MSc Accounting and Finance - Oxford College of Business Sri Lanka

Forging Financial Leaders

The MSc Accounting and Finance program offered by Arden University caters to both graduates and professionals seeking a unique approach to their degree studies. Departing from conventional norms, this course delves into real-world business scenarios, enriched with contemporary discourse and trends in accounting and finance.

To bolster your employability and advancement in today’s fintech sector, this master’s program in accounting and finance significantly enhances your accounting and financial management skills through the utilization of digital analysis and data handling. Throughout the course, you'll engage in sourcing, scrutinizing, and analyzing live data sets derived from actual business cases using industry-standard tools. Subsequently, you'll apply contemporary accounting and finance principles to devise strategic solutions to pertinent challenges.

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Duration

12 months

Modules

6 Units + Research Project

Mode of Assessment

Assignment Based

Class Time

SUNDAY – 1.00PM – 7.00PM

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COURSE DETAILS AND MODULES

The program encompasses six core modules, furnishing you with strategic insights and contemporary knowledge of accounting and finance practices. Each module is meticulously crafted to enhance your comprehension of accounting within business strategy and foster your entrepreneurial mindset. The culmination of the program, the Financial Management Project, affords you the opportunity to delve deeper into innovative technologies in accounting and finance, such as blockchain, fintech, cloud computing, and distributed ledgers, thereby imparting skills indispensable for a successful career in today’s accounting and finance sector.

ASSESSMENT APPROACH

Our assessment strategy mirrors real-world strategic accounting and finance scenarios, employing a diverse range of assessment methodologies including work-related products, presentations, negotiated assessments, and report writing. Rather than conventional exams, you’ll undergo assessments such as reports, presentations, and time-constrained assignments, closely aligned with industry practices. These assessments are designed to prepare you for real-world challenges, offering constructive feedback to enhance the application of your studies in your career. Additionally, the MSc Accounting and Finance culminates in the submission of a Financial Management Project, enabling you to synthesize the knowledge, skills, and attributes acquired throughout the course modules.

COURSE STRUCTURE 

Unit name

Credits

Managing Within a Competitive Environment

20

Analysing Business and Financial Performance

20

Analysing Financial Statements

20

Accountability, Governance and Assurance

20

Global Issues in Taxation and Fiscal policy

20

Managing Strategic Finance and Risk

20

Financial Management Project

60

Total Credits

180

EXEMPTIONS

Moreover, the curriculum delves into emerging technologies such as the industry 4.0 business environment, blockchain, fintech services, and distributed ledgers, equipping you with relevant skills for diverse roles in accounting and finance. Furthermore, you’ll assess the impact of accounting and finance on strategic planning, preparing you to contribute effectively to significant projects like mergers and acquisitions, pricing strategies, capital expenditure, and investments.

For those holding previous accountancy qualifications from ACCA, CIMA, or ICAEW, our master’s in finance and accounting offers up to six possible module exemptions, facilitating a fast-track route to obtaining a Master of Science qualification with substantially reduced tuition fees.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To be eligible for our MSc Accounting and Finance degree, you should usually have: .

A completed undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree or degree apprenticeship in a business-related field, although other degree subjects may be considered eligible (with some prior subject knowledge of accounting and finance)..

For holders of professional qualifications:
You are also invited to apply if you hold any of the following professional qualifications: completed ACCA F1-F9 papers; CIMA Certificate, Operational and Management Level Papers; Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) Fellowship; ICAEW Certificate and Professional Level Papers; AAT Full membership; other full membership of relevant professional qualifications such as CIM, CMI..

Non-standard entry criteria
The University of Adren welcomes applications from applicants who can demonstrate appropriate work experience. In such cases, at least 5 years of work experience is required for consideration, ideally within a business-related discipline (not limited to accounting and finance). Membership in a professional body is also desirable, but not essential. .

APPROVED BY ACCA, CIMA, ACCA AND ICAEW

CIMA APPROVED

The Arden MSc Accounting and Finance course is approved by ACCA and CIMA. The University has mapped out its modules against the largest professional accounting bodies: the ACCA, CIMA, and ICAEW. This ensures that your course content will readily prepare you to pass your accounting qualifications. Also, if you are an already qualified accountant, you can gain direct entry to our MSc Accounting and Finance Top-up course

CIMA GATEWAY

Additionally, CIMA’s ‘Gateway’ route gives our MSc Accounting and Finance graduates the opportunity to sit one paper which combines their Management level papers P2, F2 and E2. If you complete this successfully, you’ll also be exempt from all of CIMA’s Operational level and Certificate level papers. The Gateway is a fast-track route where you enter CIMA at the Management Case Study bypassing 11 exams.

 ACCA APPROVED

The course is fully aligned to the Strategic Professional Level syllabus of the ACCA qualification, you can earn 120 credits towards your MSc Accounting and Finance, as well as progressing towards ACCA membership by sitting ACCA Strategic exams alongside your Arden assessments.

ARDEN’S ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIPS

The BGA is a membership and quality assurance body. As a member, Arden University have signed up to the BGA Charter, committing their institution to responsible management practices and lifelong learning, positively impacting their students, communities, and the economy. This shows our students that we are demonstrating responsible management ourselves, as well as it being a central theme that runs through our own courses.

As Arden University is a member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), students will receive complementary BGA student and graduate membership. Through this membership, current students will have access to the BGA Career Development Centre, packed with interactive tools, e-learning content, partner discounts and the latest job opportunities. This is a lifetime access, which means students will continue to have access to these services even after they graduate.

You’ll have access to Bureau van Dijk throughout your studies. Bureau van Dijk is a leading publisher of business information specialising in private company data combined with software for research and analysis. It’s the world’s most powerful comparable data resource on private companies, with information on more than 400 million companies across the globe and 41 million of these including detailed financial information.

Through this, you’ll be able to gain a holistic overview of different companies and how data can be used for better decision-making and increased efficiency. You can use the database to explore areas such as credit risk, compliance and financial crime, corporate finance, business development and strategy, and much more.

Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.

This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.

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