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MA in Accountancy and Finance (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Masters Degree , Accounting And Finance

Course Description

Accountancy and Finance at Aberdeen is a great combination of subjects to help you prepare for a stellar career in international finance, business, politics, media or many other sectors. You will gain a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of accountancy, set within the wider perspective of the principles of finance and how organisations operate within a fast-changing global economy.

You will gain a thorough understanding of accountancy and develop the analytical and evaluation skills required to process accounting information in a modern economy.

In Finance, you will learn about crucial areas such as financial management, corporate finance, personal finance, financial institutions, derivatives and the stock market. You will learn about financial problems and become adept in understanding and using information from financial newspapers and documents.

Your skills will develop in a dynamic learning and research environment, inspired by staff who are internationally known for their leading research in accountancy, finance, economics, and business management.

You will benefit from having close links with employers, real-life business scenarios, and professional training facilities such as our Bloomberg finance lab, used by major financial services companies across the world.

You will thrive in the international, dynamic environment of our Business School with classmates from over 40 nationalities creating a truly global experience. You will be supported by teaching staff and dedicated careers advisers who will help you develop as an individual and set you on the road to a brilliant career in business, or whichever path you choose.

Accountancy and Finance at Aberdeen is a great combination of subjects to help you prepare for a stellar career in international finance, business, politics, media or many other sectors. You will gain a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of accountancy, set within the wider perspective of the principles of finance and how organisations operate within a fast-changing global...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Business (AW1003)

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Accounting and Accountability (AC1011) - 15 Credit Points

The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006) - 15 Credit Points

Finance 1: Finance, Risk and Investment (FI1004) - 15 Credit Points

Accounting and Entrepreneurship (AC1515) - 15 Credit Points

The Global Economy (EC1506) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Management Accounting 2 (AC2031) - 15 Credit Points

Finance 2: Business Finance (FI2004) - 15 Credit Points

Financial Accounting 2 (AC2530) - 15 Credit Points

Financial Markets and Regulation (FI2501) - 15 Credit Points

Business Law (LS2533) - 15 Credit Points

Understanding Statistics (PO2508) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

NOTE: LS 2533 may be excluded - however, if taken the student may be exempt from the ICAS Law module. If the module is excluded, 15 additional credit points should be chosen at level 2.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Financial Accounting 3 (AC3049) - 15 Credit Points

Management Accounting 3 (AC3054) - 15 Credit Points

Finance 3: Corporate Finance (FI3004) - 30 Credit Points

Auditing (AC3557) - 30 Credit Points

International Financial Management (FI3503) - 30 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Accounting Theory (AC4033) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

In the first semester choose either:

  • Empirical Methods in Finance (FI4003) OR Financial Strategy and Investment Management (FI4002)

In the second semester choose either:

  • Dissertation in Accountancy (AC4528) OR Dissertation in Finance (FI4501)

Plus select further credit points from level 4 Finance courses to gain a total of 60 credits in the discipline and further credit points from level 4 Business School courses to gain a total of 120 credits.

Empirical Methods in Finance (FI4003) - 30 Credit Points

Financial Strategy and Investment Management (FI4002) - 30 Credit Points

Dissertation in Accountancy (AC4528) - 30 Credit Points

Dissertation in Finance (FI4501) - 30 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Academic Writing for Business (AW1003) Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Accounting and Accountability (AC1011) - 15 Credit Points The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006) - 15 Credit Points Finance 1: Finance, Risk and Investment...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

National 5/ S Grade/ GCSE (or equivalent) in Maths is required in addition to the requirements above. 

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas,...

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