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Accounting and Finance professionals have central roles in all types and sizes of organisations whether in the UK or abroad. This programme is likely to be of interest to current or intending finance or accounting professionals wishing to gain an academic qualification in both domestic and international financial operations.
The course offers a specialist pathway in accounting (linked to the ACCA Fundamentals papers), but also provides you with the opportunity to select modules in the areas of finance and strategy. This programme focuses on accounting and finance matters within an international context, addressing current challenges and issues faced by businesses and companies around the world.
We’re top 3 for research intensity in Accounting and Finance among London Modern Universities (Complete University Guide 2021).
Accountancy College of the Year- Public Sector
PQ Magazine 2017, 2018 and 2019 awards
You'll be provided with analytical and business-led tools that combine academic study with a pragmatic and well structured finance content for decision making (including the use of databases such as Bloomberg). The course also includes training in specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).
You'll take part in a residential weekend, exchanging experiences and discussing current events and specific problems affecting the accountancy and finance fields, with academics and a visiting practitioner.
You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including "Academic skills for Finance, Accounting and Governance" and Research Techniques, a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences.
There may be a possibility to undertake an optional work placement to enhance your employability skills and professional experience (subject to validation).
On completion of the course, you will be on a fast track to becoming ACCA qualified, and exempt from the following modules:
F1 - Accountant in Business
F2 - Management Accounting
F3 - Financial Accounting
F4 - Corporate and Business Law
With completion of the specific LSBU modules, you will get following further exemptions:
|LSBU module||ACCA module exemption|
|Financial Reporting (BAF-7-FRE)||F7 - Financial Reporting|
|Audit Risk (BAF-7-AUR)||F8 - Audit and Assurance|
|Corporate Financial Management (BAF-7-CFM)||F9 - Financial Management|
On completion of the course, you will be eligible for the master’s gateway route. The Master’s gateway route is an accelerated entry route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the individuals are required to take the CIMA Gateway Exam, and get all 11 exemptions from certificate, operational and management level exams after successfully passing the CIMA Gateway Exam.
All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, individual and group presentations and written exams. A typical 20 credit taught module involves a total of 200 study hours (52 contact hours and 148 group and private study hours).
The use of Bloomberg is embedded within modules.
All students have the option to study for a 20 credit internship (instead of taking two 10 credit optional modules). This module allows the student to gain valuable work experience while studying for a master’s degree. Responsibility for securing the work placement lies with the student. However, the student is supported during the search process and when the student is actually working. The work placement should have some direct bearing on what the student is studying - a student studying MSc Inernational Accounting and Finance would be expected to secure an internship with some connection with aspects of accounting or finance within the business community.
Graduates who possess a combination of an LSBU Masters degree and a professional accounting qualification are likely to be highly employable in senior positions in accounting and finance, not only in the UK but throughout the world. Excellent career opportunities exist in accounting and finance. Recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.
Past employability skills events held by the Department include:
"My Employability event"
My dream job
Preparing CVs and cover letters
Using databases to research the company
IT qualifications for your CV
Preparing for interviews
On completing this course, you will be on a fast track to becoming ACCA qualified, and exempt from the following exams:
F1 - Accountant in Business
F2 - Management Accounting
F3 - Financial Accounting
F4 - Corporate and Business Law
With the completion of the modules:
F5 Performance Management, Management Accounting (BAF-7-MAC)
F8 Audit and Assurance, Audit Risk (BAF-7-AUR)
F9 Financial Management, Corporate Financial Management (BAF-7-CFM)
Graduates are eligible for the master’s gateway route or direct entry to the operational level objective tests
BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
This masters degree also prepares you for research and further study in this area which can lead onto a PhD qualification.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Our graduates are highly employable and progress onto a variety of senior roles in the public, private and third sectors, often starting their own businesses and consultancy firms in the UK and abroad.
Successful students will gain a combination of professional body exemptions and also part preparation for various higher professional examinations of the ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CISI dependant on the choice of electives studied. This is subject to successful revalidation and professional body accreditation.
Possible links with ACCA China (from 2015).
The course features guest speakers and industry events.
Recent speakers include:
Past events include:
"Customer Focus in Banking: How to implement it?"
Keynote speaker: Owen Woodley, Managing Director, Lloyds Bank Retail.
Panel: Mark Mullen, Chief Executive, First Direct & Head of UK Contact Centres; Paul Lynam, CEO, Secure Trust Bank; Ashleye Gunn, Consumers Association 'Which?'; Richard Goodman, Policy Director, Financial Ombudsman.
Chairman: Chris Skinner, Chair, the Financial Services Club
"Making Corporate Governance effective in banking"
Keynote speaker: Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director, ICSA.
Panel: Prof. Andrew Chambers, International Internal Audit Standards Board; Mike Trippit, Director, Equity Research - Banks, Numis; Catherine Howarth, CEO, Share Action; Robert Hingley, Director of Investment Affairs, Association of British Insurers; Charles Middleton, CEO, Triodos Bank.
Chairman: Simon Osborne, CEO, ICSA
"Fixing our banks: What to fix and by whom?"
The conference discussed the different stakeholders' perspectives about the changes that should be introduced in the banking system to deal effectively with the current crisis affecting financial institutions.
LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.
As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.
In addition to academic rigour, the Masters is highly oriented to support your professional development.
There may be a possibility of an optional placement in a relevant business area to enable you to enhance your employability skills and apply accounting and finance theory to contemporary business practices.
If you take part in a placement, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience. A placement is not currently offered on the part-time mode.
Specialist industry software prepares our students with the digital skills that employers' value. Students on our programmes have access to Bloomberg, SAGE, FAME, NVivo, and SPSS.
Read more about LSBU Business School's specialist facilities and software.
Lectures cover concepts which underpin and facilitate informed participative approaches to learning. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussion facilitate more active modes of learning. You'll also benefit from excellent learning materials and small class sizes and receive training in the use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker, and specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).
Assessment is by written coursework and exams. Lecturers offer a rich profile of academic and professional qualifications backed by professional teaching and/or research experience. An academic is appointed as your Dissertation/Business Project Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation/report.
As a postgraduate student in the Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.
Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions, designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your postgraduate degree programme.
In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.
Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".
For LSBU Business School’s ‘MSc with Internship’ courses, only a limited number of English tests are accepted, and with different subscores English Requirements ‘MSc with Internship (PDF File 62 KB)
Accreditation of Prior Learning:
Required English language skills to undertake this programme: Academic IELTS 6.5 (with min score 5.5 in Listening and Reading, min 6.0 in Speaking and Writing) or equivalent.
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.
Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.
Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience.
Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.
Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.
There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.
We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.
Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.
In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.
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We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
|UK fee: £10980||International fee: £16000|
|AOS/LSBU code: 5593||Session code: 1FS00|
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For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.
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