International Accounting and Corporate Governance MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

This course brings into focus the themes of:

  • sustainability
  • ethics
  • corporate and social responsibility.

You gain a rigorous foundation in the application and critical evaluation of management accounting, and the regulation and content of International Accounting Standards.

You also develop the managerial and technical analytical skills required by employers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Why choose this course?

  • Business and economics at Sussex is ranked in the top 50 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018).
  • Our courses are carefully designed to prepare you for senior roles in finance and management.
  • Studying with people from all over the world will give you the expertise and confidence to do global business.
I was encouraged to think critically and independently in my tutorial groups. This has helped me in my work as a researcher and analyst.”Francis Fairhead
International Accounting and Corporate Governance MSc

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should include modules in accounting. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Pre-Masters

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out about Pre-Masters routes

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at bmec@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the spring and summer terms, you work on a research-based dissertation. A research methods module runs throughout the year.

Assessment is through coursework, essays, group and individual reports, and presentations. There are also unseen examinations.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Find out about studying business and management at Sussex, including finance, banking, logistics and entrepreneurship

Our experts

The MSc is an opportunity to explore accountancy and governance issues in the 21st century. Students develop a unique perspective on accounting, organisations and society.”Professor Alan Sangster
Course Director, International Accounting and Corporate Governance
Prof Katie Bailey

Prof Katie Bailey

Professor Of Management

Research interests

Change Management, employee engagement, gender and employment, HRM in the public sector, Human resource management, knowledge-intensive firms, meaningful work, strategic human resource management

View Katie Bailey's profile

Dr Bruce Hearn

Dr Bruce Hearn

Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance

Research interests

Corporate finance, corporate governance, Finance, Financial Management

View Bruce Hearn's profile

Dr Norifumi Kawai

Dr Norifumi Kawai

Senior Lecturer in International Business

Research interests

corporate social responsibility, expatriate management, global strategy, managerial economics, strategic human resource management

View Norifumi Kawai's profile

Dr Andreas Kornelakis

Dr Andreas Kornelakis

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

Banking Sector, Collective Bargaining, Comparative Studies, Employee Voice, Europe, Flexibility, Human resource management, Labour relations, Pay Determination, Pay Systems, Political economy, Telecommunications, Work

View Andreas Kornelakis's profile

Dr Mike Osborne

Dr Mike Osborne

Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance

Research interests

Capital budgeting, Corporate finance, Finance, Fixed income mathematics, Interest rates, Investment appraisal, Project analysis, Retail finance, Time value of money

View Mike Osborne's profile

Dr Dimitra Petrakaki

Dr Dimitra Petrakaki

Reader in Information Systems

Research interests

Information Systems, Information technology and organisational change, Organisational theory, Science And Technology Studies, Sociology, sociology of health, sociology of technology

View Dimitra Petrakaki's profile

Dr Josh Siepel

Dr Josh Siepel

Senior Lecturer in Management

Research interests

Design Innovation, Economics, Economics of Awards, Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy, Financing Innovation, Firm growth, Innovation Creativity and Design, Innovation policy issues, skills and employment, Small Business Policy, SMEs; SME finance; SME public policy

View Josh Siepel's profile

Dr Jie Wen

Dr Jie Wen

Lecturer in Finance

Research interests

Corporate finance, financial market microstructure, Financial regulation

View Jie Wen's profile

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 872668 
bmec@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Business, Management and Economics

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£10,600 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£10,600 per year
International students:
£17,900 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

This course opens up an array of career opportunities in management consultancy and international accountancy, as well as with large international financial bodies such as the World Trade Organization or the World Bank.

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work as financial analysts or controllers with companies such as Aviva and BMW, or work as consultants for a range of international and national partnerships.

Others have taken up management positions in the public sector. Some are pursuing doctoral studies at other prestigious universities. 

Graduate destinations

95% of students from the Department of Business and Management were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • payments coordinator, American Express
  • accountant, Focus
  • management information analyst, Credit Suisse.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Corporate and International Finance

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module covers the most important topics in corporate finance such as: capital investment decision-taking; financing andcapital structure; risk management; and portfolio theory. You will then analyse issues in international finance including: models of exchange rates; efficiency in foreign exchange markets; monetary unions; and international financial crises.

Global Business

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module widens the perspective of aspiring managers regarding the strategic implications of global change. This facilitates more informed strategic planning and implementation within companies.

It's introductory and wide-ranging in scope, with a balance between theory and practice. Seminars place an emphasis on contemporary case studies.

Institutions in the Global Financial Market

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module examines the role played by financial institutions in the global market structure and in particular the ways in which these institutions manage risk in their investments, with particular focus on management of operational risk.

You will address investment banking and the role banks and other actors such as rating agencies play in capital markets.

You undertake a detailed exploration of the nature of operational risk and the way risk management is practiced in financial services firms.

You compare and contrast the prevailing regulatory approaches, and will provide in-depth discussions of the prevailing international frameworks for regulating and managing operational risk.

There will also be a focus on the process of compliance with these regulations, which will be discussed using both lectures and case study material. The module will also include discussions of corporate scandals, the role of the financial media, and prospects for future regulations.

Issues in Financial Reporting

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

Financial accounting statements communicate information about organisations to users for the purposes of control, financial performance assessment and the valuation of companies. 

The module begins by discussing the demand and supply effects for financial statements from an agency theory perspective, which sets the scene for an understanding and critical evaluation of the IASB's conceptual framework for the preparation and presentation of financial statements. A short intensive review of accounting technique is provided in week two based on accruals, the accounting identity and the preparation of statements of comprehensive income and financial position statements. The module then reviews the accounting policies and critically evaluates the regulatory requirements for the preparation of financial statements in accordance with International Accounting Standards. The role and contribution of ratio analysis to the interpretation of financial information for investors and lenders is then discussed. The module continues by reviewing and discussing the topics of accounting for taxation in financial statements and the role of audit and concludes by discussing a range of accounting research methodologies. 

The aim of the module is to equip you with the technical skills to prepare financial statements of listed companies in accordance with the requirements of International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards and to analyse and discuss their usefulness for the purpose of investing and lending decisions and to provide a framework for understanding and evaluating the role of accounting regulation.

Management Accounting & Control

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The main aim of this module is for you to critically reflect on how and why management accounting techniques changed during the 20th century and beyond, the theoretical controversies explaining this, and the practical ramifications for designing and using management accounting systems. By the end of the module you will understand how and why:

  • traditional management accounting techniques such as product costing, budgeting, standard costing and economic theories of decision-making emerged during the twentieth century and their theoretical underpinnings in bureaucracy, Taylorism, mechanistic organisation, and economic rationality; and assess their applicability, strengths and weaknesses
  • new techniques of management accounting, including accounting for customers and flexible manufacturing, strategic management accounting, activity-based costing/management and balanced scorecards emerged, define their essential features, and assess their applicability, strengths and weaknesses 
  • new rational theories of management accounting have been developed, especially contingency and agency theory, to address limitations of traditional theories, and be able to assess their worth with respect to control system design and behavioural problems in specific circumstances
  • the theoretical assumptions of the above techniques and approaches have been criticised for their neglect of subjective, institutional, and political considerations, and the latters implications for identifying other roles and consequences of management accounting within organisations and society.

On completion you will have gained a basic understanding of most practical techniques of management accounting, including contemporary practices; how and why their multiple aims and the changing socio-economic environments in which they operate give rise to difficult design and operational decisions; and be able to analyse these practical issues using the major theories employed in contemporary management accounting research.

Accounting in Emerging Economies

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

International Financial Accounting 2 builds on International Financial Accounting 1. In the first part of the module we focus on the accounting concepts, evidence and regulatory issues for groups of companies, leases, cash flows and earnings per share in the context of providing decision useful information to users of financial statements. The second part of the module provides a theoretical and practical understanding of core financial accounting issues that are linked by market-based accounting research to explain security valuation and equity returns. 

The aim of the module is to review key topics in accounting for groups of companies and to develop a critical understanding of the role of accounting information in capital markets.

Corporate Governance

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module aims to introduce you to the roles and functions of boards of directors as well as the organisational structure of different types of firms, such as those within extended family networks and those of an entrepreneurial nature. This will involve developing understanding of information management systems and accounting techniques that assist effective board-level decision making as well as in the assessment of board and CEO effectiveness. The relevance of different boards structures will be discussed through a comparison of split boards and supervisory boards and the module will cover contemporary issues such as shareholder activism, the role of family and corporate block-shareholder control. Equally, the importance of worldwide differences in legal and institutional settings and their impact on corporate structure and governance will be discussed. While you will gain appreciation into contemporary issues effecting management structure of major corporations you will also be expected to apply this in real-life topical settings.

International Corporate Reporting

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module brings into focus, amongst other things, the reasons for international differences in financial reporting, the effects of fluctuating exchange rates and the effects of transfer pricing. Current debates will be examined and placed within appropriate contexts, both national and international. The module will provide you with the theoretical underpining to assess the impact of these issues on financial statements of multinational companies.

These outcomes are simultaneously achieved in the context of Multinational Enterprises and globalised regulatory environments.

The module will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in management or finance, and will develop the managerial skills required by employers in the private and public sectors. A distinctive feature of the course is the global perspective on the interactions beween business, management and finance, critical to the sustainability of the advanced economies and growth and development of emerging economies.

Research Methods (Finance, Accounting and Banking)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Provide students with the necessary training to undertake research.
Provide students with an understanding of the relevance and importance of alternative epistemological positions in the social sciences and the nature of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.
Develop students understanding of the nature of research in the social sciences by examining the study skills necessary to manage and undertake a research project.
Provide students with opportunities to be familiar with frontier empirical and theoretical research.
Provide students with a good foundation for undertaking a dissertation.

Research Project (International Accounting and Corporate Governance)

  • 30 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you carry out a research project - demonstrating that you know how to apply theories, conduct research at Masters level, and interpret and apply research findings.

You will explore a topic indepth, develop and test an hypothesis and evaluate a theory.

You also develop skills in:

  • critical analysis
  • interpretation
  • application.

During the module, you show that you can plan, conduct, analyse and interpret your research.

Accounting, Organisations and Society

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The major aims of this module are several. The first is to increase your knowledge of controversies over what constitutes legitimate accounting knowledge and practice, research methods, its social role, and how practice and policy, research, and methodological assumptions are intertwined. The second is to raise awareness of how and why accounting impacts constituencies beyond organisations and their management, and to evaluate possibilities of its reform in the public interest. The module is research led, entails considerable self-reflection and guided self-study, and is interdisciplinary in nature.

The module commences with an intensive lecture series (weeks one to four) that will outline why and how accounting research has adopted a variety of conflicting social science theories and methods, detail their fundamental assumptions and findings, and illustrate how they raise or cast fresh light on important issues on the role and effects of accounting upon individuals, organisations and society.

The second half of the module (weeks five to eight) will be less structured as you will embark on research essays chosen from a variety of topics drawn up by the course convenor. These may change over time due to faculty interests and expertise, your choices and preferences, and emergence of new issues. An indicative list would include: does accounting merit the status of a profession? Have accounting practices contributed to the rise of an `audit society'? Can accounting address issues of ecology and sustainability? Are the structures and processes of standard setting in the public interest? Are the assumptions of modern finance theory and positive accounting theory justifiable and why have they become influential and to what effect? Have accounting reforms in poor countries enhanced their economic development? Can accounting provide `a true and fair view'? To what extent is culture, either nationally or locally, important for the design and operation of accounting systems? Why is accounting integral to `New Public Sector' management and has its effects met the aims of policy-makers?

For the workshops you will be grouped according to common interests in a topic. The workshops will be relatively unstructured and devoted to refining individual essay titles/topics, advice on literature and searches, and helping you construct a suitable essay that should: identify and review a selection of significant research articles on their topic, compare and contrast their assumptions about ontology, epistemology, and involvement in social change; which topics they investigate, and their empirical findings on these and common topics, clearly justify and identify the methodological criteria adopted by the writer to evaluate this work and make reasoned and considered choices and recommendations for changed practices and policies or justify why they are unnecessary.

Bank Risk Management

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you study the different risk management techniques used to assess and control risk in the banking sector.

You look at:

  • Value-at-Risk (VaR)
  • risk control techniques including limit setting and risk budgeting
  • Debit and Credit Value Adjustments (DVA and CVA)
  • credit risk assessment
  • credit lines
  • bank stress tests, which are designed to detect weak spots in the banking system so that preventative action can be taken.

Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is aimed at students on the range of 'conversion' type of MSc programmes across the department and is delivered in the International Accounting and Governance programme as a core. The focus is on contemporary perspectives and practices within the broadly defined areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance.

The module starts from the premise that CSR is a contested, problematic and developing area of study. There is an acceptance that an understanding of ethical frameworks is required to inform debate on this subject and that research generated evidence and insights are necessary to substantiate assertion.

The focus is also practical, and you will individually undertake research into an organisation's orientation and practice towards its stakeholders. A critical and questioning approach to this will be encouraged and required to 'see beyond' the often platitudinous veneer that can characterise this relationship.

Throughout the module the emphasis will be on devloping your own coherent and informed view of matters such as corporate and governance, together with issues of professional ethics within a globalised context. In particular, we examine the extent to which corporate governance practices are moving towards convergence.

The coursework requires you to work individually to produce a case study analysis of contemporary stakeholder issues and to thereby further your understanding and exercise research skills and judgement. Supporting and underpinning this is a week by week seminar programme requiring you to ascertain and appreciate your own and others' 'ethical profiles', locate and interpret research-based insights and undertake case study analysis of organisational practices and professional ethical dilemmas.

An examination will test your grasp of relevant concepts, theory and ability to apply insights.

Entrepreneurial Finance

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides you with an understanding of the role finance plays in the survival and growth of small firms. It begins by discussing the challenges of characterising firm growth and how firms use capital to grow, drawing upon empirical evidence on the topic. It then covers the variety of sources firms may use for external capital, including (but not limited to) banks, business angels, venture capitalists and small cap stock markets, and how these investments are valued. It concludes by discussing differences in funding environments for small firms in different countries, and covers the challenges faced by policymakers in developing policy tools to provide support for small firms.

Globalisation and Integration

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module explores the globalisation and the integration of the business environment from a long-run perspective.

During the module, you chart the beginnings of the current wave of globalisation, in the mid to late 20th century and explores the various themes and forces that helped create a distinctive business environment by the early years of the 21st century.

You explore themes, including:

  • the divergence and integration within the global economy
  • globalisation of culture
  • the 'death of distance'
  • development of global value chains
  • technology and technology transfer
  • 'deep' integration and strategic alliances
  • the challenges and opportunities posed by shifts in demographic patterns.

You will consider several questions including: what is the significance of the 'Rest' catching-up with the 'West'? How does the global geography affect international firms? How significant is the emergence of multinationals from emerging markets? Do firms manage a 'global culture' or manage across cultures globally? What is the role of modern information and communication networks and technologies in the processes of globalisation. To what extent has location become irrelevant? 

The literature used for the course will allow you to critically engage with different research traditions, and to examine globalisation for the multifaceted phenomenon it is.

Information Systems and Management

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You study how Information Systems are used by organisations in commerical, public and voluntary sectors.

You explore how Information Systems, including cloud computing and social networking, link technology and business strategy, and help to provide sustainable competitive advantage to businesses.

You develop an understanding of the systems, technologies, concepts, tools, and frameworks needed to deploy, manage, and evaluate technology strategies, and processes, as well as the resources needed to gain competitive advantage.

Money and Banking

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you study: 

  • bond, stock and foreign currency markets
  • the role of banks and financial intermediation
  • competition and regulation in banking
  • financial crises
  • the role and policy tools of central banks
  • the role of money and banks in the broader economy.

Multinational Financial Management

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The main aim of this module is to evaluate the financial decision-making of companies operating internationally, providing an understanding of global capital markets, in the context of international trade patterns, international monetary systems, exchange rate regimes and foreign exchange markets, as well as tax rules and legal and institutional complexities. You will also develop competences in the appraisal of international capital expenditure choices and in the effective implementation of multinational management control systems. In addition, the module considers the political risks faced by multinational enterprises, including firm-specific risk, country risk, and global risk, together with an assessment of the origins and repercussions of the current credit crisis, including the international scale of securitization, and the impact of market failure in international interbank markets on multinational financial management.

Summary outline: currency regimes and markets and the management of foreign exchange risk; measuring and managing exchange exposure; international financing and capital market integration; the cost of capital for foreign investments; capital budgeting for the multinational corporation; working capital management; taxation and transfer pricing; country risk analysis and the implications of the financial crisis of 2007-09 and module resumé.

The Business Context in East Asia

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The main aims of this module are to explore the international business environment in East Asia, to provide an overview of the various East Asian economies, their interrelationship, and their importance in the world economy, and to examine the lessons which may be drawn both from the economic success of the East Asian economies, and from the Asian financial crisis.

The Business Context in Europe

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The main aims of this module are to explore the international business environment in Europe, to provide an overview of the various European economies, their inter-relationships, and their importance in the world economy. Attention will be paid not just to the major member States of the European Union, but to newer member States and other European economies.

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