Masters Level Learning
This exciting unit is an introduction to the world of postgraduate study for all of our students. This unit brings together students that will have a wide range of prior educational and professional experiences. The focus of this unit will be on demonstrating how we can convert this wide range of experiences into the tools and capabilities needed to successfully engage in this postgraduate qualification. As such, it will incorporate encourage critical thinking and writing through a range of learning and teaching approaches. At the end of this unit, all students, regardless of their prior academic experiences, should feel more confident in their ability to engage with a postgraduate qualification in Accounting, Finance and Banking.
This unit explores the fundamental role of financial awareness for strategic decision making in an organisation. When large companies like Apple, Alibaba or Nike make announcements about new products, services or expansions, consumers and the markets tend to get very excited. However, as financial experts, we tend to be more focused on how these companies intend to fund such activity. This unit will help you to better understand the background to such decisions. It will investigate the competing demands of stakeholders (such as investors, lenders and customers) and demonstrate how decisions are made in relation to strategic financial management.
Every day, in every market, organisations are making these decisions. This unit will give you the knowledge and understanding needed to appreciate how these decisions are made and what potential implications might arise as a result. It will utilise current and emerging case studies that reflect the theory being analysed within the unit.
Critical Perspectives of Ethics and Sustainability
For many involved in the corporate environment, the role of the company has traditionally been viewed as that of maximising shareholder wealth. However, in recent years, organisations have faced increasing scrutiny regarding their ethical behaviour and social responsibility.
This unit provides an exciting opportunity to blend ethical and social responsibility theory with the practices we are witnessing in organisations across the globe currently.
It explores the impact of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Integrated Reporting on organisational behaviour. In particular, it challenges students to reflect on their own positioning regarding these powerful topics and explores the extent to which organisations are truly engaging in ethical practices. To achieve this, the unit looks at the varying levels of socially responsible practices evidenced in organisations and examines the motivations behind these. As such, a range of case studies from recognised, and lesser well-known companies are explored.
Extended Research Proposal/Dissertation
In this unit, students are expected to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of their achievements and conclusions. This project is split into two different assessment points to allow for targeted activity and feedback to be utilised in specific timeframes.
This unit presents a particularly exciting opportunity for students to engage in some independent research, with the support of a dedicated supervisor. The chosen topic will be one that interests and challenges you. If you were intrigued by the social responsibility practices of organisations or fascinated by the dividend decisions made by top management teams, this is your chance to explore these areas in further detail. Perhaps, you’ve figured out where you want to focus your graduate career and accordingly engage in some independent study related to that position.
As you will be supported by a dedicated dissertation supervisor, you can run ideas and drafts past this person. You can also avail of a wide variety of workshops to support this independent study. But above all, you will be able to develop a whole range of skills that you should feel confident of when seeking future graduate positions.
Performance Management and Control
Whether you work directly in a finance function or not, understanding the internal financing system of any company is essential to individuals at any level of an organisation. To build this knowledge, you need to understand how organisations link finance and performance. Being in the know around performance management and control, provides managers with confidence when they need to make decisions and interact with others regarding finances in the organisation. To that end, this unit will demonstrate the real-world application of strategic management accounting tools and techniques. As always, this will be achieved by encouraging students to review organisational activity and theory. We will explore traditional tools and techniques and their more contemporary counterpart and look at what is actually used in practice, and why.
Corporate Strategy is not a new concept, however, in a global environment where disruptive models appear to be winning out and traditional theory is being challenged, this unit explores the extent to which the strategic tools and techniques normally employed by organisations continue to be effective. The range of strategic activities engaged with in practice will be explored and discussions will be facilitated by relying on exciting business cases and examples. We will also continue to explore whether so called ‘traditional theories’ have really lost their impact. This unit will give you an exciting opportunity to evaluate your approach to strategic decision making and test your ability to identify and capture all the challenges and opportunities available in a global economic environment.