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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years, Part-time: 4 to 8 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

128 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

N412

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

MAccFin

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

Course description

Top10Accounting and Finance at Derby ranked 9th for Teaching Quality**Times/Sunday Times 2019 University Guide

The MAccFin Accounting and Finance course is over four years. The first two years contribute undergraduate study, the third year is a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and the final fourth year enables you to progress to a full set of postgraduate modules. The outcome is a masters degree in Accounting and Finance.

If you are taking the full-time route you can choose to take an optional placement year after your second year (in the UK or overseas).

The course provides you with opportunities to apply for relevant accounting and finance internships with regional employers. For many of you this can mean four summer internships which equates to one year’s work experience. This enables you to apply what you are learning in practice and builds up invaluable experience on your CV.

We’ve designed the MAccFin Accounting and Finance course to ensure that, if you select the relevant module pathway, you’ll be eligible to apply for exemptions offered by ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and AIA – which means you can achieve membership of your professional body quicker and accelerate your career progression.

Accounting student

My course has enabled me to develop as a person and improve my self-confidence. Even though I did not have any experience in finance, with my degree and skills gained at Derby, I have managed to secure a job in finance at Rolls Royce.

Sumanpreet Kaur
MAccFin Accounting and Finance Integrated Masters

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3Year 4Year 4

Code: 4AG501

Introduction To Financial Accounting

The aim of this module is to develop basic knowledge and skills of financial accounting in the context of International GAAP to enable students to learn advanced areas of accounting later in their studies. The module will introduce students to the accounting function in business and various techniques used including double-entry bookkeeping. Students will learn basic techniques of financial accounts preparation for different types of business entities. Students will be introduced to accounting standards relevant to their syllabus.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4AG502

Introduction to Management Accounting

This module will introduce students to the concepts of cost and management accounting. Management Accountants require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide managers with useful information. This information requires a clear presentation and to be communicated in an appropriate manner.

The primary areas of study will be cost accounting systems, budgeting and standard costing systems. Awareness should be shown of the specific requirements of different industries. This module is over one semester and consists of lectures, seminars, Computer-Based Assessments and a portfolio of formative and summative assessments and a final written assessment.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 4AG506

Academic Skills for Accounting Finance and Business Economics

This module will equip you with the key written communication skills necessary for both your future academic and future professional career. It will enable you to develop your skills of writing both clearly, coherently and succinctly, in such a way that you effectively address the information needs of the user of the document.

It will develop your appreciation of the importance of basing your analysis and evaluation on information that comes from sources that are academically rigorous, contemporary and relevant; this will involve use of relevant referencing systems. You will also learn how to identify the appropriate research strategy and methodology for research in the accounting and finance disciplines.

The module will enable you to understand the relevant principles of research ethics, again, particularly for the accounting and finance disciplines.

Together all this will then provide you with the relevant foundation to support the rest of your academic studies as well as develop the relevant professional skills that accountants are expected to possess including reporting writing.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4EC500

Market Economics and Key Mathematical Concepts

Knowledge of economics provides students with an essential insight into how markets work and how firms and consumers make decisions in market economies. This module aims to highlight the goals of organisations and how these affect the decisions made by managers.

The market system and the role of government involvement in the market will be examined. Subsequently, fundamental macroeconomic issues (such as growth, inflation, unemployment, demand management, and supply-side policies) and how they affect organisations will also be looked at. The ability to understand and use quantitative information as part of business analysis is a key skill. 

This module allows students to develop key quantitative skills in the context of problem-solving. Basic mathematics, probabilities, and various techniques for analysing data will then be introduced to the students. The final coursework component of this module enables the students to combine the economic and quantitative skills they’ve acquired to produce a written report by the end of the module.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LA508

Law for Accounting

The module provides the essential foundations of the legal system and the opportunity to study key substantive legal areas that will be directly applicable to those entering into a career in accountancy or even those wishing to pursue employment within the general business environment. Although a knowledge of the rules is required, the focus of the module delivery will be on practical applications and solutions for business.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4LO504

Intro to Operations Management and Information

The modern business environment is highly volatile and intensely competitive, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. The role of the operations function; how the organisation actually sources, produces and delivers goods and services to demanding customers, becomes a key contributor to superior performance and customer satisfaction. This is equally important to and is supported by Information Technology systems and design which enable the organisation to operate efficiently.

The module provides a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations and IT to business success. This module will provide an understanding of the systems and processes whereby, people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time are combined to produce goods and services.

It provides an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that this is also reflected in the organisations performance.

The modern organisation cannot stand still, business operations need to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the standards expected in a changing marketplace.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG500

Audit and Assurance (Exam Route)

This module will introduce you to the current role of audit and assurance in society by considering its historical roots and how these have developed over time to the application in business today. The module aims to develop a deeper understanding of the principles, concepts and contemporary issues in modern audit, within the dynamics of the rapidly changing accounting and business environment, under legal and professional rules. Issues such as independence, responsibility for financial crime detection and reporting and auditor liability are explored in some depth. The role of internal audit and its relationship with external audit is also considered.

The audit process from the initial engagement to planning, risk assessments, completion, review and reporting are reviewed from a practical perspective. Within the module, emphasis is placed upon your application of audit techniques, and the use of decision-making techniques to current situations. It therefore offers a practical, as well as a theoretical perspective, on audit and assurance.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG502

Financial Accounting (Exam Route)

The aim of this module is to further develop your knowledge and skills of financial accounting and reporting. It will provide a natural transition from your first year module, developing many of the themes introduced at that level.

The module will commence with an exploration of the role and requirements of corporate financial reporting in the UK, including the increasingly important subject of risk. You will be provided with a solid foundation in the techniques of financial accounts preparation and a critical understanding of the key areas of financial accounting. Single level group structures are introduced, which will help lay the foundation for more advanced study in your final year.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG503

Financial Management (Exam Route)

The Financial Manager of any organisation needs to ensure that sufficient finance / funding is available at the right time to meet the needs of the organisation. The Financial Management module therefore focuses on making decisions about how the organisation is financed / funded and then focuses on managing these finances to generate profit / wealth and to add value. Such financing and investment decisions are being made in an increasingly uncertain, dynamic and complex business environment. For this reason it is vital that you have a comprehensive understanding of how the financial management function fits into the overall objectives of the organisation.

The module proceeds to look at how finance is allocated to invest in fixed (non-current) and current assets for the company, enabling an appreciation of long term investment appraisal techniques and the internal aspects of short term financing, cash flow management and the management of working capital. Whatever the organisation size, when it comes to cash flow, organisations continue to suffer from a “liquidity gap”. This module will help you explore some of the best approaches being employed to help manage cash flow and meet working capital needs. You will also address how to analyse and evaluate the implications of financial management decisions through the application of key financial ratios.

The relevance of the Financial Management module as part of an undergraduate Accounting and Finance programme is further supported by the fact that it aligns to the syllabus requirements of professional accounting bodies such as CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and ACCA. It will also equip you to enter the work environment with knowledge and competencies that will enable you to comprehend, improve and influence operational efficiency; enhance decision making and analysis in a way that adds value to the organisation.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG504

Management Accounting (Exam Route)

As an accountant you will require a good understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques. If you are aiming for a more general business career, a detailed understanding of internal business reports and financial information will greatly enhance your effectiveness and possible career progression. You will require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide management with useful information. This information requires clear presentation and to be communicated in an appropriate manner. This module expands on the knowledge and understanding gained at year one. Awareness should be shown of the appropriate level and specific requirements of different industries. This module is over one semester and consists of seminars and workshops, including computer based activities. Learning outcomes will be demonstrated through computer based assessments and a range of formative and summative assessments and a final written examination.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG518

Business Taxation

Taxes have been a fundamental part of society for thousands of years enabling governments to raise vital revenue to support national expenditure. There have been many types over the centuries, including the window tax, the bachelor tax and the clock tax. Today taxes are levied on both income, capital gains and consumption. They are payable by a range of entities; this module, however, focuses on businesses, but is set within a global context, especially with respect to companies.

During the course of this module, you will be introduced to a range of direct and indirect taxes that apply to businesses. You will learn the underlying key principles and how to apply the regulations in order to compute the sums taxable and the associated tax liability. This will involve learning to analyse a range of simulated real-life cases so that you can identify the relevant information necessary to perform the computation and develop an understanding of the impact of taxation on business decisions. This will enable you to begin to develop your ability to intelligently support the decision-making process, thereby adding value. You will also explore a range of simple tax planning ideas so that you start to develop your skills of managing the tax affairs of businesses effectively, but ethically. Together these areas provide you with the opportunity to start to develop your problem-solving skill set.

 An essential part of taxation is ensuring the taxpayer fully complies with the rules in order to prevent penalties and fines being imposed by the tax authorities. For the man on the street, the tax rules and regulations can be very complex and so difficult to understand and comply with. The ordinary person often needs a specialist to ensure they can understand their tax affairs and comply fully with the relevant rules. Therefore it is important that the tax specialist can communicate the relevant information in layman terms. This module will provide you with the opportunity for you to develop this type of expertise.

 The specialist technical knowledge and the range of vital employability skills that you will acquire through this module will enable you to add value to the businesses you work with.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5HR501

Professional Development for Accounting and Finance Graduates

This module aims to prepare you for your future career as an accounting and finance graduate, helping you to recognise the types of skills and behaviours organisations require of accounting and finance graduate level employees, and to understand how organisations are able to support the development of individual talent once you are within the workplace.

The knowledge and understanding of professional practice and professional bodies developed within the module also is a key part for accounting and finance graduates, whether they are operating in the accounting and finance function of an organisation or are part of an accounting professional practice.

To be attractive to potential employers, you now need more than a good degree. You need to understand the aspects of professional practice employers are looking for and how you and your talents will be viewed in the workplace. It is important that within the first 100 days of your employment that you can prove how you can add value to the area in which you work. For those students who are already in the process of developing their careers, the module will assist them in concentrating on the areas of personal development they need for future career enhancement. Using academic underpinning and current research you will utilise a range of exercises and activities to help you develop your own graduate identity, employability and leadership, and examine and develop your self-awareness and professional practice.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7MK521

Market Analysis

This module develops your skills in the analysis of markets at both the market and the consumer level. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach, using microeconomic and marketing theory and practice. You will develop the theoretical and practical skills to critically analyse the markets in which organisations operate. You will also develop the theoretical and practical skills to analyse consumer information for organisations in these markets. Practical skills will include the use of relevant quantitative analysis and software and the use of real time industry and organisational data.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6AG501

Financial Reporting (Exam Route)

Financial Reporting provides financial information for external users and the wider stakeholders of financial statements enabling them to assess the risks and returns of investment opportunities, so that they can make useful economic decisions.

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the financial accounting principles that support the international accounting standards on which financial statements are prepared. It will enable you to evaluate the significance of the fundamental principles that underpin the drafting and revision of appropriate international accounting standards. It will provide you with the ability to select, interpret and apply the relevant international accounting standards to a range of financial reporting issues and transactions that entities experience within the contemporary business environment. This is a key skill to ensure that the published financial information the entities provide is useful for external users and stakeholders.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG503

Financial Strategy (Exam Route)

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results” (Winston Churchill). - The Financial Strategy module will focus on the advanced aspects of the investment decision (capital budgeting) and the way in which the organisations capital structure can be strategically adjusted to ensure the maximisation of shareholder wealth / added value.

It will build on prior knowledge from the Financial Management module and explore how the financing decision and the investment decision interrelate with each other and with the dividend / reallocation of funds decision. The module will explore the interrelationship between these three areas that help formulate the financial strategy of an organisation.

Although the emphasis will be on enabling you to be able to make decisions at a strategic level, the module also recognises the need for you to be able to analyse the implications of those decisions in light of the organisations objectives, it is further recognised that in arriving at such decisions you need to take account of broader strategic issues as well the financial analysis.

The module will introduce relevant theory and models, practical financial tools and techniques, with appropriate references to real-life organisations. A strategic approach to critically analysing and evaluating financial information is encouraged, with a view to advancing your knowledge and understanding of capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy.

In addition, it is vital you can confidently and effectively communicate the rationale behind your decisions. With this in mind, the Financial Strategy module will utilise every opportunity to expose you to situations where you will be required to lead a seminar, facilitate a workshop, chair a meeting and or present a report.

The relevance of the Financial Management module as part of an undergraduate Accounting and Finance programme is further supported by the fact that it aligns to the syllabus requirements of professional accounting bodies such as CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and ACCA. It will also equip you to enter the work environment with knowledge and competencies that will enable you to critically analyse, evaluate and communicate the financial decisions that will help transform the organisation to address its key priorities.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG507

Management Accounting Performance Evaluation (Exam Route)

This module expands on the knowledge and understanding you have gained on previous management accounting modules. Management Accountants require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide managers with useful information. You will need to be able to clearly present this information to employees and managers at all levels in a business especially those without any financial knowledge.

You will learn how to critically evaluate tools and techniques and then apply them to scenarios. The main areas of study will be control, performance measurement and strategic management accounting.

This module runs over one semester and consists of lectures, including guest lecturers from industry and seminars. Be prepared to join in with group work during the seminars as we discuss many of the current issues in management accounting. At this level the focus of your work will be on the communication of the information and not the creation of the numbers.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG518

Financial Strategy (Non-Exam Route)

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results” (Winston Churchill). The Financial Strategy module will focus on the advanced aspects of the investment decision (capital budgeting) and the way in which the organisations capital structure can be strategically adjusted to ensure the maximisation of shareholder wealth / added value. It will build on prior knowledge from the Financial Management module and explore how the financing decision and the investment decision interrelate with each other and with the dividend / reallocation of funds decision. The module will explore the interrelationship between these three areas that help formulate the financial strategy of an organisation.

Although the emphasis will be on enabling you to be able to make decisions at a strategic level, the module also recognises the need for you to be able to analyse the implications of those decisions in light of the organisations objectives, it is further recognised that in arriving at such decisions you need to take account of broader strategic issues as well the financial analysis.

The module will introduce relevant theory and models, practical financial tools and techniques, with appropriate references to real life organisations. A strategic approach to critically analysing and evaluating financial information is encouraged, with a view to advancing your knowledge and understanding of capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy.

In addition it is vital you can confidently and effectively communicate the rationale behind your decisions. With this in mind the Financial Strategy module will utilise every opportunity to expose you to situations where you will be required to lead a seminar, facilitate a workshop, chair a meeting and or present a report.

The relevance of the Financial Management module as part of an undergraduate Accounting and Finance programme is further supported by the fact that it aligns to the syllabus requirements of professional accounting bodies such as CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and ACCA. It will also equip you to enter the work environment with knowledge and competencies that will enable you to critically analyse, evaluate and communicate the financial decisions that will help transform the organisation to address its key priorities.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG519

Management Accounting Performance Evaluation (Non Exam)

This module expands on the knowledge and understanding you have gained on previous management accounting modules. Management Accountants require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide managers with useful information. You will need to be able to clearly present this information to employees and managers at all levels in a business especially those without any financial knowledge.

You will learn how to critically evaluate tools and techniques and then apply them to scenarios. The main areas of study will be control, performance measurement and strategic management accounting.

This module runs over one semester and consists of lectures, including guest lecturers from industry and seminars. Be prepared to join in with group work during the seminars as we discuss many of the current issues in management accounting. At this level the focus of your work will be on the communication of the information and not the creation of the numbers.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG533

Contemporary Reporting Issues

There are many developments and debates around corporate and integrated reporting. Organisations are required to report on more than just the financial results. This module will investigate various contemporary issues relating to this area of performance management and integrated reporting. Delivery will include lectures, seminars and interactive sessions using Bloomberg, projects and case studies.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG534

Personal Taxation (Exam route)

If there are two things that are certain in this world then they are taxation and death - (Benjamin Franklin). Taxation affects the lives of individuals on a daily basis. The complexity of the tax regulations and rules is making it increasingly difficult for most people to manage their tax affairs in an efficient and effective manner, without reference to a tax specialist. This module allows you to address this growing need by developing your knowledge and understanding of the main types of taxes impacting individuals.

During the course of this module you will deepen your understanding of each of the taxes studied and gain insight into how they interact. It will equip you with the skills to evaluate the impact of taxation on individuals, so that you can intelligently support them in managing their tax affairs efficiently, effectively and ethically. Part of the process will involve developing your problem solving skills. 

The module also explores the socio-economic and political pressures that shape government tax policies, so that you can evaluate the interaction between tax payer behaviour and formulation of tax policies, giving you the opportunity to develop your independent thinking.

Underlying these themes are the ethical issues tax practitioners encounter in their role as tax advisors and tax agents. These ethical issues will be explored in order to help you understand the issues, giving you a framework in which to evaluate them should they arise. Together these themes will provide you with the opportunity to acquire specialist technical knowledge and a range of vital employability skills.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6EC501

Investing and Financial Market Behaviour

This module brings together major themes from economics, finance and psychology in order to develop your awareness of financial markets issues and to expand your understanding of investment decision making, investor behaviour, regulation and financial markets in crisis.

All along, you will develop critical practical skills like using Excel, analytical reasoning, interpreting data, following financial media and interacting with external financial market experts and potential employers. You will learn about the main investment classes, you will build your own portfolio of investments and analyse its effectiveness and performance. We will introduce you to behavioural aspects of investor activity. You will examine the underlying issues in financial markets that lead to crisis and failure using economic theory both traditional and behavioural. You will be analysing issues like asset bubbles, bank failures and the problems of regulating financial activity in domestic and global markets.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7AC502

Mergers and Acquisitions

This module seeks to integrate a wide range of business functions, concepts and theories. Mergers and acquisitions has a long term focus and is part of an organisations strategic plan. As a consequence this module will provide you with a strategic perspective on the management of finance and in particular the use of mergers and acquisitions in business strategy. This is an opportunity for you to pull together content from a range of disciplines and to critically analyse and see its value from a financial perspective. Mergers and acquisitions will be considered from a variety of stances including, organisational behavioural, financial and regulatory. Consideration will be given to the stakeholders involved and the creation of shareholder value.

Mergers and acquisitions has become a cross-border activity, so the discipline and practice will be viewed from a global perspective. In crossing these borders, merger activity also crosses sectors, and so there will be consideration also of the increasing importance of strategic alliances between large corporations and national governments.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7AG518

International Finance

Businesses often evolve into multinational corporations (MNC’s) to capitalise on the opportunities offered by the international market. The directors and senior managers of these businesses need to have the capability to analyse the international environment, access suitable opportunities, formulate strategies, evaluate the risk exposure and manage these risks. The MNC’s which are effectively able to respond to the changes in the external environment will be rewarded. In this module, you will explore the functioning of the global financial system, explore international sources of finance and suitable investment opportunities, form a critical awareness of the risks associated with international trade, and examine how fluctuations in exchange rates affect a business.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7EC500

Financial Market Analysis

The module is designed to extend the students understanding and ability to apply mathematical and statistical techniques to financial market analysis beyond performance. The student will acquire a critical understanding of the modern techniques used and an awareness of their application in practice in financial market analysis. Relevant statistical theory is covered before introducing the applications in financial market models from both a practical and a theoretical viewpoint. The module will prepare students to undertake financial market analysis but also to critically assess existing financial market analysis.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7AC508

Strategic Business Leader

The module builds upon the knowledge of students from various business areas to make an informed analysis of issues facing a business. It introduces the issues on the professionalisation of business analysis and the development of an identifiable body of knowledge on business analysis. The aim of this module is to develop the students’ ability to apply a broad range of knowledge to ensure a meaningful analysis of a business using various techniques from several areas of business.

The module addresses how formal techniques can be applied to any given scenario to appraise the position a business is in, the challenges it faces and to be able to make informed recommendations for improvement. It ensures that relevant knowledge, skills and judgement in assessing the strategic position, determining the strategic choice and implementing strategic action is translated into a viable recommendation for business process and structural change that involves people, finance, marketing and information technology, underpinned by sound governance and ethical framework.

The module ensures that internal and external stakeholders are a key consideration in recommendations for any proposed course of action.

The module follows a holistic approach, whereby a comprehensive contextual understanding of the strategically important issues is necessary. The module is therefore by no means limited to technical understanding.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7AC509

Corporate Reporting

This module allows the student to apply and develop further their foundational skills and competencies in financial reporting, in respect of international business entities in a strategic manner and to the wider context of corporate reporting. This will include exploring how accounting theory and concepts inform the development of accounting standards so that they are fit to meet the corporate reporting needs of the contemporary international business community. As a result, the module will assist in equipping the student to be able to evaluate a range of alternative accounting practices, prioritise the issues that have arisen and prepare group financial statements.

This will enable the student to provide recommendations at a senior level within an organisation to support an entity’s corporate reporting strategy, thereby enhancing the strategic value of the financial statements to various stakeholders at an international level.

In line with the increasing need for high quality ethical behaviour within a business and personal context, this module assists in developing a deeper understanding of the ethical issues relating to strategic corporate reporting. The focus of the module is to enhance application and communication skills via the provision of, a much needed mix, of technical and non-technical understanding.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7IM510

Business Project

The Business Project module enables students to apply learning to a major piece of independently researched work. It provides an opportunity to carry out an in-depth investigation of a management problem, issue or opportunity that should have a strategic dimension and which addresses organisational issues. For many the subject of the research will be deriving from their placement organisation or a sector in which they have experience and an interest. Students will develop a working knowledge of the standard processes and methods used in business and management research. They will experience undertaking the execution of a previously designed, practically-based research study on an aspect of management or business of their choice. An academic supervisor with experience in the subject area covered by the project will be allocated to each student.

Students will undertake a literature review that assesses and outlines current academic thinking around the subject area and incorporate this with their research to inform their analysis and provide conclusions and recommendations.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7AC504

Advanced Audit and Assurance

This module builds upon the skills and knowledge students will have acquired in their previous accounting studies, in modules such as Audit and Assurance, Governance Risk and Ethics and Financial Reporting. The aim of this module is to develop students’ ability to analyse, evaluate and conclude on the assurance engagement and other audit and assurance issues in the context of best practice and current developments. The focus of the module is to enhance application, communication and technical skills. The module follows a holistic approach, whereby a comprehensive contextual understanding of the strategically important issues is necessary. The module is therefore by no means limited to technical understanding.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7AC505

Advanced Financial Management

This module builds upon the skills and knowledge students will have acquired in their previous accounting studies in modules such as, Financial Management and Financial Reporting. It also links into topics the student will have visited in Management Accounting related modules. The aim of the module is to add to the students financial knowledge base, introduce skills associated with the execution of professional judgement, so that the student is equipped to make decisions and or provide recommendations surrounding the strategic financial aspects at senior levels within an organisation. The focus of the module is to enhance application, communication and technical skills.

In tune with the move towards a global economy, the module addresses how accounting tools, techniques and processes can be utilised and managed to provide a financial business case for decisions that typically have an international strategic dimension.

The module follows a holistic approach, whereby, a comprehensive contextual understanding of the strategically important issues is necessary. The module is therefore by no means limited to technical understanding.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7AC506

Advanced Performance Management

This module expands on the knowledge and understanding gained in previous management accounting modules. This module develops the understanding of the linkages between management accounting and the strategy of the organisation. It investigates the external and internal influences on performance measurement. It focuses on not for profit organisations as well as private companies. It also examines the behavioural issues that can occur if performance measurement is not linked to the organisations objectives. With in depth knowledge of performance management systems it then looks at whether management accountants can forecast business failure and if so whether it can be prevented.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7AC507

Advanced Taxation

This module allows you to apply and develop further your foundational skills and competencies in UK taxation in respect of businesses and individuals in a strategic manner. You will gain further knowledge and understanding of business and personal taxation within a UK and international context. This will enable you to be equipped to make decisions and or provide recommendations surrounding the strategic financial and taxation aspects at senior levels within an organisation. The focus of the module is to enhance application, communication and technical skills.

The module is designed to enable you to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the principles and concepts of the computational aspects of these taxes, concentrating on the interaction of these taxes. This will equip you to be able to develop and recommend relevant strategic tax planning solutions to be applied to in both a business context and a personal context. In line with the increasing need for high quality ethical behaviour within both a business and personal context, this module develops a deeper understanding of the ethical issues relating to sound strategic tax planning.

In accordance with the ongoing globalisation of business, this module will enable you to make strategic tax planning decisions within an international context.

This module will also enable you to understand the strategic role of taxation in the development of government policies and the consequent impact on the strategic decisions facing both businesses and individuals.

The module follows a holistic approach, whereby, a comprehensive contextual understanding of the strategically important issues is necessary. The module is therefore by no means limited to technical understanding.

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Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Undergraduate level

The assessments are a combination of examination and coursework, typically with a 30/70% split. The coursework element varies across the years and the modules to include assessments types such as: writing a literature review paper, case study analysis, presentations, live debates, in-class tests, reflective summaries and examinations.

Postgraduate level

The accounting and finance modules are assessed with real live business issues in mind. For example: the Corporate Reporting module links its assessment to how the new Financial Reporting Standards would impact SME’s. Other examples include writing a tender bid for an audit contract. The modules aim to reflect real life issues so that you are work ready and commercially aware. Outstanding outputs from any level can be put forward for publication in the in-house journal “Critical Perspectives in Management”.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Parminder Johal

Parminder Johal
Programme leader

As Head of Accounting, Parminder Johal leads a team of passionate and dedicated professionals. Parminder is a professionally qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA). Parminder previously worked in industry as a senior financial analyst for BT plc.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Undergraduate

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree

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Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Call our Clearing hotline on 01332 592020 and explore your options.

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Careers

The MAccFin Accounting and Finance integrated masters programme offers you complete flexibility and consolidated funding to support your studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This will provide you with a competitive edge for when you enter the graduate job market, enabling you to compete with conviction and a much broader academic and technical skill set.

We work closely with the professional bodies and regional employers to ensure our students can maximise any opportunity to benefit from: networking sessions delivered by professional bodies; events run by regional employers; short – medium internships both paid and voluntary.

A number of our students have undertaken work experience, placements and full time employment in organisations such as Porsche, Xerox, Russell Hotel, Jaguar, Smith Cooper, Rolls Royce, PWC and many more.

We’ve designed the MAccFin Accounting and Finance to ensure that, if you select the relevant module pathway, you’ll be eligible to apply for all 9 of the maximum exemptions offered by ACCA and apply for a range of exemptions offered by CIMA, IFA, CIPFA and AIA – which means you can achieve membership of your professional body quicker and accelerate your career progression

Ensuring you're 'work-ready'

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a 'work-ready' graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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