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MSc Accounting and Finance – ACCA Fast Track Route

This course offers a specialist understanding of accounting and finance and is suitable if you have a general finance or accounting background. You combine study of the latest regulations and practices with in-depth research into various industries to gain a practical and critical understanding of modern financial decision-making. It has a real-world focus and your studies benefit from strong links to professional bodies such as the ACCA and CIMA. If you are an international student who is an ACCA passed finalist or qualified accountant, this course allows you to convert your ACCA qualifications to a UK masters degree in under a year.

Course length 9 Months
Location City Campus

Course description

This course is for international students who are ACCA passed finalists or qualified accountants. It is a fast track course that enables you to convert your ACCA qualification to a UK masters degree in nine months.

A distinctive feature of the course is its focus on present-day national and global developments in systems, regulations and general practices of accounting and finance. By studying updated literature, international accounting standards, worldwide events, case studies and companies’ financial accounts, you learn how real organisations operate and the accounting and financial strategies and decisions they implement.

You complete in-depth research into various industries when producing presentations, coursework, assessments and the dissertation. This real world focus provides immediate value to your present or potential employers. Helping an organisation compete more successfully through better accounting and financial management and systems can be a rewarding career, in the UK or internationally.

After successfully completing the course, you are able to
• apply and adapt techniques to improve and extend specialist knowledge in accounting and finance
• apply relevant frameworks, models and techniques of financial decision making to planning, performance measurement, and risk management
• solve problems and develop and carry out accounting and financial strategies for different types of organisations
• apply international accounting standards to corporate reporting and appropriate models to auditing
• demonstrate analytical and research skills informed by the latest developments in accounting and finance
• use models and techniques for collecting, processing, validating, interpreting and presenting information

You also gain
• transferable intellectual and professional skills relevant to the current national and international business world
• problem solving, communication and information technology skills

The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Professional recognition

The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

You must be a ACCA passed finalist or a qualified accountant. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English qualification.

2018 entry requirements

You must be a ACCA passed finalist or a qualified accountant. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English qualification.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – 9 months

Starts January

Typical modules may include

Core modules

Methods of enquiry

You gain analytical and technical research and critical thinking skills. You develop knowledge and a reflective understanding of methodological and philosophical issues in research with specific reference to finance.

Research methods

This module develops your abilities to critically evaluate and appraise published research and develop your own research skills. It provides the key steps in developing your understanding of the nature of the postgraduate dissertation and approaches to undertaking one. On completion of the module you will be able to formulate and undertake your own research project.

Dissertation

The dissertation provides an invaluable opportunity for you to undertake a major research -based project on a topic relevant to your future career development or your academic interest in a subject. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained on your masters course and develop research skills.

Optional modules

Choose one of the following

Corporate finance

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental theoretical principles of corporate finance. You enhance your appreciation of the practical application of these principles when formulating financial strategy, both at a domestic and an international level. The module develops your ability to understand and offer a critique of financial theory as well as developing your technical problem solving abilities through a number of numerically-based scenarios.

Corporate governance and ethics

This module develops your understanding of the nature and purpose of corporate governance and control systems, within both commercial and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and internationally. You identify appropriate approaches and solutions to problematic situations which might benefit from the introduction of governance and control processes.

Strategic management accounting for performance enhancement

As the business environment becomes more complex and global, there is an increasing need for managers to understand the role that management accounting plays in supporting strategy and driving performance. This module explores how management accounting and control practices and systems are shaped by cultural political, institutional, technological, competitive and environmental factors. You critically evaluate a range of management accounting practices and systems and the specific contexts within which they operate and evolve. This understanding enables you to recommend future change to organisations in order for them to remain competitive.

Financial analysis

This module develops your abilities to acquire and understand financial reports of public companies, relate the information provided by companies to information obtained from other sources. It develops your knowledge on the contestability of financial statements, the role of standard setters in producing this and the information that drives company share prices.

Assessment
  • assignments
  • examinations
  • dissertation

Employability

Graduates from this course are well equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for professional careers in accounting and finance such as • accountant • finance or accounting manager • financial controller • financial analyst • financial consultant • researcher • educator.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £3,600 for the course

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas. Find out more and check course eligibility.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £7,025 for the course (depending on local currency rates)

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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