With professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this challenging and exciting course perfectly prepares you for employment.
This course prepares you to confidently take up a career in accountancy and finance, across many different industry sectors. If you’re already working within the industry, it’s a good qualification to help progress to senior management roles within your organisation.
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be in Autumn 2016. The date will be confirmed soon and registration will open shortly.
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You will need to demonstrate academic ability and technical capability in accounting and finance to be able to study on this programme. Consequently the entry requirements for the programme are as follows:
Good Honours degree in Accountancy, Accountancy and Finance, or Business-related degree, with Accountancy as major.
CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting
In addition to the above requirements where English is not your first language, you must be able to furnish satisfactory evidence of a level of attainment in English language commensurate with study at Masters Level at Birmingham City University.
In most cases, a TOEFL score of at least 575 or an IELTS score of at least 6.5 average or 6.0 in all bands or an alternative qualification evidencing an equivalent competence in English will be required
|MSc||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£9,500|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|MSc||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£12,000|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
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We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000?
Initially, you investigate the financial management theories which influence corporate financial decisions at strategic level, and the key asset pricing models on which modern investment analysis and portfolio management are based.
At this stage, you will also examine conventional approaches to organisational practices, and gain an understanding of information systems and the interconnectivity between business strategy and information strategy.
Furthermore, you have the opportunity to explore current issues in corporate governance, with particular emphasis on operations risks analysis and control relating to accounting and finance functions within the overall context of strategic risk management. This stage runs from September to December.
Modern Theory of Finance (MTF)
Business Management Strategy (BMS)
Corporate Governance and Operations Risk Control (CG&ORC)
Here, you consider performance measurement and evaluation, with a thorough investigation of the tools and techniques employed by successful management accountants.
You gain a critical understanding of the strategic financial management decisions of national and multinational companies, and explore complex group structures and the application of existing and proposed accounting standards against a background of rapid development and change. This stage runs from January to April.
Corporate Reporting (CR)
Strategic Financial Management (SFM)
Performance Measurement and Evaluation (PME)
Research Skills in Accounting and Finance
The course consists of an intensive 15-month programme, including some project research.
Designed with CIMA, it emphasises the development of intellectual, technical and transferrable skills, as well as working efficiently in a team and individually. It also extends your knowledge in core areas of accounting and finance, ensuring you have impressive career development in today’s competitive business environment.
The Postgraduate Certificate stage sees you investigate the financial management theories which influence corporate financial decisions at strategic level, and the key asset pricing models on which analysis and portfolio management are based. You’ll also examine the conventional approaches to organisational practices and gain an understanding of information systems and the connection between business and information strategy.
The Postgraduate Diploma stage involves considering performance measurement and evaluation, with a thorough investigation of the tools and techniques employed by successful management accountants. You’ll also look at corporate reporting, strategic financial management and operations and project management.
The Masters stage includes a 12,000-word dissertation, where you can demonstrate your capacity for innovative thought, quality research and hard work.
The course has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for exemptions from the Management and Strategic Levels Papers.
CIMA is renowned for its skilled professional members, who have a broad range of strategic skills. Although a challenging qualification, we ensure you develop the expertise and knowledge needed to negotiate it, and improve your employability in the process. Former graduates have gone on to work as financial analysts and economic experts, for companies such as Interserve and Roughton Group.
Postgraduates earn an average £9,000 more per year than those with just undergraduate degrees*. A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you will have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.
* Department for Business Innovation & Skills, 2015.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Getting your CIMA qualifications will significantly improves your career prospects in accountancy and finance.
The CIMA is renowned for its skilled professional members, who have the ability to apply a broad range of strategic skills in the workplace. As a qualification it’s recognised as being challenging, so we make sure you develop your expertise and knowledge in a way that’s relevant to employers.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course will be held at our newest facility, The Curzon Building, part of our City Centre Campus.
The £63 million building provides you with a unique learning space, featuring plenty of informal ‘break out’ areas available, creating an open, sociable atmosphere. There is also a new home for the Students’ Union, with its location moving to the restored Victorian pub The Eagle and Ball. Both City North and Millennium Point libraries have moved to the new building.
The dedicated social learning spaces ensure you’ll have the perfect facilities to work independently and confidently, having the time and support you need.
All this ensures that The Curzon Building is a vital support hub and a true central location for students in Birmingham City Centre.
Our staff are experts in their chosen fields. You’ll be taught by people with professional qualifications, as well as relevant academic and industry experience.