MA International Financial Analysis
Accredited by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the programme provides candidates with seven exemptions from selected professional examination papers.
The programme focuses on the analysis of individual companies and as a result there is a substantial emphasis on corporate strategy, accounting and valuation. Of particular note is the practical study of real world data via DataStream and other industry sources, with an emphasis on developing skills in the manipulation of spreadsheets, databases, econometric and statistical software.
The global economic crisis, high-profile banking failures and increased regulatory supervision have highlighted the importance of sound financial management and robust reporting. The International Financial Analysis degree has been developed specifically to meet this need, providing participants with skills in both quantitative and qualitative analysis, alongside an understanding of how accounting and finance expertise may be successfully combined to assess corporate performance and valuation.
Who is the programme for?
The MA is aimed at graduates from management, business or economics based disciplines, who would like to gain a more specialist knowledge of issues related to financial analysis, and also at non-business graduates with good numeracy levels who wish to develop financial skills and understanding. The programme also covers many topics of relevance to those intending to study for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.
All students will take the following 180 credits which are studied on a full-time basis over 12 months, or 24 months part-time:
Modules taught in both semester one and semester two:
- International finance and capital markets (30 credits)
- Techniques for data analysis (20 credits)
- Financial information analysis (20 credits)
- Corporate strategy and valuation (20 credits)
- Accounting for analysts (30 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
Modules will be offered subject to availability.
Applicants should normally hold an upper-second class degree (2:1 level) or international equivalent. Applicants need to have a basic level of numeracy equivalent to GSCE or above.
Every application is considered on an individual basis and applicants who narrowly miss the academic entry criteria may be eligible for admission at the discretion of the selector.
Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-scores. Pre-sessional courses in English language are provided by the University if required and successful completion of these may be a condition of entry.
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