MSc in Accounting and International Finance

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 24 months

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 1 year

  • Level 9 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From 12,500 € / year

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Technological innovation has created a wave of disruptive activity that will reshape the global economic and financial system over the next decade. Digitization and ever-increasing volumes of data have led to a demand for graduates (employees) of programs specifically tailored for the skills required for a changing, increasingly competitive and globalized business landscape. To meet this demand, this industry-aligned, strategically focused, and highly applied program focuses on accounting, data quantification, treasury functions, and corporate finance. It is designed to appeal to graduates looking to expose themselves to data-driven financial decision-making roles.

The Master of Accounting and International Finance is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time program. This comprehensive program with an integrated end-to-end delivery covers a range of skills applicable to a wide range of accounting and finance functions. The program aims to develop students’ knowledge of theory and practice necessary for them to obtain employment and perform in a variety of areas in a wide range of companies.

The program focuses on practical skills in core areas such as the role of capital markets, quantitative financial modeling, treasury risk management, international financial reporting, and advanced financial management. Its aim is to create a critical understanding of basic accounting, financial, and quantitative principles, while enhancing students’ practical technical skills.

Goals and objectives

The specific purposes and objectives of the program are as follows:

  • Allow students to develop in-depth knowledge and analytical skills in current and evolving disciplines of international finance and accounting.
  • Provide students with a systematic understanding of the organizational and regulatory context of international finance and accounting.
  • Facilitate the development and application of skills and attributes by students that are complementary and relevant to the contemporary workplace.
  • Identify and develop autonomous learning skills for the student.
  • Develop in the student a contextual understanding of the evolution of financial and economic trends and technologies.
  • Allow the student to identify, develop, and apply detailed analytical, creative, problem-solving, and research skills.
  • Provide the student with a comprehensive platform for professional development, innovation and further study .

Overall, the program aims to create in students a critical understanding of international financial and accounting issues, developing students’ understanding of the demands of the changing environment through up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of the core and subfields of international accounting. and finance while providing valuable and necessary practical skills in this field.

Program structure

Central modules:

  • Principles of financial markets
  • Quantitative financial modeling
  • International financial reports
  • Corporate governance and ethics
  • Advanced financial management
  • Treasury and risk management
  • Advanced International Financial Reports
  • Strategic performance management
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation / Applied Research Project

Evaluation methods

The teaching and learning strategy of the program is designed to allow the student to progress through the theoretical and practical concepts in an orderly and logical way. The assessment strategy is planned to ensure the practical application of the basic principles of the module and facilitates feedback, which underpins the overall learning experience.

The general evaluation strategy of the program is a combination of individual and / or group practices – basic projects – continuous evaluation and, where appropriate, a final exam.

The program emphasizes the development and evolution of skills and attributes relevant to the contemporary workplace, and the program’s evaluation strategy reflects this clear objective.

Career opportunities

Employers have given the following job titles as an example:

  • Counter
  • Financial Analyst
  • Portfolio manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business intelligence · Consultants
  • Private Equity Analyst (VC)
  • Entrepreneur and / or Fintech innovator

From an employer’s perspective, regardless of the so-called “hard skills,” negotiation, conflict resolution, teamwork, and communication are essential to working within the industry. In discussions with industry agility, motivation and teamwork have been repeatedly highlighted as key skills. These are important in all industries, but are considered particularly important in a relatively young and rapidly changing environment, such as an agile business environment.

Admission requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Master of Science in International Accounting and Finance are:

  • A level 8 undergraduate honors degree with a minimum classification of Second Division Second Class (2.2) from a recognized third-level institution in a related area that wishes to specialize in the field of accounting and finance. Related subjects include degrees related to general business, accounting, and finance, or
  • A level 8 undergraduate honors degree with a minimum classification of Second Division Second Class (2.2) from a recognized third-level institution in a non-cognate area, but has 3-5 years of professional experience in a field related and requiring a qualification in this area to advance professionally, or
  • An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA.
  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously obtained a degree taught in English, evidence of English proficiency equivalent to B2 + or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​must be provided (CEFRL). This must be demonstrated through a recognized English language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE, or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates must be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

Applicants who do not have a rating of Level 8 to an award level 2.2 and who have at least 3 years of work experience can also be considered through the normal RPL procedures of the university. Relevant professional experience can be taken into account and individuals will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

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