Module code: MANM399

Module Overview

This is a core module for the MSc Accounting and Finance Programme. Being the final element of the Programme, it provides an opportunity to conduct study on an international accounting or finance-related situation and reflect on it.

Students will have the opportunity to consult with the module convenor while deciding on the business case that interests them. The research should be based on secondary data sources.

Support session will be conducted by the module convenor to assist students to gain a clear understanding of the requirements of the report.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

PAPPAS Vasileios (SBS)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 298

Lecture Hours: 1

Captured Content: 1

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Students will select a listed company of interest that they wish to study further through their project. This must be relevant to their programme of study. The module is based on self-directed study and research, which takes place during the summer.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Individual coursework 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the achievements of the module’s learning outcomes.


Summative assessment:


The student is assessed on the basis of a project report. The assessment is designed to capture the ability of the students to design and execute a small piece of empirical research on an accounting or finance topic and to critically discuss and evaluate the research findings. All projects are checked for plagiarism using an electronic plagiarism detection system.


Formative assessment and feedback:


Students should build on the outcomes and feedback received in the Cases in Accounting and Finance module and develop a project using secondary research that demonstrates the successful understanding the module’s aims and outcomes. Additionally, the module offers a platform (via SurreyLearn) for students to give and receive feedback. Finally, weekly student feedback and consultation hours aim to provide additional feedback and advise students where necessary.

Module aims

  • To demonstrate the Excel techniques that covered in the taught module "Cases in Accounting and Finance"
  • To demonstrate the analytical skills based on a company's accounting information

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify the market drivers on the specific sector KC
002 Analyse a company's financial statements KCP
003 Apply excel based analysis techniques on a specific company CPT
004 Translate the previous analysis into forecasting figures PT
005 Evaluate a company using different models and explain any inconsistencies between these models KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module commences in the Summer Semester and will be completed by late September of the same year. The learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ ability to conduce and report independent research. It builds on the Cases in Accounting and Finance module, allowing students to gain experience of applying some of the principles and methods learned.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capacities particularly in the following areas:

Digital Capabilities: 

This module offers students the opportunity to use statistical software to carry out data analysis and use word processing and reference generating software to prepare the report. Students will develop their digital capacities using these digital tools. 



This module asks students to select a finance-related issue, undertake independent research and complete a report within a stipulated period. Students will develop their transferable skills through the research process and report writing. 


Resourcefulness & Resilience: 

Students will further develop their problem-solving and decision-making skills by undertaking independent research. Consultation/Feedback sessions are designed to provide students with the opportunity to ask questions and deepen their understanding of finance. 

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Accounting and Finance MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.