The MSc Accounting and Finance is made up of four compulsory taught modules, one or two elective modules and a research project. You can view the course structure here.
Compulsory modules are as follows:
- Skills and Techniques for Accounting and Finance: You will learn the essential skills you require to study accounting and finance. You learn mathematics, statistics and book-keeping skills, providing the foundation for the rest of the programme.
- Managerial Accounting: You will learn management accounting techniques for planning, controlling, decision-making and analysing organisational performance. You will develop technical abilities as well as critically evaluating business processes.
- Financial Accounting: By gaining 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: You will acquire theoretical knowledge on the elements of company value including how financial decisions contribute to meeting a corporation’s objectives. By having practical focus, the module contributes to your understanding of how financial decisions are taken by companies.
- Research Project: On this module you incorporate 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:
- Financial Modelling
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Audit and Assurance
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- Finance and Strategy
- International Finance
- Performance Management
- Financial Reporting
- International Business In Practice: Study Trip (non-credit)
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.
Please see the course structure chart.
Teaching and learning
On this course you will benefit from active learning approaches. These include small interactive seminars, workshop activities, discussions and problem-solving activities, rather than an approach focused solely on lectures and note-taking. This enables your teachers to get to know you individually and support you personally.
Our innovative approach to teaching will help your learning experience to be vibrant and engaging. You will develop skills in critical enquiry along with a firm grounding in practice, which will enable you to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading organisations. Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.
Approach to assessment
Assessment is diverse, allowing the evaluation of a range of skills in different ways. This can include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, oral exams (viva) and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed group work.
Oxford Brookes Business School has now moved to its new home at our Headington Campus. The university’s Headington Campus have undergone a £30m refurbishment to provide a new home for the Business School, which consists of a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. There is a new modern hall for teaching and special events like graduation.
This new home will help us to collaborate even more closely with university colleagues in other departments. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.
The Headington Campus is also home to the new John Henry Brookes Building, being the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. The John Henry Brookes Building brings together the library and essential support services that offer academic, careers and international student advice. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.
The majority of our student halls are close to the Headington Campus.
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.
Whilst the destination and therefore precise costs vary from year to year, as an example, the programme fee of the study trip to Boston USA in July 2019 was £1580, which included 7 nights’ accommodation in the Boston area, insurance, the company visits (e.g. Facebook, Dunkin Brands, Trip Advisor, Microsoft, Bank of America), group transportation for all activities and some of the meals, but excluded for example International airfare, Visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.
We also run a study trip to Chengdu, China.
If you choose the study trip, you will be provided with additional details regarding the trip (which runs in July) by March, in order to inform decision making, ahead of the trip in July.
Classes are timetabled throughout the week and not every week
will be the same.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
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