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Accounting and Finance (Distance Learning) MSc


Course Description

Accountancy and Finance professionals have central roles in all types and sizes of organisations, and these skills have become essential for those seeking senior roles. You will have opportunities to engage with analysis and evaluation of many of the accounting issues present in modern business. On completion, you will be conversant with theoretical issues in accountancy and finance, and be able to apply accounting theory and practice to real issues faced in day-to-day operations.

This programme examines current accounting issues and how they relate to the wider social, technical and economic challenges that businesses face. It also offers the opportunity to study a specialist interest. The programme assumes that students will enter with a good deal of technical accounting knowledge, having either studied accounting at undergraduate or professional level.

The programme consists of taught modules, research methods and a supervised dissertation. Students can also enrol to take ACCA or CIMA professional modules at a reduced rate.

Our online learning programmes are flexible and designed so you can balance study with your commitments at work and home. The programme structure and learning materials enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule while offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.

Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) is a dedicated online university learning space for students. Your tutors will use NILE to engage with you, and you will use NILE to access course materials, assessment information, virtual classrooms and discussion boards. Your assessed work will be submitted and graded online, so you will be able to see your grades and feedback wherever you are in the world. The system that underpins NILE is Blackboard and access to this system is through the direct web link nile.northampton.ac.uk. We also have a mobile app so you can stay connected to the University of Northampton wherever you are; iNorthampton is available for Android and Apple mobile devices.

Course content

Core learning will be delivered electronically and you will be encouraged to engage with your fellow students and tutors online. Studying online will give you the flexibility to study at your convenience* without the need to travel or physically attend classes, whilst enhancing your employment opportunities. You will be supported throughout the process by our great teaching staff that are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you.

*Modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete in specified times.

What you will study

This programme is 30 months in duration. The academic year is split into trimesters. For a September start you will study as follows;
Trimester one – September to December
Trimester two – January to April
Trimester three – May to July

Year One
Trimester one – September to December
You will study one module: Financial and Business Strategy
Trimester two – January to April
You will study one module: Corporate Reporting
Trimester three – May to July
You will study one module: Global Financial Strategy

Year Two
Trimester four – September to December
You will study one module: Strategic Audit
Trimester five – January to April
You will study two modules: ‘Social Responsibility and Governance’ and ‘Dissertation and Research Methods’. You will then commence work on your Dissertation.
Trimester six – May to July
You will study two modules: Investment Analysis and ‘Dissertation and Research Methods’. You will continue to work on your Dissertation.
Trimester seven – September to December
You will study one module: ‘Dissertation and Research Methods’. You will complete your Dissertation.

Course modules (16/17)

-Corporate Reporting 1
-Global Financial Strategy
-Financial and Business Strategy
-Strategic Audit
-Investment Analyst
-Social Responsibility and Governance
-Dissertation and Research Methods

Methods of Learning

Per module you should expect to spend between ten to 20 hours per week engaging with online activities and study through NILE as well as self-directed study time. Typical time to completion is 30 months.

Assessments

The course has a combination of assessment involving reports, case studies, time constrained tests and your dissertation.

Facilities and Special Features

-Flexible study which is delivered online wherever you are.
-Full support from professionally qualified staff and engagement with fellow students.
-Opportunity to undertake ACCA or CIMA professional modules at a reduced rate.
-Check out this case study and overview from the Subject Leader for Accounting and Finance: https://nile.northampton.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_1255734_1&course_id=_31642_1&mode=reset

Careers

Excellent career opportunities exist in accounting and finance. Recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.

Visit the Accounting and Finance (Distance Learning) MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in finance, banking, accounting or a related discipline. Students who hold professional qualifications may be eligible to enter this course. Professional qualifications considered would include ACA, AIA, ACCA, CIMA, AIB, IFA, IFS, ACII etc if they are obtained by examination.

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