MSc Accountancy and Finance (CIMA Pathway)
Birmingham City University
Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)
Full time â€“ Classroom
Good Honours degree in Accountancy, Accountancy and Finance, or Business-related degree, with Accountancy as major or CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.
Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any band.
Further academic study of MPhil, PhD or professional career.
Graduates take up positions such Financial Accountant, Finance Director, Professional Accountant in private and public sectors.
Postgraduate Certificate Stage
Initially, you investigate the financial management theories which influence corporate financial decisions at strategic level, and the key asset pricing models on which modern investment analysis and portfolio management are based.
At this stage, you will also examine conventional approaches to organisational practices, and gain an understanding of information systems and the interconnectivity between business strategy and information strategy.
Furthermore, you have the opportunity to explore current issues in corporate governance, with particular emphasis on operations risks analysis and control relating to accounting and finance functions within the overall context of strategic risk management. This stage runs from September to December.
Postgraduate Diploma Stage
Here, you consider performance measurement and evaluation, with a thorough investigation of the tools and techniques employed by successful management accountants.
You gain a critical understanding of the strategic financial management decisions of national and multinational companies, and explore complex group structures and the application of existing and proposed accounting standards against a background of rapid development and change. This stage runs from January to April.
The Masters stage includes a 12,000-word dissertation, where you can demonstrate your capacity for innovative thought, quality research and hard work.
Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent business research project.
Reasons for choosing this course
Main learning outcomes
The programme aims to provide learners with:
Advanced preparation for career development in accounting or finance, by extending their knowledge in the core areas of the disciplines, as well as by providing them with the theoretical framework and analytical skills to cope with an increasingly complex and international accounting and finance environment. It also aims to provide a valuable foundation for those contemplating careers in areas such as financial analysis, investment banking or fund management, all of which are likely to involve extensive use of accounting and financial information.
Students who successfully complete the MSc. in Accountancy and Finance should be able to:
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