Accounting and Finance MSc
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Huddersfield Business School
Whether you’re planning a career with a major accountancy firm in the UK or internationally, this course helps prepare you by developing your critical understanding of the internationalisation of accounting and specific aspects of corporate finance. The course will provide you with key insights, with an emphasis on critical evaluation of financial regulation and transparency.
IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands), or equivalent.
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Why study accounting and finance?
This Master's programme will provide you with the analytical, problem-solving and decision making skills needed for careers in accounting and financial management.
What you’ll study
There are nine compulsory modules, you can then choose one option based on your interests. You will have the opportunity to pursue the area that interests you most with your research project.
Contemporary Issues in Accounting and CSR
In this module you'll study a range of important contemporary issues and topics in accounting and corporate social responsibility. It is designed to enhance your appreciation and understanding of ethical, regulatory and governing accounting issues. You will also have an opportunity to learn about specific accountabilities of corporate social responsibility from the perspective of small and large businesses, with the aim of the interpretation and application of non-financial data.
This module will introduce you to more advance topics in corporate finance with an aim of giving you a critical understanding of theories in corporate finance and of practical implications of the theories on a day to day decision making as a finance specialist.
The past decades have witnessed a rapid emergence of good corporate governance as a crucial part of running any successful corporation. The central aim of this module is to provide you with a thorough grounding in a range of advanced topics in corporate governance. In particular, the module seeks to introduce and develop you ability to critically evaluate a wide of range of concepts, principles, theories, models, systems, mechanisms, reforms, regulations and research in corporate governance.
Financial Reporting and Company Performance
Being able to understand, interpret and analyse a company's financial statements is an essential skill for finance professionals. In this module, you'll study fundamental issues concerning the financial reporting of companies to become familiar with certain financial statement characteristics reported following the international accounting standards. You'll aim to develop an ability to critically assess and interpret corporate financial performance using financial analysis techniques that aid the interpretation of accounts and performance.
The Global Professional
In today’s highly mobile and interconnected world of business, you will undoubtedly find yourself working with culturally diverse teams, partnerships and customer bases. It is therefore essential that you are able to offer future employers, colleagues and other stakeholders an adaptable interculturally aware and responsive approach. In the light of that, this module fosters transferable skills fundamental to global employability. Your professional and personal development will be guided through the application of the eight CIPD Behaviours, University of Huddersfield’s target Graduate Attributes, and key Intercultural Effectiveness skills and mindsets. As you develop professionally through your subject studies you will increase consciousness of your individual cultural make-up and the impact of this on behaviour, relationships and worldview in order to navigate beyond the borders of your own culture. You will develop a conscious approach to effective global practice, responding positively to difference, and constructing strategies to deal with intercultural workplace encounters.
Individual Research Project
The Individual Research Project provides an opportunity to pursue your own interests and engage more deeply with your subject by completing an in-depth piece of research work using relevant research methods. Working autonomously, but under the guidance of a supervisor, you will make choices about the most appropriate methods and then conduct your own research project. Through the Individual Research Project, you will have the opportunity to greatly enhance your own knowledge and skills. The research will be presented in written format using academic conventions recognised in your field.
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of key management accounting issues and applied methodologies in contemporary business practice, focusing on the role of management accounting in providing information for operational and strategic decision-making, planning, control and performance management. You will have the opportunity to examine the blend of cost analysis and managerial judgment required to make sound economic decisions and covers topics in cost management, budgetary control, and short and longer term financial decision making, particularly in the manufacturing sector.
Principles of Finance
This module will introduce you to the theory and practice of financial decision making. You will study the basic blocks of finance and financial management that are of primary concern to financial managers and financial analysts, and the key aspects to make financial decisions. The module builds on the concept of time value of money, risk and return, and capital budgeting aspects of investment decisions.
Quantitative Financial Analysis
In this module, you will gain a strong foundation in statistical and econometric techniques that are used in the financial services industry. The module is also geared to prepare you for the research components of the other modules within the programme and the final capstone aspect. You will be introduced to relevant quantitative analysis software for applications using data. On completion of the module, you will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of econometric techniques that can be applied to cross-section, time series and panel data. You will also be able to critically apply econometric techniques to analyse financial data.
The rise in importance and complexity of financial management in an international environment poses a great challenge for financial managers in multinational corporations. The increasing integration of global products and financial markets around the world requires financial managers working for multinational corporations to consider exchange rates, international capital and debt markets, and economic and political risks to achieve shareholder wealth maximization. This module is intended to provide you the tools needed to understand the global financial markets and the challenges and opportunities these bring to the financial managers of the multinational corporations.
Leading, Managing and Developing People
This module explores the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes and how these are achieved in different types of organisational contexts. Focusing on leadership, flexibility and change management, the aim being to help students become effective strategic managers as well as effective HR specialists, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment and performance.
This module provides an introduction into the strategic management theories and its practical application. It will cover: mission and goal formation, stakeholder theories, corporate governance, and business ethics, in addition to these topics, this module will equip you with the strategy toolbox that includes: external and internal analysis, corporate level strategies and business level strategies, strategic decision making and at the end overall evaluation of strategy implementation and evaluation.
Your tutors have professional experience in their fields and will be able to share the latest developments in the workplace. They will also be able to provide insight of how the theory you will learn can be applied in your future.
Your classes will be taught mainly using case studies and evaluated through assessments and group projects.
Programmes at the University of Huddersfield - London are delivered by Study Group.