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International Accounting and Finance MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Finance / Accounting (General) Accounting

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Why this course?

The programme is for graduates looking to broaden their previous study of accounting or for those already working in accounting or finance.

The course gives you an international perspective on the theory and practice of accounting. You’ll study financial management and securities markets. There’s a particular focus on the move towards harmonisation with international accounting standards and the impact of leading standard-setting authorities.

The course provides you with:

  • an international perspective on accounting theories of income and value
  • critical awareness of international accounting standards and their implementation
  • sound understanding of financial theory and analysis
  • appreciation of the nature and functioning of financial markets and institutions
  • ability to apply analytical techniques in practice

You’ll study

The taught component of the course is covered in the first two semesters.

Core classes in the first semester include Principles of Finance and Accounting & Financial Analysis. Core classes in the second semester include Advanced Corporate Finance and Applications and Advanced Accounting. Elective classes include International Accounting and Empirical Methods in Finance.

The research project will take up the third (summer) semester.

You’ll be assessed on your ability to select and apply relevant theory and research methods. This work may be linked to an issue raised by, or a problem to be solved for, an employer.

Dissertation or two research projects (MSc only)

You’ll will work on either a series of two research projects or a dissertation, supported by an academic supervisors. One research topic will be pre-defined and the other you can choose a topic from the broad range of issues covered on the programme.

You’ll will assessed on your ability to select and apply relevant theory and research methods. This work may be linked to an issue raised by, or a problem to be solved for, an employer. In certain select circumstances a student can undertake the completion of a dissertation but only with prior academic approval from the Course Director and a distinction level performance on the course.

Facilities

Strathclyde’s award-winning Business School is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. We've around 200 academic staff and more than 3000 full-time students.

The departments and specialist units work together to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary postgraduate courses.

The MSc International Accounting & Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

Careers

This course is suitable for those intending to develop their careers in finance, broadly defined as:

  • corporate finance
  • security analysis
  • portfolio management
  • options and futures
  • treasury management
  • the functioning of financial institutions and markets
  • financial decision-taking in the public sector

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

SEP

Modules

The aim of this class is to discuss the different ways in which firms can raise funds, internally and externally, and the role of capital markets in determining the terms on which funding will be available. The class will cover the capital structure of companies, and their ability to raise finance through initial and seasoned equity capital issues. It will also examine mergers and acquisitions as major investments undertaken by companies, the firm's working capital policy, and their payout policy in the form of dividends and stock market buybacks. The class will be conducted through a series of lectures and tutorials. You will study this module in semester 2.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£13,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£23,300

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree (upper second-class preferred), or equivalent, in accounting, economics, business studies, maths, statistics or computing.

Department profile

Strathclyde Business School (SBS) is located in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland. Offering a wide range of business-related degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level, the Business School is part of the University of Strathclyde. The University itself has been recognised with a number of awards, including University of the Year in 2012 and Business School of the Year in 2016. It is also a UK top 20 university for research and was ranked...more

University information

Located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, the University of Strathclyde offers a fantastic experience, where you will enjoy flexible, innovative learning and excellent facilities. Many of their courses can be studied part-time or by distance learning, where you can carry out most of your studies off campus using their virtual learning environment, MyPlace. Their campus offers excellent facilities including state of-the-art...more

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