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Masters in Accounting and Finance

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Career in Accounting and Finance continues to be one of the mostly highly demanded and rewarded one, all over the globe. The accountancy skills are valuable to the corporations which need to manage their accounts, conduct audits, plan budgets and make financial investments. The field is very closely associated with Risk Management, one of the most important departments of investment banking, which is why related subjects are focused in the degree.

If your undergraduate degree is related to business management, accounting, mathematics or commerce you would make a strong candidate for Postgraduate degree in Accounting and Finance.

Course Structure                                                                 

Most of the Full Time Postgraduate courses in the UK for Accounting and Finance are going to be one year long. However, other courses that require a placement as a part of the degree can extend up to two years. Each semester you are expected to study four to eight modules. The assessment for these modules is based on examinations, coursework, tests and dissertation.

The subjects you are likely to come across during the course of your degree include financial accounting, financial markets, statistical research, corporate finance, corporate investment, risk management, management and managerial accounting, statement analysis, behavioural economics, corporate and commercial law, taxation, pricing and international accounting. These modules intend to groom professionals with high numeracy and accounting skills to be able to analyze and produce financial data and make financial decisions.

Future Academic and Career Prospects

There are a wide range of opportunities and options in the field of accounting and finance. The degree can be a tool for you to climb up the hierarchy in the corporate world. The competition in the field is very intense, which is why it would be a good idea to gain some work experience while you study by taking up internships, placements and part time jobs.

Accounting certifications including Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Management Accountant (CMA)Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Accountancy (CA) can be very strong compliments to the degree of Accounting and Finance. These certifications can be attained at any point in your career and these are highly valuable for professional growth.

The corporate world has a high demand for the graduates and experts in the field of accounting and finance for carrying out the key financial procedures. All financial bodies, banks, multinational corporations and stock markets need accountants. The importance of accountants is no less for smaller businesses, but their requirements can be satisfied by a smaller team of accountants and financial managers.

 

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