Professional Accountancy MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

FBLT052

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £12,450

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Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

This course has been designed to facilitate your personal, professional and academic development – and help to prepare you for professional exams.

We intend for this course to help you achieve a Master’s qualification, as well as prepare you for the Strategic Professional level qualification of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the world’s leading body for professional accountants.

You will have the opportunity to complete modules mirroring the Strategic Professional papers of the ACCA, and while you will need to undertake ACCA exam papers at an external ACCA examination centre to gain the Strategic Professional qualification, Coventry Business School is recognised as an ACCA GOLD Approved learning partner which we believe puts us in a good position to facilitate our students completion of ACCA exams.

This course aims to develop strategic knowledge and understanding, critical thinking and analysis, and advanced skills within an international accounting and finance context.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

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

Course information

This course aims to develop strategic knowledge and understanding, critical thinking and analysis, and advanced skills within an international accounting and finance context toward achieving a Master’s qualification, whilst also preparing students for ACCA examinations, through the study of modules mirroring the Strategic Professional papers of the ACCA.

This course aims to enable you to build upon existing accounting and finance learning and provide you with an opportunity to develop post-graduate level knowledge. Further, this course has been designed to provide an opportunity to develop commercial awareness and demonstrate critical appraisal of alternative solutions to financial decision-making based upon systematic analysis of complex business problems.

Upon successful completion, you should be able to graduate equipped with a range of employability skills, attributes and attitudes, including developing effective problem-solving skills which could enable you to advise local and international individuals and organisations on a range of business-related matters.

Alongside employability skills, you will also have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a capacity for independent research, together with the ability to present solutions to complex accounting and finance problems using a range of media appropriate to the profession.

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Modules

Overview

Modules have been selected to mirror the content of the Strategic Professional level of the ACCA qualification allowing students to undertake the Strategic Professional exams having been prepared by the teaching on this course. (Please note that students will need to undertake any ACCA exams at an external ACCA examination centre, subject to availability. Fees apply).

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Strategic International Organisational Management
    • Strategic International Corporate Reporting
    • Strategic International Financial Management

  • Semester 2

    • Strategic International Performance Management
    • Advanced Analytical Skills for Research

  • Semester 3

    • Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • The School of Economics, Finance and Accounting is currently ranked as a GOLD Approved Learning Partner by ACCA for the delivery of its professional programmes.
  • An experienced Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) to work with you throughout your course.
  • Faculty facilities including our academic Trading Floor, currently one of the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals and our new Business Simulation Suite.
  • Coventry Business School benefits from professional accreditation across a number of courses, and is a member of many leading professional bodies, including currently being active members of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and the European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD).
  • Coventry Business School was ranked as ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal in 2018, an annual ranking of Business Schools across 154 countries.
  • Corporate Finance and Business Strategy: Designed to provide a firm foundation in understanding the link between corporate and financial strategy, as well as exploring the techniques of strategic and financial analysis and evaluation open to companies, from which they will develop their strategic options, choices and business performance.
  • Auditing and Assurance: Covering how to perform an internal audit, assurance engagement and its role within a corporate governance framework. The aim is to develop an understanding of the audit processes and their application in the context of external regulatory frameworks, together with the risks and organisational responses.
  • Becoming a Strategic Professional: this course is designed to help students develop their strategic vision, using a blend of ethical, technical and professional skills, and gaining a range of academic experiences.

The programme can be studied over one year full-time or over two years part-time. All modules are mandatory. The course has currently one intake per year in September.

Traditional teaching methods include weekly lectures and medium sized group seminars. We also use a range of practical exercises to reinforce the integrative nature of accounting assessment. For example, you may be tasked with preparing financial statements or developing a business strategy on behalf of a UK company with overseas subsidiaries, which requires knowledge of international corporate reporting, UK and overseas taxation and management reporting.

Coventry Business School also currently has the largest academic Trading Floor in Europe, which has been designed to incorporate industry standard news, data, research and analytical tools into the teaching and learning environment. The space incorporates Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters’ Datastream software for teaching and research. We believe that exposure to such facilities will give you a competitive edge in trading and related activities.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include closed book written tests, closed book exams, group presentations, poster presentations and individual written submissions.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Undertake the ACCA exams at the Strategic Professional Level (exams will be taken at an external ACCA examination centre, subject to availability. Fees apply)
  • Demonstrate critical thinking on conceptual and theoretical frameworks within accounting.
  • Exercise sound judgement in the selection of different methods and approaches available to deal with complex accounting and financial management problems in the modern global business world.
  • Develop logical and coherent arguments.
  • Demonstrate diagnostic and decision-making skills in dealing with accounting problems and issues.
  • Design and conduct research in accounting using appropriate methodologies to advance knowledge in these areas.

Within your first and second semester, you will have 12-13 contact hours of teaching a week which includes:

  • Meduim group teaching, such as seminars each week
  • Large group teaching, such as lectures each week

 

A strong emphasis is placed on the Project module in your final semester and therefore the total teaching contact hours may be reduced in the final semester.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of further self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities etc.

At Coventry Business School in 2018/19, over half of our students were from outside the UK and therefore you will have the opportunity to work in multinational teams during your studies, learning about your fellow students’ cultures and building networks of friends throughout the world, who could even become your future business contacts.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a minimum of a 2.2 undergraduate Honours degree in accounting or a related field, as well as having passed or been given an exemption from the whole of the 'fundamental' level of ACCA.

Further information on acceptable qualifications:

  • A minimum 2.2 undergraduate Honours degree in accounting which gives exemption against the whole of the “fundamentals” level of ACCA.
  • A minimum 2.2 related undergraduate Honours degree which gives exemption against the “fundamentals” level of ACCA.
  • Through study and/or through exemption, having passed or been exempted from ‘fundamentals’ level of ACCA.
  • Equivalent passes at professional papers with other related bodies such as CIMA and ICAEW with significant accounting content which would gain exemption from the ‘fundamentals’ level of the ACCA programme.

Applicants should hold a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate Honours degree in accounting or a related field, as well as having passed or been given an exemption from the whole of the 'fundamental' level of ACCA.

Further information on acceptable qualifications:

  • A minimum 2.2 undergraduate Honours degree in accounting which gives exemption against the whole of the “fundamentals” level of ACCA.
  • A minimum 2.2 related undergraduate Honours degree which gives exemption against the “fundamentals” level of ACCA.
  • Through study and/or through exemption, having passed or been exempted from ‘fundamentals’ level of ACCA.
  • Equivalent passes at professional papers with other related bodies such as CIMA and ICAEW with significant accounting content which would gain exemption from the ‘fundamentals’ level of the ACCA programme.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 7.0 overall. 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

Applicants should hold a minimum of a 2.2 undergraduate Honours degree in accounting or a related field, as well as having passed or been given an exemption from the whole of the ‘fundamental’ level of ACCA qualifications. Applicants without all of the ACCA’s ‘fundamental’ qualifications but with prior relevant accounting experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Further information on acceptable qualifications:

  • A minimum 2.2 undergraduate Honours degree in accounting which gives exemption against the whole of the “fundamentals” level of ACCA.
  • A minimum 2.2 related undergraduate Honours degree which gives exemption against the “fundamentals” level of ACCA.
  • Through study and/or through exemption, having passed or been exempted from ‘fundamentals’ level of ACCA.
  • Equivalent passes at professional papers with other related bodies such as CIMA and ICAEW with significant accounting content which would gain exemption from the ‘fundamentals’ level of the ACCA programme.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 7.0 overall. 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

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £12,450 (per year)


UK Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £12,450 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £16,700 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Additional fees apply for optional overseas field trips and visits.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of this Master's degree, you may decide to apply for roles within the accounting or finance industry and could become for example, a finance manager, financial controller, or senior management and financial accountant.

Should you wish to, you will also be able to undertake the ACCA examination at the Strategic Professional level (subject to availability, fees apply), with this course's modules tailored to mirror the content of that examination. Passing the ACCA examination may help you progress through your career, as a survey carried out by ACCA has shown 95% of employers see ACCA as a respected brand for professional qualifications which could therefore imply that companies value the business acumen, ethical integrity and financial know-how of successful candidates of the ACCA qualification.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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