The MSc in Accounting and Finance is designed for managers of the future who recognise the need for businesses to service a wider range of stakeholders. The course consists of a rigorous and intellectually demanding study of the ‘core’ disciplines of Financial Reporting, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Research Methods, Strategic Management Accounting and Auditing together with a wide range of options. The foundation module Corporate Governance looks at the fundamental relation between shareholders and stockholders and explores topical issues of accountability, transparency, corporate social responsibility and environmental responsibility to prepare you for the study of Accounting and Finance from a wider societal perspective. A dissertation, which forms a substantial part of the assessment of the degree, will allow you to develop your interests in either mainstream or wider business and societal aspects of Accounting and Finance.
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Teaching across our postgraduate programmes is through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and seminars. Our lectures aim to encourage healthy dialogue between faculty and students, and between students themselves, while our small tutorial groups ensure that students can engage even more closely with their teachers. Members of the Business School faculty also make a point of being available to students outside the scheduled teaching sessions – something which our postgraduate students find particularly valuable.
We frequently use case studies to examine business decisions taken in real situations, and business simulations and games give you first-hand experience of decision making in the world of work. Role-play and group problem-solving exercises help you to apply some of the theoretical concepts delivered in lectures and you will have the opportunity to undertake individual or group projects with local companies on topical business issues.
The student will take responsibility for the design, execution, analysis and reporting of an in-depth study on a topic relevant to the course. Based on previous study in this programme the student will:
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of a relevant area of accounting and finance (theoretical, conceptual and / or practical).
- Show an ability to select and justify appropriate research methods for a given subject of study.
- Provide evidence of familiarity with the current academic and practitioner debates.
- Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse and evaluate data independently and engage in debates relevant to the area of study.
- Demonstrate the development of coherent and sustained arguments leading to logical conclusions or recommendations.
There will be a supervisor assigned to each student. Individual consultations and regular feedback provide the framework and guidance for dissertation planning and writing. The individual work will comprise of proposing a topic and theoretical framework, undertaking a literary review, presenting methodology and data, discussing findings and then formatting and presenting a final dissertation. More details and guidance as to research, and dissertation writing, formatting and referencing will be provided by dissertation supervisor in line with the research topic of each individual student.
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The minimum entry level required for this course is a first or second-class honours degree in accounting, finance, investment or banking related subjects from a recognised university. Alternatively, applicants may have a recognised professional finance qualification with relevant work experience