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MSc Accounting and Finance

This programme is designed for graduates from any academic discipline who want to gain a solid foundation and understanding of accounting and finance principle, or want to become senior business managers or seek a career in accounting, financial management, banking and financial services.

Why choose this course?

  • Opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme

Gain a solid foundation and understanding of the accounting and finance principles

This programme provides students with a solid foundation and understanding of the accounting and finance principles.  Designed for graduates from any academic discipline who wish to become senior business managers or seek a career in accounting, financial management, banking and financial services.

The seven taught modules will give students a clear understanding of the accounting and finance joint roles in ensuring successful operations in a range of business settings, including financial, non-financial and public sector organisations and for providing information to interested parties.

Professional exemptions


Successful completion of this programme leads to exemptions from professional accountancy bodies the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

You will still need to secure professional training and complete further exams in order to become fully qualified in accountancy, but these exemptions demonstrate to future employers your commitment and potential to complete sector qualifications.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration of programme: Full-time - 12 months
Start date: September

Fees:
UK/EU:          £10,750 (2014 fee)
International:  £16,500 (2014 fee) 

Scholarships: 
If you are among ‘the brightest and the best’, we have generous scholarships of up to 50% which can open the way for you to study with us. Find out  more >>

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.

Personal development

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.

Course director  

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.

Teaching staff   

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.

This programme is designed for candidates wishing to acquire expertise in both accounting and finance, while developing the necessary skills for senior management roles in those areas.  This programme is also suitable for those wishing to pursue more advanced studies, such as a PhD.

For information on sector opportunities see the Accountancy and Business Services overview on the Prospects website.

Examples of job taken up by our recent graduates include:

  • Junior Auditor – Ernst & Young
  • Auditor – Deloitte and Touche 
  • Financial Analyst - Rhodia 
  • Chartered Accountant - Grant Thornton
  • Project Manager – United Nations Organisation
  • Analyst - Matson, Driscoll & Damico LLP.

Aston Business School has a network of ‘Career Champions’ - MSc alumni who are working in a range of sectors globally or running their own business. To find out more about Career Champions click here.

Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:

  • A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students 

  • 24 hours access

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms

  • Computer labs

  • Lounge area

  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Contact details:

Aston Business School Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3200
Email: abspgenquiry@aston.ac.uk

Ella Malin

Ella Malin

Having my Masters has helped now that I am in the work place and gaining experience. My directors are really impressed with the qualification and mention it regularly to others. I think it will help even more once I've been here a little longer.

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