Accountancy and Finance (CIMA Pathway) - MSc

Attendance:
Full Time
Starting:
September 2016
Campus:
Fees:
£9,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

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.

What's covered in the course?

  • This unique worldwide course which grants exemptions to you from all CIMA professional examinations up to and including the strategic level.
  • This MSc brings you face-to-face with the challenges and opportunities of a dynamic contemporary sector, learning key issues from risk analysis to performance measurement and evaluation.
  • Designed with a real commitment to employability, previous students have gone on to work in eminent roles within the industry, including working in infrastructure finance and as economic experts. The course focuses on current and topical issues in accounting and finance, particularly related to corporate businesses, but also extending to investment analysis and portfolio management.

Why Choose Us?

  • The accreditation from CIMA helps boost your postgraduate qualification even more, giving you professional qualifications employers would be hard pressed to ignore.
  • Our small class sizes and comprehensive learner development support gives you attentive, efficient help as well as a great learning atmosphere.
  • You get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, enabling you to develop your own knowledge of the cultural implications of business practice.
  • The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found that we’ve doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
  • The course offers a recognised and respected programme of study around one of the business world’s key functions.
  • You’ll work in our new, cutting-edge facility, The Curzon Building, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities.
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    This course is open to International students

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    Where our students go

    Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

      • Interserve
      • Roughton Group

    And in jobs such as:

      • Financial Analyst
      • Infrastructure Finance
      • Economic Expert

    This course is accredited by:

    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

    Entry Requirements

    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:

    UK students
    Essential

    Good Honours degree in Accountancy, Accountancy and Finance, or Business-related degree, with Accountancy as major.

    OR

    CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting

    EU/International students
    Essential

    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

    UK or EU students

    Award Start Mode Duration Fees
    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.

    International Students

    Award Start Mode Duration Fees
    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.

    Additional costs

    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.

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    Your personal statement

    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:

    Course choice

    Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

    Career plans

    If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

    Work experience

    Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

    School or college experience

    Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

    Non-accredited skills or achievement

    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.

    Get more information on writing personal statements.

    This course is not available part-time

    Got any questions?

    Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

    Financial Support

    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?

    Postgraduate loans

    Postgraduate Certificate Stage

    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)

    Postgraduate Diploma Stage

    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)

    Masters Stage

    Research Skills in Accounting and Finance
    Dissertation Project

    Course Structure

    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.

    This course has been accredited by:

    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

    The course has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for exemptions from the Management and Strategic Levels Papers.

    Enhancing your employability skills

    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

    OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

    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.

    Careers

    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.

    International Students

    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:

    Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

    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

    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.

    Learn more about BCUIC

    Popular home countries

    Our students come from around the world but our accountancy and finance course is most popular with international students from:

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    Our Facilities

    We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

    The Curzon Building

    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.

    Meet our staff

    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.

    Take a closer look at our staff

    UK prospective students:

    UK enquiry form

    +44 (0)121 331 5595

    EU / International prospective students:

    International enquiry form

    +44 (0)121 331 5389

    Already applied?

    Email the applications team

    +44 (0)121 331 6295