The course

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This programme will enhance the research and employment potential of students in the areas of international accounting and environmental economics. This is achieved by combining key international business-focused accounting courses, with courses which examine the economic issues involved in environmental economic development.

It will provide students with a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts related to accounting and environmental economics and detailed knowledge of one or more specialisms related to these subjects.

It will also develop critical awareness of current issues in research and knowledge creation within international accounting and environmental economics and develop the ability to apply a range of quantitative techniques to different types of data, as well as to evaluate a range of theories appropriate to research in these fields.

Students taking the programme are likely to find jobs in banks, non-governmental organisations and government institutions, in both developed economies and emerging/ developing economies.

Programme duration

  • Full-time: 12 months (MSc), 9 months (PG Diploma)
  • Part-time: 24 months (MSc), 21 months (PG Diploma)

Course content

   Detailed course guide

Semester 1 (Sept - Dec)

  • International Accounting Standards
  • Climate Change: Causes and Impacts
  • Environmental and Energy Economics

One from:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Development Economics 1
  • Financial Analysis

Semester 2 (Jan - April)

  • International Managerial Accounting
  • Research Methods

Two from:

  • Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Comparative Financial Reporting
  • Development Economics 2
  • Maritime Business and Economics

The MSc dissertation is then completed between May and August.

International Accounting Standards

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Evaluate theories and empirical studies in the areas covered by international standards of accounting, analyse the outcome of the standard setting process from different theoretical perspectives, and assess observed practices in terms of regulatory and cultural frameworks.

Climate Change: Causes & Impacts

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Aim of course and learning outcomes

This Course aims to:

  • enable students to understand the science behind climatic systems, natural variations and anthropogenically induced changes to global and regional climate
  • emphasise to students the multidisciplinary nature of the study of causes and impacts on physical, chemical and biological systems in context with political and socio-economic reactions and actions

Course Summary

  • What is Climate Change: definition
  • Learning from the past: geological, glacial, sea-level and fossil record
  • Causes of climate shifts: astronomical factors, Earth system factors (e.g. volcanic activity)
  • Physical and chemical impacts on atmospheric, terrestrial, freshwater and marine aquatic systems
  • Impacts on biological species (phenology and biogeographical trends) and ecosystems
  • Evidence of recent and current climate trends: globally and regionally
  • Current drivers and symptoms of Climate Change: greenhouse gas emissions, land use, economic development, etc.
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – Science reports, Impact reports
  • Future predictions and models of climate parameters, sea-level rises and effects on coastal communities, weather events, ecosystem alterations
  • Current and projected impacts on biological resources, economics and societal pressures (e.g. desertification and human population displacements)
  • Political reactions and actions (introduction to UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment; Stern Review, etc.)

Assessment Method

  • Examination: 60%
  • Course Work: 40%
  • Re-assessment: Examination

Environmental Energy and Economics

Semester 1 (mandatory)

This course looks at how particular analytical techniques can be applied to understanding energy markets and environmental issues - carbon emissions and climate change in particular. It also look at how to use the results from this analysis are used to understand, critique, and formulate policy relating to environment issues, carbon emissions and energy markets.

International Managerial Accounting

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Develops understanding and analytical skills of management accounting in an international and comparative context. Includes the changing roles of accountants in a global environment, culture and complexity in management accounting, and managerial accounting in the strategic environment.

Research Methods

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Looking at both qualitative and quantitative techniques this course will equip students with the means to develop and carry out their own research projects and to evaluate the contributions of others.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

Work or project experience in the area of finance will be of further advantage.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.

If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £6770 £3385 £850
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £6770 £3385 £850
Overseas £14690 £7345 £1836.25

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.