The accountant has become a key player in the provision of management information, to enable successful decision-making, planning and control. To achieve this, you will consider the practical techniques involved in accounting and finance, and then continue to develop your skills to critically analyse the theory behind these techniques.
The business world is a fast-paced, ever changing environment that global, as well as local, organisations consistently try to analyse in order to stay ahead of their competitors. Financial components are vital for businesses all over the world as they allow them to come up with strategies based on the financial data, both internally and externally within their sectors.
Our International Accounting top-up focuses on the global business environment and provides you with the skills you need to work in an international organisation. We will develop your ability to analyse and evaluate real organisations and effectively communicate your views and opinions. Our International Accounting top-up is an excellent foundation for entry onto a Master’s programme.
This programme has been designed for holders of an HND or equivalent (Edexcel, ABE, NCC), a Foundation Degree in a related field, or a professional qualification up to level 5 such as AIA, IFA, ACCA, or CIMA to upgrade to the full degree.
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You will study six modules:
This module provides an appreciation of the key issues in international financial reporting and financial analysis, understanding the financial reporting challenges of multinational companies, comparing and contrasting accounting regulatory frameworks, the preparation and interpretation of consolidated financial statements, exploring and evaluating how different jurisdictions recognise, measure and disclose various items such as goodwill, and performing and deciphering financial analysis.
International Tax Systems
You will develop your understanding of the complexity of global tax systems and how multinationals plan and manage tax. The challenges of double taxation and the bi/multil-lateral agreements in place to reduce that are addressed in this module. Contemporary themes in international tax will include tax avoidance (passive and aggressive), tax evasion and the role of tax havens.
You will examine the practice and key issues of governance within organisations in the national and multinational context. The module combines theories, codes and regulations, corporate social responsibility and ethics in addressing how modern corporations could adopt effective governance to manage their role and place in society.
This module will introduce you to a strategic approach to critically analysing and evaluating financial information with a view to enhancing your knowledge and understanding of financial strategy.
The module explores the interrelationship between dividend, financing and investment decisions of an organisations. It introduces relevant theory and models, with appropriate references to real life organisations.
International Money and Finance
This module addresses and appraises the increasingly important aspect of financial management in a dynamic international business. It critically analyses the attractions and limitations of doing business in a global market, identifying the inherent additional risks that global market exposure produces.
You will carry out a piece of independent research and demonstrate an ability to present, analyse and evaluate financial and non-financial information in a critical manner. This project gives you the opportunity to research an industry and three companies within it. The skills that you develop when completing your project will help you if you choose to progress to a postgraduate programme.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry.
Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
In previous years, International Accounting students have participated in optional study trips to Bank of England, Cadbury/ Mondelez and Manchester United for essential first-hand experience of how global businesses function on a daily basis. We aim to provide at least one regional or national study trip annually. In some cases you will be required to contribute to the cost of entry; this would normally not exceed £25.
Methods of Learning
For this programme you can expect taught study to be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. If you are a full-time student this is usually 14 contact hours per week, and we recommend that you spend 20 hours per week in self-directed study time. If you are studying this programme part-time, you will usually have seven contact hours per week and spend 10 hours per week in self-directed study time.
If you are studying the subject via distance learning, you can expect your taught study to be a combination of electronic resources and online activities. We recommend that you spend 10 hours per week in self-directed study time.
We use a wide variety of assessment strategies, including tests, assignments, presentations and group activities.
There are no end of year examinations.
Facilities and Special Features
This programme also offers exemptions from the Association of International Accountants’ (AIA) exams.
There are excellent career opportunities available for graduates holding an International accounting degree, especially those that will be part-professionally qualified. This programme will prepare you for work in any of the key accounting fields. A career in accounting offers you the flexibility to work in industry, commerce, the public sector or even private practice.
The majority of students graduating from this programme explore their areas of academic interest further through postgraduate study. You can choose to progress onto a full-time, part-time or distance learning postgraduate programme which will enable you to focus your studies in a specialist area, such as MSc in Accounting and Finance or gain a general management qualification such as the MBA.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
If you hold a Higher National Diploma or equivalent (Edexcel, ABE, NCC) or Foundation Degree in a related field then you will be considered for entry onto this course. Alternatively, if you hold professional qualifications up to level 5 such as AIA, IFA, ACCA, or CIMA then you will also be considered for this course.
If you have relevant work place experience then you can ask for that to be taken into account in your application. For more information please see the Policy for the Accreditation of Prior Learning.
International students with Higher Diplomas or degrees from their own country will be considered. The English requirement for this course is IELTS 6.0. For advice regarding international qualification equivalents, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,350 per 20 credit module|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.