Why MSc Accounting and Finance at Birmingham?
Gain the specialist intellectual, analytical, communication and ethical capabilities for a successful global career in accounting and finance with our MSc Accounting and Finance.
Our innovative teaching and learning approaches will prepare you to not only talk the talk, but also to walk the walk. This course will bring you face to face with complex business issues that both challenge and stimulate intellectual and analytical thinking. For example, on our Professional Ethics and Integrity module you will work with professional actors in role-play scenarios to embrace dilemmas in complex situations where accounting and finance professionals are at the centre of decisions. We also use real, recent business cases to help you understand concepts, modules and theories and you can visit businesses where cases and exercises are directly applied. We also use authentic learning case videos developed by professional accounting bodies where possible
Thanks to our strong industry links, you will have the chance to meet and interact with industry leaders, who will share their experiences and knowledge and answer your questions. Previously invited speakers have included Richard Spencer, Head of Sustainability at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; Thomas Martin, Bank director Halifax; and Marc Stone, CFO Energy Systems Catapult, to name a few. You are also able to attend a range of professional development events, with industry networking and making the most of your career post-graduation at their heart
This course has an international focus. You will have the opportunity to take a module offered by the International Development Department, allowing you to expand their knowledge across different areas
You have the opportunity to take part in the award-winning Future Leaders Certificate. This extra-curricular programme gives you the chance to work on an exciting virtual live project set by a multi-national company. The Future Leaders Certificate enables you to better understand the impact technology is having on the business world and the implications for your own career
Not only is the importance of ethical and sustainable business practices integrated into teaching throughout the course, you can also investigate this further through dedicated modules such asProfessional Integrity & The Reflective Practitioner, and Social & Environmental Accounting. Find out how we are working for a responsible future at Birmingham
If you are considering gaining a professional qualification, you can combine your MSc with ACCA professional exams using our collaboration with Kaplan Financial. There aretwo pathways are available:
Accounting and Finance Pathway 2This Pathway includes tuition from Kaplan Financial to prepare for two ACCA Strategic Professional examinations; Advanced Performance Management and Advanced Financial Management.
Accounting and Finance Pathway 3This 16-month pathway includes tuition from Kaplan Financial for four ACCA Strategic Professional exams; Advanced Performance Management, Advanced Financial Management, Strategic Business Reporting and Strategic Business Leader.
Find out more about Kaplan Financial at www.kaplan.co.uk.
Please follow this link to find out more about ACCA exemptions.
Who is this course for?
This course has been especially designed for students with a good first degree in accounting and finance who wish to further specialise in the area and get ready as a professional to meet new challenges in an interconnected global world, with complex but intellectually stimulating business problems to be solved. It is also designed to attract students who wish to combine this MSc degree with Professional ACCA qualification.
A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. You must have achieved a mark equivalent to a 2:1 (or overseas equivalent) at bachelor’s level in several Accounting and Finance modules including Financial Accounting or Financial Reporting, and Finance or Financial Management.
The MSc Accounting and Finance offers you the chance to study in traditional areas such as business taxation and accounting theory, but you can also choose from a variety of new areas, including alternative finance options, social and environmental accounting and data analytics. This course prepares you not only to be a well-qualified and confident finance practitioner, but ensures you have the knowledge you need for a career at the forefront of the emerging trends in accounting and finance.
Accounting Theory and Policy
Corporate Financial Management
Professional Integrity and The Reflective practitioner
Choose three modules from the following:
Auditing Theory and Practice
International Financial Management
Financial Modelling Techniques
Public Financial Management
International Business Taxation
Social and Environmental Accounting
Advanced Management Accounting: Issues in Strategy and Accounting
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
How to Apply
1 July 2021 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2021 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 31 August 2021.
Selected admissions process
Strong Industry links
Our proximity to London, the global financial capital, and ever-growing relationship with key employers in the financial sector, will provide you with the opportunity to meet and network with leading global organisations. As a graduate of Investments MSc, you will benefit from a wide range of career options, ranging from careers in investment institutions, banks, insurance companies, pension funds, government institutions, consultancy etc.
This course is also beneficial to entrepreneurs that want to have a solid knowledge of finance and its applications.
Interested students can also progress to further postgraduate research study leading to scholarly careers.
Excellent career prospects
Our students have gone on to work in a wide range of industries, in organisations such as Accenture, Deloitte, PWC, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Arcadia Group, Cisco Systems, Nissan, Ford, BP, Cadbury, P&G, and a whole host of smaller companies and public sector organisations.
Future Leaders Certificate
The postgraduate Future Leaders Certificate, run by the Business School’s Careers in Business team, is an extra-curricular programme which is designed to prepare our MSc students for the potential impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This is intended to equip students with the skills they need to stand out and succeed within this increasingly competitive market. As part of this, students will be encouraged to increase their awareness of responsible business and ethical considerations.
The Certificate culminates in our Gold Award, where students will receive expert coaching, mentoring and industry insight, and work on a group project set by multi-national companies which place high importance on their social and corporate responsibility.
Careers in Business