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MSc Accounting and Financial Management

Work with leading academics to develop your financial skills and kick-start your career

2018/19 entry

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

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This course gives you access to leading figures in the field of accounting, finance and management.

You'll study alongside academic staff with an international reputation for research. You'll build on your existing knowledge, and receive a rigorous grounding in advanced theories of modern accounting and finance.

We're committed to developing the knowledge and experience which make you attractive to employers. You'll develop advanced skills to begin or progress your career in finance. Our focus on the role of accounting and finance in management gives you the opportunity to develop your managerial skills too.

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Masterclasses

Alongside your formal classes, we arrange an extensive programme of guest speakers. Visitors from large multinational companies, small businesses and public sector organisations lead discussions on issues linked to their own businesses or past experiences.

Course content

You'll study a range core modules, consolidating your existing knowledge and introducing you to new concepts and techniques. You'll focus on the role of accounting and finance in organisational management and gain a thorough grounding in accounting, finance, financial management, financial reporting, financial markets, and investment and risk.

A choice of optional modules in the Spring Term gives you the chance to explore an area of management or accounting in greater depth. From the Summer Term you'll focus your efforts on a final 12,000-word dissertation based on an original research project.

Modules

Autumn

Managerial Economics develops the basics of microeconomics as a framework to help you analyse managerial problems. You'll cover concepts including marginality, consumer choice, competition and game theory. (10 credits)

Critical Perspectives in Accounting provides a critical overview of the major conventional theoretical developments that inform modern accountancy. You'll explore alternative perspectives on corporate financial practice and reporting, taking into account social, environmental, and political considerations. (10 credits)

Advanced Management Accounting discusses the nature of management accounting and how it has evolved in. You'll explore various theories and models to help consider how organisations differ in the challenges they face. (20 credits)

Advanced Financial Accounting will teach you to prepare advanced financial accounts and critically evaluate the impact of financial reporting standards on the reporting choices available to firms. (20 credits)

Spring

Core modules

Financial Strategy and Governance explores the nature of financial strategy in market economies. You'll use corporate finance strategy to analyse corporate behaviour and learn techniques for formulating financial strategy. (20 credits)

Qualitative Research Methods explores the assumptions, advantages, merits and challenges of the different approaches to qualitative and multi-method research. (10 credits)

Choose one optional module

Financial Markets and Investment develops both theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of investment management, giving you the tools needed to make good investment decisions. (20 credits)

Ethics and Sustainability Reporting explores approaches to reporting on firms' environmental and social impact. Through a range of case studies, you'll critically evaluate why and how various methods of evaluation and reporting have emerged. (20 credits)

Accounting and Risk interrogates the ways in which risk is related to the connected domains of accounting, financial reporting and auditing. You'll discuss the growing interest in risk and risk management which has been seen in recent years. (20 credits)

Managing Public Finance examines the academic theory, policy and practice applied to public money. You'll explore the controversies and challenges surrounding the role of government in public finance. (20 credits)

Summer

Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis covers the statistical concepts and theoretical principles underpinning quantitative data analysis. You'll learn practical techniques and procedures for analysing quantitative data. (10 credits)

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

In the Summer Term you'll initiate, design, and implement a substantial research project. You'll have three to four months to complete a 12,000-word dissertation based on your original research. Your dissertation is worth 60 credits.

You can choose to focus your research on a topic that interests you. It could be a chance to explore a previous topic in greater depth, or investigate an organisational challenge in an industry close to your heart. Recent titles include:

  • Exploring Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in the Nordic Furniture Industry through Content Analysis
  • Exploratory analysis of effects of bank regulations on bank risk and return during and after the financial crisis
  • Study of risk reporting in UK top five food and drug retail companies with content analysis
  • Why Chinese Students Study Accounting in UK and US Universities and the Relevance of Degree to Profession

You'll work under the guidance of a personal supervisor with expertise in the subject you're studying. They'll help you develop research questions and identify methods and theories to investigate and analyse your topic.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2018/19

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£9,850£20,140

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

We offer a number of departmental scholarships for home and overseas students.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

We use a wide range of teaching methods to suit different learning styles, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops

We'll help you develop skills of research and investigation to support your independent learning.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the York Management School on Campus East. Almost all of your teaching will take place nearby on Campus East.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your modules are assessed with a mixture of exams, essays and presentations. You'll also complete formative assignments including presentations and literature reviews. You'll receive feedback on all the work you submit, helping you to understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Your final assessment is a 12,000-word dissertation, which makes up a third of your overall grade.

Careers and skills

This course will help build your qualifications for a career in financial management or accountancy. Our graduates are developing careers in management roles worldwide. Many go on to work for one of the 'big four': Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC, and KPMG.

The skills that you will develop are in demand far beyond the financial services industry. Our alumni can be found in diverse small and medium enterprises and in public sector roles in local government, education, policing and health.

Each year, some of our students choose to continue their studies, joining the York Management School doctoral programme.

Career opportunities

  • Accountancy and audit
  • Computing
  • Education
  • Finance and banking
  • Investment consultancy
  • Politics
  • Retail

Transferable skills

  • Experience of software commonly used in the business environment
  • Presentation skills
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making
  • Using evidence, argument and analysis

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
Degree

You should have, or be about to complete one of the following:

  • a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) in Finance or Accounting
  • a 2:1 undergraduate degree with a significant proportion of Accounting/Finance elements
  • a 2:1 or 2:2 undergraduate degree supported by relevant professional qualifications
  • a 2:1 or 2:2 undergraduate degree and at least one year of relevant work experience
Other qualifications

If you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE: 61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

You may benefit from a pre-sessional English language course. These courses are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and help you prepare for your postgraduate degree.

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