Accounting MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2016-17 entry
About the course
This is a course designed to meet the needs of students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant area of business, accounting or finance. You'll be taught by academics with professional qualifications and/or significant practitioner experience. The course will help enable you to develop critical insights, provide vocationally-relevant subject matter and is focused on critical evaluation of financial regulation and transparency. If you are planning a career with a major accounting firm in the UK or in an international firm this is a course that helps prepare you for such roles by developing your understanding of the internationalisation of accounting .We will explore topics such as international regulatory frameworks ,the economic consequences of creative accounting, corporate governance and ethical matters that support good practice in corporate reporting.
Our strong connections with the financial world are demonstrated through our Partners in Accountancy scheme which links you with accountancy firms of national and international repute. You will be invited to guest lecturs presented by experienced practitioners from the world of business. Recent guests have included KPMG and an Internal Auditor specialising in the health insurance.
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19 / 09 / 2017
September start - 1 year full-time
• A good first degree (2:2 or above) in Accountancy, Finance, Business or Economics.
• If you hold an appropriate professional qualification from one of the professional accountancy bodies who are members of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB), we will consider you to have met our admissions criteria.
• If you hold any other professional qualifications, you will be considered on an individual basis.
You'll study the following modules:
+ International Corporate Reporting Issues
This module will enable you to develop your knowledge of accounting to consider theoretical and conceptual underpinnings in the context of published financial statements for companies whose shares are traded on stock exchanges. This will involve developing and presenting an understanding of the key international accounting issues and the use of practical examples drawn from published financial statements using international accounting standards.
+ Accounting for Strategy and Management Control
This module examines management accounting theory and current practice in relation to strategy and contemporary management control systems. It will provide you with an advanced overview and a critical understanding of the context of the use of management accounting information and emphasises the role of this information in evaluating alternative futures to support the strategic positioning of an organisation in dynamic environments.
+ Corporate Governance
The central aim of this module is to enable students to gain a thorough grounding in a range of advanced topics in corporate governance. Specifically, the module seeks to introduce and develop students’ ability to critically evaluate a wide of range of concepts, principles, theories, models, systems, mechanisms, reforms, regulations and research in corporate governance.
+ Governing Risk: Audit and Ethics
This module develops critical awareness of policies practices and conceptual understanding of the governance of risk with ethics and through auditing in the field of finance. You will get the opportunity to develop critical awareness of the meaning of risk governance, audit and professional ethics.
+ Corporate Social Responsibility; Accountability and Reporting
This module aims to introduce key information and debatable issues in corporate social responsibility, social and environmental reporting and accountability from the business environment. This extends to the interpretation and application of non-financial data that presides within published statements and academic literature.
+ International Finance
This module considers the financial implications of multinational business that may arise because the world economy is made up of a number of distinct tax systems, economic systems, political regimes and currencies. The methods that national and multi-national firms may use to respond to such differences are also explored.
+ International Economics
This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of globalisation, international trade and financial crises. You will have the opportunity to explore global economic downturns and consider the causes and consequences of such events both in the developed and developing economies.
+ Research Design and Analysis
This module is designed to give you knowledge and understanding of the principles of social science research. It provides you with grounding in the principles of research design and the principal methods of data collection in the context of research in accounting and finance, all of which are necessary for a successful research proposal.
This module allows students to deepen their understanding of a particular area or accounting, finance or banking according to their own interests. It enables students to carry out a substantial piece of work in these fields of research and developing students' abilities to present research according to academic conventions.
The Research Design and Analysis module helps provide comprehensive training in research skills which will underpin your academic research in your taught modules and your dissertation project. Your dissertation will provide you with first-hand experience of field research in an area of interest relevant to your programme and a supervisor will be allocated to help you develop your work.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
Our graduates are ideally placed for further academic study to PhD level or may have the potential to develop careers in Higher Education, industry, commerce and financial services.
Teaching and assessment
Our focus is on using varied teaching and assessment methods to help develop a wide range of academic, analytical, presentation and practical skills in our students.
We use some of the following teaching methods on this course:
• lectures that provide a focus for theoretical study and a stimulus for further research and exploratory work by our students
• seminars, workshops and student-led discussions to analyse issues relating to defined topic areas
• Group projects and presentations to improve your team working and communication skills
• case study analysis and advanced level accounting exercises
• e-learning to support teaching and learning approaches
We use a variety of assessment methods which can include assignments, case studies, group projects and presentations and examinations.
The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.
All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.
The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.
Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
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How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
If you are planning to study part-time, please get in touch with the contact in the 'At a glance' section above.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff are contributing to the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry and the professions. For more information, see the Research section of our website