The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

Contact

Overview

This programme provides a solid understanding of the accounting and strategic management issues involved in the business environment, and builds in-depth knowledge of the accounting background.

Graduates from this programme are likely to take up professional accounting training or managerial careers, in both the business and public sectors, or to continue study by research in related disciplines.

The programme will develop students’ understanding of, and ability to evaluate, a comprehensive range of research techniques used in the areas of international accounting and strategic management, and learn how to put these into practice. Students will critically evaluate academic and professional research, and gain the opportunity to carry out original research on a relevant topic through a dissertation.

The programme will also assist the development of transferable skills (particularly teamwork, communication and presentation) for employment in the accountancy and managerial sectors and those required for undertaking further academic research.

Programme duration

  • MSc: 12 months (full time), 24 months (part-time)
  • PG Diploma: 9 months (full time), 21 months (part-time)

Course content

   Detailed course guide

Semester 1 (Sept - Dec)

  • International Accounting Standards
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Strategic Change

One from:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Strategies for Managing Supply Chains

Semester 2 (Jan - April)

  • International Management Accounting
  • Research Methods

Two from:

  • Comparative Financial Reporting
  • International Trade Law
  • Managing Diversity in Business

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.

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 Change

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Looking at organisational change from a strategic perspective, this course differentiates between the concepts and models of change management and consider their application to a variety of situations and environments.

International Management 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.