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Accounting and Finance MSc

Why choose this course?

Enhance your career prospects with a course that equips you with the knowledge and skills that you need to gain high-level positions in the accounting and finance industries. 

Whether you are looking to enhance or forge your career in the accounting and finance domain; this is the course for you.

We offer you practical experience of industry-standard methods, tools and data; set in a global context and taught by international staff. This course also offers intensive case study research on some of the modules aiming to demonstrate the highly practical aspect to it.

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
Location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston Business School is one of only five per cent of the world's business schools to be accredited by AACSB International.
  • This course gives you entry into the CIMA Masters Gateway. If you successfully complete the CIMA Gateway Exam, you will be granted exemptions that include subjects from the certificate level, operational and management level exams. The course also offers exemptions from the professional exams of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
  • You will gain practical experience, working on real-life cases and financial data platforms such as Bloomberg, Fame and Datastream.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Kingston Business School holds the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in recognition of the excellence of its business education. This accreditation has been earned by just five per cent of the world's business schools and recognises the high quality and standard of our business degree offering.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Accreditation

Association of Corporate Treasurers

Association of Corporate Treasurers

Association of Corporate Treasurers

This course is accredited by the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Upon completion of module International Money & Finance (BA7020) you will gain exemptions from the Certificate in Treasury units:  Unit 1: The context of treasury; Unit 2: Cash and liquidity management; and Unit 3: Corporate finance.  You would then be required to complete two further units to complete the CertT.

This accreditation is renewed on an annual basis.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The course is accredited by CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants giving you entry into the CIMA Masters Gateway - an accelerated entry route. 

You can choose to independently organise and fund taking the CIMA Gateway Exam. Upon successful completion you will be granted 11 exemptions that include subjects from the certificate level, operational and management level exams.

This accreditation is ongoing.

What our students say

What our graduates say

As an ACCA affiliate, I believe that Kingston University provided me with the best academic experience under the guidance of their esteemed faculty in a thriving community and vibrant campus life as part of my MSc.

Ayesha Ali

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

Matthew Spencer, UBS Warburg

Much of my success is due to the excellent teaching and supervision of the academic staff at Kingston.

Muhammad Tahir

What you will study

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

Year 2 (optional)

Core modules

Auditing and Control

15 credits

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

15 credits

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.

Management Accounting

15 credits

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.

Financial Modelling and Research Methods

30 credits

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.

Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis

30 credits

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.

Financial Accounting and Financial Management

30 credits

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.

Optional modules

International Money and Finance

15 credits

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

15 credits

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.

Research project

Research Project

30 credits

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.

The professional placement year is optional. It takes place after the full time year. It allows students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The work placement is an assessed part of the course and is therefore covered by a Tier 4 visa. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Modules

Professional Placement

120 credits

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.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

After you graduate

This course can help lead to careers in financial services, corporate finance, treasury or banking sectors. Typical roles may include accountant, trader, financial analyst, investment banker, portfolio/fund manager and other finance positions. 

Graduates have gone on to work for KPMG, PWC, Deloitte, Bank of America Merriill Lynch, GE Healthcare, Shell Company, Baker Tilly, McLaren Automotive Ltd,  Credit Suisse, AXA and Santander.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

We welcome applications from anyone with a good honours (or equivalent) in any relevant discipline.

If you do not have an honours degree, you will need to show us evidence that you know enough about the relevant subjects to understand the course materials - for example, a professional qualification, training or work experience in a relevant field (contact the postgraduate admissions team to find out more).

Pre-Masters programme

If you don't meet these entry requirements, our Pre-Masters programme can prepare you for the course.

International

Please note: most students from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area and classified as overseas fee paying, are not eligible to apply for part-time courses due to UK student visa regulations. For information on exceptions please visit the UKCISA website or email our CAS and Visa Compliance team.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other elements. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Professional placement

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 331 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1469 hours
Professional placement
  • Guided independent study: 50 hours
  • Placement: 1150 hours
  • Year 1: 18% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • 100% of your time is spent on guided independent study and placement 
  • Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

Professional placement

Year 1
  • Coursework: 79%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Exam: 21%
Professional placement
  • Coursework: 100%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Exam: 0%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetables

Each student receives a personalised timetable. This is usually available after you have completed your online enrolment, which typically accessible 1 month before the start of your course.

Class sizes

You will be part of an intimate cohort of students which provides dedicated academic guidance and advice and the opportunity to build a life-long network of colleagues. Some modules are common across other postgraduate programmes therefore you will be taught alongside students who are on these courses within the Business School.

Who teaches this course

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.

Fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • MSc full time £11,280

Overseas (not EU) 2020/21

  • MSc full time £16,000
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