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MSc Accounting and Finance

Course Description

Why take this course?

Based on practical skills and reflection, this course will introduce you to the key principles and practices of accountancy and finance, giving you a foundation of business knowledge and personal transferable skills. It is particularly relevant if you have completed an undergraduate degree course in a business-related discipline.

Accounting and finance skills are complementary in business and this course will give you understanding of the key concepts. You will also appreciate how the study of accounting, finance and associated decisions are vital to ensure efficient, effective and sustainable wealth creation.

What will I experience?

All organisations have to present their performance in the form of financial statements and this course will help you to interpret such information – vital in order to monitor, control and plan for the ongoing health of the enterprise. It also provides a firm foundation in the knowledge, business skills and understanding needed for accounting and finance at a strategic and management level.

On this course you can:

Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
Gain real-life commercial skills by using our business simulation software
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and through our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere

What opportunities might it lead to?

On graduating from this degree, students will be exempt from all five Certificate Level papers of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Additionally, CIMA's 'Gateway' route would offer MSc Accounting and Finance graduates the opportunity to sit one paper which is a combination of their Management level papers P2, F2 and E2. Successful completion of this exam would exempt students from all of CIMA's Operational level and Certificate level papers.

For the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), we currently have exemptions from Fundamentals Level papers F1 - F4.

The University is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). Here are some routes our graduates in accounting and finance disciplines have pursued:

Financial accounting
Management accounting
Corporate finance
Financial planning

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering financial accounting and corporate governance, strategic management accounting, investment strategies and business valuation. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends. With our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course concludes with your dissertation where you’ll engage in research on a topic of your choice.

Here are the units you will study:

Financial Accounting and Corporate Governance

Strategic Business Planning and Control

Managerial Finance and Financial Markets

Corporate Finance and Valuation

Research Methods and Dissertation

Programme Assessment

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, case studies and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and encourage group participation promoting discussion and debate in a friendly, yet challenging class environment.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course provides many opportunities for students of different cultures and backgrounds to collaborate in group discussions and assignments. This, together with the international focus and wide professional backgrounds of our staff, informs our teaching practices, providing an emphasis on employability, as well as technical skills. By completing this course you will be well placed to embark on professional careers in accounting and finance, as well as in general business, all within a global context. Using our existing expertise in the Bloomberg trading floor mock-up and our SimVenture business game software and case studies, you will gain excellent real life experience of dealing with real world business. Opportunities for future doctoral study may also be followed after completion of this Master’s degree.

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

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A good second class honours degree (55% or above), or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. Exemptions from two core units are available for applicants who are full members of ICAEW, ACCA or CIMA. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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