About the Course
Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Therefore, the MSc Accounting and Business Management appeals to graduates with a business-related degree who want to develop their understanding of accounting and management in a business context and develop skills that enhance their employability. The rigorous and integrated syllabus emphasises the value of developing knowledge and skills progressively. It supports personal learning and development through managed choice and encourages personal initiative, enthusiasm and positive study habits.
This programme offers students an opportunity to:
- Develop an appreciation of the role of accounting within the overall function of management
- Acquire technical accounting skills and integrate theoretical and conceptual considerations with practice
- Evaluate the principles and theories that underpin accounting and management
- Critically reflect on the role of the main stakeholders and the influence of regulatory frameworks on accounting and management
- Develop analytical and problem solving abilities and apply them in making management decisions
- Review research on current issues in accounting and management and apply accepted research methods to investigate a specific research question independently
- Develop transferrable skills that will enhance employability.
- Valuable accounting and management skills for students intending to seek employment in today's competitive job market and those who will work in the family business
- Strong foundation for entrepreneurs planning to set up and manage their own businesses
- Graduating students receive accreditation from ACCA in respect of three papers at Foundation Level
- Graduating students receive accreditation from ICAEW in respect of three papers at Proffessional Stage
- Graduating students receive accreditation from CIMA in respect of two papers at Certificate Level, one paper at Operational Level and two papers at Management Level
- Firm foundation for future doctoral studies
Accounting and Auditing Research Centre
Academics who teach on this exciting programme are part of the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre (AARC) which is directed by Dr Jill Collis, who is also Director of the MSc Accounting and Business Management programme. It provides a focus for investigating current issues in corporate financial reporting, assurance and corporate governance in large and small entities. Specialist areas include impact assessments of government policy on the accounting and auditing needs of SMEs and the effect of deregulation on users of their financial statements and the accountancy profession.
The AARC provides a vibrant environment for experienced and emerging researchers. Members are also engaged in supervising and examining doctoral students. Students on the MSc Accounting and Business Management programme will be invited to the annual Brunel Accounting Symposium which is hosted by AARC.
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching and learning methods typically comprise weekly lecture/workshops with the use of PowerPoint slides and other audio-visual teaching aids. The virtual learning environment provides access to the module guides, teaching and learning materials, and other resources. There will be opportunities for active-learning and formative feedback.
The dissertation is a self-directed activity guided by a supervisor. Assessment is based on the project report. Most of the accounting modules are assessed solely by examination, as this is a requirement for potential exemption from the professional examinations. Other modules are assessed by coursework and examination.
Modes of Study
1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the programme (September to April) includes eight modules, which are delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.
1-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes eight modules which are delivered in two terms (four between January and April, and four between September and December). Delivery is via a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars. The dissertation is undertaken between May and August, and completed between January and March.
Business Life is a unique Employability Programme designed to maximise students’ employability by providing an intensive programme of professional workshops and events that run in parallel with academic studies.
Business Life was conceived, developed and is delivered in association with leading employers from business, industry and the public sector.
Business Life features at-a-glance:
- High quality personal, technology, language and business skill training courses and workshops
- Career development and planning services, including mentoring, industry taster sessions and guest speaker series
- Sector leading work experience programme covering placements, volunteering, internships and vacation work
- Help with marketing your capabilities, through networking events, CV development, employer exhibitions and student showcases
- Lifelong continuous professional development, including short courses and Masters programmes at preferential rates.
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Last updated September 13, 2016