MSc Accounting and Finance

MSc Accounting and Finance

The Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff across the MSc Accounting and Finance programme who have worked in a variety of accounting and finance organisations.

The Course

The MSc Accounting and Finance degree aims to develop and enhance the career prospects of those who work, or wish to work, in finance or accountancy. The programme assumes little or no business knowledge at undergraduate level and is therefore suitable for graduates from a range of disciplines who wish to break into this highly skilled profession.

Students are expected to develop their understanding of both the key principles and the practical skills required to prepare and analyse accounts and related financial information. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of financial management decision making and the methods used to raise finance for companies.

The programme offers a balanced curriculum of accounting and financial topics.

You can start this programme in September or February. Please contact the School for further details lbs@lincoln.ac.uk

The Course

The MSc Accounting and Finance degree aims to develop and enhance the career prospects of those who work, or wish to work, in finance or accountancy. The programme assumes little or no business knowledge at undergraduate level and is therefore suitable for graduates from a range of disciplines who wish to break into this highly skilled profession.

Students are expected to develop their understanding of both the key principles and the practical skills required to prepare and analyse accounts and related financial information. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of financial management decision making and the methods used to raise finance for companies.

The programme offers a balanced curriculum of accounting and financial topics.

You can start this programme in September or February. Please contact the School for further details lbs@lincoln.ac.uk

MSc Accounting and Finance students will be exempted from CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounting) papers BA1, BA2, BA3 and BA4, AIA (Association of International Accountants) Paper 1 and Paper 6 as well as ACCA F1, F2 and F3 papers.

The compulsory taught element of the programme consists of six compulsory modules and one optional module. The modules studied are as follows:


Term 1:

  • Financial Accounting - Single Entity
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance 1
  • Corporate Finance I


Term 2:

  • Financial Accounting - Group Reporting
  • Current Issues in Governance and Finance
  • Corporate Finance II
  • Option

Optional modules:

  • Bond Markets and Investment Analysis
  • Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development
  • Comparative Human Resource Management
  • Global Supply Strategies
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Investment Banking
  • International Macroeconomics and Finance
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance II
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy Making


In addition, students will undertake a compulsory element comprising Research Methods (15 credits) and Independent Study (45 credits).


This programme is also available for a February start. Students who enrol on a February start for this programme will be offered the core modules, but electives will be restricted. Availability of electives will be subject to student numbers, timetabling and staffing constraints.

MSc Accounting and Finance students will chose one from:

  • Global Supply Strategies
  • International Entrepreneurship


Contact Hours and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

Optional modules will run as far as at least 10 students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of modules to some students. As the options reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

Bond Markets and Investment Analysis (Option)
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Bond Markets and Investment Analysis (Option)

This module provides students with a chance to develop an understanding of the concepts and theory of portfolio analysis with a focus on straight bonds. It explores the analytical framework of bond management techniques and also seeks to introduce and evaluate the measures of investment funds’ performance.

The module is designed to complement the Portfolio Analysis module by providing opportunities to explore how bond pricing works in conjunction with the term structure and credit risk. The module unit is also designed to enable students to develop a conceptual understanding of how investment funds’ performance can be evaluated.

Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development (Option)
Find out more

Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to a range of non-traditional business models and to challenge established expectations and norms about business ethics, motivations, value-systems and practices. The module presents the notion that enterprises can operate due to motives other than profit-maximisation and that Social Purpose Organisations can exist to fulfil social functions using business models to create an alternative basis for sustainability and development. Students are challenged to think critically about these forms of organisation and their impact on societies (positive and negative). Students are also challenged to consider how issues such as performance management can translate into the operations of community enterprises.

Comparative Human Resource Management (Option)
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Comparative Human Resource Management (Option)

This module is designed to introduce students to the principal issues underlying international and comparative human resource management (IHRM) in a global context. Such issues have risen in prominence due to increasing trade liberalisation, ‘globalisation’, spread of multinational corporations (MNCs), outsourcing to Asia, developmental focus on Africa and economic integration within the European Union.

As firms increasingly internationalise, suitable strategies for managing human resources have become critical to competition between the MNCs. Students can develop an insight into managing human resources in different national contexts and examine those global and national factors that impact approaches taken to international human resource management. More specifically, the module aims to discuss and analyse those factors which result in variations in HRM practices and policies across national business systems.

Corporate Finance 1 (Core)
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Corporate Finance 1 (Core)

Corporate Finance introduces the constructs of financial management decision making in modern firms and focuses on investment appraisal and the financing of the firm, dividend policy, capital structure and risk. It will familiarise students with the major theoretical developments and practices in the areas of corporate finance, and aims to encourage students to develop critical thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of diverse practices in areas of capital budgeting, dividend policy, capital structure and risk analysis. Throughout the module students will be expected to draw upon their own experiences and relate these to the theories, concepts and methods being presented.

Corporate Finance 2 (Core)
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Corporate Finance 2 (Core)

Following from Corporate Finance 1, this module looks further into the topic of Corporate Finance and advances the perspective that modern organisations can use the ideas of Modern Financial Theory (MFT) to enhance shareholder wealth through the use of derivatives, for example, to manage cash flow volatility. The module then moves to present a detailed analysis of the assumptions of the ‘classical’ approach to Corporate Finance, by analysing the ‘standard’ assumptions and presenting other approaches to the understanding of MFT. These are mainly the implications of alternative ‘modus operandi’ of financial logic, mainly from the perspective of behavioural finance.

Current Issues in Governance and Finance (Core)
Find out more

Current Issues in Governance and Finance (Core)

This module aims to provide an understanding of, and a challenge to, the wider relevance of the continuing evolution of corporate governance, its basis in law and code, and its interaction with the expectations under the International Financial Reporting Standards environment.

You will have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of current issues affecting financial and non-financial reporting in an international context. The role of the accountant as a financial analyst and advisor is also considered and students are expected to develop their ability to advise on the implications of accounting regulation on reporting.

Financial Accounting - Group Reporting (Core)
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Financial Accounting - Group Reporting (Core)

This module is designed to provide an introduction to single level group structures and the concept of fair value and inter-group transactions. Students have the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the techniques of complex group accounting, including foreign subsidiaries and changes in structure.

Financial Accounting - Single Entity (Core)
Find out more

Financial Accounting - Single Entity (Core)

This module looks at financial accounting and financial reporting under International GAAP. It commences with the role and requirements of corporate financial reporting in the UK and explores the increasingly important subjects of ethics and corporate governance.

Students will have the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the techniques of accounts preparation and a critical understanding of key areas of financial accounting for single companies. Throughout the module issues of codes of professional conduct and ethical behaviour are considered.

Global Supply Strategies (Option)
Find out more

Global Supply Strategies (Option)

This module will examine global supply chain strategies in detail by looking at both those strategies that have been successful as well as those that have been less successful. Students can examine contemporary phenomena such as offshoring, supply chain disruptions, innovation and sustainability using a variety of theoretical frameworks. Students can develop not only a better understanding of the challenges of managing global supply chains but also of some of the tools needed to implement effective and responsible global supply chain strategies. Given the strategic importance of global supply chains, an understanding of how to manage them strategically may be invaluable for students entering the job market.

International Entrepreneurship (Option)
Find out more

International Entrepreneurship (Option)

Entrepreneurship is an essential skillset in the development at global level of new and existing businesses, social enterprises and more broadly societies and their economies. Enterprise is defined as the application of creative ideas and innovations to practical situations, combining creativity, ideas development and problem solving with expression, communication and practical action. Entrepreneurship is the application of enterprise skills to creating and growing organisations in an international context in order to identify and build on opportunities. This module draws on the latest UK QAA Guidance on Enterprise & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education and aims to develop, at an international level, enterprise awareness, an entrepreneurial mindset, and entrepreneurial capability, which can lead to entrepreneurial effectiveness which can be applied in a range of contexts.

International Macroeconomics and Finance (Option)
Find out more

International Macroeconomics and Finance (Option)

This module is designed to equip students with an in-depth and applied-oriented understanding of theoretical and empirical problems addressed in the field known as International Finance (also known as International Macroeconomics/Open Macroeconomics) and to bring students up to the research frontier in International Finance.

Investment Banking (Option)
Find out more

Investment Banking (Option)

The module focuses on the role of investment bankers who have to deal with typical transactions in the capital markets from debt and equity capital market products to mergers and acquisitions and more structured products such as leverage buyouts.

The module also analyses typical products, the process of investment banking and how typical investment banking transactions are implemented.

Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance I (Core)
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Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance I (Core)

This module provides students with an opportunity to develop their understanding relating to the background of statistical methods for primary research. Students will engage with statistical software, such as SPSS and Eviews, to apply quantitative analytical techniques to sets of data.

Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance II (Option)
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Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance II (Option)

The aim of this module is to build on the work in Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance I while focusing on specific quantitative analytical techniques. The models examined are: Dynamic, ARIMA, GARCH, VAR and ECM, among others. The EViews statistical software and the DATASTREAM data provider are essential to the learning objectives and assessment of the module.

Social Entrepreneurship (Option)
Find out more

Social Entrepreneurship (Option)

This module is designed to encourage students to explore the concepts of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs utilise innovative business practices to collaborate with community networks to co-create solutions to social and environmental problems. This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop the understanding and knowledge necessary for future social enterprise creation and development, either as social entrepreneurs or facilitators and activists in the field.

Strategy Making (Option)
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Strategy Making (Option)

Strategy is the heart of every organisation. This module explores how strategy is conceived, how it affects the organisation and how the organisation can be designed to realise its strategy efficiently and effectively. The module aims to support students in developing their strategic thinking skills through a review of diverse theories, models and practical exercises.

Independent Study for Banking Finance and Economics (Core)
Find out more

Independent Study for Banking Finance and Economics (Core)

This module provides students with an opportunity to carry out a substantive research project and to demonstrate their ability to investigate and reflect critically on an aspect of the programme. Students are expected to, with the guidance from their supervisor, generate their own research topic, select a research method, obtain data and apply theory as appropriate.

By aiming to combine well-developed theoretical and methodological foundations, the Independent Study project is designed to have both a practical value as a piece of research and also be of academic value.

Research Methods for Banking, Finance and Economics (Core)
Find out more

Research Methods for Banking, Finance and Economics (Core)

This Research Methods module prepares you for undertaking the research for their Independent Study. It reviews core principles of the research methods that you likely to utilise in your research. The chosen method should form the basis of their research design, and the structure of the of Independent Study submission.

Assessment is by exam and written coursework.


The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

  • The Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff, which is made up of academically and professionally qualified lecturers with relevant industrial experience and finance experts with wide research interests.
  • The School hosts a series of visiting speakers each year. As part of the School, students will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as Deloitte, Santander, HSBC, Innocent, The Institute of Internal Auditors and Sir David Tweedie (ex-Chairman of the IASB).
  • Students will also have the chance to build their skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering or becoming a Student Ambassador.
  2017/18 Entry*2018/19 Entry*
Home/EU £7,600 £7,600
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** reduction)
£5,320 £5,700
International £13,000 £15,300
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction)
£11,000 £13,300
     
Part-time Home/EU £42 per credit point £42 per credit point
Part-time International £72 per credit point £85 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Under the new scheme individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,280 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

A minimum 2:2 honours degree and grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics

Please note that this course may not be suitable for students who have completed an undergraduate programme in accounting or finance within the UK.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for a postgraduate degree course the option of completing a pre-master's programme at the university’s International Study Centre.

MSc Accounting and Finance students will be exempted from CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounting) papers BA1, BA2, BA3 and BA4, AIA (Association of International Accountants) Paper 1 and Paper 6 as well as ACCA F1, F2 and F3 papers.

The compulsory taught element of the programme consists of six compulsory modules and one optional module. The modules studied are as follows:


Term 1:

  • Financial Accounting - Single Entity
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance 1
  • Corporate Finance I


Term 2:

  • Financial Accounting - Group Reporting
  • Current Issues in Governance and Finance
  • Corporate Finance II
  • Option

Optional modules:

  • Bond Markets and Investment Analysis
  • Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development
  • Comparative Human Resource Management
  • Global Supply Strategies
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Investment Banking
  • International Macroeconomics and Finance
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance II
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy Making


In addition, students will undertake a compulsory element comprising Research Methods (15 credits) and Independent Study (45 credits).


This programme is also available for a February start. Students who enrol on a February start for this programme will be offered the core modules, but electives will be restricted. Availability of electives will be subject to student numbers, timetabling and staffing constraints.

MSc Accounting and Finance students will chose one from:

  • Global Supply Strategies
  • International Entrepreneurship


Contact Hours and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study. Please note irrespective of whether you are a full-time or part-time student your hours of study may vary from term to term and can be spread throughout the week. Please note that February admission is only available for full time study.


Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

Optional modules will run as far as at least 10 students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of modules to some students. As the options reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

Bond Markets and Investment Analysis (Option)
Find out more

Bond Markets and Investment Analysis (Option)

This module provides students with a chance to develop an understanding of the concepts and theory of portfolio analysis with a focus on straight bonds. It explores the analytical framework of bond management techniques and also seeks to introduce and evaluate the measures of investment funds’ performance.

The module is designed to complement the Portfolio Analysis module by providing opportunities to explore how bond pricing works in conjunction with the term structure and credit risk. The module unit is also designed to enable students to develop a conceptual understanding of how investment funds’ performance can be evaluated.

Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development (Option)
Find out more

Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to a range of non-traditional business models and to challenge established expectations and norms about business ethics, motivations, value-systems and practices. The module presents the notion that enterprises can operate due to motives other than profit-maximisation and that Social Purpose Organisations can exist to fulfil social functions using business models to create an alternative basis for sustainability and development. Students are challenged to think critically about these forms of organisation and their impact on societies (positive and negative). Students are also challenged to consider how issues such as performance management can translate into the operations of community enterprises.

Comparative Human Resource Management (Option)
Find out more

Comparative Human Resource Management (Option)

This module is designed to introduce students to the principal issues underlying international and comparative human resource management (IHRM) in a global context. Such issues have risen in prominence due to increasing trade liberalisation, ‘globalisation’, spread of multinational corporations (MNCs), outsourcing to Asia, developmental focus on Africa and economic integration within the European Union.

As firms increasingly internationalise, suitable strategies for managing human resources have become critical to competition between the MNCs. Students can develop an insight into managing human resources in different national contexts and examine those global and national factors that impact approaches taken to international human resource management. More specifically, the module aims to discuss and analyse those factors which result in variations in HRM practices and policies across national business systems.

Corporate Finance 1 (Core)
Find out more

Corporate Finance 1 (Core)

Corporate Finance introduces the constructs of financial management decision making in modern firms and focuses on investment appraisal and the financing of the firm, dividend policy, capital structure and risk. It will familiarise students with the major theoretical developments and practices in the areas of corporate finance, and aims to encourage students to develop critical thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of diverse practices in areas of capital budgeting, dividend policy, capital structure and risk analysis. Throughout the module students will be expected to draw upon their own experiences and relate these to the theories, concepts and methods being presented.

Corporate Finance 2 (Core)
Find out more

Corporate Finance 2 (Core)

Following from Corporate Finance 1, this module looks further into the topic of Corporate Finance and advances the perspective that modern organisations can use the ideas of Modern Financial Theory (MFT) to enhance shareholder wealth through the use of derivatives, for example, to manage cash flow volatility. The module then moves to present a detailed analysis of the assumptions of the ‘classical’ approach to Corporate Finance, by analysing the ‘standard’ assumptions and presenting other approaches to the understanding of MFT. These are mainly the implications of alternative ‘modus operandi’ of financial logic, mainly from the perspective of behavioural finance.

Current Issues in Governance and Finance (Core)
Find out more

Current Issues in Governance and Finance (Core)

This module aims to provide an understanding of, and a challenge to, the wider relevance of the continuing evolution of corporate governance, its basis in law and code, and its interaction with the expectations under the International Financial Reporting Standards environment.

You will have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of current issues affecting financial and non-financial reporting in an international context. The role of the accountant as a financial analyst and advisor is also considered and students are expected to develop their ability to advise on the implications of accounting regulation on reporting.

Decision Analysis for Managers (Core)
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Decision Analysis for Managers (Core)

The aim of this module is to enhance the students’ decision capabilities when confronted with strategic or operational choices. Students will have the opportunity to learn how decision analysis tools can be used to structure and analyse decision problems and how a mix of data and judgement can help decision makers to better achieve their objectives.

Financial Accounting - Group Reporting (Core)
Find out more

Financial Accounting - Group Reporting (Core)

This module is designed to provide an introduction to single level group structures and the concept of fair value and inter-group transactions. Students have the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the techniques of complex group accounting, including foreign subsidiaries and changes in structure.

Financial Accounting - Single Entity (Core)
Find out more

Financial Accounting - Single Entity (Core)

This module looks at financial accounting and financial reporting under International GAAP. It commences with the role and requirements of corporate financial reporting in the UK and explores the increasingly important subjects of ethics and corporate governance.

Students will have the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the techniques of accounts preparation and a critical understanding of key areas of financial accounting for single companies. Throughout the module issues of codes of professional conduct and ethical behaviour are considered.

Global Supply Strategies (Option)
Find out more

Global Supply Strategies (Option)

This module will examine global supply chain strategies in detail by looking at both those strategies that have been successful as well as those that have been less successful. Students can examine contemporary phenomena such as offshoring, supply chain disruptions, innovation and sustainability using a variety of theoretical frameworks. Students can develop not only a better understanding of the challenges of managing global supply chains but also of some of the tools needed to implement effective and responsible global supply chain strategies. Given the strategic importance of global supply chains, an understanding of how to manage them strategically may be invaluable for students entering the job market.

International Entrepreneurship (Option)
Find out more

International Entrepreneurship (Option)

Entrepreneurship is an essential skillset in the development at global level of new and existing businesses, social enterprises and more broadly societies and their economies. Enterprise is defined as the application of creative ideas and innovations to practical situations, combining creativity, ideas development and problem solving with expression, communication and practical action. Entrepreneurship is the application of enterprise skills to creating and growing organisations in an international context in order to identify and build on opportunities. This module draws on the latest UK QAA Guidance on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education and aims to develop, at an international level, enterprise awareness, an entrepreneurial mindset, and entrepreneurial capability, which can lead to entrepreneurial effectiveness which can be applied in a range of contexts.

International Macroeconomics and Finance (Option)
Find out more

International Macroeconomics and Finance (Option)

This module equips students with an in-depth and applied-oriented understanding of theoretical and empirical problems addressed in the field known as International Finance (also known as International Macroeconomics / Open Macroeconomics) and to bring students up to the research frontier in International Finance. It draws heavily on financial modelling and financial econometrics.

Investment Banking (Option)
Find out more

Investment Banking (Option)

The module focuses on the role of investment bankers who have to deal with typical transactions in the capital markets from debt and equity capital market products to mergers and acquisitions and more structured products such as leverage buyouts.

The module also analyses typical products, the process of investment banking and how typical investment banking transactions are implemented.

Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance II (Option)
Find out more

Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance II (Option)

The aim of this module is to build on the work in Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance I while focusing on specific quantitative analytical techniques. The models examined are: Dynamic, ARIMA, GARCH, VAR and ECM, among others. The EViews statistical software and the DATASTREAM data provider are essential to the learning objectives and assessment of the module.

Social Entrepreneurship (Option)
Find out more

Social Entrepreneurship (Option)

This module is designed to encourage students to explore the concepts of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs utilise innovative business practices to collaborate with community networks to co-create solutions to social and environmental problems. This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop the understanding and knowledge necessary for future social enterprise creation and development, either as social entrepreneurs or facilitators and activists in the field.

Strategy Making (Option)
Find out more

Strategy Making (Option)

Strategy is the heart of every organisation. This module explores how strategy is conceived, how it affects the organisation and how the organisation can be designed to realise its strategy efficiently and effectively. The module aims to support students in developing their strategic thinking skills through a review of diverse theories, models and practical exercises.

Independent Study for Banking Finance and Economics (Core)
Find out more

Independent Study for Banking Finance and Economics (Core)

This module provides students with an opportunity to carry out a substantive research project and to demonstrate their ability to investigate and reflect critically on an aspect of the programme. Students are expected to, with the guidance from their supervisor, generate their own research topic, select a research method, obtain data and apply theory as appropriate.

By aiming to combine well-developed theoretical and methodological foundations, the Independent Study project is designed to have both a practical value as a piece of research and also be of academic value.

Research Methods for Banking, Finance and Economics (Core)
Find out more

Research Methods for Banking, Finance and Economics (Core)

This research methods module aims to prepare students for undertaking the research for their Independent Study. It reviews core principles of the research methods that students are likely to utilise in their research. The chosen method should form the basis of their research design, and the structure of the of Independent Study submission.

Assessment is by exam and written coursework.


The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

The Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff across the MSc Accounting and Finance programme who have worked in a variety of accounting and finance organisations including KPMG, Royal Mail, the Police and a range of small to medium sized accountancy firms. Most of the teaching team are also professionally qualified accountants.

The School hosts a series of visiting speakers each year. As part of the School, students will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as Deloitte, Santander, HSBC, Innocent, The Institute of Internal Auditors and Sir David Tweedie (ex-Chairman of the IASB).

Students will also have the chance to build their skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering or becoming a Student Ambassador.

Three professional accounting bodies have granted MSc Accounting and Finance students with the following exemptions: CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounting) papers BA1, BA2, BA3 and BA4, AIA (Association of International Accountants) Paper 1 and Paper 6 as well as ACCA F1, F2 and F3 papers.

Student Managed Investment Fund

The Lincoln International Business School has a new opportunity for our students across our finance and banking programmes. The business school has set up an investment fund for students to experience purchasing shares to create a portfolio, with the aim of achieving positive results through stock market analysis.

Students will be managing real money with the with objective of positive returns whilst managing risk. Industry veteran and long-time lecturer Hao Quach will help support the students throughout, with many years of experience in all aspects of investment banking and 20 years teaching in multiple countries, Hao will use his experience to ensure the stability of the fund and provide guidance. Find out more:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/lbs/studentmanagedinvestmentfund/

  2017/18 Entry*2018/19 Entry*
Home/EU £7,600 £7,600
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** reduction)
£5,320 £5,700
International £13,000 £15,300
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction)
£11,000 £13,300
     
Part-time Home/EU £42 per credit point £42 per credit point
Part-time International £72 per credit point £85 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Under the new scheme individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,280 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or second class honours degree and grade C in GCSE Mathematics.

Please note that this course may not be suitable for students who have completed an undergraduate programme in accounting or finance within the UK.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for a postgraduate degree course the option of completing a pre-master's programme at the university’s International Study Centre.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Thakur Ghimire

Thakur Ghimire

Programme Leader

Thakur teaches financial accounting modules for the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance as well as the MSc Accounting/ Accounting & Finance programmes. He supervises postgraduate dissertations and is also a personal tutor on undergraduate programmes. His research interests include financial accounting and reporting, corporate governance, taxation in developing economy, CSR and non-financial reporting.

Contact: tghimire@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Facilities

The Lincoln Business School is based in the David Chiddick building. The building provides students with teaching and learning space including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, an IT/language lab, along with places to meet and eat with friends and staff.

We constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. The University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.