Professional Accounting MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

LONT024
LONT051(with prof. practice)

Study options:

1 year full-time
18 months Extended Professional Practice
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Coventry University London


Get in touch

Coventry University London

+44 (0) 20 7247 3666


ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

LONT024
LONT051(with prof. practice)

Study options:

1 year full-time
18 months Extended Professional Practice
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Coventry University London


Get in touch

Coventry University London

+44 (0) 20 7247 3666


ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

LONT024
LONT051(with prof. practice)

Study options:

1 year full-time
18 months Extended Professional Practice
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Coventry University London


Get in touch

Coventry University London

+44 (0) 20 7247 3666


ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

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

A fast-paced and highly practical CIMA and ACCA-accredited master’s degree programme. Ideal 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 may be 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, upon successful completion, to pursue a career in accounting or to further your knowledge in the field of accounting and finance. You may have just graduated in accounting or a related subject, or perhaps you’re already an accountant but want to develop your knowledge base into broader management roles.

What’s more, both MSc Professional Accounting and MSc Professional Accounting with Extended Professional Practice have been awarded nine ACCA exemption accreditations, and upon completion of the programme students can enter CIMA via their Masters gateway which entitles them to 11 exemptions. This master’s course is also linked to SAP HANA. You’ll also learn using Bloomberg terminals and S&P Capital IQ – which are routinely used in major organisations around the word. Where better to study accounting than in the heart of London’s financial district?

Extended Professional Practice
This course offers the option of undertaking Extended Professional Practice. Our Extended MSc courses are delivered over 18 months instead of the usual 12 months, giving you the opportunity to undertake a longer internship* or project as part of your course.

You will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how businesses operate, how to apply theory to real-world scenarios, and how best to prepare you for the world of business with confidence.

Our Talent Team are here to support you in securing an extended placement with the right employer. Whether you are looking to join a small business or a large organisation, the team will work with you to help you achieve your internship goal.

Your placement will be full-time, with students expected to work approximately 35 hours per week.

The Extended Professional Practice course lasts 5 semesters; during semesters 1 and 2 you will undertake 120 taught credits on-campus; in semesters 3 and 4 you will undertake the placement; in the final semester, you will take a 60-credit project module in which you will write up your internship report and research findings.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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.

This programme is accredited by CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants where you will receive 11 exemptions with 5 exams to go. You enter CIMA and take the Gateway Exam, once passed you will be granted entry to the Professional Qualification at Strategic Level. Find out more about this entry route here.

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 be asked to study a set of core accounting modules plus your choice of 2 optional modules in risk analysis and financial modelling or business analysis. You’ll also have an array of options for your final major project, ranging from a dissertation to real consultancy* or an internship*. These opportunities will be sourced by the student, with support from our Talent Team.

* Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Modules

  • SAP HANA

  • Global Financial Management

  • Global Performance Management

  • Professional Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • Empirical Finance and Accounting Research

  • Audit, Assurance and Professional Ethics

  • Taxation

  • Optional modules

    • Risk Analysis & Financial Modelling
    • Business Analysis

  • Final Term Project Options (without Extended Professional Practice)

    • Internship
    • Individual Consulting
    • Dissertation for Accounting, Finance and Economics
    • Accounting Simulation

  • Extended Professional Practice

    • Postgraduate Professional Practice 1
    • Postgraduate Professional Practice 2
    • Postgraduate Professional Practice Project

    * Please note that we are unable to guarantee any internship, placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

In more detail...

  • You’ll take a major step towards qualifying as an accountant, if that’s what you choose.
  • There are plenty of opportunities to network with and hear from industry experts, both in and out of the classroom
  • You’ll have the opportunity for field trips within the UK (perhaps the Bank of England or Canary Wharf) and an overseas visit
  • 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
  • Course content is aligned with the requirements of the leading professional associations for accounting, including the ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA
  • This new programme is right up to date with what employers are looking for, because the curriculum was designed in collaboration with industry experts
  • 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
  • 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

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:<br> 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 successful completion, you should 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.

In a typical week you will have around 12 contact hours for module learning. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please contact +44 (0) 20 7247 3666 or ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk for more information about studying this course part-time.

The university is committed to providing a global educational experience and we encourage you to undertake a placement year or study year abroad after your second or third semester of study. We will endeavour to support you in finding a placement anywhere in the world and in seeking financing for that experience.

The majority of work placements have been within the UK, but previous students have been placed in PwC UK, Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen & Co., and many more. The majority of study abroad student have studied at high education institutions within Europe.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any trip, placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Entry Requirements

A second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

A second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in accounting related discipline.
Applications from candidates with relevant accounting related experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

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

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit in the coming years, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance amongst other things. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force from time to time.

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 second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

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

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 2021

£14,250


January 2022

£14,250


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 2021

TBC


January 2022

TBC


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 2021

£17,900


January 2022

£17,900


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.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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.

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 2020/21 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 course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.