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Accounting and Finance MSc - 2024/5

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Accounting and Finance

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Accounting and Finance
PGCert Accounting and Finance

Professional recognition

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA)
Recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA).

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PKA61083 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PKA61084 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

100105, 100107

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Business and Management (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Surrey Business School

Programme Leader

ZHANG Hanxiong (SBS)

Date of production/revision of spec

05/06/2023

Educational aims of the programme

  • The programme aims 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 academia. It provides a 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.
  • 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.
  • The programme provides a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance and accounting leading to a PhD level qualification.
  • The programme provides students 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.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
A high level theoretical and applied knowledge of finance and accounting practice relevant to auditing, investment, and financial reporting. K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Demonstrate high level learning and problem-solving abilities in the relevant to financial reporting, financial investment decision, and ethics. C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Conduct Accounting and Finance-oriented case analysis, following appropriate academic research, to interpret findings and communicate results critically. C PGDip, MSc
An ability to independently evaluate critical approaches and techniques relevant to financial sector. CPT PGCert, PGDip, MSc
An ability to demonstrate 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; using computer software for financial calculation; reasoning; problem solving; independent research; presentation; report writing. KCPT MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Module Selection for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

SEPTEMBER START - FULL TIME

First semester (semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will study these four compulsory modules (15 credits each):
MANM198 - PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING
MANM524 - PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE & INVESTMENT
MANM280 - QUANTITATIVE METHODS
MANM398 - INTERNATIONAL AUDITING AND ASSURANCE

Second semester (semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will study these two compulsory modules (15 credits each):
MANM201 - INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING
MANM401 - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

And you will need to choose TWO of the following optional modules (15 credits each) to study:
MANM137 - DERIVATIVES SECURITIES
MANM199 - CORPORATE FINANCE
MANM200 - INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
MANM202 - INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
MANM279 - RISK MANAGEMENT
MANM525 - FINANCIAL MODELLING

Summer period you will study the following three compulsory modules (15 credits each unless otherwise stated):
MANM378 - ETHICS IN FINANCE
MANM400 - CASES IN ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE
MANM399 - INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE PROJECT (30 credits)


FEBRUARY START - FULL TIME

First semester (semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will study these two compulsory modules (15 credits each):
MANM198 - PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING
MANM524 - PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE & INVESTMENT

And you will need to choose TWO of the following optional modules (15 credits each):
MANM137 - DERIVATIVES SECURITIES
MANM199 - CORPORATE FINANCE
MANM200 - INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
MANM202 - INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
MANM279 - RISK MANAGEMENT
MANM525 - FINANCIAL MODELLING

Summer period you will study the following three compulsory modules (15 credits each unless otherwise stated):
MANM378 - ETHICS IN FINANCE
MANM400 - CASES IN ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE
MANM399 - INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE PROJECT (30 credits)

Second semester (semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will study these four compulsory modules (15 credits each):
MANM201 - INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING
MANM401 - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
MANM280 - QUANTITATIVE METHODS
MANM398 - INTERNATIONAL AUDITING AND ASSURANCE

For key dates and semester lengths including the summer period visit: Key Dates

Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Module Selection for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

SEPTEMBER START - PART TIME YEAR 1

YEAR 1
First semester (semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will study these two compulsory modules (15 credits each):
MANM198 - PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING
MANM524 - PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE & INVESTMENT

Second semester (semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will study these two compulsory modules (15 credits each):
MANM401 - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
MANM201 - INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING

Summer period you will study the following compulsory module (15 credits):
MANM378 - ETHICS IN FINANCE

For key dates and semester lengths including the summer period visit: Key Dates

Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Module Selection for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

SEPTEMBER START - PART TIME YEAR 2

First semester (semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will study these two compulsory modules (15 credits each):
MANM280 - QUANTITATIVE METHODS
MANM398 - INTERNATIONAL AUDITING AND ASSURANCE

Second semester (semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will choose TWO of the following optional modules (15 credits each):
MANM199 - CORPORATE FINANCE
MANM137 - DERIVATIVES SECURITIES
MANM200 - INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
MANM202 - INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
MANM279 - RISK MANAGEMENT
MANM525 - FINANCIAL MODELLING

Summer period you will study the following compulsory modules (15 credits each unless otherwise stated):
MANM399 - INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE PROJECT (30 credits)
MANM400 - CASES IN ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

For key dates and semester lengths including the summer period visit: Key Dates

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

Employability: Graduates of the MSc Accounting and Finance course can apply for examination exemptions from several accountancy bodies, such as: ACCA, CIMA, and ICAEW. This can be done directly through the individual professional organisation¿s website, on successful completion of the course.

Global and Cultural Capabilities: The Programme is taught in an interactive way, in a cohort that commonly represents a wealth of nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Students are encouraged to engage with, and learn from, diverse perspectives through interaction and teamwork while developing their ability to work in groups effectively. Group activities are common in most modules to reflect real-life working environments, where people from various cultural backgrounds. Most modules in this programme are practical-oriented, which help students to explore the differences in practice in range of countries.

Digital Capabilities: Throughout the Programme, students learn to navigate and use the Virtual Learning Environment such as SurreyLearn, Zoom, and MS Teams. Students will also learn Excel, Stata, Refinitiv Eikon, WRDS, Bloomberg, Mathematica, Python, and other international databases, which provides students with access to the same working practices that investment professional¿s use.

Resourcefulness & Resilience: Formative and summative assessments are designed to ¿feed forward¿ to assessments within modules and to future modules in the programme. As a cohort, we encourage and foster collaborative learning, communication, and peer support. Students will develop attributes such as confidence, adaptability, self-regulation, self-efficacy, problem solving and decision-making abilities, through interacting in their groups, engaging with their group members, and presenting their findings in front of audience. The effectiveness of the Resourcefulness and Resilience will be inherent in different assessments in the Programme.

Sustainability: The Programme aims to develop students¿ understanding, awareness, and capability to develop innovative solutions to deal with key agendas related to specific sustainability and ethically related areas such as socially responsible business conduct.

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

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.