An Accounting & Finance degree focuses on the management of monetary resources available to an organization. Such a degree is aimed at students who want to pursue careers in investment analysis, management, banking, auditing, consulting and financial management. It teaches students how to assess the assets and liabilities of an organization financially and manage the financial risk of their activity.
Accounting & Finance covers the core areas of financial accounting, management accounting and finance but also includes other aspects of the business activity, such as financial management and control, corporate finance, company accounts, investment and business law. Optional module options provided by different universities around the world often allow students to specialize in a particular area such as auditing, taxation, etc.
The completion of an Accounting & Finance degree comes along with numerous benefits. Students develop strong analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are highly demanded by employers in both the private and the public sector and result in graduates often finding employment in large multinational organizations that offer professional services such as PwC, KPMG and Deloitte. On top of that, established companies around the world offer excellent and well-structured graduate schemes, which help Accounting & Finance graduates to kick-start their careers.
Accounting & Finance degrees are mostly practically oriented. They allow students to put the knowledge and skills they acquire on a daily basis to practice through simulated and real-life business accounts management and work placement opportunities.
Most Accounting & Finance degrees are professionally accredited by professional bodies, such as ACCA, AIA, CIMA, ICAEW and CIPFA, which provides students with the opportunity to become chartered accountants. Students gain professional qualifications in accountancy, which eliminates the need for additional certifications after graduation.
Due to the nature of the Accounting & Finance Degree, which complements business-related subjects, students often have the opportunity to complete a joint honours degree.
An Accounting & Finance degree’s duration varies depending on the country and degree level. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting & Finance can be completed in three years. However, universities also offer students the option to take a sandwich course, which allows them to undertake a year-long placement between their second and third year, which extends the course to four years. Four years is the regular time of completion of this degree in other countries, such as the United States.
The first year of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance introduces the core principles of accounting and finance, including financial accounting, management accounting and finance as well as economics and business law. The second year’s focus is usually on managerial and business economics, financial control, corporate finance and company accounts, but optional modules might enable students to pursue their interests in other aspects of Accounting & Finance such as auditing or strategic business analysis. At this point, students studying at Higher Education Institutions in the UK could choose to take an industry placement in order to apply the theoretical concepts and the acquired knowledge to practice in the professional environment. The next stage of this degree is dedicated to further-developing students’ knowledge of financial and management accounting. Optional modules might enable students to specialize in a particular area of their choice such as auditing or taxation in some countries like the UK.
Masters’ degrees in Accounting & Finance usually take between 12 and 18 months to complete depending on the country that students choose for their studies.
Research-based degrees, such as MPhil and PhD, can take anywhere between 1 and 7 years depending on the country and type of degree. MPhil degrees in Accounting & Finance in the UK usually take 12 months if it is studied full-time and 24 months for part-time studies. PhD degrees in the UK, on the other hand, take about 36 months to complete if studying full-time and 72 months for a part-time program. In the US, students may be required to dedicate between 4 and 7 years on their degree.
MSc Corporate Financial Management is one of the top-class programs at SKEMA.
The campus and culture are truly global and the professors are well qualified.
The course contents are very beneficial in a future career.
Any student coming here would be more than satisfied and excited to be here.
International experience (I had an amazing experience in the China’s campus and i got to learn Mandarin) – fun student life – great career opportunities and good career advisors – good quality of coursesView more
Skema Business School is a quite good school, presents all around the world (China, USA, Bresil, South Africa) with very interesting and diversified programs. The quality of teaching is good, particularly within the international campuses.
However, the French bureaucracy is sometimes very present and there is a lack of flexibility from the Skema staff to understand our situation. Besides, the student life is less developed than in other schools (there are less student associations for instance).
Skema is a quite good school amongst business schools. But there is a lack of flexibility sometimes from the staff. Skema is supposed to be a business school like the American business schools (same programs, masters, etc) but in reality, the French bureaucracy is an issue.
Moreover, the new Paris based campus is supposed to be the main campus in France with the most important programs taught. But for now, it is still the Sophia based campus where there is a major part of the programs. It is an issue because the campus is very far away in France.
Nevertheless, the teachers are very good, particularly in the international campuses.
Skema is actually an international school : you can study in the 7 campus of the university (China, Brazil, France, United States and South Africa). Good teachers and the school forces us to do several internships in France and abroad. A lot of activities with other students and an excellent academic courses.View more
I am currently in a Specialized Masters in Wealth Management in sandwich courses. The lessons given by SKEMA are very enriching. Being in a specialized Masters, each course will be of great help in my professional career. The speakers are very competent, they are not just teachers, they know their chosen field and know how to share their know-how. It is a very good school that I recommend.View more