This course equips you with in-depth financial knowledge and the practical skills needed for a rewarding career in accounting or banking in multinational organisations.
Our MSc International Accounting and Banking is a unique degree amongst UK universities, giving you a competitive edge by combining theory and practice with real-life examples. You gain an advanced understanding of contemporary accounting and banking issues and produce a business report on a listed company. You develop your ability to research issues, analyse and solve business problems and operate effectively in a fast-paced international business environment.
Whether you have a first degree in accounting, or are looking to study the subject for the first time, this course is for you if you’re looking for a career in international organisations, such as banks, accountancy firms, accountancy and finance departments or business consultancy.
You explore topics including:
Essex Business School, where this course is taught, is an internationally diverse place to study, with more than half of our staff and students joining us from overseas (our Masters students currently join us from more than 40 countries). As a result, this course is informed by a wide range of global perspectives, preparing you for the demands of an international career in accounting or banking.
We’re a research intensive business school, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). You learn from world-class thinkers who embed the latest academic thinking into their teaching to ensure you experience the cutting-edge of your discipline.
Our MSc International Accounting and Banking is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts offered by the University of Essex. 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.
Our expert staff possess a wealth of experience from around the globe and are at the forefront of accounting and banking research and debate.
We’re home to industry renowned figures, such as Emeritus Professor of Accounting Prem Sikka. Prem is a leading thinker on issues surrounding tax avoidance and his work has been quoted in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Independent.
The University of Essex is also ranked in the top five UK universities for social science research (REF, 2014). Our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts to tackle challenges currently being faced by organisations across the commercial, public and third sectors.
We’re recognised for our work on:
The Essex Business School building at our Colchester Campus is the first zero carbon business school in the UK, reflecting our commitment to sustainable business practices. The building provides a modern working environment for staff and students, and includes:
Our building is located on the Knowledge Gateway, home to some of the region’s most exciting enterprises in the science, technology and creative sectors. The Knowledge Gateway provides potential networking and career opportunities for students directly on campus.
We develop your creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to prepare you for a successful business career. Our Masters courses foster the business leaders of the future, equipping them with the skills to handle the many challenges the international world of business continues to present.
As well as exploring their own entrepreneurial ventures, our graduates have gained fulfilling roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. In 2018, 80% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE 2017).
Essex Business School graduates have progressed 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.
Alongside the University’s Employability and Careers Centre, our own EBS Employability Team will encourage you to enhance your study with work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. There is also access to employer talks on campus.
A 2:2 degree in any discipline. your degree must contain modules from a numerate discipline.
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.
This course is assessed through:
£19,380EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.
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 email@example.com 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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