BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Accounting and Business Management

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Therefore, the MSc Accounting and Business Management appeals to graduates with a business-related degree who want to develop their understanding of accounting and management in a business context and develop skills that enhance their employability. The rigorous and integrated syllabus emphasises the value of developing knowledge and skills progressively. It supports personal learning and development through managed choice and encourages personal initiative, enthusiasm and positive study habits.

Programme description

Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Therefore, the MSc Accounting and Business Management appeals to graduates with a business-related degree who want to develop their understanding of accounting and management in a business context and develop skills that enhance their employability. The rigorous and integrated syllabus emphasises the value of developing knowledge and skills progressively. It supports personal learning and development through managed choice and encourages personal initiative, enthusiasm and positive study habits.

Key Modules
  • Valuable accounting and management skills for students intending to seek employment in today's competitive job market and those who will work in the family business
  • Strong foundation for entrepreneurs planning to set up and manage their own businesses
  • Graduating students receive accreditation from ACCA in respect of three papers at Foundation Level
  • Graduating students receive accreditation from ICAEW in respect of three papers at Professional Stage
  • Graduating students receive accreditation from CIMA in respect of two papers at Certificate Level, one paper at Operational Level and two papers at Management Level
  • Graduating students receive accreditation from AIA in respect of six papers, which form a part of the AIA professional qualification
  • Firm foundation for future doctoral studies
Module & Subject

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

 

Compulsory

Current Issues in Accounting

The main aims of this module are to introduce you to current issues in accounting and the main theories and methods used in accounting research through the critique of selected readings. In addition, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate a variety of skills that include being able to think critically, use information and knowledge effectively, and make effective use of written communication of complex ideas and arguments using a range of media.

Financial Accounting

The main aims of this module are to introduce you to bookkeeping, the accounting principles and regulations that guide financial accounting and reporting, and the preparation of financial statements. It also provides opportunities to demonstrate skills such as critical thinking, solving complex problems and making decisions, using information and knowledge effectively, numeracy and quantitative skills, including the development and use of relevant business models.

Financial Reporting

The aims of this module are to develop your knowledge of financial reporting through the preparation of financial statements for a group entity and the use of analytical techniques to interpret financial statements. It also provides opportunities to demonstrate skills such as critical thinking, solving complex problems and making decisions, using information and knowledge effectively, numeracy and quantitative skills, including the development and use of relevant business models.

International Management:

The module has six main aims:

1. Examine the important trends impacting international business and the major developing players in the international economy.

2. Explore the issues and challenges of managing in an international environment and with reference to particular countries and regions.

3. Understand the nature and forms of interaction between an international organisation, managerial decisions and the external environment, especially the effects of globalisation upon MNCs in both developed and developing countries.

4. Facilitate understanding of the theories and concepts of international management and to use them to diagnose and solve managerial problems.

5. Equip students with the analytical tools, techniques and models of negotiations, communication, and conflict resolution in international contexts.

6. Explore the theories and concepts relating to the management of human resources in international context.

Management Accounting

The main aims of this module are to introduce you to the principles and techniques that are used in the fields of cost and management accounting to address practical business problems. It will also provide opportunities to think critically, solve complex problems and make decisions, use information and knowledge effectively, and demonstrate numeracy and quantitative skills that include the development and use of relevant business models.

Understanding Business and Management Research

The module is predicated on the dominant role of both quantitative and qualitative methods in management research. It focuses on the need to enable the understanding of research reports and use this information to improve the quality of work, decision-making, and the understanding of complex management problems. The latter will be instrumental in applying existing management theory and research to practical management problems as action researchers.

The specific aims are:

  • To provide a balanced view of social science and business research methods enabling a critical understanding of research information.
  • To acquire theoretical and practical knowledge for business management by covering issues and debates in management research as reflected in the literature.
  • To provide knowledge of relevant research methods and techniques for master's level project work.

Dissertation

A research-based dissertation is an integral element of the programme to which considerable importance is attached. You are required to base your dissertation on empirical research into a management problem or issue of your choice (subject to approval).

Dissertations are supervised by members of the academic staff of the school who have a wide range of research interests and expertise. The dissertation must be submitted by the end of the academic year during which you complete all of the taught modules of the programme.

Optional

Business Performance Management

The main aims of this module are to provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge of the more specialised decision-making techniques that are used in cost and management accounting. It also provides opportunities to demonstrate skills such as critical thinking, solving complex problems and making decisions, using information and knowledge effectively, numeracy and quantitative skills, including the development and use of relevant business models.

Business Planning

This module aims to promote an integrative understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved in business planning through practice. The specific educational objective is for students to work through the business planning process and to develop a successful business plan by bringing the different foundations of business planning such as market opportunity, competition, business models, financing etc. into a unified whole. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking through the development of a business plan and to reflect on the whole process, the team dynamics and their personal development. In addition, this module examines different business models their underlying strategies and decision making process through a variety of case studies.

Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 55% - 65% or 2.75/4 - 3.25/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 15 months/1years
Course Fee:  16200.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15.November)-(15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
JANUARY
SEPTEMBER