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Accounting, Accountability & Financial Management MSc

UCAS code: N/A. (Please note: the course details below apply to 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry are being updated and will be published in the coming days so please check back for the very latest information before you commit yourself to any of our courses.)

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Our Accounting, Accountability & Financial Management MSc course will provide you with an advanced understanding of the economic, technical and institutional foundations of accounting and financial management. You'll explore the importance of accountability and information, corporate governance, and ethics in global financial markets. With an undergraduate degree in a relevant social science subject, you'll be ready to tackle the intellectually challenging world of finance. Through a combination of core modules and your own choice of management areas, you'll come away fully equipped to thrive in any industry you choose to go into.

Key benefits

  • King's Business School is known around the world for its impressive track record, outstanding research and great links with other organisations.
  • We're right in the heart of London, surrounded by countless companies where you can build your career.
  • Our network includes agile startups and established multinational corporations, so we're never short of inspirational speakers.

Course Aims

  • Understand the theoretical foundations of accounting, accountability and financial management.
  • Apply technical accounting and financial management techniques to a variety of scenarios.
  • Learn the internal workings of financial institutions and accounting firms and their inter-relationships.
  • Understand the importance of accounting and financial management for businesses and financial institutions.
  • Explore the need for accounting, accountability and financial management to incorporate corporate governance, social responsibility, the needs of a broad group of stakeholders and ethical considerations. 

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is typically 20-30 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study. Each 15-credit taught also module has approximately 120-130 hours of self-guided learning time.

For the dissertation module, you will receive two dissertation workshops that are each two hours long plus four additional hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision and group consultations.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Assessment

    Throughout the degree students are assessed by a variety of methods, which include written examinations, coursework and individual or group projects and presentations for the taught modules. The dissertation submitted in September each year is worth 60 credits. Assignment feedback is provided within four working weeks of submission.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take:

    Financial Reporting & Analysis (15 credits)
    Management Accounting & Control (15 credits)
    Financial Management (15 credits)
    Research Methods (15 credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

    Corporate Governance & Accountability (15 credits)
    Financial Statement Analysis (15 credits)
    Advanced Financial Management (15 credits)
    Advanced Financial Reporting (15 credits)
    Accounting, Organisations & Society (15 Credits)
    Behavioural Finance (15 credits)
    Mergers & Acquisitions (15 credits)
    Credit Risk & Default Analysis (15 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    As a Business School student you not only have full access to all the award winning events and resources from our central team King’s Careers and Employability service but a bespoke service curated especially for you by our dedicated careers team.

    • Develop greater self-awareness of strengths, interests and values. Increase confidence in presenting yours authentic self to employers and making career decisions that work for you.

    • Gain insight, make connections and uncover opportunities through our campus events and connections with world- leading organisations, alumni, thought leaders and investors.

    • Sharpen your application skills for internships, placements, graduate schemes and jobs using cutting edge technology combined with personalised expert feedback and specialised workshops.

    • Build an impressive portfolio of work relevant domain knowledge, leadership, workplace digital or technical skills through employer and professional programmes and micro-certifications.

    • Apply and hone your skills in a real world context. Access a world-class range of internships, placements, start-up incubators, leadership initiatives and focused diversity and inclusion opportunities.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £16,890 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £31,350 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

     Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies.
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationery 
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    Course Aims

    • Understand the theoretical foundations of accounting, accountability and financial management.
    • Apply technical accounting and financial management techniques to a variety of scenarios.
    • Learn the internal workings of financial institutions and accounting firms and their inter-relationships.
    • Understand the importance of accounting and financial management for businesses and financial institutions.
    • Explore the need for accounting, accountability and financial management to incorporate corporate governance, social responsibility, the needs of a broad group of stakeholders and ethical considerations. 

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

    The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is typically 20-30 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study. Each 15-credit taught also module has approximately 120-130 hours of self-guided learning time.

    For the dissertation module, you will receive two dissertation workshops that are each two hours long plus four additional hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision and group consultations.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Assessment

      Throughout the degree students are assessed by a variety of methods, which include written examinations, coursework and individual or group projects and presentations for the taught modules. The dissertation submitted in September each year is worth 60 credits. Assignment feedback is provided within four working weeks of submission.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take:

      Financial Reporting & Analysis (15 credits)
      Management Accounting & Control (15 credits)
      Financial Management (15 credits)
      Research Methods (15 credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

      Corporate Governance & Accountability (15 credits)
      Financial Statement Analysis (15 credits)
      Advanced Financial Management (15 credits)
      Advanced Financial Reporting (15 credits)
      Accounting, Organisations & Society (15 Credits)
      Behavioural Finance (15 credits)
      Mergers & Acquisitions (15 credits)
      Credit Risk & Default Analysis (15 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      As a Business School student you not only have full access to all the award winning events and resources from our central team King’s Careers and Employability service but a bespoke service curated especially for you by our dedicated careers team.

      • Develop greater self-awareness of strengths, interests and values. Increase confidence in presenting yours authentic self to employers and making career decisions that work for you.

      • Gain insight, make connections and uncover opportunities through our campus events and connections with world- leading organisations, alumni, thought leaders and investors.

      • Sharpen your application skills for internships, placements, graduate schemes and jobs using cutting edge technology combined with personalised expert feedback and specialised workshops.

      • Build an impressive portfolio of work relevant domain knowledge, leadership, workplace digital or technical skills through employer and professional programmes and micro-certifications.

      • Apply and hone your skills in a real world context. Access a world-class range of internships, placements, start-up incubators, leadership initiatives and focused diversity and inclusion opportunities.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £16,890 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £31,350 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

       Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies.
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies 
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationery 
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

      King's College London is committed to the recruitment of students with the greatest academic ability and to maintain a diverse student population. In order to ensure a balanced international student population for our most competitive programmes, we have implemented the following deadlines:

      • The final application deadline for any students who are currently residing in mainland China is Friday 7 January 2022, 23:59 (UK time).

        Please note: if you reside in mainland China and apply for any of the above programmes after this deadline, your application will be automatically withdrawn, and you will not be eligible for an application fee refund.

      • Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time). After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

        Overseas (international) fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Home fee status: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.
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