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Accounting and Financial Management (MSc)


Course Description

The programme aims to provide a thorough postgraduate education in accounting and financial management for graduates who wish to understand how businesses use financial information for decision-making purposes.

The programme provides an analytical and integrated study of accounting and financial management, combining a conceptual and theoretical approach with an emphasis on application to the relevant developments from the current international practice. It will cover issues related to international strategic management, management decision-making and performance evaluation, business finance, global financial reporting as well as ethics and corporate governance. Students will learn to evaluate alternative theories and methodologies and to make judgments on their applicability to complex practical scenarios.

See the website http://www.henley.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/msc-accounting-and-financial-management/

Modules include:
• Business Finance
• Corporate Governance and Ethics
• International Financial Reporting 1 and 2
• International Strategic Management
• Management Decision-Making and Performance Evaluation.

How we teach you

- A holistic approach
Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen. It also requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Henley is renowned for its well-researched, professional approach to this aspect of business education and all our postgraduate programmes examine this aspect of leadership - helping to create emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

- How you will learn
Henley Business School enjoys a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts, underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders, a thread that runs through all of our Masters programmes.

Our postgraduate masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your individual personal development needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This stimulating mix of lectures and interactive tutorials provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the subject material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students. You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings and be able to challenge some of those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues and tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry, giving you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

- How we assess you
You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods which vary depending on your chosen Masters programme. These include online materials and multimedia content, guest lectures, individual and group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations form around 70% of the assessed work with the remaining 30% coming from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme. The exam period falls between April and June in the summer term, with students taking an average of 5 or 6 exams. Graduation normally takes place in December.

- Ongoing support
While postgraduate students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss the content of each module and your personal tutor can meet with you regularly to discuss any additional issues. Full-time support staff are also available to help with any questions or issues that may arise during your time at Henley

Why Henley?

Assessment: Exams, applied project and individual and group assignments

Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US

Excellent networking potential : 70,000 Henley alumni in 150 countries

High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year

Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities

World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events

Part of world top 1% ranked university: Reading has a global reputation for its learning experience and employability potential.

Careers and accreditations

Students will enhance their employability in their related first-degree disciplines or in any general business management roles. The programme will also enhance career opportunities in more specialised accounting and finance fields. As the programme offers an international perspective, career prospects are likely to be international. In addition, the programme will serve as a good basis for further academic development in accounting- and finance-related disciplines.

Graduates from this programme will enhance their employability in a range of careers related to their first-degree discipline or in a general business as well as more specialised accounting and finance roles.

This programme gives students the opportunity to gain the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) certificate level papers C01 to C05.

Business

If you come to Henley to take one of our Business and Management courses you’ll be joining one of the world’s leading business schools, as our triple-accredited rating puts us in the top 1 per cent globally.

You’ll learn from internationally renowned academic experts and thought leaders who have relevant experience in international business, marketing, entrepreneurship, human resource management, energy studies and accounting. You’ll also benefit from our close connections with international organisations and senior industry leaders as well as our involvement in high profile academic conferences such as UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development).

All of our courses take a practical, research-led approach to business and management. Our interactive teaching methods will enable you to evaluate and discuss complex topics, giving you an unrivalled insight into the challenges facing organisations in an international context, with a particular emphasis on governance and ethical dilemmas.

We are committed to attracting only the strongest applicants, to develop outstanding professionals and business leaders. You can be certain that our staff will work hard to bring out the very best in you, to develop a range of transferable business skills and technical knowledge that will enable you to achieve your career goals and aspirations.

Visit the Accounting and Financial Management (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Maximilian Schrepfer

‘I had a great year in the School, both in terms of my personal development and in the context of my degree. I would
strongly recommend doing a Masters in accounting at Henley. I have been able to deepen my knowledge in accounting and that will certainly be useful in my future career.’

Find out more at www.henley.reading.ac.uk/pg or www.facebook.com/henleypg

(Student Profile)

Tugba Gunn Sen

'The reputation of Henley and the study facilities provided attracted me to the School, as did the truly international environment. This allows students to exchange experience and knowledge that would likely not be gained otherwise.

The teaching is of a high quality and the modules are oriented to business issues in 21st century. I would recommend the School as students benefit from a truly global network as well as links with potential employers.'

Now working: Central Production Planner, Coca Cola Enterprises

Find out more at www.henley.reading.ac.uk/pg or www.facebook.com/henleypg

(Student Profile)

Shu-Hua Hung

Study abroad was always my dream and I chose to study for my MSc in Accounting and Financial Management at Henley Business School due to its world-wide reputation and its well-deigned modules. Through this MSc degree, I hoped I could gain professional skills and international experience which could possibly help with my future career.

I am glad that I made this decision to study at Henley because it provided high quality faculties combed with a diversity of modules and a high quality of teaching. During my student life in Henley, I not only gained professional knowledge and skills as its highest teaching quality, but also got continuous support and care from teachers and staff. The beautiful campus and the perfect location near London also attracted me.

I would not hesitate to recommend this programme to anyone who wants to gain a basic understanding of accounting and management or to advance their professional knowledge and skills in these areas. The modules not only covered important knowledge for those who want to pursue an accounting or management role, but also provided some advanced viewpoints to challenge students. The teachers used very useful examples to help our understanding and inspired our independent and critical thinking. I found it helped me to learn the most I could during this one-year programme.

I truly enjoyed my life in Henley and sincerely appreciated the support and care that I got there, and I am sure you will as well.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

A good first or second class UK honours degree, or overseas equivalent, will usually be required. Applicants with relevant experience or professional qualifications will also be considered. Prior knowledge or experience of your chosen subject area is not required. We welcome applications from recent university graduates from a wide range of disciplines.

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