The MSc Accounting and Finance is a new taught postgraduate programme that is offered jointly by the School of Business and Management and the School of Economics and Finance. This programme is ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in the financial services industry, professional accountancy, banking and finance or management as well as providing a preparation for academic research.
The programme adopts a critical approach to the study of accountancy and finance, focusing not only on the traditional numbers underlying business operations but also the wider context and environment within which businesses exist and operate. Compulsory modules enable you to critically examine recent developments in areas such as financial reporting, investment management and corporate governance while optional modules enable you to specialise in areas such as risk management, international accounting and financial derivatives.
You will acquire an in-depth understanding of key theories, approaches and issues in the field of accounting and finance, an area which has changed significantly since the financial crisis of 2008.
You will enhance your career prospects with an understanding of complex policies and practices in accounting and finance and their similarities and differences across jurisdictions.
You will receive tuition from visiting 'practitioner' professors who are also City professionals and are able to apply theory to real world scenarios.
The compulsory modules for this programme are:
Advanced Management Accounting
You will also choose two optional modules from the following:
Contemporary Issues in Accounting
Qualitative Research Methods for Business and Management
Risk Management for Banking
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. You can expect 2-3 hours of contact time per module, per week.
A wide range of assessment techniques are used including coursework (written essays, case studies, interviews, group reports etc), presentations, examinations and a dissertation.
A good lower second class honours degree or equivalent in economics, accounting, finance or a related subject.
Students are expected to sit intensive pre-sessional Mathematics and Statistics modules in September prior to the start of the programme.
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. For further information about our English language requirements, please see our website.