Accounting and Finance

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

Accounting and Finance course
This accounting and finance course is suitable if you have completed a first degree in another field of study and now wish to develop a career in accounting and finance. 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.

The course 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.

You will develop key transferable skills in relation to the sourcing, recording, interpretation and application of accounting and finance information for use in decision making.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

This course has multiple study options
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 year
Stage 1

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.

Stage 2

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. 

Stage 3

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.

 
Detailed module information

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.

Activity Summary
  • 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)
Independent Study

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. 

Assessment

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
Feedback

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.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

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

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

 
Job Prospects

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.

CAREERS

 

 
  • 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:

English Language requirements

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

International Students 

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.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE 

 
For Academic Year 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

  • £12,100 entire course
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

  • £12,470 entire course
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • Any transport costs/expenses incurred as part of the research project
  • Graduation fee £40

Other Fees and Charges

Student Funding

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.

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS' FUNDING

Discount

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:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Disclaimer

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:

STUDENT FINANCE

 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

Accreditation

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.

Aberdeen Business School accredited by:

AACSB

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