MSc Accounting and Finance

This one-year MSc programme will equip graduates with all the skills necessary to enter the ever-changing world of Accounting and Finance.

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MSc

Duration

1 year full-time

School

School of Business & Creative Industries

Start date

January, May, September

Why study MSc Accounting and Finance at UWS London?

Learn from industry professionals and academics
This course has been designed to encompass all aspects of the industry.

Study in one of the world’s favourite university cities
London is consistently voted one of the best international study destinations.

Take your career to the next level
97% of UWS graduates are in work or further study within 6 months of graduation (DHLE 2016/17).

Build your network
Network with both peers and professionals to help progress your career further.

The MSc programme has six core modules that cover the most relevant topics in their field, providing students with a solid framework of knowledge they can rely on in the working world. Aside from the theoretical aspects of the course, UWS London offers the opportunity for students to network through industry speakers and significant peer interaction for a rounded educatory experience.

To complete your Master’s degree, you will need to complete:

  • Accounting for Performance and Control (20 credits)
  • Audit, Ethics and Corporate Governance (20 credits)
  • Corporate Finance and Global Financial Market (20 credits)
  • Financial Modelling and Research Methodology (20 credits)
  • International Corporate Reporting (20 credits)
  • Strategic Financial Management and Analysis (20 credits)

On successful completion of the six core modules, students will move to the Strategic Business Project or the Developing Professional Practice module, which will enable students to work with an employer on a project related to Accounting and Finance:

  • Developing Professional Practice (optional, 60 credits)
  • Strategic Business Project (optional, 60 credits)

This programme will be taught through a combination of both online and in-person classes, using the virtual learning platform Moodle, including:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical workshops

Learning and teaching:

  • Scheduled learning: 18%
  • Independent study: 82%

Assessment:

  • Coursework: 100%

Assessment methods will include:

  • Written reports
  • Class tests
  • Coursework
  • Essay

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes and optional modules in this course on the document attached below.

MSc Accounting and Finance course structure

What is MSc Accounting and Finance all about?

This one-year MSc programme will equip graduates with all the skills necessary to enter the ever-changing world of Accounting and Finance. Complex developments in the field require employers to look for graduates who are adaptable and confident in their knowledge, and UWS London strives to prepare their students for this throughout the course. You will not only gain insight and awareness into the contemporary issues facing this industry, but also learn how to apply financial and accounting skills in a practical context, as well as how to use established research techniques to create and interpret data. Additionally, this course allows you to gain a critical understanding of the theory and practices of accounting and financial management.

You will learn how to…

  • Use professional software tools to build income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow forecasts
  • Explore the business strategies of an organisation
  • Examine areas of financial management that help support business strategies, such as forecasting and working capital management
  • Understand the philosophical and sociological context of business ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • Analyse policies and practices in contemporary business organisations

Where will this course take me?

This qualification can help kickstart your career and allows you to be prepared to operate effectively in an accounting or finance area within a variety of international environments. Those who have studied for a MSc in Accounting and Finance have gone on to work in various fields, such as in chartered accountancy, consultancy, financial management, auditing, and teaching, just to name a few. Alternatively, this course would also be useful for those looking to go into trading, banking, and insurance, amongst others. Accounting and finance lie at the heart of every business and so graduates of this course are consistently in demand, particularly in this economy.

Who is this course for?

MSc Accounting and Finance is the ideal course for those looking to further their knowledge and careers in these two areas. Packed with the most up-to-date and advanced teachings, the course provides insight into contemporary issues like financial technology, responsible business ethics, sustainability, and big data.

This course is for you if…

  • You’re a graduate looking to start their career in accounting or finance
  • You’re a graduate, who already has professional experience working in this field, looking to further their career
  • You have or are part of a business and want to enhance your knowledge to help run the business better

Why study Accounting and Finance?

Studying MSc Accounting and Finance not only enhances your knowledge in these areas but allows you to develop both personal and professional attributes that will benefit you in the workplace. In addition to the content taught, such as management accounting and corporate reporting practices, the course will develop your strategic thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills – all of which are imperative to employers. It will also give you exposure to various research methods and methods of data collection and interpretation.

Topics you may cover include:

  • Corporate reporting practices
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial statement models
  • Strategic decision-making
  • Corporate governance
  • Business ethics
  • Internal and external auditing
  • Management accounting

Further Information

You should hold an honours degree or equivalent (minimum 2:2 classification) or a bachelor’s degree with significant and relevant work experience. You will normally be expected to have at least one of the following:

  • A degree awarded by an appropriate institution
  • A postgraduate award (passed at an appropriate level)
  • An appropriate professional qualification, such as those from ACCA or CIMA
  • Passed a Pre-Master’s programme at a relevant level
  • Relevant work or professional experience

Where candidates do not meet the standard entry requirement, they must demonstrate that they have sufficient relevant professional or practice-based experience to undertake their chosen programme of study. They may be admitted to the programme at the discretion of the programme Admissions Officer/Programme Leader.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • Overall score 6.0
  • No sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score of 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

For further information on English Language qualifications accepted, click here.

For applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements above, there is an option to apply for the pre-sessional English language programme combined with chosen degree programme. Find out more here.

1 year full-time

Intakes in January, May and September

Home students course fees
£13,325

International students course fees
£13,325

Find out how you can pay for your course fees.

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