Accounting and Finance MSc

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Why Surrey?

At Surrey Business School, you will graduate equipped with the skills needed to work in multinational corporations, and be a successful decision-maker in an increasingly complex, global financial environment.

Practical at heart, we will encourage you to embrace the regular opportunities to engage with real-world business problems throughout the programme.

Programme overview

Our MSc Accounting and Finance programme provides you with a solid understanding of financial accounting systems used around the world and their application for decision-making.

In addition, you will receive a complete introduction to financial theory through a study of the challenges of investing capital. You will become acquainted with econometric techniques and undertake a substantial course in corporate finance equipping you to thrive in the fast changing global business environment.

The programme’s core modules rigorously address the relevant theory, in addition to the quantitative techniques needed to understand the literature and undertake empirical investigations.

The optional modules allow you to widen your perspective on the subject matter and tailor the programme to your career aspirations and interests.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programmes aim to provide a high quality education that is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the needs of future accounting and finance professionals in the financial sector or any other large corporations and the academia.

They provide theoretical framework and practical skills that accounting and finance professionals working in banks and financial corporations need in order to cope with an increasingly complex and global financial environment.

They also provide a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance and accounting leading to a PhD level.

The programmes provide the students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development.

The compulsory modules aim to provide not only a rigorous treatment of the relevant theory, but also the quantitative techniques necessary to understand the literature and undertake empirical investigations in the areas of accounting and finance.

The optional modules aim to offer students a broader perspective on the subject matter and allow them to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them.

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to area of accounting and finance
  • A high level theoretical and applied knowledge of finance and accounting practice
  • An understanding of the research process

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied
  • Conduct accounting and finance-oriented research using appropriate research design and methodology (not required for PG Certificate), to collect and analyse data, to interpret findings and communicate results efficiently

Professional practical skills

  • An ability to independently evaluate critical approaches and techniques relevant to financial sector
  • An ability to independently evaluate business/financial reports and relevant information with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies

Key / transferable skills

  • An ability of demonstrating competence in a range of skills that are relevant to the needs of future financial professionals, irrespective of their sector of operation, especially in financial sector
  • Critical thinking, analysis and synthesis (not required for PG Certificate)
  • Using computer software for financial calculation (not required for PG Certificate)
  • Reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Independent research (not required for PG Certificate)
  • Presentation
  • Report writing (not required for PG Certificate)

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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Programme leader

Mrs Vicky Milligan

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General enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Admissions enquiries:

+44-(0)1483-682-222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months

Start date:

Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university in a related subject (including accountancy, business administration, economics, engineering, finance, management, mathematics, physics or science).

If an applicant’s Bachelors degree is not in a subject related to the MSc, some relevant work experience would be an advantage. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 £11,500 £19,500

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Funding

Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.

 

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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The Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence

For all (with the exception of MBA) postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2017 within the Surrey Business School, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the School of Law, we are offering all applicants who hold a  UK 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) or above opportunity to be awarded between £2,000 and £4,000 through the Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. Download a flyer or read more for eligibility and to apply.

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Admissions Information

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Further information for applicants

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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