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 with Professional Placement is a unique degree amongst UK universities, and the inclusion of the professional placement gives 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:
This course is taught in Essex Business School, 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.
This course offers a unique opportunity to take a work placement as part of the degree so that you to gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry.
The placement is undertaken between the taught part of the course and the individual project. Its aim is to allow students to acquire industry experience and, especially, develop an appreciation of how the skills acquired in the taught part of the course can be applied to real world problems.
The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role. Most recently, our undergraduate students have gained placements with organisations such as BMW, Samsung and Cummins.
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.
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.
You will complete a professional placement between the taught part of the course and the individual project. This professional placement allows you to gain work experience during your postgraduate studies.
£11,250Year 2 fee is currently calculated as a 40% of the Year 1 fee.
£17,560Year 2 fee is currently calculated as a 40% of the Year 1 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.
There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
Home to over 13,000 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.
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