MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions vs. MSc Accounting and Finance
The two programmes complement each other but the MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions is different from our existing MSc Accounting and Finance, the latter requiring prior knowledge of both accounting and finance, whereas the MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions does not require applicants to have prior academic courses in accounting. The MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions is particularly attractive to those interested generally in careers in management, consulting, regulation, assurance and the public sector. The core course covers topics under the headings "Foundations" and "Risk Management, Accountability and Corporate Governance".
MSc Accounting and Finance vs. MSc Finance and Economics
The two programmes have different compulsory courses, but almost the same optional courses. MSc Finance and Economics has more optional courses.
MSc Accounting and Finance offers 9 months full-time or 21 months part-time study, whereas MSc Finance and Economics offers 10 months full-time study only.
The MSc Accounting and Finance programme is appropriate for those interested in a career in financial institutions, management consulting, industry, or government bodies, whereas the MSc Finance and Economics programme will be of interest if you plan a career in a financial institution or in a role in industry which calls for advanced analytical skills. A short, focused, introductory course on quantitative methods and technical accounting will be held at the beginning of the programme for MSc Accounting and Finance, while students for MSc Finance and Economics are required to attend a Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics.
MSc Accounting and Finance vs. MSc Finance (Full-Time) and MSc Finance (Part-Time)
The two programmes have different compulsory courses, but five of the optional courses are the same (Applied Corporate Finance, Global Financial System, Forecasting Financial Time Series, Quantitative Methods for Finance and Risk Analysis and International Finance).
MSc Accounting and Finance offers 9 months full-time or 21 months part-time study, whereas MSc Finance (full-time) offers 10 months full-time study only, and MSc Finance (part-time) offers 24 months part-time. The compulsory courses for MSc Finance are closed to anyone not registered on these programmes. Similarly, MSc Finance students are not allowed to take Accounting courses offered on the MSc Accounting and Finance programme.
Diploma in Accounting and Finance
For students studying on the Diploma in Accounting and Finance programme there is a clear route towards MSc level study within the Department of Accounting, subject to satisfactory performance. Diploma students who wish to apply for the MSc Accounting and Finance in the following year will not ordinarily be required to submit a GMAT test with their application.
The Diploma in Accounting and Finance is a flexible postgraduate programme providing an opportunity for students with little or no background in accounting and finance to acquire a solid foundation in these areas. The programme allows students with varying levels of knowledge and experience to build or extend their understanding of topics such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, asset pricing, corporate finance, and valuation. Students can also acquire knowledge of, or specialise in, other areas within the social sciences such as economics, management, mathematics, and statistics.