Accounting and Finance (MSc)

This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive and rigorous training in advanced accounting and finance.

The MSc in Accounting and Finance has been designed to provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise necessary to cope with the ever-changing financial environment.

The course is designed to provide you with comprehensive and rigorous training in advanced accounting and finance.

You will gain a solid foundation in both accounting and finance with the ability to select optional modules in the second semester which are tailored to your interests. You will also have the opportunity to focus on international aspects of Accounting and Finance.

This is a modular, research-led degree delivered by experienced academic and professional staff with international research profiles.

This programme provides excellent training for those who wish to pursue doctoral level research with a view to an academic of research-orientated career.

Distinctive features

  • You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
  • You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
  • You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration1 year
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

This programme is suitable for graduates who possess a minimum of a 2:1 (GPA 3.0/4.0) at undergraduate level in accounting and finance (separately or combined) from a recognised institution or a related degree which includes the following modules: two financial accounting modules, two management accounting modules and two finance modules.

If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an IELTS exam with a minimum score of 6.5 and a sub score of at least 6 in each element.

There are six core modules and two optional modules. In addition you will undertake a research dissertation to complete your study.

In the first semester you will take four core modules.

In the second semester, you will take two further core modules along with two optional modules. The optional modules provide progression from those delivered in the first semester and allow you to expand your current knowledge.

Upon successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to the dissertation which is designed to enable you to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in the taught modules to individual independent research.

 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Advanced Financial ReportingBST15215 credits
Research MethodsBST15315 credits
Management Accounting and the Control of Organizational PerformanceBST15515 credits
Finance and InvestmentBST15615 credits
Research Topics in AccountingBST25115 credits
Research Topics in FinanceBST25215 credits
DissertationBST25960 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
International Corporate FinanceBST25315 credits
Financial DerivativesBST25415 credits
International AccountingBST25515 credits
Accounting and Finance in ChinaBST25715 credits
Asset PricingBST26015 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up-to-date real-life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.

Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to commit to the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly give an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practise techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic.

How will I be supported?

At the beginning of your studies, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor will be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutors at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

During your studies, feedback will be provided on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral, personalised and generic written feedback.

General feedback will be given in relation to examinations following examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module. Across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, presentations, and individual and group projects.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • Grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • Ask the right questions of complex texts.
  • Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically.
  • Identify and apply relevant data.
  • Develop practical research skills.
  • Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech.
  • Source, interpret and present relevant numerical information.
  • Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
  • Use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate.
  • Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Although this is a specialist programme, you will have a wide range of employment options to choose from, including professional accountancy, the financial services sector, management consultancy or a specialist position in the public sector.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

 No specific equipment is needed.