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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9.42k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 17.3k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    The Masters degree in International Accounting & Finance is suitable for those who wish to pursue a career which requires an understanding of the international impact of accounting information on stock markets and corporate finance. The course provides an international perspective on the theory and practice of accounting, alongside studies of financial management and securities markets.

    There is a particular focus on the move towards harmonisation with international accounting standards and the impact of leading standard-setting authorities.

    The taught component of the course will be covered in the first two semesters. Both of these semesters will run for twelve weeks. The examinations for all classes will take place at the end of the semester in which they are offered, in January and June respectively.

    The distribution of the classes across the two taught semesters is given below. The research component of the course will take up the third (summer) semester. A core class implies that this is compulsory for the programme. All four courses follow a common first semester and each course follows a different second semester introducing the specialisation. All three courses follow a common third semester.

    Semester 1, Weeks 1-12, October - December 2012

    * AG910 - Principles of Finance

    * AG911 - Accounting and Financial Analysis

    * AG909 - Quantitative Methods for Finance

    * AG912 - International Financial Markets and Banking

    January 2014 - First Semester Examinations

    Semester 2, Weeks 1-12, January - May 2014

    * AG915 - Advanced Corporate Finance and Applications

    * AG914 - Advanced Accounting

    * AG920 - Management Accounting (Wks 1-6) one class from the following Options:

    * AG918 - Security Analysis (Wks 1-6)

    * AG924 - Portfolio Theory and Management (Wks 1-6)

    * AG923 - Empirical Methods in Finance (Wks 6-12)

    * AG921 - International Accounting (Wks 6-12)

    It is anticipated that all the optional classes will be offered, but for a class to run it has to have at least six participants

    * May-June - Second Semester Examinations

    Semester 3 - June-September 2014

    * AG913 - Empirical Research Projects / Dissertation

    This is not required for the completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Finance. All of the taught component (including resits) has to be completed at the required standard for the M.Sc. degree prior to commencing the research projects stage of the course.

    UK requirements for international applications

    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.


    UK students are required to have a good honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent (in economics, accounting, business studies, maths, statistics, or computing) or an equivalent professional qualification. The degree course should include some study of accounting.Overseas students' qualifications will be judged on an equivalent basis. You must also be able to attend the introductory sessions at the end of September 2013.In order to apply for this course you must have completed some relevant accounting classes in your undergraduate degree or have an acceptable professional qualification. If you do not have these then you can apply for any one of our three other programmes as it is feasible to transfer into this course if you meet a certain criteria in the accounting classes from the first semester. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    We have a number of studentships (fee-waiver only) available for excellent Home/EU students (with a First Class degree or equivalent) for the MSc OR programme with entry in 2013/14. The applications are due 10th of May, 2013, and to be submitted to with a cover letter. Details can be found on the MSc OR programme information page.

    For students resident in Scotland, there is also SAAS funding available.


    There are three international accrediting bodies for business schools. These are :

    * AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, based in the USA
    * EQUIS - the quality assurance scheme run by the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd) and based in Brussels
    * AMBA - the Association of MBAs, based in the UK
    * MSc program is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Exemptions will be awarded from CIMAs professional examinations, according to the route taken through the MSc.

    To achieve accreditation by one of these bodies is an achievement in itself. To achieve accreditation by all three bodies is a truly outstanding accomplishment and one to be proud of.

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