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Accounting and Finance, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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University rank #180 (QS) ,
The MSc in Accounting and Finance at Queen's University Belfast provides students with an understanding of both the theoretical framework and practical skills necessary to work in the global financial environment.

About

Do you want to be able to speak “the language of business” and understand financial decision making and financial institutions? Do you want to be taught and supervised by leading academics whilst gaining exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional examinations?

Accounting is the process of summarising, analysing and reporting financial transactions to permit informed judgements and decisions by users of the information. Finance looks at how company managers and investors make financial decisions, how they manage their risk and how financial markets function. The MSc in Accounting and Finance provides students with an understanding of both the theoretical framework and practical skills necessary to work in the global financial environment.

Accounting and Finance Highlights

Queen's Management School is ranked 2nd against UK Business Schools in the Russell Group (National Student Survey)

Professional Accreditations

  • The programme is accredited by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the global body for professional accountants. Students will be exempt from exams F1 (Accountant in Business), F2 (Management Accounting), F3 (Financial Accounting), F4 (Corporate and Business Law), F5 (Performance Management) F7 (Financial Reporting) and F9 (Financial Management).
  • Students have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals who regularly deliver guest lectures and have the opportunity to network afterwards.

Professional Exemptions

  • From 2018: CIMA accelerated route will allow students to take the CIMA master’s gateway assessment on completion of the MSc Programme. Exemptions are recognised for: • CIMA Certificate level BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law • CIMA Operational level P1 Management Accounting • CIMA Management level P2 Advanced Management Accounting F2 Advanced Financial Reporting Students who do not wish to take the gateway route are eligible for exemptions from the certificate level and will enter directly into the operational level objective tests of the CIMA professional qualification.

World Class Facilities

  • The Corporate Finance module is taught in the Trading Room. Students have access to Bloomberg software, a market leader in financial news, data and analytics, which is used by many financial institutions.
  • Students may wish to join the Trading and Investment Club, a student run organisation which aims to educate its members on trading and investing through guest speakers, competitions and educational seminars. The Student Managed Fund, which uses real money, gives students the opportunity to be part of an investment management process.

Student Experience

  • Students will use and have access to software such as Stata, Excel, Matlab, and databases such as Thomson one banker, DataStream and Bloomberg.

 

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the global body for professional accountants. Students will be exempt from exams F1 (Accountant in Business), F2 (Management Accounting), F3 (Financial Accounting), F4 (Corporate and Business Law), F5 (Performance Management) F7 (Financial Reporting) and F9 (Financial Management).

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Financial Management 
  • Corporate Finance 
  • International Financial Accounting and Reporting 
  • Accounting and Performance Management in Public-Sector and Not-For-Profit Organisations 
  • Management Accounting and Control 
  • Research Methods and Techniques 
  • Derivatives 
  • International Finance 
  • Traditional Dissertation 
  • Auditing and Accountability 
  • Ethics and Governance
  • Critical literature review 

                    Detailed Programme Facts

                    • Programme intensity Full-time
                      • Full-time duration 12 months
                    • Credits
                      180 alternative credits
                    • Languages
                      • English
                    • Delivery mode
                      On Campus

                    English Language Requirements

                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

                    • Minimum required score:

                      90

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                    • Minimum required score:

                      6.5

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                    • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

                      176

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                    Academic Requirements

                    You need the following GPA score:

                    Required score: Upper Second Class

                    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second 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).

                    • Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (Accounting or Finance based) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
                    • Exceptional applicants with degrees in Engineering, Mathematics, Management, Economics or other relevant subjects can also be considered. All applicants must have sufficient relevant knowledge of and/or experience in basic Accounting.

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                    Tuition Fee

                    • International Applies to you

                      18200 GBP/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 18200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                    • EU/EEA Applies to you

                      6500 GBP/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 6500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                    Living costs for Belfast

                    • 561 - 890 GBP/month
                      Living Costs

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