Overview

Applications to this course for September 2014 entry are now closed.

Applications for September 2015 entry will open in early November 2014.

Intake: September only
Duration: 12 months full-time
Fees: £24,000 
Financial support: Please see our Scholarships page
Application deadline: Course closed for September 2014 entry

The Cass in MSc International Accounting & Finance offers an expertly structured course, giving you the real world accounting and finance expertise that leads to a wide range of rewarding international roles. And because Cass is located close to the City of London, you will be perfectly placed to exploit the opportunities created by the degree.

This is a highly practical course. You will need a high level of quantitative skills in order to examine accounting and finance from the perspective of those who use financial reports to evaluate company and managerial performance. You will also gain an essential understanding of the principles underlying current thinking in accounting and finance.

The course is a Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) Partner Programme. There are exemptions from some exams of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Please see the Accreditations tab for more information on how you can benefit from these partnerships.

View our guide to finance MSc courses at Cass

'The MSc in International Accounting & Finance helped me to achieve my career objectives because I learnt to adapt myself to different situations quickly, and in my field it is important as you are moving from one client to another every two to three weeks. In addition, my Masters degree helped me to sharpen my critical and problem solving skills which are essential in the environment I am working in.'
David Khau, from France, MSc in International Accounting & Finance

Information Sessions

Individual Appointments

If you would like to arrange an individual appointment to discuss this programme please email c.a.woolley@city.ac.uk

Course content

We regularly review all our courses to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice. Therefore, there may be some change to the detailed content of the modules and occasionally to module titles.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree programme students must complete:

  • eight core courses

and

  • five electives

or

  • one elective and a Business Research Project

The MSc in International Accounting & Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused on:

  • an introduction to careers in finance and the opportunity to speak to representatives from over 75 companies during a number of different industry specific fairs.
  • a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Term 1

Four core modules (30 hours each)

Applied Empirical Accounting

This course consists of two parts. The first is dedicated to essential concepts in statistics and econometrics. The second part presents students with seminal papers in accounting and finance that will be discussed in class. This will also provide a starting point for future dissertations. This course ensures that students:

  • understand basic concepts in statistics and econometrics
  • understand research papers in accounting and finance discussed in the course from a conceptual standpoint
  • understand statistical distributions and hypothesis testing

Finance 1: Corporate Finance and Valuation

Provides a thorough understanding of the key factors affecting the valuation of a company; the financing of new ventures through initial and seasoned equity offerings; the choice between various forms of short- and long-term financing; and the interaction between corporates and capital markets. Makes extensive use of real case studies to illustrate theory and compare with relevant academic research.

Financial Reporting

Provides an understanding of the nature of, and assumptions implicit in, the preparation of financial statements and their interpretation. More specifically, enables students to appreciate the methods, rules and assumptions underlying the preparation of published financial statements and to appraise the role of financial accounting data in the measurement of management performance through time and across companies. Based on International GAAP.

Strategic Cost Management

Provides an understanding how accounting is used to support decision-making, planning, control and performance measurement within organisations. After covering key management accounting tools such as costing and budgeting, students will progress to study management control within divisionalised companies as well as developing practices such as activity-based costing and strategic management accounting.

Term 2

Four core modules (30 hours each)

Accounting Information and Capital Markets

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the use of financial statements in valuing securities in international markets. The course provides tools for financial analysts, corporate managers and investment bankers to assess the fundamental value of traded securities in different markets. The course puts significant emphasis on the interactions between global capital markets and the value of the underlying real assets.

International Financial Management

This course provides the student with an integrated view of international financial markets and the management of multinational firms. Students will study the markets for foreign exchange, currency forwards, options, swaps and international equities, studying how they operate and how the instruments traded in these markets are valued.

Finance 2: Advanced Corporate Finance

The market value of a firm depends on the effective utilisation of current and future assets, the funding of such assets and its interaction with capital markets. This module provides an in depth analysis of the theory and international practice of capital structure and dividend policies, mergers and acquisitions and short-term financing issues. The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of modern corporate finance so that the corporate manager, the treasurer, the investment banker, the financial analyst and the accountant will have the conceptual foundations for making intelligent assessments of key financial decisions. The course puts significant emphasis on the interactions between international capital markets and the value of the underlying real assets.

Financial Statement Analysis

Accounting is the lingua franca of the financial world and impacts all aspects of the financial services industry, including corporate finance, asset management and investment banking. The Financial Statement Analysis module will provide a secure grounding in the potential value-relevance of accounting, and in the role of accounting for financial analysis and valuation. The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the characteristics and limitations of accounting data and the role of accounting in the broader financial environment.

Term 3

Five electives (18 hours each)

OR

One elective and a Business Research Project

Electives

You may choose from a wide variety of electives. Electives that were offered in 2013 were:

  • Investment Banking in Corporate Finance
  • Banking Strategy
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Raising Equity Capital
  • Ethics, Society and the Finance Sector
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Energy Markets (Taught in a block format in Dubai)
  • Project Finance & Infrastructure (Taught in a block format in Madrid)
  • Communicating with the Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation in Banks
  • International Financial reporting Standards (see below)
  • Advanced Company Valuation
  • Private Equity Investment

The Institute of Chartered Accountants 'International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Certificate'

Students have the option of studying this specialist module (worth the equivalent of three electives) which provides a unique addition to the MSc in International Accounting and Finance. During the half day sessions students will be given the opportunity to learn about international trade standards and financial regulation. They will also develop a sound understanding of financial information produced under the IFRS. On successful completion of this programme, students will be awarded the ICAEW certificate in IFRS.

Research Methods module

This compulsory module trains students to undertake independent research either in the context of a single organisation or by using third-party sources. It provides the necessary tools and skills to initiate, research and write up a business project and includes training in research methodology, availability of data sources, project writing, time-management and presentation skills. These skills will be invaluable to students in their future career whether or not they choose to complete a project.

Teaching staff

The teaching staff on the MSc in International Accounting & Finance have many years of practical experience working in the financial services sector and are also active researchers in their fields

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in International Accounting & Finance.

Course Director

Dr Arthur Kraft

Other Module Leaders include:

Accreditations

CFA programme partner

The CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, recognises the rigour and the relevance of the MSc International Accounting and Finance and has awarded this course partner status. CFA Programme Partner status is awarded to a select number of universities around the world whose degree courses incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge. The CFA Program is the essential qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in the finance sector and the CFA Institute recognises the MSc in International Accounting and Finance as strong preparation for their professional exams.

Cass students on CFA partner courses have the option of taking some additional preparatory classes for the CFA exams. They also have access to CFA study materials (including an online Level 1 sample exam) and complimentary access to Financial Newsbrief, a daily investment brief by the CFA. In addition, there is the opportunity to take part in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge.

Each year 5 CFA scholarships are available to Cass students, offering financial assistance with the CFA exam registration fees.

CIMA

Students successfully completing the MSc in International Accounting & Finance will be awarded exemptions from the following modules:

  • C2: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • C3: Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
  • F3: Financial Strategy

ACCA

Students successfully completing the MSc in International Accounting & Finance will be awarded exemptions from the following modules:

  • F1: Accountant in Business
  • F2: Management Accounting
  • F3: Financial Accounting
  • F4: Corporate & Business Law

MSc Research Project

Students have the option of studying five specialised electives in term three to give them a breadth of subject matter. Alternatively if students would like to study one particular area of interest in depth they have the option of taking one elective and completing a Business Research Project, which in some cases may be completed in partnership with a sponsoring organisation.

The Project will be of approximately 8,000 words. This offers an opportunity to specialise in a contemporary finance topic related to students' future careers. The Project should be based on independent research either in the context of a single organisation or using third-party sources.

Students are encouraged from the start of the course to think about a topic for their Project. A member of academic staff supervises the project, and the student may choose whom they would like to work with. The Project must be submitted by the end of August. Company sponsored projects are encouraged and a number of such projects may be available.

Many students use this opportunity to complete a project in conjunction with an organisation they might want to work for. This gets their foot in the door and can lead to permanent employment post programme, whilst earning course credit. Cass Careers Service works to coordinate projects with organisations and students.

Some recent projects:

  • Deciphering the behaviour of private equity funds
  • Cost of equity capital and accounting based earnings attributes - observations of UK evidence
  • A Review of Underpricing and Short-Run IPO Performance in 2005: Evidence from the London Stock Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  • M&A and Post-M&A Performance in UK Food Industry: Three Case Studies
  • Enron: A lesson in Corporate Governance
  • Announcement Effects of Corporate Debt Offerings, the Impact of Credit Rating and Issuer Fundamentals
  • The developments in corporate governance & its relation to the independence of the external audit profession
  • An Analysis of the Dynamics in the return and volatility of the European Equity & bond market
  • European Spin-Offs: The Evidence
  • Capital Structure Theory and Practice in China
  • The effect of R & D expense on capital markets in the pharmaceutical industry - A comprehensive study of India and The UK
  • Evidence of the UK stock market's reaction to dividend announcements
  • How do financial regulations affect financial crime in different countries

Entry requirements

Degree level

A good Bachelors degree is required to enter this course, usually a UK 2.1 or above or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Some level of previous study in finance or quantitative methods is preferred.

If you have not yet completed your current course of study, your university should be able to provide an interim transcript showing your marks achieved to date. If you are still undertaking your Bachelors degree studies, you should provide a separate list of the modules that you are undertaking in your final year of study when you submit your application (if these are not listed on your degree transcripts).

Work Experience

No work experience is required for this programme although if you do have any relevant experience that will enhance your profile please give details of this.

GMAT

Applicants to the MSc in International Accounting & Finance are strongly encouraged to take the GMAT test. It will greatly strengthen your application and will be a useful qualification to add to your CV when entering the work place following your postgraduate studies. We would look for a well-balanced score over 600 with all sections marked at a minimum of 50%. It would be advisable for candidates to submit a copy of the GMAT report with their application. Students who do not submit a GMAT with their application may be asked to sit the GMAT and achieve a score above a specified threshold as a condition of entry.

Please send us a paper copy of your GMAT report so we can verify this online as we no longer receive paper copies by post. You will need to add the MSc programme at Cass Business School to your list of institutions so we can access your score results online.

GMAT scores are valid for five years. Further information about GMAT, registration, fees and testing sites is available from www.gmat.com.

Our GMAT code is 2C2-RO-84

English Requirements

Every year we welcome students from around 100 different countries. It is essential that all students have an excellent command of English in order to participate fully in our collaborative learning process. If you are not a native English speaker but have been studying in English at a degree level for the last three years, please submit a copy of your most recent English language test scores/qualification along with your application and a decision will be made by the Admissions Panel. If you have done a 2+2 degree with two years in the UK you WILL be required to provide IELTS scores and possibly to resit the test to meet our academic entry requirements.

Please note that we assess each application on its own merit and you can help us to make decision by providing all relevant documents at the time of application.

We require all Cass MSc students who are not nationals of a majority English-speaking country OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification, at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree, which was taught in a majority English-speaking country as defined by the UK Border Agency, to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing).

We do not offer nor accept a pre-sessional English class as an alternative to the listed English tests. Any pre-sessional course should be viewed as an aid to living and studying in the UK and not as a way of topping up an IELTS score.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Two references, one of which MUST be an academic reference
  • IELTS/GMAT, if reports available
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable

Cass Business School operates on a rolling admissions basis. This means that candidates apply for and are admitted all year round to our programmes. Most of our applications are received early in the academic year. To maximise your chances of receiving a positive response, we strongly suggest you apply as early as possible. We aim to return a decision within 4 -6 weeks of receiving your application.

Applicants will need to submit two references, one of which MUST be an academic reference. For more information on references, please see our application checklist.

Tuition fees and term dates

Tuition fees 2014/15

Application fee: Nil

Tuition fees: £24,000 Currency Converter

Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer)

First instalment: Half fees less deposit (paid at registration)
Second instalment: Half fees (paid in January following start of programme)

Term dates 2014/15

The programme starts with:

Compulsory Induction Period: 15 September 2014 - 26 September 2014

Term I
29 September 2014 - 5 December 2014
Term I exams
12 January 2015 - 23 January 2015

Term II
26 January 2015 - 3 April 2015
Term II exams
27 April 2015 - 8 May 2015

Term III
11 May 2015 - 26 June 2015
Term III exams
29 June 2015 - 10 July 2015

Submission deadline for Business Research Project 
1 September 2015

Official Course End Date
30 September 2015

Career opportunities

Graduates from the MSc in International Accounting & Finance move into a diverse range of careers in the financial sector, particularly roles as analysts in accounting firms, corporate finance, auditing, regulatory bodies and consultancies.

MSc in International Accounting & Finance employability

Our Graduate Destination Survey (pdf) of last year's MSc in International Accounting & Finance cohort shows that 83% of graduates are now either in work (72%) or not job seeking as they are in further study, military service etc. (11%)*

Some examples of where graduates from the 2010/11 MSc in International Accounting & Finance are working are:

  • Deloitte - Audit Energy & Resources, Associate - UK
  • PwC - M&A, Senior Associate - Norway
  • J.P. Morgan - ECM, Analyst - Hong Kong
  • UBS - Corporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions, Analyst - Switzerland
  • Ernst & Young - Transaction Advisory Services, Consultant - Germany

*Based on 2012 survey respondents

'After completing my Masters I will be joining the Investment Banking Division of a US Bank in London, as a first year analyst. What attracted me to this career path is how it encompasses a number of interesting aspects within finance, such as quantitative and financial research and modelling, the strategic understanding of large entities and developing an expertise in capital markets
 
My career ambitions are to work with large corporate clients in advising them on their most important strategic decisions. In 5 years, I hope to have worked on a number of large corporate finance transactions involving M&A, Restructuring, IPOs, Equity and Debt Recapitalisations.'
Nicolas Greilsamer from France/USA, MSc in International Accounting & Finance

Cass Careers Service