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Accounting and Financial Management, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
    Duration
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How do organisations make financial decisions? How can accountants ensure their actions benefit a business’ bottom line, without negatively impacting society? Our professionally accredited MSc Accounting and Financial Management is designed for those who have not studied accounting before, but have a degree in business, economics or another related subject. 

About

We provide a comprehensive grounding in corporate analysis and reporting, as well as building your confidence in financial decision-making. You then tailor your studies to suit your preferred career direction in industry, commerce or professional services by choosing from optional modules.

You cover topics including:

  • theories of financial reporting
  • management accounting and control
  • theoretical and critical approaches to accounting and financial management
  • analysis of financial statements

You study at Essex Business School, in one of the top 25 accounting and finance departments in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). We expose you to cutting-edge course content, informed by the latest academic thinking so you can excel in your professional career.

Your future

We foster your creativity and ethical awareness so you’re ready to meet the challenges of the international business world. In 2016, 87% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE 2016).

Our MSc Accounting and Financial Management provides you with the skills needed for roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Our course will be particularly useful if you want to pursue a career in industry, commerce or with professional services firms, with many of our graduates also beginning their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Our graduates have progressed to work for high-profile organisations and innovative SMEs such as:

  • KPMG
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • European Central Bank
  • HP
  • Credit Data Research, SME finance provider
  • Footprint Digital, a fast-growing digital marketing agency

We’re also proud of our student entrepreneurs, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.

You have access to a range of career advice and employability opportunities within the School, as well as from the University’s Employability and Careers Centre. There is also access to employer talks on campus.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

On successful completion of this course, you may be entitled to be considered for exemption from up to four of the ACCA’s examination papers, ensuring you’re well positioned to pursue a career in accounting.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

Year 1

  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods in Accounting
  • Corporate Reporting and Analysis
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Issues in Financial Reporting (optional)
  • Audit Theory (optional)
  • Management Accounting (optional)
  • International Management Accounting (optional)
  • International Financial Reporting (optional)
  • Cases in Corporate Governance (optional)
  • E-Commerce (optional)
  • Accounting and Capital Markets (optional)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: First Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to First Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

UK entry requirements
  • A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, with either some background in social science or some numerate degree content.
International & EU entry requirements
  • We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
Necessary documents
  • Personal statement
  • English language
  • Transcripts
  • CV
  • References

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          16750 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 16750 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA Applies to you

          10710 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 10710 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        Living costs for Colchester

        • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

        Funding

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