Module details

  • Strategic Business Reporting (Semester 1)

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    (20 credits)

    This module considers the application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) at an advanced level including the preparation and interpretation of financial statements, including consolidated financial statements.  This module also considers the impact of changes in accounting regulation on financial reporting as well as ethical principles and application to practical scenarios.

  • Strategic Business Leader (Semester 1)

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    (40 credits)

    Strategic Business Leader acts as the key leadership module in this MSc through the context of an integrated case study. The module requires you to demonstrate a range of professional skills demanded by effective leaders or in advising or supporting senior management in directing organisations. The syllabus therefore combines the main functions of organisations in the context of leadership capability.

  • Research and business skills (Semester 2) *

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    (20 credits)

    This research skills element of this module will allow you to develop an appreciation of the collection, analysis and interpretation of information and data in order to inform and support both academic and future professional research and business activities.

    The effective utilisation of information and data in order to inform decision making is a key managerial skill and this module develops skills in the acquisition, analysis and management of both quantitative and qualitative information. This module provides you with an essential grounding and introduction prior to undertaking your dissertation in the summer.

    The business skills element of the module focusses on the skills you need to prepare you for the commercial world as well as employability skills to develop a successful career.

  • Advanced Financial Management (Semester 2) *

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    (20 credits)

    This module develops core financial management knowledge and skills and prepares you to advise management and/or clients on complex strategic financial management issues facing an organisation.

  • Advanced Performance Management (Semester 2) *

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    (20 credits)

    This module develops knowledge and skills in selecting and applying strategic management accounting techniques in different business contexts and prepares you to contribute to the evaluation of the performance of an organisation and its strategic and operational development.

  • Advanced Taxation (Semester 2) *

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    (20 credits)

    This module covers knowledge and understanding of the UK tax system through the study of advanced aspects of taxation. You will be able to Identify and evaluate the impact of relevant taxes on various situations and courses of action, including the interaction of taxes. You will learn how to provide advice on minimising and/or deferring tax liabilities by the use of standard tax planning measures. 

    Students must have previously studied UK tax to a level equivalent to the ACCA Applied Skills Taxation paper to be eligible to study this module.

  • Advanced Audit and Assurance (Semester 2) *

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    (20 credits)

    This module looks at the higher level aspects of audit and assurance engagements. It includes a practical approach to determining and evaluating assurance and non-assurance work in the context of the international professional, regulatory and ethical frameworks, including quality control.  This module also considers international current issues and developments in relation to the provision of assurance services.

  • Dissertation (Summer)

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    (60 credits)

    This module takes the form of supported independent learning which requires you to produce a dissertation on a subject area of your own choice related to your advanced accounting studies.

* Within Semester 2, all students take the 'Research and business skills' module (20 credits) and then choose 2 other modules (2 x 20 credits).

The relevant modules also prepare students to sit the equivalent ACCA Strategic Professional papers