A fast-paced, intensive and highly practical master’s degree programme for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of accounting in the global context.
This master’s programme demands a great deal from its students, so it’s ideal if you want to cover a lot of ground in a short time. You’ll learn to operate effectively within the global marketplace, enabling you to pursue a career in accounting or to further your knowledge of accounting standards. You may have just graduated in accounting or a related subject, or perhaps you’re already an accountant but want to develop into broader management roles.
This master’s course is linked to SAP. You’ll also learn using Bloomberg terminals and S&P Capital IQ – which are routinely used in major organisations around the word. And where better to study accounting than in the heart of London’s financial district?
Gain exposure to a technology-rich, fully simulated trading floor – mirroring that of a top investment bank – including Bloomberg trading software.
This master’s course offers all the flexibility of both full-time and part-time study, as well as 2 start dates – making it easier for you if you choose continue working while you study.
With the support of our helpful, experienced tutors, you’ll develop advanced analytical skills, clarity of perspective on global business, the ability to think more strategically, and communication and research skills. These are all in high demand among employers in the private, public, and third sectors.
The curriculum for this course is aligned to major accounting bodies, such as ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA. Choose this course and you’ll be well on your way to qualifying as an accountant – or, if you’re already qualified, to reaching higher and wider in your career.
Why choose this course?
The course has been devised in close collaboration with industry experts and informed by the advice of senior practitioners in this field. You’ll enhance your accounting skills while also developing into a strategic thinker – the consummate professional, ready to take your place as an accountant or a business leader in industry.
This is the only master’s course in the UK linked to SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software. Two course modules are delivered 100% using SAP, which will provide you with an excellent grounding in industry-standard software – helping to ensure you’re workplace-ready. Once you graduate, you’ll be able to qualify more quickly as an SAP practitioner, if you chose to pursue this.
You’ll study at our campus in the heart of London, one of the world’s busiest and most successful financial centres. You’ll be a stone’s throw from world-famous institutions such as the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange, and you’ll be within easy reach of Britain’s second financial centre, Canary Wharf. You’ll soak up the atmosphere on a daily basis, enjoying countless opportunities for events, exhibitions and tours to enhance your learning.
You’ll spend time working on our simulated trading floor. We’re one of very few universities to train students to use Bloomberg terminals, which bring together real-time data and research on all the markets plus powerful analytic tools. You’ll become proficient with S&P Capital IQ, enabling you to research and analyse publicly traded companies and develop your overall market awareness. These platforms are used routinely in many organisations around the world, so you’ll add a distinctive and innovative edge to your skills.
The learning on this course is applied, which is to say that you’ll test out what you learn either in the workplace or in workplace simulations – which might include our trading floor, seminars, client case studies, or software-based projects and exercises. You’ll have plenty of exposure to business, with field trips (one of which will be overseas), networking, guest lecturers, and the opportunity to do work experience with an employer, or a consultancy project with a real client, in your final term.
You’ll be taught by supportive, highly qualified tutors who have substantial career experience in accounting and finance. Some are research-active; others are well-published; some speak at international conferences; and some have strong links with the professional associations. All of them will use their wide network of contacts to create opportunities for you to have regular contact with industry.
International experience opportunities
There will be a global perspective to everything you learn on this course, so you’ll be well-equipped to work overseas, or for a multi-national, or for a firm which trades internationally. You’ll have the opportunity of an international field trip, and you could arrange to do an internship or an individual consultancy project with a business overseas.
The course covers international accounting standards and practices, and follows the ACCA and ICAEW curricula (which are professionally respected around the world). You’ll also study alongside students from all over, learning other perspectives on business and developing your ability to work cross-culturally.
Jobs in accounting and finance are competitive, so this degree is designed to provide the edge you need to secure a great career in accounting or strategic management.
That’s because this course is fully connected to the workplace – for example, it’s been designed with the help of industry experts and is aligned with the requirements of the major professional associations (such as ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA). Graduates have well-developed powers of analysis, clear perspectives on strategy, and highly effective communication and research skills. These are very much in demand from employers in private, public and third-sector organisations around the world.
You’ll have access to career-building support including entrepreneurship, CV-writing and interview skills. As a postgraduate student, you’ll be eligible to apply for our ‘High Flyers’ programme, designed to develop particularly talented students.