MSc International Accounting and Finance

MSc International Accounting and Finance:

Accounting and Finance professionals have central roles in all types and sizes of organizations whether in the UK or abroad. This program is likely to be of interest to current or intending finance or accounting professionals wishing to gain an academic qualification in both domestic and international financial operations and offers a specialist pathway in accounting (guidance for ACCA P2 and P3).

This program focuses on accounting and finance in an international context addressing current challenges and issues facing the world’s international financial institutions and markets. This means studying a broad range of related topics, such as, Corporate Financing and Investment, International Financial Reporting and Analysis and International Banking and Bank Performance.

You’ll be provided with analytical and business-led tools that combine academic study with a pragmatic and well structured finance content for decision making (including the use of databases such as Bloomberg and Thompson One-Banker). The course also includes training in specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).

The program assumes that you’ll enter with a good deal of accounting knowledge, having either studied accounting at undergraduate or professional level.

You’ll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including “Academic skills for Finance, Accounting and Governance” and Research Techniques, a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences.

Graduates are attractive to employers worldwide in the finance, investment banking and financial services sectors.

Mode:            Full Time
Duration:      18 Months
Start Date:    January, September

Modules:

The modules on this program have been carefully selected to provide participants with a thorough and comprehensive grasp of the fundamental principles of international accounting and accounting.

The use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker are embedded within modules.

The taught modules are assessed by different methods: coursework assignments, presentations, group work, case studies and unseen examination.

applynowSemester 1 

  • Corporate financing and investment
  • International financial reporting and analysis
  • Theories and issues in accounting and finance
  • Two electives
  • Research design and methods
  • International tax law
  • International banking and bank performance
  • Portfolio theory and investment analysis
  • Corporate and financial law
  • Management decision making
  • Advanced financial accounting (linked to ACCA P2)
  • Business analysis (linked to ACCA P3)

Semester 2 

  • Two electives
  • Research design and methods

Electives

  • International tax law
  • International banking and bank performance
  • Portfolio theory and investment analysis
  • Corporate and financial law
  • Management decision making
  • Advanced financial accounting (linked to ACCA P2)
  • Business analysis (linked to ACCA P3)

      Dissertation (required for award of MSc)

*Please note that this course is offered subject to sufficient student numbers

Entry requirements:

  • Applicants are normally students who have completed: A relevant honours degree (Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division) in accounting and finance, business studies or economics;or
  • the Fundamental Level (Knowledge and Skills) of the ACCA professional examinations;or
  • Completion of the Fundamental and Managerial levels of CIMA examinations;or
  • the professional accountancy qualifications of an overseas accountancy body;or
  • a recognized Diploma in Management;or
  • Other qualifications plus demonstrably relevant business experience.

Required English language skills to undertake this program IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding:

International fee: £10500.00

Employability:

Types of careers 

applynowExcellent career opportunities exist in accounting and finance. Recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.

Careers progression:

The course is designed to develop the accounting and finance critical understanding and skills of students wanting a career in industry, public service and research, with a contemporary intentional context.

Academic progression:

This master’s degree also prepares you for research and further study in this area which can lead onto a PhD qualification.

Past employability skills events held by the Department include:

“My Employability event”

My dream job
Preparing CVs and cover letters
Using databases to research the company
IT qualifications for your CV
Preparing for interviews
Managing expectations
Internships

LSBU Employability Services:

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.
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