The MSc Finance and Accounting is aimed at providing you with an in-depth grounding for your professional and/or academic career in finance, business and accounting. Previous students studying this course have taken up appointments in large financial institutions, national government departments and international banks. This course develops your strategic understanding and critical thinking of the main finance principles and theories that support and inform corporate financial decisions and upon which modern business decision making is based. In addition, it provides you with an opportunity to develop practical skills and theoretical understanding of finance for international business. You will explore the importance of accounting information in the management of corporations and a variety of approaches small firms follow to secure finance to survive and succeed in the hyper-competitive market. You will have the opportunity to evaluate the impact of organisational theories and corporate governance on corporations in an international context. In this modern globalised business environment you will explore the key factors that affect international business management. Your research skills will be developed and you can apply this knowledge through an independent piece of research in an accounting or finance related topic.
You will also be taken on external visits, for example to the London Stock Exchange, and the course is taught by highly research active staff who have embedded their research into the programme.
Typical modules include:
Understand the international financial system and apply various international financial strategies available to international corporate managers.
International Business Environment
Understand the controversies over basic trends in the global economy and analyse key issues like foreign investment and location which underpin global business decision making
Develop skills in all the key aspects of financial decision-making, from sources of finance, investment appraisal to management of capital
Accounting for Business
Read, analyse and question the financial and management accounting information which operational managers will need to contend with in the course of their career.
Explore approaches small firms can follow to secure finance to survive and succeed in the hyper-competitive market. Investigate options for financial support including venture capital, angel finance, bank finance, trade credit, financial bootstrapping, and small firm loan guarantee scheme
Corporate Governance in an International Context
Explore a range of perspectives that help understand the interplay between corporate governance, strategy and corporate performance in a range of comparative national and organisational contexts
You will undertake an Independent Business Analysis Project, which runs throughout your course.
You will be taken on external visits, for example to the London Stock Exchange.
This is a full-time master’s programme which can be achieved in one calendar year. The course is designed for those with or without a finance, economics or accounting background and provides the opportunity to engage with organisations. You will attend a practical equity market lecture on a visit to the London Stock Exchange, for example.
This course is highly international in terms of content and student composition. The course utilises high quality blended learning support, access to excellent learning facilities, and research-active teaching staff with industrial experience. There is a good student network developed within the course, and the course is supported by a well-developed programme team, personal tutoring and the use of course representatives.
Upon completion of the course the skills gained can help you pursue a career in banking, business and industry, or academia.
Upon completion of MSc Finance and Accounting you can take up jobs as finance professionals in banking, insurance, multinational corporations, NGOs, national and local governments, international financial institutions such as IMF, World Bank, IFC etc. For those who want to take up careers in academia, this MSc prepares you with the appropriate skills and provides students with the necessary building blocks to pursue further study at the MPhil or PhD level.
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
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* Please contact the relevant Academic School for information on course fees.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
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These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.
* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.