Master of Science (MSc) International Accounting & Finance.
Aims of the Programme
Technological innovation has created a wave of disruptive activity that will change the shape of the global economic and financial system over the next decade. Digitisation and ever-increasing volumes of data has led to a demand for graduates (employees) from programmes specifically tailored to the skills required for a changing and increasingly competitive and globalised business landscape. In order to meet this demand, this industry-aligned, strategically-focused and highly-applied programme focuses on accounting, quantification of data, treasury functions and corporate finance. It is designed to appeal to graduates seeking to gain exposure to data-driven financial decision-making roles.
The MSc in International Accounting and Finance is a one year full-time or two years part-time programme. This broad programme with an integrated delivery from end-to-end covering a range of skills applicable to a wide range of accounting and finance functions. The programme aims to develop learners' knowledge of the theory and practice necessary for them to secure employment and perform in a variety of areas in a broad range of companies.
The programme focuses on practical skills in core areas such as the role of capital markets, quantitative financial modelling, treasury risk management, international financial reporting, and advanced financial management. Its aim is to create a critical understanding of core accounting, financial, and quantitative principles whilst also enhancing the practical technical skills of the learners.
Aims and Objectives
The specific programme aims and objectives are as follows:
• Enable learners to develop in-depth knowledge and analytical skills in current and evolving disciplines of international finance and accounting.
• Provide learners with a systematic knowledge of the organisational and regulatory context of international accounting and finance.
• Facilitate the learners' development and application of skills and attributes that are complementary and relevant to the contemporary workplace.
• Identify and develop autonomous learning skills for the learner.
• Develop in the learner a contextual understanding of evolving financial and economic trends and technologies.
• Enable the learner to identify, develop and apply detailed analytical, creative, problem solving and research skills.
• Provide the learner with a comprehensive platform for career development, innovation and further study.
Overall, the programme aims to create in learners, a critical understanding of international accountancy and finance issues, developing learners' understanding of the demands of the changing environment through up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of the core and subfields of international accountancy and finance whilst also providing valuable and necessary practical skills in this field.
The programme contains a wide range of formative and summative assessments including individual and group work, projects, presentations, case studies and examinations.
Learners will synthesise their postgraduate studies with experiential learning gaining critical analysis and self-reflection skills to embrace lifelong learning to progress professionally or undertake further studies and/or research. Through the dissertation or applied research project, learners can develop independent research and problem-solving skills reflective of their expansion of financial management competencies and contribute to their chosen field of enquiry which will be valuable in a variety of contexts in the workplace.
For full-time students, the taught component consists of 10 modules: Successful completion of the taught component stage allows you to move on to the dissertation stage.
For part-time students, delivery of the programme is structured over 4 taught semesters. During each semester, students are typically required to attend lectures on two evenings per week and occasional weekend workshops.