MSc Accounting and Finance
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Designed for students who already have a first degree in accounting, finance, business and economics, or in a quantitative subject such as science or engineering, this course provides the advanced level of study required to launch a successful career in the corporate sector. You will also be equipped with the research skills to consider academic options such as PhD level study.
Giving you a sound grounding in the key theories and practices of international and management accounting, investments, and corporate finance and governance, the MSc Accounting and Finance is the ideal next step for anyone seeking a career in the business and public sectors as a financial accountant, management accountant, auditor, fund manager, financial manager or financial analyst.
Teaching is supported by practical case studies, seminars and computer labs, providing invaluable insight into the latest qualitative, and quantitative tools used by accounting and financial practitioners today.
Furthering your own skills in this field, you will be able to draw from the latest developments in academic research, with the opportunity to attend research seminars from international academic experts.
Course Modules 2018/9
Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:
BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS
You'll examine the business research process from start to finish and gain an understanding of how to undertake research to investigate for instance organisational working context, markets, products and services. Dealing with business research questions, research design and data interpretation, both systematically and creatively, is the module's core aim. You'll be provided with the necessary training to pursue your MSc Dissertation. Further, you'll have the opportunity to understand how established techniques of research are used to create knowledge in the discipline. You'll engage in basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis during classes to enhance your understanding of the research process. The module intends to support you in your summer dissertation work with your research active supervisors towards conducting an independent research project.
The dissertation will offer you the opportunity to develop independent research skill on the subject of your choice. This will go much beyond the taught modules in the Master's programme. You'll integrate the knowledge that you've acquired from the individual taught modules and take it forward. You will be offered the necessary skill set to probe a research problem in-depth and come out with contributions that are original in the accounting and finance literature.
This module aims to develop your critical understanding and appreciation of key finance theories as they apply to financial management decisions and to understand the implications for practical problem solving. The topics you'll cover include Corporate Investment Policy, Financing of Corporations, Payout Policy, and MandAs. This module is taken in conjunction with a module called Responsible Business.
In this module you will study the comparative and international aspects of financial accounting and reporting which are becoming of greater importance with increasing globalisation. The first part of the module will set the scene and discuss reasons for international differences in financial accounting and reporting, and will review the progress that has been made towards the international harmonisation and standardisation of accounting. In the second part you will look at financial reporting by listed groups, compare and contrast the approaches and requirements of IFRS and US GAAP, and consider in more detail a number of important and controversial financial reporting topics. In the third part of the module you will examine more closely financial accounting and reporting in a number of key countries and companies. The final part of the module will conclude by investigating current and emerging issues and developments in international financial accounting and reporting.
INVESTMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT
In this module, you will study the advanced investment management theories, models and techniques that have been developed and used in research and by the financial industry. The module is structured in two parts. In the first part, you will deal with investment management practices. You will learn how wealth can be allocated optimally across various types of assets in order to meet different investor objectives. Emphasis will be placed on mainstream objective approaches which assume market efficiency, as well as on possible extensions (e.g. incorporating investor's views). However, we shall also discuss arguments and evidence related to criticism of these approaches. Assets analysed will include basic traded stock and debt securities along with more complex asset classes (e.g. futures, options). In the second part of the module, you will discuss issues related to risk management. You will study the evolution of risk management and discover the lessons learned from the global financial crisis. Emphasis will be placed on the main types of financial risks which impact portfolio performance locally (e.g. market risk, credit risk) and globally (e.g. foreign exchange risk). The material taught will be aligned closely to the curriculum of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).
Studying on this module means you'll capture key facets of current thinking and explore the main issues of management accounting research and practice. You develop and embed your knowledge of established management accounting by studying topics such as budgeting, performance management and strategic cost management, and present day management thought. Other topics include newly emerging concerns in management accounting, including network relations, environmental management accounting, and digitization. You'll explore and discuss the basic premises, complemented by insights from modern day practice, research and thought.
This module provides you with the knowledge required to understand issues in corporate governance. Exploring corporate governance developments in different countries will enable you to understand the importance of different institutional settings, the influence of legal, regulatory and political environments, and why differences in ownership structure have arisen and how this impacts on companies. Corporate governance is examined in detail together with topical issues including directors' remuneration, board diversity, and succession planning. You will also examine topical issues such as corporate restructuring, corporate social responsibility, and competition policy.
DisclaimerWhilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.
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ENHANCE YOUR CAREER CHOICES
Whether you want to diversify or specialise – explore your options.
- Degree Subject Accounting, Finance, Business, Economics, Management or a degree in a quantitative subject (such as Science or Engineering). NB: There is a numerical content in a range of modules on the course, students need a competent level of numeracy to complete the course.
- Degree Classification 2:1 or above or the international equivalent
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
- IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
- PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected master's degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:
INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact email@example.com.
Fees and Funding
Tuition Fees for 2018/19
Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:
- UK/EU Students: £9,750
- International Students: £16,500
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).
International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.
We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.
Approximately £9,600 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.
Scholarships and Funding
A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.
Funding for postgraduate study is also available both from the university and from a number of external schemes.
Find out more about scholarships, funding and bursaries.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
You can apply online.
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If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
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International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
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