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Accounting

MSc

Business School

Oxford Brookes University has a strong strategic relationship with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Studying this accounting master’s degree is excellent preparation for a career in accounting, or a related profession like auditing or finance.

You will develop the all-round capabilities needed to be a successful accounting professional. These include research and analytical skills as well as team-working, problem solving and communication. The MSc Accounting is designed for those wishing to begin a career in accountancy. It is not suitable for those who already have an undergraduate degree in Accounting.

Please come to our Postgraduate Open Day or Master's Online Information Session

Available start dates

September 2017 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 12 months
  • Part time: 2 years

UCAS Postgraduate code

33329

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Employability: Graduates have gone on to work in prestigious organisations such as KPMG, PwC and Deloitte as we emphasise developing the all-round capabilities needed to be a successful accounting professional. On the practical side, our Careers Centre offers support in developing your CV and interview skills, and provide regularly updated job vacancy information.
  • Professional accreditation and links: On completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for up to seven exemptions from the exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a professional qualification recognised worldwide. Our staff maintain close links with professional bodies including ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).
  • Teaching and learning: You will be taught in small interactive groups so you can learn from and bond with your classmates and lecturers. It is an intensive programme which has nearly twice the number of teaching hours of a typical accounting master’s programme and covers financial accounting, management accounting and corporate finance. Teaching staff have extensive professional experience and are able to provide practical insight and commercial understanding. Furthermore, prestigious guest speakers such as Professor George Magnus, Senior Economic Advisor to UBS and Financial Times Columnist, come and speak to you about the industry. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and our business school received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Coordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.
  • Oxford location:Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region.
For more information about postgraduate study at the Business School visit our web pages. Details of Business School Open Days are also available on our website.

The MSc Accounting programme consists of four compulsory modules, up to two elective modules and the research project. You can view the course structure here.

The modules are as follows:

Business Concepts and Skills gives you an introduction to the fundamental business disciplines. You start by exploring how accounting practice relates to each business function. You will develop the study skills that you need to successfully complete this programme.

Managerial Accounting and Performance Management. You will develop a detailed understanding of management accounting and its relevance for decision making in a variety of organisations. You will learn techniques for planning, controlling and analysing  organisational performance. You will develop your technical ability and the ability to critically evaluate the techniques and processes.

Financial Accounting and Reporting provides an understanding of financial accounting techniques, from basic transaction records to international financial reporting. You will learn how to prepare and interpret financial statements and debate current issues in international financial accounting.

Corporate Finance Concepts considers how accounting and corporate finance issues are related. You will study the fundamental ideas and theories of corporate finance and how accounting practice links with the theory of corporate financial decision making.

Finance and Accounting Research Project incorporates research methods and a research project. This is a key component of the master's degree. The project provides you with an opportunity to explore a specialist area in depth. You have a choice to undertake a traditional dissertation or follow a structured research project which incorporates both theoretical and applied research. You will be provided with guidance and advice throughout the process.

Elective modules - You can choose either one or two elective modules from a choice of:

  • Audit and Assurance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Finance in Context
  • Financial Modelling
  • International Business In Practice: Study Trip (Non-credit)
  • International Finance.

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, course content and module choices may change from those listed in the course entry.

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching takes place in interactive workshops. In addition, lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will develop your team-working skills through a structured group assignment. 

Teaching staff from the Business School have in-depth knowledge of accounting practices and issues through practical experience or academic research. Visiting speakers from business and research bodies provide further input.

This is an intensive programme and you will have two taught classes each week for several modules.

Approach to assessment

Assessment will include a range of activities including examinations, case studies, reports and a group presentation.

Specialist facilities

We're investing over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • The Business School brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Field trips

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Attendance pattern

Classes are timetabled throughout the week and not every week will be the same.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £8,160 2018/19: £8,320

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £5,000 2018/19: £5,100

International - full time: 2017/18: £14,300 2018/19: £14,590

Where part time fees are quoted the same fee will apply in year 2 of study.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.

Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

This course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities.  Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

​​Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference).

Please note: MSc Accounting programme is a conversion degree and as such is not suitable for applicants who have studied an undergraduate degree in accounting.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements:

  • IELTS minimum level 6.0, (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in listening and speaking).
  • If you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements

Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • If you need to take a pre-master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course, you can take our two year master’s course. This course combine the pre-master's diploma and your master's in one application. You can apply for one visa for the two years of study.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Please contact Business School enquiries if you need help with your application or require any further information.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

How this course helps you develop

This course will help you develop both academically and professionally. It will provide you with a route into the accounting profession and offers the opportunity for you to create global business links with fellow students, teaching staff and professionals. You will develop vital skills such as digital literacy, communication, presentation and team working.

Careers

Our students are attractive to employers both in the UK and internationally and have gone to work in prestigious organisations such as Apple (on the Leadership Programme), Proctor & Gamble, IBM, Cancer Research and Wolseley Group. Others have joined accounting practices such as KPMG, PwC and Deloitte.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

We take great pride in the personal, academic and career development support provided to our postgraduate students. Our student support co-ordinators ensure that any problems are addressed rapidly and effectively. Our dedicated careers centre provides advice and workshops to help develop the key skills needed for your career. All academic staff have times during the week when you can walk in without an appointment to discuss academic or personal concerns. A dedicated and caring team of postgraduate programme administrators ensure you receive efficient and effective support.

Postgraduate students can use the dedicated postgraduate lounge, which is equipped with PCs, group work study rooms, sofas, armchairs and a kitchenette.

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Research areas and clusters

The Accounting, Finance and Economics departments comprises two main areas of research: Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Social Responsibility and Governance, and Applied Economics, Finance and Development. The Accounting cluster focuses on how accountability and responsibility is achieved, explored from a range of perspectives and methodological approaches. The Economics cluster comprises applied macro- and microeconomics as well as finance, environmental sustainability and development.

Research clusters