Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

International Accounting

This is an innovative course based on the research expertise of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group. It was created in response to the increasing recognition of the need to set the theory and practice of accounting in the context of its social, political, natural and cultural environments. This internationally focused course would suit individuals who wish to enhance their understanding of accounting whether they are from academic or business background in management or accounting equally as those from other disciplines. International Accounting is a rapidly developing field, which has grown in conjunction with globalisation and an increasing awareness of the need to set the theory and practice of accounting in the context of its social, political, economic, natural and cultural environments. The programme draws upon the extensive research and teaching expertise of our management and economics academics. You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in the theory and practice of international financial accounting and in the context of society. You will also have a critical awareness of issues in management accounting together with an understanding of related social, organisational and international influences. The course covers performance management and investment appraisal in an international context, perspectives on culture, control and accountability, the transition to a knowledge and service-based business environment and empirical studies of differences in management accounting across countries. On graduating you will have transferable skills including the ability to critically evaluate accounting documents and relevant academic literature, employ different research methodologies, evaluate and employ a variety of accounting-based techniques as well as write reports, give presentations and work as a team. - Strong career prospects in the finance and commercial areas; increasing globalisation means that organisations value graduates with knowledge and understanding of contemporary international accounting who have also reflected on its broader setting and implications. - Flexibility to tailor your studies to suit your specific areas of interest, such as: comparative international accounting, creative accounting and impression management and sustainability and accounting. - Outstanding research; Royal Holloway sits in the top 25 per cent of UK universities for research which is rated as 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent' - Inspiring international community; 60% of our Management students come from overseas and the 8,500 students at Royal Holloway, University of London are from 130 countries.

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.

Relevant professional accounting qualifications and experience in an associated area will be considered.

IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other subscores. If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

The MSc in International Accounting is suitable for you:

- If you have an academic backgrounds in business, management or accounting and wish to advance your accounting knowledge and explore more specialized areas of accounting which are not always available at undergraduate level.

- If you have graduated from another discipline, whether arts, sciences or social sciences, and wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification which will enhance your understanding of accounting issues within organizations. The MSc aims to act as a bridge between a humanities or science degree and a career in accounting, business, or the not-for-profit sector.

Students without a Management-based first degree can take the 'Foundations of Modern Management' unit during Induction Week.

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master's Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

Course modules

International Financial Accounting, International Management Accounting, Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods and Dissertation in an Accounting-Related Area. A range of optional modules are also available.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 17,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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