Taught course

Accounting and Finance

Institution
University of Northampton · Division of Accounting and Finance
Qualifications
MScPGCert

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a second-class degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant subject, obtained from a UK university, equivalent degree or postgraduate diploma from a recognised university abroad; or professional qualifications such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA, AIB, ACII, etc if they are obtained by examination (part qualified professionals may also apply).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Accounting and finance are essential areas of expertise for those seeking high-level careers in these professions, as well as commerce and academia.

We expect that you will start this course with a good deal of technical accounting knowledge, having either studied accounting at undergraduate or professional level. You will be provided with theoretical background and applied knowledge at Master’s level that allows you to build upon your existing skills. The course is designed to enhance your intellectual and transferable skills, including presentation, research, analysis and appraisal. This course addresses many of the current accounting issues present in business and how they relate to wider social, technical and economic challenges. You will also have the opportunity to study a specialist interest of your choice.

On completion of the course, you will be familiar with theoretical issues in accountancy and finance, and will be able to apply accounting theory and practice to real issues that are faced in day-to-day operations. This will provide you with an excellent framework for pursuing further study, or enhancing your business prospects.

Semester One

You will be introduced to some of the main themes in accounting and finance, this is in the context of utilising financial information to enhance business decision making. Modules in semester one will highlight the importance of sound decision making in successful organisations.

Semester Two

You will examine the role which organisations can play in the wider social context in which they operate and also how this role can affect their decision making. You will also study the way in which accounting regulation takes place in an international context.

Semester Three

The research proposal produced in Semester two will guide the development of a clearly defined and evidenced study proposal, a critical review of relevant literature, and a robust methodology. Data is then collected, analysed, interpreted and applied to the study proposal and a 15,000 word research report (dissertation) is produced, with the support of a dissertation supervisor.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

distance learning
24 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGCert

part time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations35
Written coursework / continuous assessment35
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
study@northampton.ac.uk
Phone
+ 44 (0)1604 735500
Fax
+ 44 (0)1604 713029