Accounting and Financial Economics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 11.8 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 16.8 k / Year(s)  
301–350 place StudyQA ranking:5919 Duration:12 months

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Are you interested in studying within our highly ranked Department and well respected Essex Business School? Our joint MSc Accounting and Financial Economics offers compulsory modules evenly split between both.
Your modules taught by our Department of Economics include Mathematical Methods in which you will gain a good understanding of optimisation theory, but also understand formally how economic arguments work and the role of equilibrium. Economics of Financial Markets explores the notions of risk and return in equity markets, both in the context of asset pricing and in the management of equity portfolios. Essex Business School modules include Management Accounting and Issues in Financial Reporting, so you gain in-depth knowledge of the use of accounting information in organisational control and decision making, plus the use of financial statements and the problems of measurement and disclosure. You will also take optional modules and write a dissertation.
Graduates will be well placed for success in decision making in the interface between economics and accounting. Key skills include analytical reasoning, mathematical techniques, research and the evaluation of business accounts.

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.
This course lasts twelve months (full-time), starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms and a research-based dissertation to be submitted in September. Your research-based dissertation counts for 40 credits and you will take seven 20 credit modules, four of which are compulsory. (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).

Modules
Core modules
* Msc Dissertation

Compulsory modules
* Economics Of Financial Markets
* Issues In Financial Reporting
* Management Accounting
* Mathematical Methods

Optional modules
* Audit Theory
* Bank Strategy And Risk
* Behavioural Finance
* Corporate Finance
* Corporate Reporting And Analysis
* Critical Marketing
* Econometric Methods And Applications
* Economic Development Theory
* Economics Of Incentives, Contracts And The Firm
* Exchange Rates And International Finance
* Financial Modelling
* Game Theory And Applications
* International Finance
* International Financial Reporting
* International Trade Theory
* Macroeconomics
* Management In Organisations
* Management Psychology
* Microeconomics
* Perspectives On Corporate Governance
* Philosophy Of Management And Accounting
* Political Economy
* Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
* Research Methods And Methodologies In Accounting And Management
* Research Methods In Finance: Empirical Methods In Finance
* Theory Of Industrial Organisation
* Topics In Financial Economics
* Topics In Labour Economics

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.

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2:1 or high 2:2 degree in economics or a related discipline. (If your first degree is not in economics, or your economics training does not provide sufficient technical expertise for direct entry to an MSc, then we have a full-time Diploma). If English is not your first language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. 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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