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MSc Accountancy and Finance (ACCA Pathway)

Course Overview

Aligned with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), this MSc Accountancy and Finance (ACCA Pathway) course provides you with a deep understanding of the current theory behind best practice and financial decision-making at a strategic level in the business world, and finance and accountancy roles in particular.

The course will help you become adept at the challenges and opportunities of the accountancy and finance industry, enhancing your employability prospects in the process. This course offers a recognised and respected programme of study around one of the business world’s key functions, and upon graduating you’ll leave with the attributes employers really value.

An ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, Birmingham City University provides high-quality student support and teaching to deliver this programme. The university offers relevance and rigour, believes in putting theory into practice, and prepares you to face your future with confidence and authority.

You’ll enjoy small class sizes and comprehensive learner development support throughout the course, receiving attentive, helpful support in an inclusive environment. You’ll also get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, enabling you to develop your knowledge of the cultural implications of business practice.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Accountancy and Finance (ACCA Pathway)

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    MSc

    Awarding body

    Birmingham City University

    Professional recognition

    ACCA

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom

    Duration

    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £12,000

    Intakes

    September

    Work placement

    No

    Course location

    Birmingham

Academic entry requirements

Good Honours degree in Accountancy, with ACCA accreditation for F1-F9 or ACCA Fundamental Level papers F1-F9.

English entry requirements

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.

Progression route

Further academic study of MPhil, PhD or professional career.

Career opportunities

Graduates take up positions such Financial Accountant, Finance Director, Professional Accountant in private and public sectors.

Modules

Postgraduate Certificate Stage

At Postgraduate Certificate stage, you investigate the key modern theories of finance, look at corporate governance issues in the accounting and finance professions, and explore the crucial business management strategies increasingly employed by management accountants today. This stage runs between September and December.

Modules

  • Modern Theory of Finance
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Business Management Strategy

 

Postgraduate Diploma Stage

The Diploma stage lifts the lid on four specialist areas: the corporate reporting issues faced by complex organisations, the international focus of strategic financial management, the key function of performance measurement and evaluation, and the current issues and practices relating to the audit functions. This stage runs between January and April. You will take the core module and two other options.

Modules

  • Corporate Governance Issues in Accounting and Finance
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Performance Measurement and Evaluation
  • Audit Theory and Practice

 

Masters Stage

The Masters stage requires you to study and pass the Research Skills module, before undertaking a substantial piece of research for your dissertation in a chosen finance or accounting area. This stage runs between May and September.

Modules

  • Research Skills in Accounting and Finance
  • Dissertation

 

Assessment methods
Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent business research project.

 

Reasons for choosing this course

  • This course prepares you for ACCA Professional Level examinations, through additional tuition both in your group or working alongside students
  • You’ll take away a toolkit of immediately usable management skills, which employers really value. You’ll have the ability to evaluate corporate investment and financing decisions from both a strategic and international perspective, and understand how the management accounting function influences performance measurement
  • At Postgraduate Certificate stage, you investigate the key modern theories of finance, review corporate reporting issues in the accounting and finance profession and explore the crucial business management strategies employed by accountants today
  • The Diploma stage focuses on four specialist areas – the corporate governance issues faced by complex organisations, and a choice of two from these three subjects: strategic financial management, performance measurement and evaluation, and the current issues and practices relating to the audit functions
  • The Masters stage requires you to study and pass the Research Skills module, before embarking upon your dissertation

 

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. The course modules and structure are also designed with the aim of contributing substantially to the students’ chances of achieving success at ACCA the Professional Level of ACCA examinations.

Students who successfully complete the MSc. in Accountancy and Finance should be able to:

  • Critically appraise modern financial theories and models which inform and influence corporate finance, investment analysis and fund management functions
  • Measure, use and critically analyse financial information and data for financial and portfolio management decision-making
  • Undertake evaluation of corporate investment and financing decision from both from strategic and international perspectives
  • Use and critically appraise a range of management accounting issues and concepts relevant to businesses, and how the management accounting function influences aspects of control, evaluation and performance measurement
  • Value securities, appreciate a range of techniques of portfolio management and apply them to certain types of portfolios
  • Critically evaluate current issues and practices relating to the audit functions and business information systems, and appraise their respective adequacies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current issues in corporate governance as they relate to the accounting and finance functions within the overall context of strategic risk management
  • Critically evaluate the impact of accounting theory in resolving major reporting issues and the importance of relevant academic research to the area
  • Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of the main issues in strategic business development, organisational dynamics, of concepts, models and techniques associated with strategic decision-making in organisations
  • Evaluate the contributions of accounting and finance to the success of a business and recognise the importance of importance of integration of their functions with the wider business strategy
  • Managed team working activities and evaluate how leadership approaches impact on organisational performance
  • Carry out an independent piece of academic research by adopting the conceptual and methodological frameworks appropriate to the specific topic of investigation
  • Demonstrate a range of transferable skills and competencies necessary to operate effectively and efficiently in a constantly changing and highly competitive global business environment