MSc Accounting and Finance

Masters in Accounting

1. Overview

The MSc Accounting & Finance has been recently updated to provide enhanced focus on theoretical and practical accounting and finance skills.

Masters Accounting and Finance CourseThe course is a conversion Master’s course for graduates who have completed a first degree in any field of study and who now wish to develop a career in accounting. It aims to produce independent thinkers who are able to deal with the complexity of the accounting and finance challenges facing organisations, either domestically or internationally.

This Masters in Accounting and Finance will provide you with the knowledge, skills and independent thinking abilities which are essential for developing a career in the accounting sector, within banking and financial institutions, or in the field of corporate finance.  Given the nature of modern business, this MSc may also be useful to graduates seeking to develop a career in general management or management consultancy.

It is studied full-time over one year and offers the potential for exemptions from some examination papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ACCA.

2. What you will study

The course is a "conversion" masters which assumes no prior knowledge of accounting or finance. It involves one year of full-time study, over three semesters with study normally commencing in the third week of September. The MSc stage is completed the following September with the submission of a Masters dissertation.

The modules provide an important core content developing a range of accounting, financial and quantitative theory and practical skills for application in the general corporate financial environment.

Semester 1

Finance Theory

Quantitative Methods for Finance

Financial Information and Decision Making

Financial Reporting Issues

Exit award: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) Accounting and Finance 

Semester 2

Corporate Financial Management

Research Methods

Portfolio Investment and Wealth Management 

Management Accounting

Exit award: Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Accounting and Finance

Semester 3

Dissertation

Award: Masters (MSc) Accounting and Finance

 

3. How you will learn

Full-time Study
In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving access to discussion forums with fellow students and faculty, e-book resources, financial databases and investment simulations and to other learning materials e.g. videos.

Teaching
Our teaching staff are drawn from a range of pure research and commercial business backgrounds. Several are members of the UK Accounting Institutes and nationally recognised for their participation at senior level in bodies such as the Expert Review Group of CIMA.  Research plays a vital role in underpinning all levels of teaching and the curriculum. Our students are made aware of the research being undertaken through access to published output and invitation to research seminars. Students have the opportunity to have their dissertation supervised by an active researcher.

Aberdeen Business School has excellent industry links and specialist speakers from industry* are a regular feature on the course delivering presentations in areas such Fund Management, Investment Banking and Treasury  Additionally, by undertaking a degree at Aberdeen Business School you will also be part of an active social group and the department plans frequent trips and events to enhance the student experience.

* Companies such as Exxon Mobil and Aberdeen Asset Management have provided guest speakers.

4. Entry requirements

A good honours degree in any discipline. Applicants having degree equivalent qualification and relevant work experience at a suitable level within an organisation for an appropriate length of time may be considered, as may qualifications from an approved professional body.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL.

English Language Requirements

5. Student Funding

Merit Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to our outstanding students. The scholarship is available to 

  • international students who will study the course by full time and distance learning and pay for the fees at the international rate; or
  • UK or EU students who study the course by full time and the fees are set in excess of 6,000 GBP; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by distance learning.

To find out more information on Merit Scholarship.

Postgraduate Funding
Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years.

Information on funding for postgraduate students can be seen under Postgraduate Student Finance.

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2015/2016

UK/EU Students

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

  • £12,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

  • £4,500 entire course

International Students

  • £12,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

  • £4000 entire course

International Students

  • £10,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

UK/EU Students

  • £3,400 entire course

International Students

  • £9,600 entire course

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

Applications for admission to taught postgraduate courses should be directly made to the University's Admissions Office online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline.

If you have any queries then please contact our Admissions Office on +44 (0) 1224 262132 or email PGOffice@rgu.ac.uk.

Or contact the course leader;

Amanze Ejiogu

8. Prospects

A degree from Robert Gordon University is confirmation to a future employer that a graduate will possess the blend of learning, skills and experience that they are looking for. The MSc Accounting & Finance will deliver graduates who can make an immediate valuable and effective contribution to their employer's business, allowing them to undertake careers in:

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Managment
  • General Management
  • Financial Accounting

Robert Gordon University has won awards as a top university for graduate employment with consistently high rankings. It is the top modern University in the UK and the only modern university to appear in the top 50 of all UK universities. See The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2012 (subscription applies). The university also saw its position in the UK university student satisfaction rankings rise in the Guardian University Guide 2013.

The University supports career development and offers online and offline advice and services through GRAD LINK, the university Careers Advisory Service.

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Start date
September
Course length
1 year
Mode of Attendance
Full-time
Academic school
Aberdeen Business School
Teaching locations
Garthdee
More information:
Amanze Ejiogu Lecturer
+44 (0)1224 263929

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ICRGU

The International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU) offers entry into the MSc Accounting and Finance at Robert Gordon University for International Students.


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