How is the role and public perception of accounting changing in a world still coping with the effects of the financial crash?
Accounting at Essex goes well beyond the preparation of financial statements. We teach you to be accountable, act ethically and make financial decisions that positively impact both organisations and society.
This course will advance your knowledge of accounting in both depth and scope. You are taught at Essex Business School, champions of ethical management and sustainable business and ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019). We believe accounting information is the foundation for successful decision-making and further develop your practical accounting skills and theoretical knowledge so you can make a positive impact in the workplace.
You explore the changing role and perception of accounting within shifting global markets. We take a critical view of both financial reporting and management accounting, so that you can be perfectly placed to lead financial decision-making in your chosen industry. You work with students and staff from across the globe, preparing you to work in international markets; our Masters students currently join us from more than 40 countries.
MSc Accounting can also be part-time and you may be eligible for a number of scholarships and discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.
Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.
Completion of this course gives you accreditation exemptions from up to four professional examination papers with The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
This means that you are able to gain a professional qualification more quickly by taking fewer exams when you graduate, giving your career a head start.
Our expert staff are at the forefront of debate and research surrounding accounting issues.
Essex Business School is home to industry renowned figures, such as Emeritus Professor Prem Sikka. Prem is a leading thinker on issues surrounding tax avoidance, with his work often quoted in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Independent.
Our academics are members of three internationally respected research centres:
By learning from accounting experts, you can experience an education at the cutting edge of the discipline. You hear the latest thinking on issues impacting the business world today.
We’re at the forefront of research in:
As a top five UK university for social sciences (REF, 2014), our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts. Much of our research addresses the important issues currently being faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. At Essex Business School, you study at an institution that aims to make a direct impact on the world you live in.
Our building represents our commitment to sustainability in business. Our beautiful winter garden is not only a tranquil place for group working and networking, but our Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate.
You benefit from a cutting-edge working environment, complete with:
Our courses are designed to foster the business leaders of the future who, through creativity, innovation and ethical awareness, can meet the many challenges that the international business world continues to present. As a result, 80% of Essex Business School postgraduates were in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).
Many of our students enjoy roles in areas such as financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy.
They progress to work for high-profile organisations and innovative SMEs such as:
We’re also proud of our student entrepreneurs, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
The School’s dedicated employability team work closely with the University’s careers advice services to help you to find work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. There is also access to employer talks on campus.
“Essex Business School gave me the confidence to question and express my opinions. My career has gone from strength to strength and I’m now Financial Planning and Analysis Accountant at ERS Insurance Group. I focus on the Lloyd’s Syndicate 218’s budget and forecast process and am now a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant."
Ali Kutchuk - MSc Accounting graduate.
A 2:2 degree in any discipline.Your degree must include either:
One module in Financial Accounting and one module in Management Accounting in the final two years of study.OR
Four accounting modules one of which must be in either Financial Accounting or Management Accounting.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.
Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.
Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.
The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.
At Essex we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive student community. We offer a wide range of support to individuals and groups of student members who may have specific requirements, interests or responsibilities.
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