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									                                       UNIVERSITY OF KENT

                                     Programme Specification


                           MSc International Accounting and Finance

1.   Awarding Institution/Body                   University of Kent
2.   Teaching Institution                        University of Kent
3.   Teaching Site                               Canterbury
4.   Programme accredited by:
5.   Final Award                                 MSc International Accounting and Finance, PG
                                                 Diploma, PG Certificate
6. Programme                                     Masters in International Accounting and Finance
7. UCAS code (or other code)                     Not applicable
8. Relevant QAA subject                          Master’s Degrees in Business and Management
    benchmarking group/s                         (2007)
9. Date of production/revision                   December 2009
10. Applicable cohort/s                          September 2010 onwards
11. Educational Aims of the Programme
The programme aims to:

        Provide students with an advanced conceptual understanding of the key issues in
         International Accounting and Finance
        Provide awareness of up-to-date practices in International and domestic accounting
        Provide students with knowledge of research methodologies adopted in empirical
         research and the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theories
        Provide students with the skills to test and evaluate theoretical models
        Provide preparation for and/or development of a career in Accounting and Finance by
         developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or
         further study in the area
        Develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills
         and relevant personal and interpersonal skills.
        Provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research
         and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere.
        Foster the enhancement of life long learning skills and personal development so as to
         be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and
         society generally
        Develop students ability to develop independent self-directed research


12. Programme Outcomes
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge
and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas. The programme
outcomes have references to the subject benchmarking statement for Master’s degrees in
Business and Management (2007).
                                               Teaching/learning and assessment
                                               methods and strategies used to enable
                                               outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated
Knowledge and Understanding
A. Knowledge and understanding of:
1. Complex issues in International             Teaching/Learning
    accounting and finance (SB3.7)             Lead lectures; tutor-led seminars; self directed
2. International aspects of accounting and learning facilitated by study guides and web
    finance and their role within              based material, problem based learning
    organisations (SB3.7)                      scenarios; role play exercises; debates; student-

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   3. Principles and techniques applied in        centred mentoring; individual and group research
      international accounting and finance        and project.
      (SB3.7)
   4. Preparation of financial reports and the    Assessment
      evaluation of financial information         Written examination papers (time-constrains);
      (SB3.7)                                     coursework essays, reports and computational
   5. Preparation, analysis and evaluation of     questions, seminar contribution, presentations,
      financial statements (SB3.7)                dissertation. Coursework generally contributes to
   6. The various approaches to research in       30% or 100%of the overall module mark with the
      accounting and finance (SB3.7)              examination , where used counting for 70%
   7. The application of different models and
      methods applied to solve problems in
      accounting and finance (SB3.7)
   8. Interpretation of financial statements
      and international differences in
      financial reporting (SB3.7)
   9. Quantitative methods and their
      application to analysing financial data
      (SB3.7, SB3.10)

   Skills and Other Attributes
   B. Intellectual skills:
   1. Critical thinking and creativity.           Teaching/Learning
        Including the capability to identify      Lead lectures; tutor-led seminars; self directed
        assumptions, evaluate statements,         learning facilitated by study guides and web
        and generalise appropriately (SB3.10)     based material, problem based learning
   2. Ability to solve complex problems and       scenarios; role play exercises; debates; student-
        make decisions (SB3.10)                   centred mentoring; individual and group research
   3. Ability to select, organise, develop and    and project.
        synthesise complex material (SB3.10)
   4. Analytical skills necessary for the
        analysis of problems and the              Assessment
        identification of appropriate             Written examination papers (time-constrains);
        solutions.(SB3.10)                        coursework essays, reports and computational
   5. Ability to plan work and study              questions, seminar contribution, presentations,
        independently and use relevant            dissertation. Coursework generally contributes to
        resources in a away which reflects        30% or 100%of the overall module mark with the
        best current practice and anticipated     examination , where used counting for 70%
        future practice.(SB3.10)
   6. Plan, structure, and produce a
        dissertation (SB3.10)


   C. Subject-specific skills: These should
       include practice and professional skills
1. 1. Ability to interpret financial statements   Teaching/Learning
       (SB3.7)                                    Lead lectures; tutor-led seminars; self directed
   2. Problem solving and decision making;        learning facilitated by study guides and web
       establishing criteria and applying         based material, problem based learning
       appropriate decision techniques            scenarios; role play exercises; debates; student-
       including identifying, formulating and     centred mentoring; individual and group research
       solving problems.(SB3.7, SB3.10)           and project.
   3. Numeracy and quantitative skills
       (SB3.10)




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4. Ability to undertake research in           Assessment
   International accounting and finance       Written examination papers (time-constrains);
   issues (SB3.7)                             coursework essays, reports and computational
5. Ability to analyse important issues        questions, seminar contribution, presentations,
   relevant for companies financial           dissertation. Coursework generally contributes to
   decisions (SB3.7, SB3.9)                   30% or 100%of the overall module mark with the
                                              examination , where used counting for 70%

D. Transferable skills:
1. Development of numeracy and                Teaching/Learning
   quantitative skills(SB 3.10)               Lead lectures; tutor-led seminars; self directed
2. Communication skills; listening, oral,     learning facilitated by study guides and web
   and written communication using a          based material, problem based learning
   range of media(SB 3.10)                    scenarios; role play exercises; debates; student-
3. Effective use of communication and         centred mentoring; individual and group research
   Information technology(SB 3.10)            and project.
4. Ability to undertake independence and
   self manages learning (SB 3.10)
5. Capacity for self development and       Assessment
   continuous learning. (SB 3.10)          Written examination papers (time-constrains);
                                           coursework essays, reports and computational
                                           questions, seminar contribution, presentations,
                                           dissertation. Coursework generally contributes to
                                           30% or 100%of the overall module mark with the
                                           examination , where used counting for 70%
For more information on which modules provide which skills, see the module mapping.

13. Programme structures and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards
The Master’s in International Accounting & Finance programme is part of a suite of the Masters
in Finance programme and is run over 12 months. The programme comprises 7 core and
compulsory modules, and a choice of electives.
The programme is divided into two clear stages. In Stage 1 students undertake all the taught
modules (core, compulsory and electives). On completion of Stage 1, a progression board of
examiners will decide whether candidates may proceed to Stage 2 comprising the Dissertation.
Students will be required to take 3 Optional Modules.
Students successfully completing Stage 1 of the programme who do not complete, or who fail
to achieve passes in the Dissertation, will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma, provided they
obtain 120 credits in the taught elements of the course. A Postgraduate Certificate may be
awarded on achievement of 60 credits.
Code       Title                                    Level          Credits       Term/s
Stage 1
Required Modules
CB8005 Research Methods                             M              15            1
CB937      Financial and Management                 M              15            1
           Accounting
XX000      Foundations of Finance                   M              15            1
XX000      Quantitative Methods                     M              15            1
XX000      Derivative and Risk Management           M              15            2
XX000      International Financial Reporting        M              15            1/2
XX000      International Money and Finance          M              15            1/2
Optional Modules
CB8002 Social Responsibility Accounting             M              15            2
CB9036 Corporate Finance                            M              15            2
CB965      Data Modelling                           M              15            2
CB8004 Auditing                                     M              15            2
XX000      International Management                 M              15            2

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           Accounting
CB934      Strategic Management                     M            15             2
Stage 2
           Dissertation                             M            45             3

14. Work-Based Learning
Where relevant to the programme of study, provide details of any work-based learning
element, inclusive of employer details, delivery, assessment and support for students
 There is no work-based learning element which constitutes a formal part of this programme

15. Support for Students and Their Learning
Support for students will be provided for via a variety of mechanisms, including:
 An Induction programme
 Programme and module guides
 On line access to the University’s library and to relevant websites
 English language support for non-native speakers
 Central support services of the university and the Business School
 An academic support system giving advise on programme structure, academic difficulties,
    progression route and individual progress
 Contact with academic staff, during tuition, during office hours, and via telephone and e-
    mail contact
 The programme VLE and the learning material that it contains
 Contact with the programme director
 Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
 Careers advisory service
 The provision of feedback on learning tasks both group and individual


16. Entry Profile For fuller information, please refer to the University prospectus
    Minimum requirements
    An upper second class degree from a United Kingdom or other approved university, or an
    equivalent professional qualification

International applicants
In order to enter the programme you also need to demonstrate your proficiency in English and
we ask for one of the following:
Average 6.5 in IELTS test, minimum of 6.5 in each aspect
A TOEFL score of at least 600 (written test) or 250 (computer test)

What does this programme have to offer?
 Allow students to develop their studies in the field of International Accounting and finance
  by providing an excellent education in the core principles and practices within accounting
  and finance
 The development of a broad range of skills that are sought after by employers

Personal Profile
 Good English communication skills
 A commitment to independent and supported learning
 Suitable levels of numeracy: A first degree with a sufficient numerate component, i.e.,
   Foundation of Statistics, Inferential Statistics, Calculus and Linear Algebra. The Director of
   Studies will discuss and advise with the applicant.
 A willingness to develop knowledge and understanding across all aspects of International
   accounting and finance
 A commitment to develop knowledge skills in order to analyse issues in the field of
   accounting and finance

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17. Methods for evaluating and enhancing the quality and standards of teaching and
    learning
Mechanisms for review and evaluation of teaching, learning, assessment, the
curriculum and outcome standards
 An online bulletin board that enables issues of general concern to be raised by individual
    students and dealt with during the module
 Student evaluation of all modules (on-line evaluation for web-based modules)
 Reports to Postgraduate Staff/Student Consultative Committee
 Reports to MSc Finance Board of Studies
 Reports to the Departmental Learning and Teaching Committee
 Annual reports on modules and programmes
 External examiners’ reports
 Periodic programme review
 Annual staff appraisal
 Peer observation of all staff, including part time staff
 Reports to the Kent Business School Advisory Board
 QAA scrutiny
 Team teaching, including outside speakers
 Moderation of ‘on-line’ learning

Committees with responsibility for monitoring and evaluating quality and standards
 Postgraduate Staff/Student Consultative Committee
 MSc Finance Board of Studies
 Departmental Learning and Teaching Committee
 Faculty Graduate Studies Committee
 Learning and Teaching Board
 MSc Finance Board of Examiners
 Kent Business School Advisory Board
Mechanisms for gaining student feedback on the quality of teaching and their learning
experience
 An online bulletin board that enables issues of general concern to be raised by individual
   students and dealt with during the module
 Student evaluation of all modules (on-line evaluation for web-based modules)
 Student membership of Postgraduate Staff/Student Consultative Committee
 Student membership of MSc Finance Board of Studies
 Student membership of KBS Learning & Teaching Committee
 Student membership of Faculty Graduate Studies Committee
 Student membership of University Learning & Teaching Board
Staff development priorities include:
 New appointees are expected at Senior lecturer / Professorial level The development of
   staff to support web-based learning
 The development of research capability through the setting up of individual research plans
   that must meet targets for research development, research seminar organisation etc.
 The development of supervisory capacity to cope with Dissertations, projects etc.
 Dissemination of good practice arising from peer teaching observations and departmental
   staff development

18. Indicators of quality and standards
 KBS is a member of the Association of Business Schools
 The programme conforms to the QAA Benchmark Statements for Masters degrees in
    business and management (Section 3.1 ‘Skills for all Masters programmes’)
 KBS was subject to a Discipline Audit Trail as part of the QAA Institutional Audit of the
    University in March 2004.

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The following reference points were used in creating these specifications:
 Prospectuses of competitor business schools
 QAA Benchmark Statement for Masters degrees in business and management (Section 3.1
        ‘ Skills for all Masters programmes’)
 QAA Framework for HE Qualifications
 Kent Business School’s business plan
 The University Plan and Teaching and Learning Strategy




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