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COURSE OVERVIEW

*Subject to revalidation

  • 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 International Financial Management 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.

*Subject to revalidation

This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

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 campus in 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 2022. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

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Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

International Financial Management 20

This module aims to explore the fundamental principles and practices of international financial management. Students will comprehend the international financial environment and exchange rates, including the financing of international trade and investment. The module will guide students through a process of applying the various techniques and approaches to solving practical problems in the context of financial management. In this module, students will be exposed to the real financial data, and this allows the financial theories to be seen in a “real world” context.

Principles of Accounting 20

Students will gain an understanding of how accounting information is used in financial management. In general, there are different accounting frameworks (US GAAP, IFRS), which are leveraged towards informing current and potential investors about the financial health and well-being of companies. Despite the growing transparency and synchronisation of the accounting principles around the world, there is still a limited amount of information available to external stakeholders of a company. It is therefore vital for the user to extract as much information as possible from a set of financial statements. Students on this module will learn the techniques used in financial statement analysis and will apply those techniques to evaluate real-world company performance and to assess their value. The limitations of the techniques will also be identified.

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.

Global Investments and Portfolio Management 20

This module introduces the fundamental concepts and key principles of investments. Students will develop a critical awareness of the traditional theories and models that inform and guide investors in their decision-making. This module also allows students to learn the techniques and perspectives of global investments. The main emphasis is on the application of knowledge and skills within different investment and stock trading environments. The integration between theory and practice will be enhanced by the use of innovative simulation technology within the cutting-edge facility of the in house stock trading room.

Dissertation* 40

*Students will have a choice between the Dissertation module OR the Consultancy Project module.

The dissertation enables students to specialise in an 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 in relation to existing business theories.

The dissertation is of interest to potential future employers, demonstrating critical abilities, research expertise and business knowledge. It can also prompt student interest in conducting further research, whether in a consultancy role or in continued academic research at PhD level.

Consultancy Project* 40

*Students will have a choice between the Consultancy Project module OR the Dissertation module.

In this module students undertake a consultancy project, relevant to their specific Master’s programme, for a client organisation. Students are expected to undertake research into an issue relevant to the programme’s learning outcomes and to the business case, and to develop conclusions and recommendations that are intended to benefit the client. The project focuses on the rapid collection and assimilation of data as to gain a detailed understanding of the client’s needs and their issues. This is essential in any work-based assignment regardless of the nature of the work or the functional area of expertise being applied. Students will be expected to interact with the organisation as if it were a real commercial relationship which will include recording activities and reporting to the client. By the end of the project, students should have developed a set of skills that they can apply in a consistent, professional and confident manner. 

Optional modules
  • Financial Technology (FINTEC) – 20 Credits
  • Data Analytics and Modelling - 20 Credits
  • Business Consulting - 20 Credits
  • Strategic Management - 20 Credits
  • Marketing Communications - 20 Credits
  • Strategy & Entrepreneurship - 20 Credits
  • Sustainable Innovation and Change - 20 Credits
  • Leadership in Organizations - 20 Credits

Optional Credits

International Financial Management 20

This module aims to explore the fundamental principles and practices of international financial management. Students will comprehend the international financial environment and exchange rates, including the financing of international trade and investment. The module will guide students through a process of applying the various techniques and approaches to solving practical problems in the context of financial management. In this module, students will be exposed to the real financial data, and this allows the financial theories to be seen in a “real world” context.

Principles of Accounting 20

Students will gain an understanding of how accounting information is used in financial management. In general, there are different accounting frameworks (US GAAP, IFRS), which are leveraged towards informing current and potential investors about the financial health and well-being of companies. Despite the growing transparency and synchronisation of the accounting principles around the world, there is still a limited amount of information available to external stakeholders of a company. It is therefore vital for the user to extract as much information as possible from a set of financial statements. Students on this module will learn the techniques used in financial statement analysis and will apply those techniques to evaluate real-world company performance and to assess their value. The limitations of the techniques will also be identified.

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.

Global Investments and Portfolio Management 20

This module introduces the fundamental concepts and key principles of investments. Students will develop a critical awareness of the traditional theories and models that inform and guide investors in their decision-making. This module also allows students to learn the techniques and perspectives of global investments. The main emphasis is on the application of knowledge and skills within different investment and stock trading environments. The integration between theory and practice will be enhanced by the use of innovative simulation technology within the cutting-edge facility of the in house stock trading room.

Dissertation* 40

*Students will have a choice between the Dissertation module OR the Consultancy Project module.

The dissertation enables students to specialise in an 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 in relation to existing business theories.

The dissertation is of interest to potential future employers, demonstrating critical abilities, research expertise and business knowledge. It can also prompt student interest in conducting further research, whether in a consultancy role or in continued academic research at PhD level.

Consultancy Project* 40

*Students will have a choice between the Consultancy Project module OR the Dissertation module.

In this module students undertake a consultancy project, relevant to their specific Master’s programme, for a client organisation. Students are expected to undertake research into an issue relevant to the programme’s learning outcomes and to the business case, and to develop conclusions and recommendations that are intended to benefit the client. The project focuses on the rapid collection and assimilation of data as to gain a detailed understanding of the client’s needs and their issues. This is essential in any work-based assignment regardless of the nature of the work or the functional area of expertise being applied. Students will be expected to interact with the organisation as if it were a real commercial relationship which will include recording activities and reporting to the client. By the end of the project, students should have developed a set of skills that they can apply in a consistent, professional and confident manner. 

Optional modules
  • Financial Technology (FINTEC) – 20 Credits
  • Data Analytics and Modelling - 20 Credits
  • Business Consulting - 20 Credits
  • Strategic Management - 20 Credits
  • Marketing Communications - 20 Credits
  • Strategy & Entrepreneurship - 20 Credits
  • Sustainable Innovation and Change - 20 Credits
  • Leadership in Organizations - 20 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.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2022 Course Tuition Fees

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £8,550
Part-time entry | £4,275 p/a

Total Cost | £8,550

International Students

Full-time entry | £14,800
Part-time entry | £7,400 p/a

Total Cost | £14,800

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 University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. 

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
On campus, Winchester