FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING

MSc / PGDip

Accredited by University of Warwick

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Duration

1 year FT / 2 years PT

Entry

February, September

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Business, Marketing and Finance
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Duration

1 year FT / 2 years PT

Entry

February, September

Fees

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Business, Marketing and Finance

£100k invested in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite

Get exemptions from professional exams

Are you intrigued by the global financial environment? Want to develop your knowledge and skills for this sector, or thinking of changing career? Our Finance and Accounting postgraduate course will shape you into a decision maker who can handle today's accounting and finance-related challenges within local and international organisations.

Encouraging you to engage with real-world business problems, our Finance and Accounting course exposes you to the latest technology to help familiarise you with the essential digital tools used in the sector. Working closely with professional practitioners, you will also have the chance to learn in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite, one of the UK's largest university trading suites and the first powered by Infront Professional Terminal.

Our course has been developed working with the likes of CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW and will enable you to apply for exemptions from professional exams when you graduate. Our master's in finance and accounting is accredited by CIMA and includes 11 exemptions* from the CIMA qualification, achieved through successfully completing the CIMA Master's Gateway route.

*Note: the number of exemptions you receive depends on the modules studied. PGDip students will not receive 11 exemptions.

Why should I choose this course?

  • EXCELLENT FACILITIES – Develop your skills in professional trading studying within our Financial Trading Suite on campus
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Apply your training working with local and international businesses on live client cases
  • IN-DEPTH RESEARCH – Investigate a subject relevant to your career aims for your final research project
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Our course allows you to apply for exemptions from professional exams, including 11 CIMA exemptions, while we have close links with a range of employers

Our facilities

Students on our accounting and finance courses benefit from outstanding practical learning opportunities in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite. Our Enterprise Hive also provides a range of support services for student entrepreneurs.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

Corporate Finance for Managers

This module introduces the main techniques used by the financial management team of an organisation to maximise profitability, growth and the value of the organisation. Learners will study the methods of investment project appraisals (NPV and IRR), working capital management and how such companies choose different financing options in order to increase the wealth of the shareholders. You will appreciate the way capital structure is formed within the firm and how it may affect the cost of capital, dividend policy and the value of an organisation.

Data Analysis for Management

This module uniquely combines business statistics with financial modelling techniques. As the world becomes ever more data-driven, analytical skills are in high demand but very short supply. Data Analysis for Management equips you with the analytical skills to meet the current and future needs of any industry by using data for gaining business insights, predicting future trends and decision-making. Aside from providing theoretical knowledge and practical skills to understand, interpret and communicate data, this module also offers a hands-on, scenario-focused and practical approach to learning financial modelling. The module will allow you to develop your beginner-to-intermediate knowledge of spreadsheet modelling to a more advanced level. Learners will at the end of the course be able to build a relational data source, integrate data from multiple tables and transform them into meaningful results for decision making.

Financial Accounting and Reporting

This module aims to provide an overview of financial accounting and the different types of accounting information. The module discusses how to distinguish between management and financial accounting and the financial statements in which accounting information is presented. The module covers the principles of double-entry book-keeping including year-end adjustments and how to prepare basic financial statements for different business entities. It develops students' knowledge and understanding of financial accounting principles and techniques to record and present financial information. It also provides skills which are required to effectively analyse and interpret financial statements for stakeholders .

Financial Markets and Institutions

Over the last 25 years, the world of the financial industry has experienced a very dynamic development which has been characterised by financial innovation, technological enhancement, market failures and stringent regulations. This module would provide comprehensive understanding of the finance theories and concepts operating within the financial markets and institutions. In addition, the recent trends within the financial markets, the financial crisis and the regulatory responses would be covered. The purpose of this module is to give students the knowledge and understanding of the way financial markets function in terms of the different categories of participants, their role in the financial system and their interaction. As the economic and competitive environments change, the study of Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions is inevitable at Post-Graduate finance education.

Governance and Ethics

This module aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the concepts, theoretical perspectives and mechanisms of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. It allows you to understand the impact of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility on the firm's performance and investment decisions. The module evaluates governance structures and responsibilities and enables to exercise judgement in utilising and reviewing ethical rules and concepts for business.

Management Accounting for Decision Making

The module aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of students in appraising management accounting techniques in decision making. The module introduces the theory and practice of management accounting before examining the key management accounting tools for decision making techniques used for planning and controlling costs. These techniques include preparation and use of budgets, standard costing and variance analysis. The syllabus ends with an exploration of issues relating to performance measurement and monitoring of business processes in the context of organisational strategy.

Masters Research Project

This module introduces students to the disciplines and techniques required for critical appraisal of complex data and industry practice; creating research designs and accompanying research techniques; building theoretical frameworks, and the scheduling and execution of a research project. The module will develop students' skills and expertise in the essential research tools they will need for both successful Postgraduate study and as leaders in their chosen service industry sector.

The modules listed above are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain up-to-date as well as being informed by industry and the latest teaching methods. Occasionally we may need to make unexpected alterations to modules – should this happen, we will communicate with all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A 3 Year Degree with an average of at least 60%
A 4 Year Degree with an overall average of at least 55%

Postgraduate diploma

Applicants holding a 3 Year Degree with an average between 55-60% or a 4 Year degree with an average between 50% and 55%, will be offered entry onto the Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance. Those achieving Masters level passes on the Postgraduate Diploma can proceed to the Masters gaining the award in the same amount of time as if they had initially registered on the Masters Programme initially.

English entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to meet the entry requirements onto a degree programme.

English Entry requirements for students applying from India  

Board Minimum Requirement (2021)
CBSE B Grade
ICSE 60%
Cambridge B Grade / 6 Pointer
Maharashtra State 60%
Andhra Pradesh 60%
Kerala 60%
Karnataka 60%
West Bengal 60%

If you do not have one of the above qualifications, please see here for the full list of accepted alternatives.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS 6.5 with no element less than 6.0

Key information

Assessment

Assessment formats for this course include:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework (including presentations, case studies, online debates, assessed seminars, executive reports and numerical computations)

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024 (UK website).

Additional qualifications and training

Our CIMA-accredited MSc in Finance and Accounting offers 11 exemptions from the CIMA qualification. You will also be able to apply for the CIMA Gateway examination.

CIMA registration fees

CIMA registration fee for MSc students: £425 (including CIMA registration fee and one 1st Exam entry for the Management Case Study [CMCS])

With highly-experienced lecturers, this MSc has opened the doors to prestigious companies and accountancy practices and will give me the opportunity to join the best graduate training schemes. When I complete my studies, I would like to work as an auditor for companies and eventually create my own accounting firm.

Jesus Sobredo Guerrero Finance and Accounting MSc

Career opportunities

  • Mortgage adviser
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Retail banker
  • Data analyst
  • Purchasing manager

Please note: The examples of roles are to serve only as a guide.

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