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
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.
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.
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.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
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Changes to programmes