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Online MSc Accounting and Finance

The aim of this course is to provide you with the advanced level skills and knowledge required by personnel in the accounting, finance, and corporate financial industry sectors.

On completion of the course you will be able to take advantage of opportunities in either managerial or consulting roles in the corporate sector and finance industries.

You will be equipped with the advanced level skills and understanding necessary to effectively and efficiently perform tasks relevant to the corporations or organisations involved with accounting and finance.

You will be able to work effectively in teams and independently, to evaluate critically, think creatively and communicate effectively with respect to issues in different areas of accounting and finance; and to recognise good practice in the analysis, planning and management of accounting policies and corporate financial strategies.

You also develop an advanced level of understanding of research methods and their application to a wide range of accounting reporting, accounting policies and corporate financial decisions.

3 good reasons to study Accounting and Finance at Salford:

  • Equip yourself for a career in the rapidly expanding accounting and finance industry
  • Learn in an internationally-orientated environment with access to a global network of like-minded professionals
  • A programme that equips you with the necessary theory and skills to work successfully in professional accountancy services and corporate sectors

Admission Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Programme Outline

The scheme has been designed to meet the aims of the online MSc in a flexible manner and can be tailored to the individual preferences of each student. The MSc requires you to complete four courses plus a final dissertation. The programme consists of the following modules:

Introductory

Not-for-credit

Induction

This is the first module of the programme which gives an orientation to the course and the online learning style. It does not carry credits and students are encouraged to go through the material in this module at their own pace and get accustomed to the online medium.

Stage 1

120 credits, four taught modules

Core

  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • International Financial Management
  • Risk, Regulation and Compliance
  • Corporate Financial Strategies

Residential

Mandatory one-week residency held in Salford, United Kingdom, or Zürich, Swizterland.

Stage 2

60 credits, Individual dissertation

Dissertation Work

A conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, consisting of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Module Descriptions

There are no average courses within our MSc programme. We are bound to provide an exceptional learning experience, and there is no better way to achieve this aim than with outstanding courses. They have been carefully crafted by experienced professors and are all meant to make you a more successful and efficient manager.

There are no old-fashioned exams. Instead you are given real-life case studies and essays, which allow you to think critically about your company and your own career. All this might seem too glossy but there is one catch: we do not accept average candidates. Only individuals as outstanding as our values can find their way toward admission at the Robert Kennedy College.

Induction

Not-for-credit module

A not-for-credit induction module will be the starting point of the programme. The induction process is designed to familiarise you with the programme design, requirements and resources, as well as with the way online interaction, learning and grading will take place. After the induction you should be familiar with academic life, including academic writing, library services and library access, OnlineCampus access, and academic support services.

Contemporary Issues in Accounting

Develop an in-depth understanding of financial and management accounting techniques to enable you to evaluate performance of profit making and not-for-profit organisations. You will gain the ability to apply relevant knowledge, skills and techniques to evaluate the performance of an organisation and its strategic development. You will also learn to critically analyse the professional and ethical duties of accountants and finance managers and critically evaluate methods of benchmarking performance in line with business objectives.

International Financial Management

Examine the impact of such factors as exchange rates, inflation rates and interest rates on the performance of firms and assess their significance in decision making in an international/global context.

Risk, Regulation and Compliance

Learn to employ critical reflection and thinking regarding domestic and international regulatory frameworks for financial and non financial companies. You will also develop an understanding of the economics of regulation and the problems of compliance.

Corporate Financial Strategies

Evaluate the principle issues facing professionals in today’s competitive environment, and apply financial theories and techniques in corporate finance to evaluate the link between financial decisions and their impact on enhancing a firm’s value. You will also develop knowledge and ability to value financial securities, to evaluate, analyse and construct corporate projects, and to propose more relevant approaches to valuation analysis relating to both developed and emerging markets.

  • Duration

    Minimum 12 months, maximum 3 years.

  • Delivery Method

    Mostly online via OnlineCampus (an interactive online learning environment) with intensive class discussion and collaboration, plus a one-week compulsory residency.

  • Places

    The number of places per term is strictly limited to 90.

  • Terms

    Four terms per year (winter, spring, summer and autumn).

  • Tuition Fees

    10,000 CHF (Swiss Francs). This includes library access, OnlineCampus access, graduation fees, and University of Salford matriculation fees. Fees are payable in interest free instalments over 12 months, however, the programme is not eligible for UK Postgraduate Loans for Master’s Study. The fees are for the entire programme, and include all the courses as well as supervision for the final innovation project.

    Residency costs, such as airfare and accommodation, plus a 2,000 CHF (Swiss Francs) tuition fee for the residency, and some of the textbooks that you will need for the course are not included in these fees.

  • Accreditation and Recognition

    All the University of Salford M.Sc. degrees programme offered online are recognised worldwide. The University of Salford received a Royal Charter in 1967 by Her Majesty the Queen. The University of Salford is fully recognised by the British Government.