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Accounting and Finance Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 1–4 days per week September 2020
Full time 2 years including professional placement 1–4 days per week plus placement year September 2020

Choose Kingston's Accounting and Finance MSc

Enhance your career prospects with a course that equips you with the skills you need to gain high-level positions in the accounting and finance industries. We offer you practical experience of industry-standard methods, tools and data, set in a global context and taught by international staff.

  • This course is accredited by the Association of Corporate Treasurers and offers exemptions from their professional exams.
  • This course has been ranked in the top 50 accountancy and auditing courses in western Europe by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2015/16.
  • Kingston Business School was one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.
  • The programme has been developed in consultation with finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank to give you the practical, real-life skills employers require in this highly competitive sector.
  • We are one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
  • There are regular talks from practising industry experts such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.
  • As well as studying an international curriculum, you will meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures who can add international insight to class discussions and working groups, and give you a global alumni network.
  • Study in one of London's happiest boroughs, with some of London's lowest crime rates, but still be within easy reach of central London.

"In certain City jobs, the ability to use Bloomberg terminals is as important as being able to use Microsoft Office." – Dr George Alexandrou, Associate Professor.


What you will study

During your Accounting and Finance MSc, you will develop your understanding of financial accounting, modelling and reporting, and how this integrates into a business environment. You will look at how theoretical and conceptual issues combine in the operational and practical activities of management accounting.

You will also look at the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors that influence an organisation's social responsibilities and how they integrate with a company's strategic decision-making processes. You will examine the core theories of finance and investment, and how they can be used in practical decision-making.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK... it was created, and is taught, by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, Deputy Head of DAFI

Assessment

You will be assessed according to a combination of assignments, case studies, formal examinations and dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2018 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,230 in September 2019. Students commencing the course in September 2019 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2020 (provisionally £1,350).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Eduniversal best masters logoThis course has been rated by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2015/16 as one of the best accounting and finance masters courses in western Europe.

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"Much of my success is due to the excellent teaching and supervision of the academic staff at Kingston. Particular credit is given to my supervisor Dr Salma Ibrahim, who encouraged and guided me throughout my studies." Muhammad Tahir, Accounting and Finance MSc (with Distinction) graduate

"From my first phone call to arrange an interview with my present employer, it quickly became apparent that without my Accounting and Finance MA it was very unlikely that such a large investment bank would respond to my application." Matthew Spencer, UBS Warburg

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Course structure

This course is underpinned by the latest research and best practice. Modules have been developed to provide you with up-to-date and relevant knowledge of accounting, finance and research methods. Year 1 is made up of six core modules, one optional module and a research project.Year 2, the Professional Placement Year, is optional and offers a full year of work experience.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module offers an intuitive analysis of the international financial management environment. It studies the role and functions of international financial markets (FX, capital markets) and institutions, and assesses the tools that can be employed by firms' managers to assess and control for risk in these markets. Moreover, it provides students with an understanding of international economic linkages, international monetary systems, and parity conditions in international financial markets. Several real world examples and journal articles are employed to bring together theoretical considerations and practise. This module is assessed with a combination of an exam and a coursework and is delivered by weekly seminars.

     
  • Financial Reporting module deals with corporate financial reporting. It considers the principles and application of various reporting requirements and standards such as IFRSs, as well as alternative methods of accounting. The focus of the module then moves to a consideration and evaluation of financial reporting in a wider business and social context.

     
  • This module will introduce you to the concept of auditing. It covers the theoretical frameworks as well as practical processes and techniques. Current regulation, legislation, corporate governance and ethics will also be covered. The module is assessed with one piece of coursework, a presentation and an examination.

     
  • Market-based accounting deals with the interrelationship between capital markets and accounting information. This module familiarises students with important issues in empirical accounting research and applies the concepts underlying accounting and finance, as applicable in capital market settings. The module builds on the knowledge gained in both ‘Financial Accounting' and ‘Corporate Finance' and provides skills necessary in both the accounting and finance profession.

     
  • This module will enable you to understand and prepare management information to support the decision making in an organisation. You will be able to calculate the costs associated with the production of products and provision of services, and determine their price and you will be able to understand budgeting approaches and how budgets are produced. Effective performance management systems including performance measures, to assist management decision making, are also covered.

     
  • The Financial Modelling and Research Methods module is a core module for the postgraduate modular finance scheme. The module has two parts. The first part provides an underpinning and understanding of numerical techniques used in the business and finance world to aid strategic decision making. It aims to provide students with the accounting, mathematical and statistical foundations that are necessary in the areas of accounting and finance. The second parts deals with an understanding of research methodology and the research methods and skills that the students will need to complete their research project successfully during the summer period.

     
  • The module is designed to offer knowledge of a unique combination of major cotemporary theoretical and empirical developments in the area of corporate finance and the analysis and valuation companies both from an accounting and financial perspective. The corporate finance part allows students to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the core theories and concepts in the field of corporate finance. It further develops their skills and ability to apply their knowledge and understanding in real corporate life cases. The Financial statement analysis part allows students to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the accounting principles and enable them to analyse financial statements and reports using financial ratios and other metrics. It also equips students with the knowledge to assess corporate profitability and financial stability and to critically evaluate the corporate reporting choices. This module adds value and it is relevant to those who are interested in a career in the corporate or in the financial services sector, as well as those who are interested in working as financial advisors and consultants or as financial analysts. Other professional such as accountants and corporate lawyers can also benefit and enjoy broader career development opportunities through the skills that the knowledge of the subjects covered in this module offers.

     
  • This module introduces financial accounting and financial management in a business context. It will provide you with a mix of practical know how as well as a theoretical underpinning. The module explains the principles for constructing the key financial statements that will allow you to produce financial statements from transaction records using double entry principles. You will also learn how to conduct an appraisal of an organisation's financial statements and look at companies' financial statements and their regulation.

    The lectures for this module take an active learning approach that involves informal feedback through discussion and practice questions. The financial management section of this module gives you the skills to take a senior financial management position in a modern organisation.

     
  • The Research Project module is a core module for the postgraduate modular finance scheme. This module is based on the BAM0xx Financial Modelling and Research Methods module that provides you with an understanding of research methodology and the research methods and skills that you will need to complete your research project successfully. To help you do this you will be allocated an individual supervisor who will provide guidance and encouragement. During this module you will draw on the knowledge and skills that you have gained during the earlier taught modules, but you will also acquire new skills and knowledge that will enhance your profile as a critical, independent, and creative thinker - just the sort of high level skills that modern employers are looking for. Whilst this is a demanding module, it is also a module that will give you an immense amount of satisfaction, because the research project and dissertation is your own, and what gaining a master's degree is all about.

     

Year 2 (optional)

  • The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a Master's programme that incorporates an extended professional placement that follows completion of the first 180 credits of taught modules and project or dissertation. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and to develop and enhance key employability skills and subject specific skills in their chosen subject.

    It is the responsibility of individual students to locate and secure a suitable placement opportunity; this will normally involve one placement which must be completed over a minimum period of 10 months and within a maximum of 12 months. The placement must be approved by the module leader prior to commencement to ensure its suitability.

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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