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MA in Finance and Investment (Accounting and Financial Management)

Next intake:
  • June 2014
Duration:
  • Minimum: 18 months
  • Maximum: 3 years
Fees:
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A strong understanding of finance and accounting is a powerful tool in any business. Thus the MSc Finance and Investment (Accounting and Financial Management) online degree prepares you for success in a variety of financial industries. This postgraduate programme is suitable for graduates, professionals and senior level managers seeking to gain essential expertise in the effective and efficient management of business activities, with the available resources. This is because skills in accounting and financial management are desirable in the business world. The degree is delivered in collaboration with London School of Business and Finance. The innovative InterActive platform also offers a smooth and flexible learning experience.

Studying with London School of Business and Finance (powered by InterActive) helps you develop analytical and strategic problem solving skills in key areas. These include business and financial analysis, quantitative methods and financial markets, corporate finance, corporate governance and ethics, advanced corporate reporting, as well as performance management and control.

What are the learning outcomes of the programme?read more

Upon completion of the programme you will gain:

  • Expertise in and knowledge of analytical tools to prepare business and international financial statements
  • Competencies to maximise corporate value while reducing financial risks
  • An understanding of corporate finance structure instruments used to generate capital and manage financial risk
  • Skills in the awareness and application of corporate governance and ethical issues that may arise in workplaces
  • Appropriate expertise to evaluate and assess investment and financial decisions, as well as their domestic and international consequences
  • Tools and models in proffering vital finance and investment solutions
  • Knowledge and skills in the application of management accounting techniques
  • Modern techniques, decision-making abilities, as well as budgeting and standard costing know-how, necessary for managing a business

During your studies, you may access the InterActive platform and:

  • Watch, pause and rewind HD-quality video lectures featuring London School of Business and Finance lecturers solving practical problems in case studies
  • Participate in live chat forums with your fellow classmates and tutors
  • Access a variety of comprehensive study materials – such as lecture notes and revision kits
  • Test yourself through quizzes and mock assignments
  • Benefit from various resources through online libraries, e-books and journals

InterActive lets you join a global online community, experience progressive educational techniques, enjoy online learning and gain a recognised postgraduate degree.

 
 

The MSc Finance and Investment (Accounting and Financial Management) syllabus gives you up-to-date knowledge blended with hands-on experience, as well as the expertise to make vital strategic decisions in an ever changing business environment. The programme covers business analysis, business and international statements, the preparation of publishable financial reports, as well as budget management and control.

The programme consists of 3 core modules and 3 specialist modules. The final module of the programme is an Integrative Research and Consultancy Project which involves the submission of a final project. To find out more, please click on each module below.

Postgraduate Certificate in Finance and Investment Managementread more
Business and Financial Analysis

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Identify rules and principles in the international accounting standards and financial regulations
  • Understand the core values in business that lead to a competitive advantage
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge in the sphere of business and financial analysis with a view to corporate evaluation
  • Critically assess businesses and accounting data and financial information available to make investment decisions
  • Discuss the link between current theory and common practice, and be able to organise appropriate evidence and reasoning to produce balanced analysis
  • Demonstrate problem solving and analytical approaches to provide effective business and financial decision-making

Topics covered

  • Business Analysis I: Internal Analysis ;Value Chain, Audit and Competitive Advantage
  • Business Analysis II: External Analysis; PESTLE, SWOT and Five Forces
  • Business Analysis III: Competitive Strategy; Generic Strategies and SPACE Model, Stakeholder Analysis and Choices
  • The Basic Financial Statements I: The Balance Sheet
  • The Basic Financial Statements II: The Income Statement
  • The Basic Financial Statements III: The Statement of Cash Flows
  • The Basic Financial Statements IV: A Closer Look at Profits.
  • The Applications and Limitations of EBITDA.
  • The Reliability of Disclosure and Audits
  • Forecasts and Security Analysis: Forecasting Financial Statements.
  • Financial Statement Analysis for Credit
  • Financial Statement Analysis for Equity
Quantitative Finance and Financial Markets

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Design and apply quantitative tools in financial markets
  • Critically evaluate the changes that might occur if certain assumptions in the models used are changed
  • Compute basic valuation analysis for financial markets instruments
  • Evaluation of the inputs variables and their outputs in the use of quantitative tools in financial markets
  • Combine and evaluate findings and present same in a professional manner to a varied audience

Topics covered

  • An Overview of the five main financial markets (Equity, Fixed income, Derivatives, Money Markets, and Alternative Investments)
  • The Time Value of Money and its application in the financial markets
  • Discounted Cash Flow Applications and their application in the financial markets
  • Statistical Concepts and Market Returns and their application in the financial markets
  • Probability Concepts and their application in the financial markets
  • Common Probability Distributions and their applications in the financial markets
  • Sampling and Estimation and its application in the financial markets
  • Hypothesis Testing and its application in the financial markets
  • Correlation and Regression and its application in the financial markets
  • Multiple Regression and Issues in Regression Analysis and their application and management in the context of the financial markets
  • Time-Series Analysis and its application to the financial markets
  • Portfolio Concepts and their application to the financial markets
Corporate Finance

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Summarise key principles and tools for financial decision-making
  • Compare various investment decision rules and apply the process of capital budgeting
  • Analyse the concept of corporate capital structure and compute cost of capital
  • Determine and critically evaluate the economic benefit of various types of financing
  • Explain the concept of risk management and analyse the role of derivative instruments in mitigating risks

Topics covered

  • Corporate Governance and its impact on firm value
  • Capital Structure: The MM and other relevant theories
  • Measures of Leverage: Internal and External
  • Dividends and Share Repurchases Basics
  • Dividends and Share Repurchases: Analysis
  • Working Capital Management: Different approaches
  • Introduction to Portfolio Theory
  • Sources and Cost of Capital I:
  • Sources and Cost of Capital II:
  • Capital Budgeting I: Traditional Methods and Discounted Cash flow I
  • Capital Budgeting II: Discounted Cash flow approaches II
  • Capital Budgeting III: Advanced Approaches
Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Investment Managementread more
Corporate Governance and Ethics

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Define governance and explain its function in the effective management and control of organisations and of the resources for which they are accountable
  • Evaluate the accountant’s role in risk management and internal control, including review and compliance
  • Explain the role of the accountant in identifying and assessing risk
  • Explain and evaluate the role of the accountant in controlling and mitigating risk
  • Demonstrate the application of professional values and judgement through an ethical framework that is in the best interests of society and the profession, in compliance with relevant professional codes, laws and regulations

Topics covered

  • Governance and responsibility I: The scope of governance, Agency relationships and theories and the board of directors
  • Governance and responsibility Ii: Board committees, Directors’ remuneration and Different approaches to corporate governance
  • Internal control and review i: Management control systems in corporate governance
  • Internal control and review II: Internal control, audit and compliance in corporate governance and Internal control and reporting
  • Internal control and review III: Management information in audit and internal control
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk I: Risk and the risk management process and Categories of risk
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk II: Identification, assessment and measurement of risk
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk III: Targeting and monitoring risk and Methods of controlling and reducing risk
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk IV: Risk avoidance, retention and modeling
  • Professional values and ethics I: Ethical theories and Different approaches to ethics and social responsibility
  • Professional values and ethics II: Professions and the public interest and Professional practice and codes of ethics
  • Professional values and ethics III: Conflicts of interest and the consequences of unethical behavior and Ethical characteristics of professionalism
Advanced Corporate Reporting

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Understand the professional and ethical duties of an accountant
  • Evaluate financial reporting conventions
  • Advise and report on financial performances
  • Prepare financial statements of groups of entities in accordance with relevant accounting standards and explain reporting issues relating to specialised entities
  • Discuss how changes in accounting regulation impact on financial reporting
  • Appraise financial performances and positions, and evaluate current developments

Topics covered

  • The Financial Reporting Framework
  • Reporting the Financial Performance of Entities
  • Financial Statements of Group of Entities I: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
  • Financial Statements of Group of Entities I: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities III: Statement of Cash flows
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities III: Statement of Cash flows
  • Financial Statements of Groups IV: Notes to the Accounts and MDA
  • Specialized Entities
  • Consideration of Changes in Accounting Regulation and their implication of Financial Reporting
  • The Appraisal of performance and position of Entities
Performance Management and Control

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse principles and trends in performance measurement and control.
  • Determine the different budgeting techniques and critically evaluate their use in short term decision making
  • Analyse the current approach to performance measurement and control in a selected global organisation, and both create and appraise suggestions for improvement.
  • Appraise the application of performance criteria in ‘not for profit’ and ‘public sector’ organisations.
  • Evaluate the importance of the key elements in successful performance measurement and control

Topics covered

  • Foundations for Implementing Strategy I: Organizational Tensions to be managed and Basics for Successful Strategy.
  • Foundations for Implementing Strategy II: Organizing for Performance and Using Information for Performance Measurement and Control
  • Creating Performance Measurement System I:  Building a Profit Plan
  • Creating Performance Measurement System II: Evaluating Strategic Profit Performance
  • Creating Performance Measurement System III: Designing Asset Allocation Systems and Linking Performance to Markets
  • Creating Performance Measurement System IV: Building a Balanced Scorecard
  • Creating Performance Measurement System V: Performance Prism
  • Creating Performance Measurement System VI: Other New Age Tools
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies I: Using Diagnostic and Interactive Control Systems Public Sector Organizations
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies II: Aligning Performance Goals and Incentives
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies III: Identifying and Managing Strategic Risk
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies IV: Levers of Control for Implementing Strategy
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Integrative Research and Consultancy Project

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:

  1. Formulate a research proposal and design this into a workable research plan
  2. Design and manage a business critical independent applied research in their chosen discipline and present their findings, to a professionally acceptable standards
  3. Critically evaluate and analyse their findings, reporting on their conclusions in clear and acceptable standard in the form of an engagement report
  4. Synthesize theory in a practical context to evidence knowledge, understanding and transferrable skills with regards to the taught components of their studies

Topics covered

  • The nature of business and management research/consultancy
  • Formulating and clarifying the research/consultancy topic
  • The practice of management consulting
  • Negotiating a scope of work; developing a research proposal
  • Consulting as a profession; business research methods and practice;
  • Formulating the research design and negotiating access and research ethics
  • Understanding research philosophies and approaches
  • Critically reviewing the literature
  • Applicable models for consulting and research
  • Selecting samples and using secondary data
  • Collecting primary data through observation
  • Collecting primary data using semi-structured, in-depth and group interviews
  • Collecting primary data using questionnaires
  • Analysing quantitative data and qualitative data
  • Writing and presenting your project report
 
 
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