers – 11-14 weeks plus revision block
• Advanced Level – 18 weeks plus revision block
• Advantages: Knowledge built up and exam question practice undertaken week on week. Students build skills gradually and sustainably, and are not absent from their work place for long periods of time (which is particularly important for smaller accounting practices)

Full block delivery:
• Available at Atlantic House, Cardiff for Professional and Advanced Levels
• For example, students study two papers at a time at Professional Level and attend tuition for four whole weeks, spaced across a number of months
• 2-3 days spent on each paper per week
• Four tuition weeks: two focus on knowledge building, one on question practice, and one on revision

Assessment methods

Certificate level:
Each assessment is 1.5 hours long and each exam will be e-assessed.

Professional level:
Modules will be assessed by paper based exams. Each will be 2.5 hours long, with the exception of the Financial Accounting and Reporting paper which will be assessed by a three hour exam.

Advanced level:
Consists of two technical integration papers and a case study:

• Technical integration papers will be 3.5 hours long
• Case Study will be four hours long

Learning and teaching methods

Students will attend workshops which will contain lecture, tutorial and question practice elements.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

ACA students enjoy early responsibility and excellent career progression. Many ACA students double their salary during training. Salaries for newly qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountants are on a par with careers in law and banking and many become partners or financial directors early in their careers, leading to a greater variety of opportunities.

ICAEW Chartered Accountants work at the highest levels of some of the world’s largest organisations; 80% of UK FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board.

Why study ACA at USW?

The University of South Wales has a rich history of providing first class tuition for ACA, ACCA and CIMA Professional Qualifications and we typically teach 300-350 part-time professional accountancy students each year. We also franchise AAT tuition to local further education colleges.

Our Professional Tuition Hub is a key element of the School of Law, Accounting & Finance with a focus on professional tuition. We have over 40 years experience of teaching ACCA and CIMA and we launched our ACA course in 2012, working closely with ICAEW.

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This Tax LLM will equip you with the legal framework and intellectual tools you need to understand cross-border tax. With a reputation for exceptional teaching and contemporary expertise you will find your intellectual and creative abilities are both challenged and developed by this demanding but intensely practical subject. You may also prepare simultaneously for the CIOT Advanced Diploma in International Taxation.

Key benefits

  • Opportunity to prepare simultaneously for the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) Advanced Diploma in International Taxation.
  • Exceptional teaching reputation; unique, sought-after expertise, contemporary experience and connections with the wider London legal community.
  • Unrivalled location in the heart of legal London; based in the magnificent East Wing of Somerset House on the Strand and minutes from the Royal Courts of Justice, the Inns of Court and offices of major City law firms.

Description

On this LLM you will learn how tax works, how adding or subtracting a single step can change corporate transactions, or government policies, and determine whether they succeed or fail.

The King's specialist LLM in International Tax is led by Professor Jonathan Schwarz, practicing barrister, who is well recognised for his tax expertise. King's tax modules are open to those with or without previous tax experience but we expect all out students to be able to analyse legal and commercial concepts and then apply them to a complex factual matrix. You will need creativity, intellectual rigour and a willingness to work hard. We think the rewards are worth it.

Many of our students go on to enjoy successful employment with some of the world's leading firms and institutions. Some have made the decision to specialise in tax but not all. A tax module can be an enhancement to other studies, such as in commercial, financial or EU law for example.

Whatever your reasons for exploring International Tax, our LLM programme provides an excellent springboard for a wide range of careers, including traineeships with global partnerships, legal firms or placements with EU institutions.

Course purpose

This programme allows you to deepen or to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students' intellectual potential, it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners.

The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience. Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.

Course format and assessment

In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay.

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.

Career destinations

In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That’s why you’ll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks.

The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave; from positions at the European Central Bank, European Commission and UN to commercial roles as investment bank analysts, tax or public affairs advisers, as well as careers in the legal profession; accountancy; management consultancy; human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies; academia.

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