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Accounting (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)


Course Description

This course will allow you to gain an advanced understanding of accounting practices that are vital in the modern business world. This course is ideal if you want to pursue a successful career in a finance, accounting or management role. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to effectively analyse, interpret and make decisions based on financial information.

The course focuses on refining your business skills with an emphasis on accounting and assurance. It has been designed to allow you to develop a strong understanding of how financial data underpins the decision-making process, and how outcomes are effectively communicated and evaluated. Holders of recognised professional accounting qualifications may be entitled to significant exemptions from modules.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1846-msc-pgdip-pgcert-accounting

What you will study

You will be taught by academic staff with extensive practical and academic knowledge, in a department rated ‘excellent’ for teaching quality. The professional experience of staff ranges from working for smaller organisations to the ‘Big Four’ accounting and professional services firms.

Module you will study at the various levels are listed below:

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits):
The Postgraduate Certificate comprises of the following 60 credit modules:
- Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)
A critical perspective and appreciation of contemporary theories and developments in management accounting.

- Corporate Governance (20 credits)
The systems by which companies are directed and controlled, including the relative merits of codes and legislation.

- Corporate Financial Reporting (20 credits)
A critical perspective and appreciation of contemporary theories and developments in corporate financial reporting, including issues faced by accounting regulators and practitioners.

Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits):
You will study the PgC modules worth 60 credits in addition to the following:
- Research Methods (20 credits)
An appreciation of the academic research process and the underlying elements and principles, developing the skills to critically evaluate and conduct postgraduate research.

- Contemporary Issues in Accounting (20 credits)
In-depth, case study investigations into topical issues and events regarding accounting, audit, tax and finance.

- Audit, Assurance and Professional Ethics (20 credits)
An appreciation of the knowledge, skills, and professional judgement needed in a variety of audit and assurance engagements.

MSc (180 credits):
You will study all PgC, PgD and MSc modules. On the final stage of the MSc you will study the following module:
- Dissertation (60 credits)
A significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.

Learning and teaching methods

The course is delivered full-time through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops, case study analysis and discussion groups. You will be exposed to real-life situations and given the skills and opportunities to find practical solutions. Assessment methods include examinations and coursework-based assignments.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Employment opportunities are numerous, including firms of accountants in the finance departments of commercial organisations, and also the public and not-for-profit sectors. Many graduates go on to work as practising accountants in roles such as financial managers, controllers, consultants or internal auditors.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a range of methods including examinations and coursework based assignments.

Visit the Accounting (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in accounting or business degree with strong accounting content. Holders of recognised professional accounting qualifications may be entitled to significant exemptions. Equivalent accredited international or professional qualifications may also be acceptable. Students wishing to take ACCA examinations alongside the MSc will also need to be ACCA registered students.

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