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Accounting and Finance - MSc


Course Description

How can organisations ensure fair and accurate accounting? How has finance changed in the wake of the global economic crisis?

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is taught at Essex Business School, an internationally diverse school ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). You join one of the UK’s largest and most respected finance groups and experience a Masters education that combines theory with practice. You further your understanding of advanced accounting and corporate finance and can tailor your studies to your professional ambitions by choosing from a range of optional modules.

You cover topics including:
-Recent developments in theoretical approaches to accounting and corporate finance
-Quantitative and qualitative approaches to empirical research
-Financial reporting
-Portfolio management

Our world-renowned academics are at the cutting-edge of their fields. They embed the latest thinking into your course to ensure you stay up-to-date with the current developments and major issues in accounting and financial reporting.

Whether you’re thinking about continuing your studies to PhD level or targeting a senior role in the world of accounting or finance, this is the course to advance your career.

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for University of Essex scholarships and discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our expert academics and practitioners seek to shape the direction of debate and research in the fields of accounting and finance, addressing issues currently faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Their work has been cited in the national press and we’re home to internationally regarded figures, such as Professor of Accounting Prem Sikka, who is campaigning for an end to corporation tax avoidance.

Essex Business School has four accounting and finance research centres, producing work with real-world impact:
-Essex Accounting Centre
-Essex Finance Centre
-Centre for Global Accountability
-BAFA Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies

We’re recognised for being at the forefront of research in:
-Business ethics
-Corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

We’re proud to have the UK’s first zero carbon business school building, which reflects our commitment to ethical and sustainable business. You will be able to:
-Practise analysing financial data in our virtual trading floor, complete with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs
-Prepare for your lectures in our lush winter garden
-Experience our Eden-style dome, which gives the building its own micro-climate
-Learn in light and spacious lecture theatres
-Utilise our study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Network with visiting businesses
-Utilise the study skills services provided by the EBS Learning Team
-Relax in Bonds café, adjacent to our sun terrace

Your future

We develop your business skills so you can use creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to solve the challenges that the international business world continues to present. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Our recent graduates have progressed to roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy in organisations across the world, such as:
-The Government of Pakistan
-Brit College
-Dytex Cotfabr

Our courses also inspire graduates to pursue their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Working alongside the University’s Employability and Careers Centre, we’ll help you find out about employability opportunities, such as work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

MSc Accounting and Finance
-Dissertation
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Portfolio Management
-Issues in Financial Reporting
-Research Methods in Accounting (optional)
-Trading Global Financial Markets (optional)
-Corporate Finance (optional)
-Financial Decision Making (optional)

Visit the Accounting and Finance - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Odusola Abimbola Philips

“I chose to study within the Essex Business School at the University of Essex because of its excellent rating as a top ten university for research. I really enjoy the depth of up-to-date research I am able to engage in, and it is great to get the opportunity to solve real case studies with our lecturers and other students on the course.

What I have enjoyed most about being at Essex is being part of the diverse community at the Colchester Campus. I have had the opportunity to make friends with people from so many different cultures and backgrounds. It has really helped me learn about other people’s attitudes and beliefs and I am sure that the friends I have made will stay my friends for life.

The school itself is very friendly and the lecturers are easy to talk to which has made my time here so enjoyable. The University also provides everything you could need on campus, from shops to the library, and places to hang out with friends.

When I leave Essex, my ultimate aim is to start a consulting firm for creative industries in Nigeria. I have gained so much knowledge from my time studying here and I really believe that this knowledge will be invaluable to the firms in creative industries back home.”


(Scholarship)

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre scholarships - 16 Awards

For 2011-12, our ESRC Doctoral Training Centre will offer 16-fully funded ESRC studentships, most worth £18,000 per year, across over 20 doctoral pathways. The University of Essex has become one of only 21 Doctoral Training Centres accredited by the UK Economic and Social Research Council following a highly competitive selection process. Our Doctoral Training Centre will fund 16 doctoral students each year across many different social science disciplines. It also offers excellent training opportunities and a highly stimulating research environment to hundreds of postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, practitioners and users.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £18,000

Eligibility

We encourage applications from top students seeking to research over a range of social science areas, including: criminology and socio-legal research; economic and social research; economics and econometrics; environmental governance; finance; health and organisational research; human rights; language and linguistics; management and accounting; politics and international relations; political economy; psychoanalytic studies; sociology and social change.

Application Procedure

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance/pg/government_support/esrc.aspx

Further Information

http://www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance/pg/government_support/esrc.aspx



Entry Requirements

A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in accounting or a related discipline. We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking. If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5.

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