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The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

MSc Accounting and Finance develops your understanding of advanced accounting together with finance topics and methods. Compulsory modules allow you to critically discuss many of the recent developments in both theoretical and empirical approaches to accounting and corporate finance. You are also able to pursue specialist interests with up to two optional modules. Furthermore, in order to prepare you for writing your dissertation, there is a full year module on research methodologies and methods, which includes both quantitative and qualitative approaches to empirical research.

Although this is a self-contained course, if you successfully complete you will be encouraged to continue your academic studies by applying for a PhD.

A Masters course is an academically rigorous programme during which you explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or your professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate.
A Masters course lasts for twelve months (full-time), starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms, and normally a research-based dissertation or other project-based work submitted in September. Your balance of modules and research varies according to the subject but, typically, your research counts for 60 credits and there are 120 credits of modules, varying from 10 to 40 credits each. (If you are from the EU, then our Masters courses are regarded as ‘second-cycle’ qualifications under the Bologna Declaration and consist of 90 ECTS credits).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.


Core modules

  • Msc/Ma Dissertation

Core with options modules

  • Research Methods And Methodologies In Accounting And Management
  • Research Methods In Finance: Empirical Methods In Finance

Compulsory modules

  • Issues In Financial Reporting
  • Portfolio Management
  • Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation

Optional modules

  • Audit Theory
  • Cases In Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Reporting And Analysis
  • E-Commerce
  • Financial Decision Making
  • International Financial Reporting
  • International Management Accounting
  • Issues In Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Strategy And Accounting

Core modules must be taken and passed.
Core with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken and passed.
Compulsory modules must be taken.
Compulsory with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken.
Optional modules are selected from course specific lists.

Upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.IELTS 6.5. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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