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Accounting (MSc)


Course Description

Oxford Brookes University has a strong strategic relationship with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). As such, studying this accounting master’s degree is excellent preparation for a career in accounting, or a related profession like auditing or finance.

You will develop the all-round capabilities needed to be a successful accounting professional. These include teamworking, problem solving and communication, research and analytical skills.

MSc Accounting is designed for people wishing to begin a career in accountancy. As teaching starts from an introductory level it may not be suitable for those who already have an undergraduate degree in Accounting.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/accounting/

Why choose this course?

- Employability:
Graduates have gone on to work in prestigious organisations such as KPMG, PwC and Proctor & Gamble as we emphasise developing the all-round capabilities needed to be a successful accounting professional. On the practical side, our Careers Centre offers support in developing your CV and interview skills, and provides regularly updated job vacancy information.

- Professional accreditation and links:
On completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply for up to seven exemptions from the exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a professional qualification recognised worldwide. Our staff maintain close links with professional bodies including ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).

- Teaching and learning:
You will be taught in small interactive groups so you can learn from and bond with your classmates and lecturers. Teaching staff have extensive professional experience and are able to provide practical insight and commercial understanding. Furthermore, prestigious guest speakers such as Professor George Magnus, Senior Economic Advisor to UBS and Financial Times Columnist, come and speak to you about the industry.

We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and our business school received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

- Student support:
As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.

- Oxford location:
Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching takes place in interactive workshops. In addition, lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will develop your teamworking skills through structured group assignments.

Teaching staff from the Business School have in-depth knowledge of accounting practices and issues through practical experience or academic research. Visiting speakers from business and research bodies provide further input.

This is an intensive programme and you will have two taught classes each week for each module.
Approach to assessment
Assessment will include a range of activities including examinations, case studies, reports, presentations and group projects.

Specialist facilities

Our Business School Postgraduate Centre at Wheatley Campus has a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.

The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including 1,000 sets of UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate theses in business and management and business examination papers.

Field trips

We also offer an elective, non-credit module - International Business in Practice - Study Trip. The purpose of this optional Study Trip Module is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

In the past students travelled to Boston, USA. This self-funded trip included visits to Harvard University, MIT, Reebok, Ocean Spray, Federal Reserve Bank, and State Street.

Attendance pattern

Classes are timetabled throughout the week and not every week will be the same.

How this course helps you develop

This course will help you develop both academically and professionally. It will provide you with a route into the accounting profession and offers the opportunity to create global business links with fellow students, teaching staff and professionals. You will develop vital skills such as digital literacy, communication, presentation and team working.

Careers

Our students are attractive to employers both in the UK and internationally and have gone to work in prestigious organisations such as Apple (on the Leadership Programme), Proctor & Gamble, IBM, Cancer Research and Wolseley Group. Others have joined accounting practices such as KPMG, PwC and Deloitte.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The main focus of research within the department of Accounting, Finance and Economics within the Business School is on how accountability is achieved, explored from both theoretical and practical perspectives and encompassing a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Research areas and clusters

Research in this department is grouped around four clusters, Accounting, Accountability and Responsibility, Applied microeconomics, Applied Macro, Public and Financial Economics, and Development and Environmental Economics.

Visit the Accounting (MSc) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

John Henry Brookes Scholarship Scheme 2011 - 7 Awards

A total of £13,000 worth of £1,000 or £2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students applying for full-time Masters courses in the Business School and Publishing, starting in September 2011.Full details available on the webpage below.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various - £1,000 or £2,000

Eligibility

You must be a new full-time masters student starting your course in September 2011.These awards are open to UK, EU and International students unless otherwise stated. (2 x £2,000 awards are for international students only)You should have, or expect to obtain, a good honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution of higher education, or have experience which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard.Candidates receiving awards from other sources of funding which cover all their tuition fees will not be eligible for a John Henry Brookes Scholarship; eligibility is not affected by funding covering maintenance costs.

Application Procedure

Applicants should complete ALL relevant sections of the application form which can be downloaded from the webpage below along with notes for guidance. The form should be emailed to Laura Cox, Postgraduate Admissions Tutor on the email address given on the form. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 1 July 2011.

Further Information

http://www.business.brookes.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/


(Scholarship)

The Simon Williams Scholarship 2011 - 2 Awards

The Simon Williams scholarships have been established to commemorate the contribution to the Business School and the University of Simon Williams, Dean of the Business School from 1999 - 2005. The scholarship awards are £1,000 paid towards the cost of programme fees.Criteria
The award committee has identified several significant qualities associated with Simon which made his contribution so distinctive. A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate potential for achievement under these headings but the boundaries inevitably overlap and the committee will consider applications holistically, rather than expecting candidates to provide equally strong evidence under every heading. Candidates should, however, use the headings to structure the way in which they present their application.
1. Intellect
Academic achievement, both before and during an applicant’s time studying at Brookes, is one way of demonstrating intellectual potential but the committee will also be looking for other factors that indicate, for example, use of an analytical approach to solving practical problems or capacity to think creatively.
2. Industry
Under this heading the committee would expect to see evidence showing a high level of commitment to completing an undertaking, self-motivation and a willingness to work hard over and above general expectations.
3. Integrity
Under this heading the committee would expect to see demonstration of a candidate’s personal values in action – concern for others, understanding of the impact of their own behaviour on the groups to which they belong, high standards, loyalty and friendship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

Final year Oxford Brookes University Business School undergraduate students are eligible to apply.This includes students studying at Nilai College (Malaysia), CCCU (Hong Kong), POU (Poland), IIMT (India) and IBS (Hungary).This scholarship can be held simultaneously with other scholarships and awards.The scholarships will be announced annually.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made in writing with supporting documentation to include the names of two referees no later than 1 July 2011. The scholarship committee will announce its decision shortly after the deadline.Contact Laura Cox (Postgraduate Admissions Tutor) with any queries at [email protected] or +44 (0)1865 485911.

Further Information

http://www.business.brookes.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/


(Scholarship)

Alumnus Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

In recognition of the personal loyalty shown by recent graduates and alumni registering for a postgraduate degree, Oxford Brookes University Business School is pleased to announce a discount of 10% off tuition fees for its postgraduate programmes.Eligible students include any student who has graduated from Oxford Brookes University and wishes to stay on or return for an additional degree (e.g. an undergraduate student who then studies for a taught master's programme, or a taught master's graduate who enrols on another taught master's or a MPhil/PhD programme).

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount off tuition fees

Eligibility

Applicant must be an Oxford Brookes Graduate.

Application Procedure

Download an application form from our website.

Further Information

http://www.business.brookes.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/



Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification. Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development. This course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

Course Fees

Home / EU: Full-time £8,000, Part-time £4,910; International: Full-time £13,970


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