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MSc (T) Accounting & Finance

Academic Year 2016/17

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

MSc (T) Accounting & Finance

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

ACC-MSC-AF

UCAS Code

JACS Code

N300 (DESCR) 50

Criteria for Admissions

Candidates will normally be required to have an undergraduate degree, the equivalent of a UK honours degree, upper second class, in a relevant subject (accounting or finance based first degree) from a suitably quality assured university. Exceptional candidates with degrees in engineering, mathematics or economics can also be considered.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates so will also consider previous work experience alongside academic qualifications. We encourage candidates to submit a detailed CV. Candidates who lack the prerequisite academic qualifications or equivalent may be considered under RPEL.

Additional information for International Students
In addition, international applicants will be required to demonstrate evidence of language proficiency by one of the following:-
An IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years
A TOEFL score of 90+ (internet based is the only acceptable form of this test); with at least the following scores in each of the four component parts of listening (17), reading (18), speaking (20) and writing (17) taken within the last 2 years.
A first or good second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location where the medium of instruction is English
A language assessment conducted by Queen’s University Belfast or approved provider
An alternative English Language qualification recognised by Queen’s University Belfast.

Additional Relevant Information
The programme will build on the skill sets taught in undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance. However, the degree programme is also suitable for students with quantitative and mathematical skills from non-accounting and finance backgrounds. These students will be provided with supplementary resources which will include access to e-learning and additional reading materials. All candidates must have sufficient relevant knowledge of and/or experience in basic accounting.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Queen's Management School

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Sheila Ellwood

Bristol University

Professor Breda Sweeney

NUI Galway

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

The MSc Accounting & Finance is based on the University wide modular framework. The class of degree awarded to the student (Fail, Pass, Commendation and Distinction) is based on his or her performance in 7 modules plus the dissertation.

Module marks are combined over the first and second semester that together with the dissertation mark and are used to produce an aggregate mark. Marking is based on University agreed marking scale.

Candidates will be assessed by course work, examinations and a dissertation. Students will not be permitted to proceed to the dissertation until they have successfully completed modules to the value of 105 CATS points which must include ACC7002 Research Methods and Techniques.

Candidates must pass all taught modules of the programme and the dissertation to be eligible for the award of a Master’s degree.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme, the student will :

Be equipped for careers in financial institutions, management consulting, industry, or government bodies at middle management level

Develop capacities of critical evaluation of literature and methods, and ability to communicate, orally and in writing, on topics in accounting and finance

Be prepared for PhD studies in Accounting & Finance

Be provided with a stimulating suite of learning activities that introduces students to contemporary theory and practice in accounting, finance and investment

Learn in a supportive working environment in which there is respect for social and cultural differences and openness, fairness, and equality of opportunity in relation to selection, learning, assessment and support

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

problem solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across first and second semester modules. The numerical and statistical components of the modules, particularly in Research Methods module, focus particularly on problem solving, logical reasoning and data management and analysis using statistical packages. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements in all modules. Self assessment and reflection are developed by formative feedback particularly on small group presentations.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills, both summative and formative, occurs in the form of course homework, oral presentations, project work and examinations.

logical reasoning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across first and second semester modules. The numerical and statistical components of the modules, particularly in Research Methods module, focus particularly on problem solving, logical reasoning and data management and analysis using statistical packages. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements in all modules. Self assessment and reflection are developed by formative feedback particularly on small group presentations.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills, both summative and formative, occurs in the form of course homework, oral presentations, project work and examinations.

independent enquiry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across first and second semester modules. The numerical and statistical components of the modules, particularly in Research Methods module, focus particularly on problem solving, logical reasoning and data management and analysis using statistical packages. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements in all modules. Self assessment and reflection are developed by formative feedback particularly on small group presentations.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills, both summative and formative, occurs in the form of course homework, oral presentations, project work and examinations.

critical evaluation and interpretation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across first and second semester modules. The numerical and statistical components of the modules, particularly in Research Methods module, focus particularly on problem solving, logical reasoning and data management and analysis using statistical packages. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements in all modules. Self assessment and reflection are developed by formative feedback particularly on small group presentations.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills, both summative and formative, occurs in the form of course homework, oral presentations, project work and examinations.

self assessment and reflection

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across first and second semester modules. The numerical and statistical components of the modules, particularly in Research Methods module, focus particularly on problem solving, logical reasoning and data management and analysis using statistical packages. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements in all modules. Self assessment and reflection are developed by formative feedback particularly on small group presentations.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills, both summative and formative, occurs in the form of course homework, oral presentations, project work and examinations.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

the ability to synthesise information/data from a variety of sources including from databases, books, journal articles and the internet

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Small group teaching sessions, discussions with industry experts, practitioners and more traditional lecture enquiry will be used to guide the learning experience.

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines. Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (eg worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical-based project work) to demonstrate their learning. Students also acquire the ability to write projects and an MSc dissertation, which includes the skill of reading and summarising academic articles. Students will be able to analyse financial statements, apply investment strategies and understand the role of performance measurement and governance in profit and not-for-profit organisations.

the preparation and communication of accounting and financial ideas in both written and presentational forms

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Small group teaching sessions, discussions with industry experts, practitioners and more traditional lecture enquiry will be used to guide the learning experience.

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines. Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (eg worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical-based project work) to demonstrate their learning. Students also acquire the ability to write projects and an MSc dissertation, which includes the skill of reading and summarising academic articles. Students will be able to analyse financial statements, apply investment strategies and understand the role of performance measurement and governance in profit and not-for-profit organisations.

the ability to work both independently and in groups

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Small group teaching sessions, discussions with industry experts, practitioners and more traditional lecture enquiry will be used to guide the learning experience.

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines. Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (eg worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical-based project work) to demonstrate their learning. Students also acquire the ability to write projects and an MSc dissertation, which includes the skill of reading and summarising academic articles. Students will be able to analyse financial statements, apply investment strategies and understand the role of performance measurement and governance in profit and not-for-profit organisations.

organisation and time management

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Small group teaching sessions, discussions with industry experts, practitioners and more traditional lecture enquiry will be used to guide the learning experience.

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines. Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (eg worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical-based project work) to demonstrate their learning. Students also acquire the ability to write projects and an MSc dissertation, which includes the skill of reading and summarising academic articles. Students will be able to analyse financial statements, apply investment strategies and understand the role of performance measurement and governance in profit and not-for-profit organisations.

problem solving and critical analysis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Small group teaching sessions, discussions with industry experts, practitioners and more traditional lecture enquiry will be used to guide the learning experience.

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines. Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (eg worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical-based project work) to demonstrate their learning. Students also acquire the ability to write projects and an MSc dissertation, which includes the skill of reading and summarising academic articles. Students will be able to analyse financial statements, apply investment strategies and understand the role of performance measurement and governance in profit and not-for-profit organisations.

work-based skills; use IT, including word-processing, email, internet and statistical packages

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Small group teaching sessions, discussions with industry experts, practitioners and more traditional lecture enquiry will be used to guide the learning experience.

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines. Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (eg worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical-based project work) to demonstrate their learning. Students also acquire the ability to write projects and an MSc dissertation, which includes the skill of reading and summarising academic articles. Students will be able to analyse financial statements, apply investment strategies and understand the role of performance measurement and governance in profit and not-for-profit organisations.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of accounting and finance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Traditional lectures, small group interactive sessions, problem solving classes are all used to guide the students’ learning experience

Methods of Assessment

End-of-semester unseen examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, take home tests and individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.

financial statement analysis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Traditional lectures, small group interactive sessions, problem solving classes are all used to guide the students’ learning experience

Methods of Assessment

End-of-semester unseen examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, take home tests and individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.

investment management decision making

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Traditional lectures, small group interactive sessions, problem solving classes are all used to guide the students’ learning experience

Methods of Assessment

End-of-semester unseen examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, take home tests and individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.

methods of analysis used to evaluate accounting and financial issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Traditional lectures, small group interactive sessions, problem solving classes are all used to guide the students’ learning experience

Methods of Assessment

End-of-semester unseen examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, take home tests and individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.

the role of performance management and governance in organisations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Traditional lectures, small group interactive sessions, problem solving classes are all used to guide the students’ learning experience

Methods of Assessment

End-of-semester unseen examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, take home tests and individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.

how to evaluate basic financial and derivative instruments

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Traditional lectures, small group interactive sessions, problem solving classes are all used to guide the students’ learning experience

Methods of Assessment

End-of-semester unseen examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, take home tests and individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

the ability to construct arguments and exercise problem solving skills in the context of theories of accounting and finance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Abstraction, quantitative, qualitative and evaluation skills, through theory building, manipulation, application and evaluation, are at the core of this degree programme. Consequently, these skills are built across modules and throughout the duration of the programme through small interactive teaching session, traditional lecture sessions, independent reading and application of theory to practice, worked class examples.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules.

Summative assessment takes a variety of forms. In all modules end-of-semester examinations are used to gauge and assess understanding and the acquisition of knowledge. Cumulative assessment is also built into all modules to assess ongoing understanding. A variety of forms of cumulative assessment are employed, (i) practical computer based work in the research methods module and, (ii) a mixture of class tests, group and individual presentations and essays in the accounting and finance modules.

Formative assessment takes three main forms. First, weekly homework in most of the modules aimed at promoting subject-specific understanding, logic, accurate calculation and good presentation. Secondly, weekly discussion of key theories and academic readings in accounting and finance to develop understanding, logical argument and critical assessment. Thirdly, timely feedback is provided on the content and performance of student presentations.

the ability to apply computer-based/statistical packages to analyse and evaluate relevant data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Abstraction, quantitative, qualitative and evaluation skills, through theory building, manipulation, application and evaluation, are at the core of this degree programme. Consequently, these skills are built across modules and throughout the duration of the programme through small interactive teaching session, traditional lecture sessions, independent reading and application of theory to practice, worked class examples.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules.

Summative assessment takes a variety of forms. In all modules end-of-semester examinations are used to gauge and assess understanding and the acquisition of knowledge. Cumulative assessment is also built into all modules to assess ongoing understanding. A variety of forms of cumulative assessment are employed, (i) practical computer based work in the research methods module and, (ii) a mixture of class tests, group and individual presentations and essays in the accounting and finance modules.

Formative assessment takes three main forms. First, weekly homework in most of the modules aimed at promoting subject-specific understanding, logic, accurate calculation and good presentation. Secondly, weekly discussion of key theories and academic readings in accounting and finance to develop understanding, logical argument and critical assessment. Thirdly, timely feedback is provided on the content and performance of student presentations.

the ability to read and evaluate accounting and finance related academic literature

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Abstraction, quantitative, qualitative and evaluation skills, through theory building, manipulation, application and evaluation, are at the core of this degree programme. Consequently, these skills are built across modules and throughout the duration of the programme through small interactive teaching session, traditional lecture sessions, independent reading and application of theory to practice, worked class examples.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules.

Summative assessment takes a variety of forms. In all modules end-of-semester examinations are used to gauge and assess understanding and the acquisition of knowledge. Cumulative assessment is also built into all modules to assess ongoing understanding. A variety of forms of cumulative assessment are employed, (i) practical computer based work in the research methods module and, (ii) a mixture of class tests, group and individual presentations and essays in the accounting and finance modules.

Formative assessment takes three main forms. First, weekly homework in most of the modules aimed at promoting subject-specific understanding, logic, accurate calculation and good presentation. Secondly, weekly discussion of key theories and academic readings in accounting and finance to develop understanding, logical argument and critical assessment. Thirdly, timely feedback is provided on the content and performance of student presentations.

the ability to apply core theories and reasoning in accounting and finance to a selection of applied fields

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Abstraction, quantitative, qualitative and evaluation skills, through theory building, manipulation, application and evaluation, are at the core of this degree programme. Consequently, these skills are built across modules and throughout the duration of the programme through small interactive teaching session, traditional lecture sessions, independent reading and application of theory to practice, worked class examples.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules.

Summative assessment takes a variety of forms. In all modules end-of-semester examinations are used to gauge and assess understanding and the acquisition of knowledge. Cumulative assessment is also built into all modules to assess ongoing understanding. A variety of forms of cumulative assessment are employed, (i) practical computer based work in the research methods module and, (ii) a mixture of class tests, group and individual presentations and essays in the accounting and finance modules.

Formative assessment takes three main forms. First, weekly homework in most of the modules aimed at promoting subject-specific understanding, logic, accurate calculation and good presentation. Secondly, weekly discussion of key theories and academic readings in accounting and finance to develop understanding, logical argument and critical assessment. Thirdly, timely feedback is provided on the content and performance of student presentations.

exemptions (Papers F1-F4 and Paper F7), subject to successful completion of the programme, for the ACCA professional examinations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Abstraction, quantitative, qualitative and evaluation skills, through theory building, manipulation, application and evaluation, are at the core of this degree programme. Consequently, these skills are built across modules and throughout the duration of the programme through small interactive teaching session, traditional lecture sessions, independent reading and application of theory to practice, worked class examples.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules.

Summative assessment takes a variety of forms. In all modules end-of-semester examinations are used to gauge and assess understanding and the acquisition of knowledge. Cumulative assessment is also built into all modules to assess ongoing understanding. A variety of forms of cumulative assessment are employed, (i) practical computer based work in the research methods module and, (ii) a mixture of class tests, group and individual presentations and essays in the accounting and finance modules.

Formative assessment takes three main forms. First, weekly homework in most of the modules aimed at promoting subject-specific understanding, logic, accurate calculation and good presentation. Secondly, weekly discussion of key theories and academic readings in accounting and finance to develop understanding, logical argument and critical assessment. Thirdly, timely feedback is provided on the content and performance of student presentations.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

International Finance

FIN9004

7

15

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Derivatives

FIN9007

7

15

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Corporate Finance

FIN9005

7

15

YES

9 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Accounting and Performance Management in Public-Sector and Not-For-Profit Organisations

ACC9002

7

15

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

30%

10%

60%

Dissertation - MSc Accounting & Finance

ACC9090

7

60

16 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

International Financial Accounting and Reporting

ACC7001

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Research Methods and Techniques

ACC7002

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Management Accounting & Control

ACC7003

7

15

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Financial Management

ACC7004

7

20

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Academic Research Project

ACC7007

7

60

16 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Students must pass modules worth at least 105 CAT points, including ACC7002 before they can begin their Dissertation ACC9090 or Academic Research Project ACC7007.