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MSc Accounting and Finance

Course Description

A career in accounting, financial services or related sectors requires a high level of understanding of the theory and practice of accounting and finance.

This course gives you a broad-based understanding of the core subject areas with an emphasis on empirical research methods and accounting and finance practice.

A wide range of modules allows you to specialise. During the course you have the opportunity to build on and apply your growing knowledge and expertise by completing a dissertation on a topic linked to the wide ranging research interests of faculty. This, coupled with the support you get from our staff, ensures a first-class learning experience.

Whether you want to further your professional career, or go on to study for a PhD, this course gives you the qualification you need to succeed.

Course recognition
The course has both CFA institute partnership status and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) status which positions you to progress to a research degree.

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Barclays, Brammer UK, Co-operative Auditing Department, Deloitte Enterprise Consulting, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Lenovo, Nordea ASA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, RBS, SME Development Bank, Standard Chartered Bank.

Course structure
Semester 1
– Corporate Financial Reporting
– Cross-Sectional Econometrics
– Asset Pricing

One elective unit from:
– International Accounting Practice and Regulation
– International Finance
– Portfolio Investment

Semester 2
– Corporate Finance
– Qualitative Research Methods Either
– Advanced Management Accounting
– Corporate Governance in an Accounting Context

One elective unit from:
– Accounting and Society
– Advanced Management Accounting
– Corporate Governance in an Accounting Context
– Current Issues in Empirical Finance
– Financial Statement Analysis
– Managerial Economics
– Mergers and Acquisitions: Economic and Financial Aspects
– Real Options in Corporate Finance
– Time Series Econometrics

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or statistical research.

Examples of recent dissertation project topics:
– Financial reporting regulation
– Audit practice and professionalisation
– Management control systems in organisations
– Field-based qualitative research on management accounting innovation and change
– Performance reporting by UK listed firms under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
– Audit markets in emerging economies
– The effect of corporate governance (board and audit committee characteristics) on audit quality

Special features
Worshipful Company of International Bankers Affiliation
Our accounting and finance division courses are now affiliated with the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB). This means that every year the best dissertation out of the following four courses will receive the WCIB Prize worth £300.
• MSc Accounting
• MSc Accounting and Finance
• MSc Finance
• MSc Finance and Business Economics
• MSc Quantitative Finance
The winner will also enter the competition for the prestigious WCIB Lombard Prize. The Lombard Prize consists of a solid silver Armada dish, a cheque for £1500, one-year honorary membership to the Company and attendance at the Annual Banquet to collect the prize.

Open days
Masters information sessions
We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a masters course at Alliance Manchester Business School.
Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.
Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?
Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.
For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

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

Entry Requirements

We normally look for a First or Upper Second class honours (2:1) degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent.– Ideally degree in accounting or finance.– Exceptional candidates with degrees in economics, mathematics, business administration, business management or commerce considered; however, preference given to applicants with an undergraduate degree in accounting or finance.– Demonstrate a strong background in quantitative skills, econometrics or mathematics.– You need to have taken a significant number of units in accounting and finance during your degree, and a major in accounting or finance in your final year with top level results.

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