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Professional Accounting MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

LONT024

Study options:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Coventry University London


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Coventry University London

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

A fast-paced, intensive and highly practical master’s degree programme for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of accounting in the global context.

This master’s programme demands a great deal from its students, so it’s ideal if you want to cover a lot of ground in a short time. You’ll learn to operate effectively within the global marketplace, enabling you to pursue a career in accounting or to further your knowledge of accounting standards. You may have just graduated in accounting or a related subject, or perhaps you’re already an accountant but want to develop into broader management roles.

This is the only master’s course in the UK linked to SAP. You’ll also learn using Bloomberg terminals and S&P Capital IQ – which are routinely used in major organisations around the word. And where better to study accounting than in the heart of London’s financial district?

Why Coventry University London?

We believe that there is no better place to learn about business than to study in the heart of one of the most successful business and financial centres in the world. Launched in 2010 and located in the City of London, we are minutes away from the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange, and are surrounded by several blue chip companies.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Heart of the City

Minutes from the Bank of England and Stock Exchange

Course information

Gain exposure to a technology-rich, fully simulated trading floor – mirroring that of a top investment bank – including Bloomberg trading software.

This master’s course offers all the flexibility of both full-time and part-time study, as well as 2 start dates – making it easier for you if you choose continue working while you study.

With the support of our helpful, experienced tutors, you’ll develop advanced analytical skills, clarity of perspective on global business, the ability to think more strategically, and communication and research skills. These are all in high demand among employers in the private, public, and third sectors.

The curriculum for this course is aligned to major accounting bodies, such as ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA. Choose this course and you’ll be well on your way to qualifying as an accountant – or, if you’re already qualified, to reaching higher and wider in your career. 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This is an intensive course focusing in on issues of accounting rather than placing accounting in a broader context. You’ll study a set of core accounting modules plus your choice of 2 optional modules in global performance management or global financial management. You’ll also have an array of options for your final major project, ranging from a dissertation to real consultancy or an internship.

Modules

  • Empirical Finance and Accounting Research Methods

    Learn to use financial economics and econometrics and the most relevant research techniques for accounting & finance.

     

  • Audit, Assurance and Professional Ethics

    Assess accounts in a way which manages independence, competence, conflicts of interest, confidentiality and integrity.

  • SAP 1 – HANA

    Develop your skills with SAP HANA, a relational database at the heart of SAP which features advanced analytics functions. 

  • Professional Financial Reporting and Analysis

    Prepare financial statements to the highest ethical standards, and interpret them to support risk-analysis and decision-making. 

  • Business Analysis

    Support a business’ ability to identify and solve problems by defining, analysing and documenting the issues and tasks involved.

  • Taxation

    Explore the purposes and mechanisms of taxation systems around the world, examining public policy and calls for reform. 

  • SAP 2 – Business Intelligence

    Our second SAP-based module uses BI: collecting raw data, analysing and presenting it, and using it to make better decisions.

     

  • Risk Analysis & Financial Modelling (FRM)

    Explore how modelling can be used to support business decisions when it comes to key financial data and risk management.

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    Global Performance Management

    Monitor the extent to which an organisation is meeting its objectives, and adjust its strategy as required in response.

    Global Financial Management

    Explore the way assets – especially money – are managed and used to meet objectives at the most senior levels of a business.

    1 from the following:

    Internship

    Undertake a term’s work experience in industry, producing a substantial piece of accompanying work.

    Individual or Group Consulting Project

    Undertake a significant project advising a real client on a financial issue, working independently or as part of a team.

    Dissertation

    Take a more academic approach by producing a major piece of writing on an accounting topic relevant to industry.

    Accounting Simulation Project

    Apply your accounting skills to problems within a virtual business, using a software simulation platform.


In more detail...

  • This new programme is right up to date with what employers are looking for, because the curriculum was designed in collaboration with industry experts
  • Course content is aligned with the requirements of the leading professional associations for accounting, including the ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA
  • This is the only master’s programme in the UK linked to SAP – so you’ll become proficient with the world’s leading enterprise platform
  • Our London campus is located within the iconic Square Mile, so you’ll be surrounded by historic institutions and all the buzz of one of the world’s busiest financial districts
  • You’ll have the opportunity for field trips within the UK (perhaps the Bank of England or Canary Wharf) and an overseas visit
  • There are plenty of opportunities to network with and hear from industry experts, both in and out of the classroom
  • You’ll use our fantastic simulated trading floor, featuring the latest technology used in finance and accounting, including Bloomberg Terminals and S&P Capital IQ.
  • You’ll do a final major project which offers your choice of a significant piece of work, including a consultancy project with a real client or an internship with an employer
  • You’ll take a major step towards qualifying as an accountant, if that’s what you choose.

Your main study themes are:

  • Technology – You’ll learn how technology underpins and supports the work of the accountant, using industry-standard applications throughout your studies for research, analysis, planning and presenting
  • Decision-making – You’ll develop a deep appreciation of how the accounting role gathers and analyses information to help make supremely well-informed decisions, both within the financial realm and in support of other functions within the business, including at the most strategic levels
  • Internationalisation – All aspects of this course are taught with a global perspective, covering essential topics such as international accounting standards but also looking at global issues and strengthening your skills in cross-cultural working
  • Professionalism – The course will develop in you a deep appreciation of professional ethics and the standards of behaviour expected among members of the accounting profession and business leaders. 

Coventry University was awarded ‘Gold’ for teaching excellence in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, so you can be sure you’ll benefit from an exceptional education here at our London campus.

Our approach to teaching is highly practical, designed to apply and contextualise your learning – so you’ll have a lot of exposure to the world of work both within and beyond the classroom. By the time you graduate, you’ll have had plenty of hands-on experience and you’ll have developed proficiency with the world’s leading IT systems for finance and accounting.

You’ll mix with industry through visits to businesses and institutions in the UK and overseas, business networking, guest lectures, and real work-experience and consultancy opportunities. Even in the classroom, you’ll focus on practical tasks such as case studies, report-writing, planning, presentations and debates.

This is an intensive course, and we expect students to be highly motivated for independent learning, too. You’ll be encouraged to explore all that London’s financial district has to offer, including tours, museums, exhibitions and conferences. You’ll need to dedicate a significant proportion of your time outside of the classroom to personal study and research – developing lifelong skills which will serve you well throughout your career. 

Teaching methods include: Lectures, seminars, textbooks, workshops, debates, case studies, consultancy projects, simulations, business plans, online collaborations.

Your tutors will assess your work throughout your course, using practical assessments which will reflect the tasks and appraisals you’re likely to encounter in your future career. This will help you to embed all of your learning in practice and to become more critically aware of your own performance.

Regular assessments enable your tutors to ensure that they – and you – always know how you’re progressing. This means identifying your particular talents as well as where you may need a little extra support.

Typically, you’ll be assessed via case-study work, the writing of business reports and plans, presentations; group work, and discussion and debates. Of course, your final major project will be a significant assessment piece. 

On completion, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply management accounting techniques in order to generate information to support planning, controlling and decision-making
  • Evaluate factors which impact on the accounting profession, such as legal and regulatory systems; ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change; international developments; and corporate governance
  • Analyse the uses of a range of research methods and techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, and understand their strengths and weaknesses
  • Use leading software applications for accounting and finance within the context of an international, knowledge-based economy
  • Understand the major contexts within which accounting operates, both within and outside of organisations
  • Use, evaluate and share the major current technical languages and practices of accounting
  • Work effectively, collaboratively and cross-culturally on the operational and strategic positions of organisations
  • Assess the policies and strategies which managers and leaders may use when adapting organisations to respond to complex internal and external contexts.

Each week, for each module, you should expect to attend one 1-hour lecture and to participate in one 1-hour seminar and one 2-hour group activity. You should also expect to spend XX hours each week on personal study: doing online activities, reading, studying, preparing for tutorials and revising.

There will be a global perspective to everything you learn on this course, so you’ll be well-equipped to work overseas, or for a multi-national, or for a firm which trades internationally. You’ll have the opportunity of an international field trip, and you could arrange to do an internship or an individual consultancy project with a business overseas.

The course covers international accounting standards and practices, and follows the ACCA and ICAEW curricula (which are professionally respected around the world). You’ll also study alongside students from all over, learning other perspectives on business and developing your ability to work cross-culturally.

Entry Requirements

A good quality honours degree or equivalent. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

A good quality honours degree or equivalent. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.5 is required for this course. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

A good quality honours degree or equivalent. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.5 is required for this course. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£11,301 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£11,301 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£13,871 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Career prospects

Jobs in accounting and finance are competitive, so this degree is designed to provide the edge you need to secure a great career in accounting or strategic management.

That’s because this course is fully connected to the workplace – for example, it’s been designed with the help of industry experts and is aligned with the requirements of the major professional associations (such as ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA). Graduates have well-developed powers of analysis, clear perspectives on strategy, and highly effective communication and research skills. These are very much in demand from employers in private, public and third-sector organisations around the world.

You’ll have access to career-building support including entrepreneurship, CV-writing and interview skills. As a postgraduate student, you’ll be eligible to apply for our ‘High Flyers’ programme, designed to develop particularly talented students.

Where our graduates work

If you haven’t yet qualified as an accountant, this course will offer significant exemptions from the qualifying exams with the leading professional bodies. From there, you could take up a role with an accountancy firm (including the big global consultancies) or you could work in-house for a business or become self-employed. Not all students may want to qualify as an accountant, but will have obtained an excellent grounding for a career in finance, management or leadership. You might work for an investment company or in raising corporate finance, for example.

If you’ve already qualified as an accountant, your higher-level qualification could accelerate your career – whether in accounting or in strategic leadership roles. You’ll have broadened your understanding of a wide range of aspects of accounting and deepened your knowledge of international accounting standards.