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Accounting & Finance

Overview
Why is this subject for you?
You want to be able to speak “the language of business” and understand financial decision making and financial institutions.

You want a career in areas such as accountancy, banking, consultancy or academia, You want taught and supervised by leading academics and you want exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional examinations.

Accounting is the process of summarising, analysing and reporting financial transactions to permit informed judgements and decisions by users of the information.

Finance looks at how company managers and investors make financial decisions, how they manage their risk and how financial markets function.

The MSc in Accounting and Finance provides students with an understanding of both the theoretical framework and practical skills necessary to work in the global financial environment.

Why Queen's?
Trading room
The Corporate Finance module is taught in the Trading Room. Students have access to Bloomberg software, a market leader in financial news, data and analytics, which is used by many financial institutions.

Software
Students will use and have access to software such as Stata, Excel, Matlab, and databases such as Thomson one banker, DataStream and Bloomberg.

Accreditation
The programme is accredited by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the global body for professional accountants. Students will be exempt from exams F1 (Accountant in Business), F2 (Management Accounting), F3 (Financial Accounting), F4 (Corporate and Business Law), F5 (Performance Management) F7 (Financial Reporting) and F9 (Financial Management).

Guest speakers
Students have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals who regularly deliver guest lectures and have the opportunity to network afterwards.

Trading and Investment Club
Students may wish to join the Trading and Investment Club, a student run organisation which aims to educate its members on trading and investing through guest speakers, competitions and educational seminars.

The Student Managed Fund, which uses real money, gives students the opportunity to be part of an investment management process.

Course Details
The programme offers the opportunity to pursue appropriately advanced studies in both accounting and finance, equipping the students for careers in financial institutions, management consulting, industry or government bodies.

The modules included in the programme aim to develop capacities of critical assessment of literature and methods, and the ability to communicate, orally and in writing, on topics in accounting and finance.

They provide a stimulating suite of learning activities that introduce students to contemporary theories and practice.

The development of transferable skills will shape the teaching and learning on the programme. The successful completion of coursework, for instance, will require students to gather information from a range of sources, as well as select and assimilate the relevant knowledge and complete tasks within deadlines.

You will also acquire the ability to write projects and an MSc dissertation, which aims at developing the skills of reading and summarising academic articles. The students will be able to analyse financial statements, apply investment strategies and understand the role of accounting in both profit and not-for-profit organisations.

The contents provided during the programme will also be useful to those who wish to pursue PhD studies in accounting and finance.

Assessment & Feedback
A variety of methods, including individual and group work, presentations, case studies, class tests and dissertation will be used. Both summative and formative assessment methods are adopted throughout all modules, which span from practical computer based work, to class tests, group and individual presentations and academic essays. Timely feedback is provided on the students' performance.

Learning and Teaching
Teaching is usually in mornings and afternoons.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (Accounting or Finance based) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Exceptional applicants with degrees in Engineering, Mathematics, Management, Economics or other relevant subjects can also be considered. All applicants must have sufficient relevant knowledge of and/or experience in basic Accounting.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:
•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
•See also the INTO Graduate Diploma in Finance which combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university Masters degree

Duration

1 year, full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
This Masters programme provides the basis for both profession- and research-orientated careers, as well as skills and knowledge required to progress into management careers in the accounting and financial services. It opens a wide range of career opportunities in banking, accounting and auditing, government, corporate finance, investment analysis and academia.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Mariannunziata Liguori
Programme Director Queen's Management School
Tel: 9097.99981867634
Email: qms@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt

Subjects taught

The structure and contents of the programme are detailed below.

Semester 1 (CATS)
•Financial Management (20)
•Corporate Finance (15)
•International Financial Accounting and Reporting (20)

Semester 2 (CATS)
•Accounting and Performance Management in Public-Sector and Not-For-Profit Organisations (15)
•Management Accounting and Control (15)
•Research Methods and Techniques (20)
•Plus choice of one from: Derivatives (15)
•International Finance (15)
•Plus Dissertation (60)

Modules are subject to change.

Comment

Learning and Teaching
Teaching is usually in mornings and afternoons.

Assessment method

A variety of methods, including individual and group work, presentations, case studies, class tests and dissertation will be used. Both summative and formative assessment methods are adopted throughout all modules, which span from practical computer based work, to class tests, group and individual presentations and academic essays. Timely feedback is provided on the students' performance.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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