Does the idea of managing budgets get you excited? Learn how finance and business work together and how you can manage them both.
This generalist Master’s degree is designed for those seeking higher level education and a solid foundation in functional accounting and contemporary finance topics to improve their capability and understanding in the business world.
Broad in its scope, this course is underpinned by practice-led learning to provide an overview of accounting and finance as it is actually applied in the world of business, ideal for those seeking managerial positions or budgetary responsibility. You will learn how financial markets operate and the financial strategies used by successful businesses, drawing on real-life case studies of companies and their financial accounts.
Coventry Business School offers facilities, including one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe, as well as access to industry-standard software for quantitative financial analysis.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
Financial management is a fundamental part of the decision-making, planning and control of any business, organisation, charity or enterprise. Successful management of working capital, selection and control of new capital investment opportunities and long-term financing requires an understanding of the scope and effects of the capital markets for a company and the strategic planning processes necessary to manage the long and short-term financial activities of a firm.
A key advantage of our Master’s degree is the broad base of knowledge covered across both disciplines of accounting and finance. Our modules have been carefully selected to help you understand how global businesses use financial information for decision-making, performance evaluation and financial reporting purposes, providing background knowledge of the external forces that can affect financial performance, such as heightened competition or fluctuating exchange rates.
During your study of financial reporting and interpretation, for example, we will introduce you to relevant accounting concepts and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), in particular those relevant to group accounting, to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the content and purpose of published financial statements produced by public limited companies.
While the depth of course content is not sufficient to provide professional accreditation, the quantitative methods we teach are based on the requirements of the main accountancy bodies, encompassing statistical analysis, presentation and spreadsheet manipulation, such as advanced Excel. We will help you develop the skills necessary to critically analyse and interpret financial statements and become aware of their limitations, giving due consideration to the accounting treatment of intangible non-current assets, the problems in attaching monetary values to these and how this impacts on the quality of financial statements.
This Master’s course can act as an important stepping stone for those seeking positions with budget responsibility or senior management roles.
Useful for all types of personal and professional financial management, it can also become the catalyst for some students to pursue careers in financial services as professional accountants, financial analysts and financial consultants, confirming their passion for this field before they commit to study the more intensive professional accounting and finance qualifications.
We work closely with companies across the UK and Europe to offer a wide variety of internships, which previously have included Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG and Penso Consulting, lasting between eight and 12 weeks. These internships provide an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience with past students working on a range of interesting projects on behalf of their organisations, such as investigating the impacts of exchange rate changes in a long-term global gas market model, producing and implementing a financial Strategy to streamline current systems and improve efficiencies and analysing potential income streams and introducing effective payment and income processes.
You’ll also benefit from a wide range of desirable professional skills, including: team working; critical evaluation; self-directed learning; problem-solving; action planning and organising; written and oral communication; questioning and listening. The following personal qualities will also be addressed in each of the skills modules: achievement orientation; initiative and creativity; self-confidence; decisiveness; reflectiveness; adaptability and flexibility.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
Where our graduates work
Recent graduates have chosen to pursue further postgraduate study and gone on to work for companies in the banking sector such as China Citic Bank and in aviation with Xin Xiang Aviation Industry Group.
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