The course

Full-time, Part-time, Per course
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The aim of the programme is to enhance the research and employment potential of students in the areas of international accounting and management. This is achieved by combining key international business-focused accounting courses as well as management courses which examine the more strategic and quantitative aspects of management. This combination allows successful graduates to develop careers in various organizations, including private companies and the public sector, either as accountants in business or as financially skilled managers who intend to be promoted to more senior managerial positions.

Programme duration

  • MSc - 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
  • PGDip - 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

Course content

Detailed course guide

Semester 1 (Sept - Dec)

  • International Accounting Standards
  • Financial Analysis
  • Competitive Strategy

One from:

  • Strategic Project Management
  • Work Culture & Organisations

Semester 2 (Jan - April)

  • Comparative Financial Reporting
  • Project Management
  • Research Methods

One from:

  • Human Resource Management
  • International Managerial Accounting
  • International Trade Law
  • Project Procurement & Contract Management

Between May and August students undertake their MSc dissertation.

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.

Financial Analysis

Semester 1 (mandatory)

This course examines how to analyse the financial performance of an organisation through the use of published financial information.

Competitive Strategy

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Examines how companies compete by developing and understanding the interactions and relationships between theoretical concepts; examining the individual components of strategic management models and considering how companies may achieve and sustain competitive advantage.

Strategic Project Management

Semester 1 (optional)

Evaluating project success through strategic alignment and developing knowledge to translate and implement business strategy through portfolio management, programme management and projects.

Work, Culture and Organisations

Semester 1 (optional)

This course is concerned with work culture at the individual, group and organisational level. Topics covered include Scientific Management and the HR School, the organisation and the external environment, power, politics and influence in organisations, approaches to leadership, performance and reward, organisational culture.

Comparative Financial Reporting

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Provides an international perspective to the study of accounting by looking at the reasons for national differences, the tendencies towards harmonisation, the problems of multinational companies, as well as analysis and evaluation of financial reports prepared in other countries.

Project Management

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Examines monitoring and controlling projects. Develops competence in use of quantitative and qualitative project planning and control tools & techniques.

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.

Human Resource Management

Semester 2 (optional)

The course looks at current issues in Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM), in particular how to examine and develop approaches to the management of these key issues and apply critical thinking and evaluation to the management of SHRM issues within contemporary business contexts.

International Urban Housing Policy

Semester 2 (optional)

To develop a broad understanding of the way housing systems operate, the role of housing agencies and the financial underpinnings of housing policy.

International Trade Law

Semester 2 (optional)

This course looks at international legal rules relating to sale of goods, international carriage of goods, international trade finance, and the solution of cross-border legal disputes

Project Procurement & Contract Management

Semester 2 (optional)

Looks at the role of procurement including supply market capability analysis, specifying the requirement, relationships with suppliers, legislation and guidance, contract management and assuring performance.

Programme leader

The Programme Director is Professor Roszaini Haniffa.

The MSc International Accounting & Finance is delivered by a dedicated team of lecturers from the Accountancy, Economics and Finance subject disciplines within the School of Social Sciences, all of whom have specialist knowledge in their respective subject areas.

Additional information

There is series of guest lectures given by accounting and finance professionals.

Accountancy, Economics and Finance also run a seminar programme each year, which includes guest speakers from other institutions and companies.