The seven taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.
Students will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills. Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills and knowledge highly relevant to a wide range of graduate careers where analytical, decision-making, problem-solving and planning are required. These include:
- Evaluating and reporting on organisations’ financial performance
- Measuring costs, financial planning, forecasting and decision-making
- Assessing economic policy
- Interpreting accounting information using financial tools including balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and cash flow statements
- Ratio Analysis and shareholding value reporting
- Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
- Analytical skills developed through research dissertation.
Dr Ataur Belal
PhD, MBA, FCCA, FHEA
I'm a senior lecturer in accounting at the Aston Business School. Previously I taught at the University of Toulouse Business School, France, the University of Regensburg, Germany, Sheffield University Management School, UK and the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. My principal research interest lies in the area of social and environmental accounting. My teaching interests are - social and environmental accounting, financial accounting and international accounting.
Mr Robert Goddard
BA (Hons), LLM (Commercial Law)
Robert's teaching and research interests are in company law, corporate governance and taxation. He is particularly interested in Scots law and company law in the Crown Dependencies. On the MSc Finance and Financial Regulation, he teaches corporate governance and investment regulation. He has published widely in academic and practitioner journals and contributes to OUP's Annotated Companies Acts. He maintains a blog to support his teaching - visit it here.
Dr Stuart Cooper
BA (Hons), ACA, PGC in Teaching & Learning, PhD
Stuart is a qualified Chartered Accountant with several years’ audit experience. In 2002 he successfully completed his PhD entitled “Stakeholder Accounting: The Case of the Electricity Industry in England and Wales”. His primary research interest is in the area of social and environmental accounting and reporting. His teaching has included financial accounting, taxation and finance modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Dr Ilias Basioudis
BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA
I am senior lecturer of Financial Accounting & Auditing in the Finance, Accounting & Law Group at Aston Business School, and the Chairman of the Auditing Special Interest Group of the British Accounting Association. I also hold an adjunct senior lectureship position in the University of South Australia, and am a Fellow of the UK Academy of Higher Education. My textbook on financial accounting, commissioned by Pearson, is due to be published by September 2009. I moved to Aston after I had an appointment with Warwick Business School. I have held short teaching appointments at ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece, and in the RMIT, Australia. I am a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Auditing and an ad-hoc reviewer of various academic journals and international conferences. I teach mainly financial accounting and auditing at graduate and undergraduate levels. My research interests lie primarily within the area of empirical auditing and corporate governance and include the market for audit services in the private and public sectors, earnings management and audit quality, audit committees, the regulation of accounting and the accounting profession, and accounting education.
Professor Nathan L Joseph
MBA, DIC, PhD
I am an Associate of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) and a Member of the EURO Working Group on Financial Model. Currently I am a joint editor of British Accounting Review. I am also Associate Editor for the International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, and on the Editorial board for International Quarterly Journal in Finance, Finance Letter, and Journal of International Business and Finance. My current research interests include: Modelling asset pricing; Risk management and asset pricing; Market efficiency and stock price overreaction; Corporate governance and share price impacts.