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MSc Accounting and Finance

Dive deep into accounting and finance and prepare for a career in the financial sector or further academic study.

Apply now to start in June or October 2024

Duration

1 year

Study mode

Full-time, Lectures, seminars and workshops 3 days per week

Start date

Apply now to start in June or October 2024

Awarding Body

Wrexham University

Fees

Home: £12,000
International: £16,500

Location

Taught at our Central London campus

UCAS Institution code

L73

Entry Requirements

A degree or other qualification, that is equivalent to a UK Honours Degree, in accounting, finance, banking or a related discipline.

Course details

Course Modules

The following three, 30-credit modules, along with the dissertation module (60 credits), are mandatory.

Advanced Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance

This module helps you to develop a deeper knowledge and build skills in understanding corporate governance theories, principles, and mechanisms. Focusing on how to improve the governance of public companies, and how to apply and understand accounting standards the module explains the theoretical frameworks required to prepare financial statements for a number of entities, including groups. Integrated reporting, and how to analyse and interpret those financial statements, are also covered in this module.

You will learn how to implement corporate governance codes, mechanisms, and principles to develop a sound monitoring system that ensures greater transparency and accountability that safeguards the interests of stakeholder groups in public companies. The module also introduces the conceptual and regulatory framework of Financial Reporting to broaden your understanding so that you can analyse and discuss topical issues and challenges facing the profession today.

This module prepares you to deal with key accounting transactions by following International Accounting and Reporting standards. Upon the successful completion of this module, you will be able to prepare financial statements for a single entity and groups as per ISA and IFRS. You will also be capable of analysing and interpreting financial statements for internal and external purposes.

Assessment

Individual portfolio 50%
Examination 50%
Strategic Management Accounting

The tools and techniques used to apply strategic management accounting and decision-making theory are covered in this module. You will explore management accounting’s position within the strategic management of businesses and how these techniques can be integrated into the strategic decision-making process. The module places particular emphasis on the implementation of appropriate management accounting systems to complement different strategies. Applications, cases, and examples include multinational organisations, SMEs, non-profit and governmental organisations.

On the successful completion of this module, you will have a good understanding of how management accounting contributes to organisational strategic decision-making. You will also understand both the theoretical principles of strategic management accounting and its practical application, which assists in the analysis of management accounting data and the development and monitoring of business strategy.

Assessment

In-class test 40%
Examination 60%
Corporate Finance and Business Strategy

Leadership, management, project management, investment, financing, and dividend policy decisions are all skills which a finance manager requires. This module covers these areas and also helps to develop a deeper understanding of firms’ financial management, long-term investment, and working capital management, which will help you to understand financial decision-making in enterprises.

Appreciating different types of leadership and management styles and their impact on performance and relationships in organisations are covered in this module. You will also consider the concepts and phases of project management, project management techniques, and management and leadership of the project.

Finally, this module will guide you on how to use corporate financial theory, project management techniques and leadership and management styles and their application in real-life scenarios encountered by entrepreneurs and decision-makers in the corporate world.

You will be able to explain capital budgeting techniques, sources of short and long-term finance and dividend policies that assist public companies to achieve shareholder wealth maximisation objectives upon the successful completion of this module. You will also understand the impact of leadership and management styles on firm performance and the project management techniques required to lead and manage projects successfully.

Assessment

Individual portfolio 50%
Examination 50%
Dissertation

Your MSc dissertation is an independent piece of research. You will be graded on your ability to identify a topic relevant to the programme, design and execute research and present it as a dissertation. The core integrative element of the MSc Finance and Wealth Management programme, your dissertation is the final stage of the master’s degree and provides an opportunity to demonstrate that you have gained the necessary knowledge, understanding, conceptual awareness and skills required to organise and conduct academic research.

Assessment

Research proposal 20%
Dissertation 80%
Assessments

We use oral assessments, presentations, simulations, group, and individual, projects in addition to traditional assessment methods (examinations and coursework) so that you can explore and express your abilities in different ways. Assessments are not just a way of assessing whether something has been learned, but an opportunity to develop skills that will equip you in your future life and career.

Personal Tutoring

Our Personal Tutoring (PT) scheme provides additional guidance and support for postgraduate students. Students have the opportunity to regularly meet with their peers and staff members in a less formal atmosphere than in the classroom. PT includes a combination of group and one-to-one sessions in which students discuss their course, and their experiences at Bloomsbury Institute, raise issues, ask questions and receive pastoral support.

CIMA accreditation

CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, accredits this course. You can receive up to 11 exemptions from CIMA examinations by successfully completing our Accounting and Finance MSc courses. Accreditations and professional body memberships increase the value of your degree, and in turn your employment prospects, vastly.

Employability

An MSc Accounting and Finance degree can provide an array of employment opportunities in various sectors such as accounting, banking, investment management, insurance, and consulting.

Our Careers Hub is also here to help students launch their careers and take part in paid and voluntary positions.

Applicants require either:
  • At least a second-class honours degree in Accounting, Finance, Banking or a related discipline or
  • Work experience in an appropriate accounting and/ or finance environment with successful completion of CIMA, ACCA, ICAEW, CPA or CFA professional examinations up to the final stage.
  • You may also be required to pass an academic interview.

Don’t meet these entry requirements?

You will need to have studied accounting and finance, or a related subject, at a Bachelor’s level before you can study your MSc Accounting and Finance.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a quantitative subject that isn’t Accounting and Finance, then you may be eligible to apply for our MSc Finance and Wealth Management course.

How the application process works

Step 1

Complete the application form to let us know which course you would like to study and your existing qualifications.

Step 2

Apply for Student Finance as soon as you have submitted your application to avoid delays.

Step 3

You will be offered a place if you meet the entry requirements, or, invited to an Admissions Assessment.

Step 4

International applicants are issued a CAS or may take a Pre-CAS Interview in order to gain a Student visa.

Step 5

Welcome to Bloomsbury Institute! Enrolment and Induction take place the week before your studies begin.

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Support and development

We pride ourselves on supporting each and every student on an individual basis. Disabilities, long-term medical conditions, or specific learning difficulties are never barriers to success at Bloomsbury Institute.

Professional body accreditations

You will be able to access CIMA resources whilst studying with us and will be exempt from up to 11 CIMA examinations should you choose to qualify as a Chartered Accountant after graduation.

Student Guild

Our Student Guild is here to support you, enhance your experience and represent your views. The Guild is student-led so get involved and help improve the Bloomsbury experience for you and fellow students.

Travel bursaries

Don’t let the cost of travel prevent you from success in your studies. Travel Bursaries (covering Transport for London’s Zones 1 – 6) are available to all students funded through the Student Loans Company.

Home students £12,000
International students £16,500
Alumni £9,000

Home student fees apply to students who do not require a Student Visa to study in the UK (e.g. UK and Irish citizens; EU citizens with settled or pre-settled status). International fees are applicable to students who do require a Student Visa. The Alumni fee is a 25% discount applicable to Bloomsbury Institute graduates who do not require a Student visa.

The Bloomsbury Institute difference

Work experience on course

Students build up their hours on course, for example via Bloomsbury Law Clinic.

International scholarships

Upon graduation, all of our International Graduates receive £1,000. We also offer a £1,500 Entry Scholarship to our new MSc Accounting and Finance and MSc Finance and Wealth Management international students for the June and October 2024 intakes.

Based in Central London

In the heart of London’s education quarter, with access to Birkbeck’s vast library and resources.

 

Support to find work

As soon as international students are issued their CAS, they will have access to Student Circus, providing a wealth of vacancies, support, employability courses and resources.

International Student visa

The Student visa entitles students to work 20 hours per week, full-time during vacation,  and on graduation they receive a further two-year Graduate visa.

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