Accounting and Finance
PgCert | PgDip | MSc
You will develop your knowledge and skills in accounting and financial analysis and understand the relevant theories for critically evaluating and deploying financial accounting information, for shareholders and external stakeholders in particular.
You will develop an understanding of management accounting and corporate financial management practices required for the operational and strategic financial success of organisations. You will review and evaluate the considerations for optimising an organisation's risk and reward opportunity set using relevant accounting and finance information and techniques.
The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, consulting, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.
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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.
You will also have access to Datastream, FAME and Osiris, which offer company insights and fundamentals and a host of market data.
You will also be part of an active social group and have the opportunity to join frequent study events to enhance your learning and development.
- Lectures - 15 students per group, 8 hours per week
- Seminars - 15 students per group, 2/3 masterclasses per session, typically of 2 hours
- Tutorial - 15 students, 4 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 30 hours per semester (Capstone)
- Practical class or workshop - 15 students per group, 2 hours per week
- Independent Study - 1 student per group, 38 hours per week (Semesters 1 & 2)
- Independent Study - 1 student per group, 570 hours in Semester 3 (Capstone)
The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. In addition to lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 38 hours per week outside of class working on your own. This involves undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for tutorial assignments, team meetings and researching and writing course reports.
Typically students are assessed:
- 6 written exams, typically for 2 hours
- 3 written assignments (coursework), including essays
- 1 dissertation (if Dissertation option selected in Capstone)
- 1 class set
- 1 project report (if Business Consultancy option selected in Capstone)
- 1 presentation
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
Staff Delivering on This Course
You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our teaching staff of which several are members of the UK Accounting Institutes and nationally recognised for their participation at senior level in several bodies and act as External Examiners to or chair programme/course validation or review panels for other institutions
Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.
Other staff members include industry professionals, guest lecturers who deliver presentations in areas such as Fund Management and Investment Banking and staff with Research experience.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Study Skills Support
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
Once graduated, you will be able to progress into a career in the accounting sector, within banking/financial institutions or in the field of corporate finance within the public and private sectors, including in industries such as Energy, Oil and Gas, Construction, Tourism.
Given the nature of modern business, you will also be able to develop a career in general management or management consultancy, or enter into academia and undertake further research leading to a PhD.
- Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
- Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.
* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
- £5,500 entire course
- £12,100 entire course
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
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- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
- Any transport costs/expenses incurred as part of the research project
- Graduation fee £40
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA). On graduation, you will be exempt from four papers of the ACCA examination and two papers of the AIA examination.
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