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About the course

Course content

This is a successful and innovative course, based on the research expertise of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group. It was created in response to the increasing recognition of the need to set the theory and practice of accounting in the context of its social, political, natural and cultural environments. The course incorporates reflection on the broader setting and implications of accounting in addition to knowledge and understanding of contemporary financial and management accounting. 

This theoretical Masters is of particular relevance to those who wish to enhance their understanding of accounting, or those already working as accountants who wish to acquire more advanced knowledge. 

Why choose this course?

- You will benefit from specialised teaching by academics in the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group at Royal Holloway who have published in a wide range of top ranking journals. 

- You will develop advanced accounting knowledge and further explore more specialized areas of accounting which are not always available at undergraduate level 

- You will obtain a postgraduate qualification recognised the world over which will enhance your understanding of accounting issues within organizations. 

- You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of exciting and innovative course units enabling you to becoming a skilled international accounting practitioner. 

- You will be constantly challenged to improve your accounting, conceptual, qualitative and people skills.

Department research and industry highlights

The Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group at Royal Holloway has an established and growing reputation. Its accounting branch is known for distinctive research and teaching of comparative, cultural and social aspects of international accounting, drawing intellectually on the social sciences and on arts disciplines. Each accounting unit is taught by an established accounting academic who has specialist knowledge of the field. 

The group includes internationally-recognised scholars, who have published in a wide range of top-ranking journals including: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Accounting and Business Research; Accounting Horizons; Accounting, Organizations and Society; European Accounting Review; Human Relations; International Journal of Accounting; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Journal of Business Finance and Accounting; Journal of Public Economics; and Organization Studies. 

Group members have many distinctions, including membership of high-level professional committees and the award of research grants. Members of the group have been advisors and consultants to a wide range of private and public sector organizations, and have long-standing connections with the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants); CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants); and ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales).

On completion of the course you will have:

Knowledge & understanding of – in the context of society & organizations: 
- issues in international financial & management accounting 
- more specialised and rapidly developing issues, including communication issues, comparative international accounting or sustainability. 

Transferable skills including the ability to: 
- critically evaluate accounting documents 
- critically evaluate relevant academic literature 
- employ different research methodologies 
- evaluate and employ a variety of accounting-based techniques 
- undertake report-writing, presentations, group work and IT.


Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different international accounting-related areas, including: 
- Personal Relationship Manager at HSBC 
- Auditor at Deloitte 
- Data Analyst at Newedge 
- Senior Risk Analyst at Bank of Azerbaijan 
- Project Accountant at Building Design Partnership

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