The MSc Accounting and Finance programme is suitable for anyone wishing to acquire specialist knowledge within the realm of accountancy and finance, and who aspire to pursue a career in the financial sector, either as an analyst or accountant. This programme offers a suite modules, core and optional, which will enable learners to choose some modules to suit their individual needs and interest.
This MSc is also suitable for individuals who aim to become professionally qualified accountants as it offers modules which are closely aligned to the Professional level syllabus of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification. By choosing a set combination of modules, learners can simultaneously cover key aspects of ACCA's Professional level syllabus.
All the Finance based Masters programmes within the School of Management have full access to the Financial Times on-line and the opportunity to learn and carry out practical work in our dedicated, state-of-the-art Bloomberg Financial Lab. The virtual financial platform allows you to access and engage with live market data through applying practical evaluation and financial modelling. The programme also offers you an opportunity to gain the Bloomberg certificate
Corporate Finance and Risk (Compulsory – 20 credits); Current Issues in Accounting, Economics and Finance (Compulsory – 20 credits) ; Professional Development and Practice in Business and Management (Compulsory – 10 credits); Governance, Risk and Ethics (Compulsory – 20 credits); Research Methods (Compulsory – 10 credits); Dissertation (Compulsory – 40 credits); Advanced Financial Management (Elective – 20 credits); Advanced Corporate Reporting (Elective – 20 credits); Quantitative Finance (Elective – 20 credits); Advanced Performance Management (Optional – 20 credits); Capital Markets and Derivatives (Optional – 20 credits); Professional Work Experience (Optional – 20 credits);
The professional world our successful graduates are aiming to enter are seeking students that are able to conduct useful research, think critically about that research and apply to complex problems – this ,inter alia, necessitates effective use of modern ICT and the ability to utilise knowledge effectively. Particularly within this field graduates will be expected to show excellent quantitative skills. These students will be assumed to process effective two-way communication skills and be comfortable and effective in self-managed and team environments.
The formative and summative assessments necessary to develop, hone and showcase these abilities are, of necessity many and varied and these programmes will expose the students to individual coursework, and presentations, group tasks, reflective logs, role-playing as well as traditional closed book examinations.
Applicants should meet one of the following:
Possess, or expect to obtain, an undergraduate degree or equivalent, in a relevant area (Accounting, Economics or Finance) with a minimum of a 2:2 classification. Students with a general Business Studies degree with a relevant pathway or substantive appropriate module coverage will be considered on a case by case basis;
Have a minimum of five years relevant work experience in the field of finance;
Hold a suitable professional qualification from an appropriate professional body. In some instances those with higher level professional qualifications may be exempt from specific taught modules. Such exemptions would be discussed on a case by case basis with the Programme Director.
In general terms graduates from non-financial disciplines will not normally have the pre-existing skills set to succeed on the programme BUT such students are welcome to apply and such applications will be viewed on an individual basis.
Students whose first language is NOT English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard.
Application form and if necessary an interview.
Fees and funding