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Finance, Accounting and Management

MSc
Duration: 12 months
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
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Overview

The MSc in Finance, Accounting and Management focuses on the key elements of business, with a strong emphasis on creating and measuring value through the principles and practice of accounting and finance. The course aims to produce fully rounded practitioners with an appreciation of all business disciplines. 

Students will also have the benefit of working in the new Trading Room, with access to real-life market trading data provided by Bloomberg Professional, and may wish to complete the Bloomberg Essentials Online Training Programme (BESS).

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

The School of Management is proud to be in an elite group of only 1% of business schools in the world to hold the, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

Why Bradford?

University of Bradford School of Management is one of the oldest and most experienced university-based business schools in Britain and home to more than 500 postgraduate students from more than 70 different countries. The School celebrated 50 years of excellence in business education in 2013.

At our Bradford campus and across our global campus, we create a collaborative, supportive learning environment in which students, staff, alumni and businesses and organisations can share knowledge and ideas.

Bradford also scores extremely high in rankings for value for money, providing you with a very affordable way to gain a globally recognised Master’s qualification from a leading UK university.

Rankings

  • University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016

Entry requirements

You must have a degree (not necessarily in business and management) from an approved university. Exceptional candidates without a first degree but with appropriate professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA) and work experience may be admitted on their merits.

English language requirements:

If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:

IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.

Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.

Pre-sessional English Language Courses

The Pre-Master's English Course is designed for students who have received a conditional offer but need to improve their English to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants with a current IELTS of 6.0 (with no sub-tests less than 5.0) are eligible to join the course.

Find out more.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Business economics
  • Accounting and finance
  • Human resource management
  • International business environment
  • Marketing planning and strategy
  • Operations management
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic financial management
  • Strategic accounting
  • Dissertation

Option modules - choose one from an extensive range, including:

  • Contemporary issues in accounting and finance
  • International finance
  • Management of Change
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • International business strategy
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Strategic Marketing Simulation
  • Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • European Business Management
  • International Business in Emerging Economies
  • International Marketing
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Marketing Communications
  • International Services Marketing
  • Sustainable Operations
  • Future Technology and Innovation Management
  • Decision Support for Sustainability
  • Environmental Management and Quality Systems
  • International Master's Summer School

Learning activities and assessment

Teaching on the full-time programme involves a combination of formal lectures, group discussions, tutorials, seminars and directed reading. Generally the programme aims to integrate applied and theoretical knowledge with assessment processes that test both knowledge of the disciplines plus their application and limitations. Each module represents approximately 100 hours of study time, of which typically 24 hours is contact time with the module tutor(s) and the remaining 76 hours is made up of pre-reading, directed reading, preparatory work and assessment.

Methods of assessment are varied and linked to learning requirements. They include open and closed book examination, essays, coursework assignments and case studies.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:

  • One-to-one support
  • Careers workshops
  • Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
  • Online resources
  • Job opportunities

Career prospects

The programme is designed for students interested in a career in finance and general management, with our graduates well represented in nearly all functional areas of finance, and in a wide variety of organisations including financial services, consulting, industry and public sector.

The sectors and jobs that our MSc students achieve upon graduation vary depending on their previous experience and pathway taken. In terms of looking at career progression it is useful to consider where alumni are three years after graduation. Looking at the data derived from the School’s continued ranking in the Financial Times Master’s in Management Rankings, alumni continue to operate in a variety of sectors and that three years after graduation on average 25% of them are in senior manager roles and 20% in junior management positions

Study Support

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (eg assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS is run by Martin Sedgley, supported by Amy Allhouse, and provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.

Facilities

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £10,000
  • International: £14,950

Fees may be paid in full at enrolment, benefiting from a fee discount, or paid by instalments.

International applicants who pay their deposit of £2,000 before 31 January will receive a £1,000 discount, or £750 discount if the deposit is paid before 30 April, or a £500 discount if paid before 31 July.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Merit Scholarships

Worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.

Merit scholarships are available to support and encourage high calibre self-funding students for entry to a full-time MSc programme based at the School of Management and School of Law.

For these awards we focus on rewarding the potential contribution a student brings to the programme and its cohort - evaluating not just academic excellence, but work and personal achievements also.

How to apply: You do not need to make a separate application for the scholarship. Simply complete your programme application form and you will be automatically assessed for a Merit Scholarship.


Alumni Discount

Self-funded University of Bradford alumni, regardless of when they have graduated, will receive a 15% discount on the self-funded element of their tuition fees if they achieved a 2:2 or above in their undergraduate degree.


Company-sponsored study bursaries

A business relationship bursary of up to 35% is available for companies who have supported or worked with the School who are sponsoring or part-sponsoring an MSc student. The amount will depend on the strength of the relationship, which might include companies who have previously funded a student on a Bradford programme, employed a placement student, facilitated a student project, employed a member of faculty to produce a KTP or research project or commissioned an Executive Education programme. The list is not exhaustive and other business engagement activities could be considered eligible.


University-wide scholarships

There are a number of other scholarships available to postgraduate taught students at the University of Bradford. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more information.


You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email admissions@bradford.ac.uk to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.