Coventry University - MSc Accounting and Financial Management

Coventry University

MSc Accounting and Financial Management

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This Accounting and Financial Management t Master’s course is designed for those seeking higher level education and the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in functional accounting and contemporary finance topics, with the course aiming to improve your capability and understanding in the business world.

Broad in its scope, this course is underpinned by practice-led learning designed to provide an overview of accounting and finance as it is actually applied in the world of business, ideal for those seeking managerial positions or budgetary responsibility. You will explore how financial markets operate and the financial strategies used by successful businesses, drawing on real-life case studies of companies and their financial accounts.

By studying at Coventry Business School, you will have access to our Trading Floor, currently one of the largest of its kind in Europe, as well as access to industry-standard software for quantitative financial analysis (subject to availability). You’ll also have the opportunity to study a module, Entrepreneurial Practice, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, which could help to develop your skills in management and leadership. Please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition tab for further information.

Professional experience option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a professional experience opportunity during your first semester with us. The professional experience opportunity is designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects.

Please note that the optional professional experience modules incur an additional tuition fee, which for 1 semester of professional experience is £1,333.33, for 2 semesters of professional experience is £2,666.67, and for 3 semesters of professional experience is £4,000.

Professional experience opportunities are not guaranteed, and while you will be responsible for sourcing any opportunity, you will have the support of our Talent Team in doing so. This is subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply. Find out more about the professional experience option or use our enquiry forms for UK and for EU/International students to ask any questions.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as business or finance related subjects. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of any relevant experience using our enquiry form for EU/International students.

This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Career Prospects

This Master’s course can act as an important stepping stone for those seeking positions with budget responsibility or senior management roles, upon successful completion.

It can be useful for all types of personal and professional financial management, and on successful completion of the course it could become the catalyst for some students to pursue future careers in financial services as professional accountants, financial analysts and financial consultants, confirming their passion for this field before committing to study the more intensive professional accounting and finance qualifications.

Graduates should also benefit from a wide range of desirable professional skills, including: team working; critical evaluation; self-directed learning; problem-solving; action planning and organising; written and oral communication; questioning and listening. The following personal qualities will also be addressed in each of the skills modules: achievement orientation; initiative and creativity; self-confidence; decisiveness; reflectiveness; adaptability and flexibility. Through the accredited Chartered Management Institute module, you will also have the opportunity to develop management and leadership skills, which, upon successful completion, could prove important as you progress into your career. Please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section for further details.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Course Details

Financial management is a fundamental part of the decision-making, planning and control of any business, organisation, charity or enterprise. Successful management of working capital, selection and control of new capital investment opportunities and long-term financing requires an understanding of the scope and effects of the capital markets for a company and the strategic planning processes necessary to manage the long and short-term financial activities of a firm.

A key advantage of our Master’s course is the broad base of knowledge covered across both disciplines of accounting and finance. Our modules have been carefully selected to try to help you understand how global businesses use financial information for decision-making, performance evaluation and financial reporting purposes, exploring background knowledge of the external forces that can affect financial performance, such as heightened competition or fluctuating exchange rates.

During your study of financial reporting and interpretation, for example, we will introduce you to relevant accounting concepts and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), in particular those relevant to group accounting, which aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the content and purpose of published financial statements produced by public limited companies.

While the depth of course content is not sufficient to provide membership to professional bodies the quantitative methods we teach are designed to be based on the requirements of the main accountancy bodies, encompassing statistical analysis, presentation and spreadsheet manipulation. We will help you explore the skills necessary to critically analyse and interpret financial statements and become aware of their limitations, giving due consideration to the accounting treatment of intangible non-current assets, the problems in attaching monetary values to these and how this impacts on the quality of financial statements.

This course can be offered on a part-time basis, with study over two years. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. You can make an enquiry about part-time study using our online forms, for UK and for EU/International students.

Year 1

Semester 1
Financial statement analysis
Business strategy
Corporate finance
Quantitative methods for accounting

Semester 2
Advanced management accounting
Auditing and assurance
Governance, accountability and ethics
Financial risk management

Semester 3
Professional Development Module: Entrepreneurial Practice
Dissertation/Consultancy Project
With professional experience option

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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