For graduates of any discipline, this programme prepares you to launch your career in accounting, auditing or finance. If you are seeking a general business career, it will give you a deeper understanding of accounting and finance issues.
The course equips you with the skills necessary to make sense of accounting information, analyse problems and participate fully in management decision making. The modules cover all aspects of accounting, providing excellent preparation for a professional qualification. On completion you will be eligible to apply for exemptions from the professional exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a professional qualification recognised by employers worldwide.
The Faculty of Business offers a great environment for studying Accounting. We can offer:
* a track record of excellence in teaching, learning, and research
* strong links with professional accounting bodies and accounting firms
* teaching staff with extensive professional experience, who are able to provide practical insight and commercial understanding
* a collegiate atmosphere, supporting you in your studies and beyond
* a rewarding student experience in a beautiful city
The reputation of the Faculty of Business is underpinned through course accreditations awarded by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and EPAS, and through memberships of the Association of Business Schools and professional associations such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the European Foundation for Management Development. The Faculty of Business is, therefore, widely regarded as one of the best within its peer group.
Our courses benefit from rigorous quality assurance procedures and regularly receive excellent feedback from external examiners, employers, students and professional bodies.
Many Faculty of Business graduates realise significant career progression and go on to achieve high status in the industry of their choice.
Full-time: 12 months
Part-time: 2 years
All the modules on this degree are compulsory. The Business Concepts module provides students with an introduction to the fundamental business disciplines and starts to explore how these relate to accounting practice. The module will also introduce students from a wide range of academic and cultural backgrounds to the study skills that they will need in order to be successful on the remainder of the programme.
In Semester 1 students will study three modules.
* Management Accounting Techniques introduces students to the key management accounting concepts and techniques. The key disciplinary areas of planning, controlling, decision-making and performance measurement will form the basis of the module.
* Financial Accounting Techniques introduces students to the basic theories and techniques of financial accounting.
* Corporate Finance Concepts considers how accounting and corporate finance issues are related. Fundamental ideas and theories of corporate finance will be studied and links made between accounting practice and corporate financial decisions.
In Semester 2 students will study three further modules.
Decision Making and Control - will take the basic management accounting concepts studied in Semester 1 and use them as the basis for advanced study of management accounting. In addition the module will consider the links between accounting control, business strategy and performance management systems.
Financial Reporting - will look at more advanced topics in reporting including some specific problem areas for reporting such as accounting for intangible assets.
Audit and Assurance - will cover key aspects of auditing theory and practice alongside an introduction to governance issues as they relate to accounting.
During the six taught modules students will develop the research methods skills required by professional accountants. They will put these skills to use in the Contemporary Research for Accounting Practice module. This module has two functions. Firstly, it is designed to give students the opportunity to apply their learning from the taught modules of the MSc Accounting to typical multifaceted technical and managerial problems faced by practising accountants. It also allows them to use the research skills developed through the programme to study a particular contemporary accounting issue in depth, to draw conclusions and to make recommendations to organisations and policy makers. The module emphasises the links between research, analysis and practice.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
The Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics is pleased to offer scholarships in all disciplines for students wishing to undertake full-time taught postgraduate MSc courses. Some part-time courses may be eligible for scholarships for UK and EU applicants.
Scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence and each award will be paid towards the tuition fee for a taught master's degree. These scholarships do not include a maintenance grant.
Exemptions from parts of the professional exams of ACCA are available to graduates of this course