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Accounting and Finance
Postgraduate course
MSc

Accounting and Finance

International Scholarships available

Overview

This professionally accredited course will equip you with a well-developed understanding of contemporary accounting issues, techniques and practices. You will explore the theoretical principles of accounting theory and the issues and challenges faced by companies when applying them in modern day business.

Your course has six core modules and you will select one option module in semester two. You could choose to study forensic accounting, investment fund management or financial decision analysis alongside your core modules.

The course is open to anyone interested in professional accounting who would like to gain professional accounting exam exemptions and/or a masters qualification. You will have some experience of accounting and finance, either at an undergraduate level or through work experience of accounting, business or management. On completion of this course, you will gain exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). 

The course offers you the opportunity to study in the heart of Leeds, one of the UK's largest financial centres outside London. It is designed with both a theoretical and practical focus and therefore will equip you with both the intellectual and professional transferable skills that employers are looking for.

We place great emphasis on delivering quality teaching which incorporates a variety of teaching and assessment methods. Your course tutors combine academic expertise with extensive practical and professional experience which will allow you to demonstrate how your learning can be applied to current or future working life. The course is truly international both in terms of content and also the student mix and offers a real opportunity for learning in a multicultural environment, which will help you develop essential skills that are necessary to be successful in the global employment market.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Masters loan available
  • Part-time study available
  • Real-life projects
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Lina Dobrovolskyte

Careers

Lina Dobrovolskyte
Company Accountant H Peel and Son

MSc Accounting & Finance

“I love the flexibility Leeds Beckett offers. I was able to balance studying around my full-time employment - I'm already seeing the benefits in my professional career.

Teaching and learning

Apply and evaluate a range of complex management accounting information techniques and make informed judgements regarding their value.

You will be introduced to a range of financial accounting concepts and techniques and will move from dependence upon tutors, towards a position of independent learning and self-managed study.

Explore a range of entrepreneurship theories and practices, taking an in-depth look at business start-ups, the experiences of entrepreneurs and key aspects of small business management.

Evaluate the fundamental concepts and theories of modern finance, identifying how these can be effectively applied in both national and multinational organisations.

Evaluate existing and emerging themes in accounting, and learn to apply technical knowledge to realistic situations and issues, to develop your skills in application, critical analysis, reasoned argument and evaluation.

Gain a critical understanding of contemporary accounting and financing principles which support business decision-making and financial resourcing in both the private and public sectors.

You will identify, understand, evaluate and compare types of investment for the private investor, including tools, methods and strategies.

Discover the need for and role of corporate governance in the business environment, the role of IT in forensic accounting and fraud detection and the types and incidences of fraud.

Cover topics on decision theory (decision trees and tables), linear programming, regression, time series, portfolio optimisation, discounted cash flow and finance.

Dissertation or Live Commercial Project

Dr Justine Simpson
Dr Justine Simpson
Course Director
Justine joined Leeds Beckett in 2004 and teaches across our undergraduate and postgraduate accounting courses. She has worked in industry and practice in a variety of accounting roles, and her research interests lie in corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.
Our courses always put the student first, inspiring them to fully engage with practice-relevant modules taught through a combination of traditional and problem-based approaches. We help individuals get the most from their course to ensure they develop into work-ready professionals.

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. 
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. 

Facilities

  • The Rose Bowl
    The Rose Bowl

    The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Simulation suite
    Simulation suite

    You will use Critical Decision Immersive Simulations in this facility to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. The simulations replicate the complexities of real life scenarios that would challenge decision makers, aiming to improve your decision making, critical thinking and communication skills.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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