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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This master’s degree has been developed in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and offers the opportunity for students to obtain in one year a master’s degree, a prestigious professional qualification (CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting) and the maximum 11 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level examinations.

The aim of the course is to provide students with both the necessary technical skills expected of a part-qualified accountant and the critical analysis skills expected of a master’s degree graduate.

Course overview

This course will appeal to those who already have a background in accounting and finance and want to gain a master’s qualification and an accelerated route to chartered status. It will also appeal to people who are looking for a career change.

Students graduating with the MSc will have expertise in the key areas of financial reporting, management accounting and corporate finance and will also have critical awareness of how these areas contribute to a company’s strategic management. Additionally, you will develop your employability skills such as teamwork, leadership and oral communication skills.

As a student on this course, you have access to our on-campus Business Gateway and Business Innovation Zone (BIZ). This provides business incubation space for student/graduate-led start-up companies with access to: desk space; a QMU business address; meeting facilities; Business Gateway support and advice; a profile for your company on the QMU website; support with marketing materials; and access to entrepreneurial networks within QMU and other universities, eg Enterprise Campus, Scottish Institute for Enterprise, Sporting Chance and Converge Challenge.

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, case studies, software demonstrations, field trips and projects. Independent learning is also important, allowing you to prepare for classes and develop your research skills. Additionally, you will be doing a dissertation - an in-depth, independent piece of research on an accounting or finance topic of your choosing. Your performance on the course will be assessed by essays, reports, reflective logs, exams, presentations and a dissertation.

Careers

We expect our graduates to find employment in businesses, financial services, public sector organisations, consultancy practices and accountancy firms. Example job titles include: Accountant, Finance Manager, Finance Director, Investment Analyst, Risk Manager, Finance Planning Analyst, Wealth Manager. Additionally, students can start up their own businesses during the course with support from the University.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,225per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • University League Table

    75th

  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

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