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MSc

Accounting and Financial Management (Fast Track route for qualified professionals)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
N34A12
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Bristol Business School
Duration:
12 months. Students start in September each year and students have to submit their dissertation (the final module) by September of the following year.
Delivery:
Distance Learning
Programme leader:
Rhian Dow
Key fact:
This fast track course offers professionally qualified accountants an opportunity to enhance their specialist skills and knowledge – using a flexible distance learning structure that fits easily around existing commitments.

Page last updated 14 February 2017

Introduction

As a professionally-qualified practitioner and specialist in accounting and finance, you are likely to be seeking to continue your professional development, possibly with a view to taking on increased managerial responsibilities. The MSc in Accounting and Financial Management (fast-track route) will enhance your ability to contextualise, critically evaluate and communicate financial information, adding significant value to your organisation at a senior management level.

Students on the course come from a variety of backgrounds, and possess a wide range of practical experience, making student interaction and networking an enjoyable and beneficial aspect of the course.

The flexible way to move to the next level

The course is an ideal way to meet your professional body's expectations for CPD, and take your career on to the next stage. The fast track route is well suited to qualified accountants wishing to study for a Masters while continuing in their professional roles with the course delivered as an online distance learning programme. This mode of delivery will enable you to interact and network with other practitioners on the course who are located in different countries.

Academically-rigorous, practically relevant

This specialist Masters is designed to enhance the depth, value and contemporary relevance of your professional accountancy qualification. It will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of financial issues, and enhance your research and analytical skills, combining academic rigour with practical relevance.

Structure

Content

As a professionally-qualified accountant, you are likely to be exempt from studying the taught 'substantive' modules of the full-time MSc Accounting and Financial Management course. This fast-track route therefore only requires you to complete the following two modules and a dissertation (amounting to 75 credits in total):

  • Financial Context and Contemporary Issues - develops your ability to comprehend contemporary and potential future accounting and financial management issues from a questioning and holistic perspective.
  • Research Methods - provides you with sufficient research training to plan, undertake and effectively manage a substantial, analytical dissertation.

Dissertation

Your dissertation gives you an opportunity to research an area of accounting or financial management that is of particular interest to you and of relevance to your career or your organisation. Previous dissertation topics include:

  • Pre-production financial accounting issues in oil and gas companies: The accounting policy choices
  • Capital Structure and Profitability: An Empirical Research of the Drinks Manufacturing Industry in China
  • Financial Investment Appraisal Incorporating Environmental  Externalities

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

This course is delivered online via our Blackboard teaching platform, which comprises online learning materials, group discussion boards, and peer and tutor support. It is designed to enable you to engage in your studies, wherever you are located, without disruption to your existing employment.

For more details, please see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

This fast-track course requires an average of six hours of study a week from October to May. After that you will be working on your dissertation under the guidance of your supervisor.

Dedicated support

You will have access to your tutors in a variety of ways (e.g. by email, Blackboard discussion board, Skype) if you have any issues or questions relating to the course, and they will be on hand to guide and support you.

Assessment

Assessments consist of a combination of written assignments, supervised mini-projects and presentations.

For more details, please see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Study facilities

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

This fast-track Masters will contribute towards your career development by providing an opportunity for you to:

  • re-engage with the fundamental aspects of your profession
  • develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist topic you have chosen for your dissertation
  • critically evaluate contemporary developments in context and prepare for anticipated future trends
  • enhance key transferable skills such as information accessing, analysis and interpretation, making presentations and report writing
  • meet your professional body's continuing professional development requirements.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Fees

Fast Track (September Start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee3600
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee3600

Supplementary fee information

More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.

Entry

Entry requirements

You must be a professionally qualified accountant, for example a member of one the following professional bodies:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ICAEW
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants CIMA
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ACCA
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy CIPFA

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example you should have:

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components. See further details of our English Language requirements.

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