MSc Accounting

The MSc Accounting will allow you to gain an advanced understanding of accounting practices that are vital in the modern business world. This postgraduate accounting course is ideal if you want to pursue a successful career in a finance, accounting or management role. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to effectively analyse, interpret and make decisions based on financial information.

The course focuses on refining your business skills with an emphasis on accounting and assurance. It has been designed to allow you to develop a strong understanding of how financial data underpins the decision-making process, and how outcomes are effectively communicated and evaluated. Holders of recognised professional accounting qualifications may be entitled to significant exemptions from modules.

Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years February Treforest A
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years February Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A

This Masters Accounting course will allow you to gain an advanced understanding of accounting practices that are vital in the modern business world. This course is ideal if you want to pursue a successful career in a finance, accounting or management role. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to effectively analyse, interpret and make decisions based on financial information.

You will be taught by academic staff with extensive practical and academic knowledge, in a department rated ‘excellent’ for teaching quality. The professional experience of staff ranges from working for smaller organisations to the ‘Big Four’ accounting and professional services firms.

Students will study the following specified or core modules:

 

Corporate Governance
The systems by which companies are directed and controlled, including the relative merits of codes and legislation.

Research Methods for Finance and Accounting
An appreciation of the academic research process and the underlying elements and principles, developing the skills to critically evaluate and conduct postgraduate research.

Strategic Management Accounting
A critical perspective and appreciation of contemporary theories and developments in management accounting.

Corporate Financial Reporting
A critical perspective and appreciation of contemporary theories and developments in corporate financial reporting, including issues faced by accounting regulators and practitioners.

Dissertation - Accounting and Finance
A significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.

 

Students then choose two modules from the following 20 credit option modules (option availability subject to student demand):

Contemporary Issues
In-depth, case study investigations into topical issues and events regarding accounting, audit, tax and finance.

Audit and Assurance in a Global Environment
An appreciation of the knowledge, skills, and professional judgement needed in a variety of audit and assurance engagements.

Forensic Audit and Accounting
The principles of forensic audit and accounting, including theoretical concepts allied to investigation and analysis. 

Teaching

The MSc Accounting course is delivered full-time through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops, case study analysis and discussion groups. You will be exposed to real-life situations and given the skills and opportunities to find practical solutions. Assessment methods include examinations and coursework-based assignments.

Assessment

Assessment is by a range of methods including examinations and coursework based assignments.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in accounting or business degree with strong accounting content.

Holders of recognised professional accounting qualifications may be entitled to significant exemptions.

Equivalent accredited international or professional qualifications may also be acceptable.

Students wishing to take ACCA examinations alongside the MSc will also need to be ACCA registered students.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £6000 
  • Full-time International:  £12600 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £670  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Other: Text Books £183 - £252
Copies of all core texts are available in the library but students may wish to purchase their own copies.

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Admissions statement 

Employment opportunities are numerous, including firms of accountants in the finance departments of commercial organisations, and also the public and not-for-profit sectors. Many MSc Accounting graduates go on to work as practising accountants in roles such as financial managers, controllers, consultants or internal auditors.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.