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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Gain insights that directly help you further your career
  • Learn responsible financial management strategies based on the the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
  • Fast-track route available for professionally qualified accountants 

Enthusiastic lecturers and a supportive learning environment in small classes make Accounting and Finance at Winchester a stimulating and enjoyable experience. The course is designed to launch your career in the sector, and for those with existing professional experience and qualifications it provides opportunities to enhance and update your knowledge and skills. 

Throughout the course, you discuss both case studies and your own business experiences, learning from your peers and evaluating ideas about best practice and new financial management techniques. Real-time trading simulations using The Trading Room in the Winchester Business School and real-world case studies provide a balance of theoretical understanding and practical experience which are immediately applicable to your own work. 

Core modules include Financial Accounting and Reporting, Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy, and Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance, with additional options such as Investment Appraisal, Global Investments and Portfolio Management, Entrepreneurship and Business Consulting. Professionally qualified accountants joining the fast-track route study research methods and write a dissertation. 

The programme prepares you for employment in accountancy and finance within the private and public sectors. Course alumni pursue a wide range of careers including accounting and finance executives, financial advisers and planners, fund managers, investment analysts and stock brokers.

Careers 

The programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in accountancy and finance within the private and public sectors. Job opportunities include accounting and finance executives, financial advisers and planners, fund managers, investment analysts and stock brokers.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

All modules develop an independent learning culture and provide a challenging learning experience for students. They are characterised by innovative, student-centred teaching and learning which develops students' intellectual skills of analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation. The programme is delivered in a small class size setting allowing students to capitalise on their current and/or prior experience on an individual basis. The integration of theory and practice is important and this is achieved through an innovative blend of simulations and case studies.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester).

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information 

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

This course is open to people interested in pursuing a career in finance and accounting. Normally a first or second-class Honours degree is required. Candidates who have achieved full membership of a professional accountancy body (for example, ACCA, AIA, CIMA, CIPFA, ICAEW, ICAS or international equivalent) may be eligible for entry with advanced standing (fast-track route). Students on the fast-track route take fewer modules, alongside students on the full-time/part-time routes.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent. 

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023 

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2018. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Evenings.

Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Financial Accounting and Reporting 20

This module allows students to acquire technical knowledge of accounting and develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the preparation of financial statements. Students will understand and apply the basic principles and techniques of accounting, will explain and apply IFRS to relatively simple specified scenarios and will present financial statements, or extracts therefrom, for single entities and groups. Students will develop an understanding of the processes involved and the contexts in which financial reporting takes place.

For students without previous accounting experience, the first part of the module acts as a comprehensive introduction to basic accounting and financial reporting. Students thus gain a knowledge and understanding of accounting at a very early stage in their programme. For students with previous accounting experience (students on an integrated masters programme and students who have an undergraduate degree in accounting), the material covered in the first part of the module provides a refresher course in basic accounting knowledge and the opportunity to update and/or revise (as appropriate) technical knowledge of financial reporting.

The technical content of the module is based on IFRS; international examples are used to facilitate students’ development of a global financial perspective. Framework based teaching is used in order to enhance students’ conceptual understanding of technical material and to encourage the development of technical knowledge and critical analysis.

Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy 20

This module aims to explore complex principles of corporate finance and examine the financial strategies relating to mergers and acquisitions. Students will comprehend the primary objective of corporate finance, appraise the range of finance available to a firm and evaluate critically the different capital structure theories. The module will guide the students through the systematic process of assessing the weighted average cost of capital of public listed companies using various financial models.  Students will also develop their critical awareness of the financial strategies in relation to mergers and acquisitions. In this module, students will be exposed extensively to the real financial data and this allows the financial theories to be seen in a “real world” context. 

 

Academic Development and Research 20

The aim of this module is to develop student understanding of the skills and competencies required in academic study and research at postgraduate level. The module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools required to develop and undertake research in the area of international business. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, and select research methods using secondary and/or primary sources appropriate to particular research questions, relating these to existing international business theories.

The module provides the foundation for further development of research skills through a dissertation by independent study.

Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance 20

This module aims to provide students with a critical perspective and appreciation of contemporary theories and developments in accounting thought and practice. It seeks to highlight the substantive issues currently being addressed by accounting academics, thus enabling students to evaluate critically a variety of contributions to the development of the discipline. In addition to exploring theories and practice, the module seeks to assess the diversity of methodologies used by contemporary researchers working at the boundaries of the subject.

Dissertation 60

The dissertation enables students to specialise in an appropriate accounting-related area of interest by conducting an independent, in-depth research project, guided by research-active tutors. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, conduct research using secondary and/or primary sources and analyse their findings.

The dissertation is of interest to potential future employers, demonstrating research abilities, professional skills, and relevant accounting and business knowledge.

Optional modules
  • Global Investments and Portfolio Management – 20 Credits
  • Strategic Management – 20 Credits
  • Entrepreneurship – 20 Credits
  • Business Consulting – 20 Credits
  • Management Control Systems – 10 Credits
  • Corporate Governance – 10 Credits
  • Investment Appraisal – 10 Credits
  • Advanced Financial Analysis – 10 Credits

Optional Credits

Financial Accounting and Reporting 20

This module allows students to acquire technical knowledge of accounting and develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the preparation of financial statements. Students will understand and apply the basic principles and techniques of accounting, will explain and apply IFRS to relatively simple specified scenarios and will present financial statements, or extracts therefrom, for single entities and groups. Students will develop an understanding of the processes involved and the contexts in which financial reporting takes place.

For students without previous accounting experience, the first part of the module acts as a comprehensive introduction to basic accounting and financial reporting. Students thus gain a knowledge and understanding of accounting at a very early stage in their programme. For students with previous accounting experience (students on an integrated masters programme and students who have an undergraduate degree in accounting), the material covered in the first part of the module provides a refresher course in basic accounting knowledge and the opportunity to update and/or revise (as appropriate) technical knowledge of financial reporting.

The technical content of the module is based on IFRS; international examples are used to facilitate students’ development of a global financial perspective. Framework based teaching is used in order to enhance students’ conceptual understanding of technical material and to encourage the development of technical knowledge and critical analysis.

Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy 20

This module aims to explore complex principles of corporate finance and examine the financial strategies relating to mergers and acquisitions. Students will comprehend the primary objective of corporate finance, appraise the range of finance available to a firm and evaluate critically the different capital structure theories. The module will guide the students through the systematic process of assessing the weighted average cost of capital of public listed companies using various financial models.  Students will also develop their critical awareness of the financial strategies in relation to mergers and acquisitions. In this module, students will be exposed extensively to the real financial data and this allows the financial theories to be seen in a “real world” context. 

 

Academic Development and Research 20

The aim of this module is to develop student understanding of the skills and competencies required in academic study and research at postgraduate level. The module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools required to develop and undertake research in the area of international business. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, and select research methods using secondary and/or primary sources appropriate to particular research questions, relating these to existing international business theories.

The module provides the foundation for further development of research skills through a dissertation by independent study.

Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance 20

This module aims to provide students with a critical perspective and appreciation of contemporary theories and developments in accounting thought and practice. It seeks to highlight the substantive issues currently being addressed by accounting academics, thus enabling students to evaluate critically a variety of contributions to the development of the discipline. In addition to exploring theories and practice, the module seeks to assess the diversity of methodologies used by contemporary researchers working at the boundaries of the subject.

Dissertation 60

The dissertation enables students to specialise in an appropriate accounting-related area of interest by conducting an independent, in-depth research project, guided by research-active tutors. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, conduct research using secondary and/or primary sources and analyse their findings.

The dissertation is of interest to potential future employers, demonstrating research abilities, professional skills, and relevant accounting and business knowledge.

Optional modules
  • Global Investments and Portfolio Management – 20 Credits
  • Strategic Management – 20 Credits
  • Entrepreneurship – 20 Credits
  • Business Consulting – 20 Credits
  • Management Control Systems – 10 Credits
  • Corporate Governance – 10 Credits
  • Investment Appraisal – 10 Credits
  • Advanced Financial Analysis – 10 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees*

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £6,900
Part-time entry | £3,450 p/a

Total Cost | £6,900

International Students

Full-time entry | £12,950
Part-time entry | £6,475 p/a

Total Cost | £12,950

*After changes made in Parliament, all higher education providers must now register with a brand new HE Regulator (the Office for Students) for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by September 2018. Whilst we don't anticipate any issues with our registration, no provider will be able to confirm whether student finance is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

  • Core texts: It is recommended that students purchase the latest editions of all of the core textbooks. Many of these texts relate to extensive online material for which you require an access code supplied with the textbook. Cost approximately £350.

Mandatory

  • Printing and binding: The cost of printing and binding the dissertations will need to be covered by the student. Cost £10-20.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.  

Key course details

Duration
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester