More information about the Accounting discipline

Accountancy is the process of communicating financial information about a business entity to relevant users. One of the vital skills here is selecting the information that is relevant to your audience and communicating financial statements clearly.

Accounting can be divided into two major fields; management accounting and financial accounting. Management accounting concentrates on reporting to people inside the business entity and provides information to employees, managers, owner-managers and auditors. Its main goal is to provide the management with a basis for making major decisions related to management and operations. Financial accounting, on the other hand, presents information to people outside the business entity such as potential shareholders, creditors (including banks or vendors), financial analysts, economists, and government agencies.

A career in accounting requires an aptitude for mathematics and the ability to analyze, compare and interpret facts and figures quickly. You must then be able to clearly communicate your results to clients and managers.

Suggested Study Programmes

  • Master in Accounting and Finance

    Our MSc Accounting and Finance is a unique programme which has been designed to provide you with the key knowledge and skills to enter a range of different careers in the fields of accountancy and finance. This programme is distinctive in that it is aligned to the Professional Level Syllabus of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and includes both accounting and finance modules meaning you will exit with a broad understanding of the contemporary issues across the disciplines helping to make you more employable.

  • Master in Finance and Management

    The MSc in Finance and Management is a one-year full-time course designed for both graduates looking to develop their knowledge of finance and management before seeking a first professional role, and for individuals who already have work experience in the area of finance or management and are looking to move ahead in their career.

  • Master in Research Master in Business Research (Finance & Accounting Track)

    The two-year ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research programme focuses on the development of academic competencies and skills on a personal level. This programme builds on a university Bachelor degree. You will be thoroughly trained in research methodology and techniques, as well as in your chosen field of expertise which will be required if you want to continue to the PhD stage of the programme.

  • Master in Professional Accounting

    There has never been a greater need for leadership and integrity in the accounting profession than now.

  • Master in Chicago Booth - Executive MBA

    Chicago Booth offers a complete range of Full-Time, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA, and Executive MBA programs. All programs offer the same powerful, effective business education that prepares you to solve the greatest business challenges. And each will transform the way you think about businessAll our programs offer the same degree, taught by the same world-class faculty, with the same peerless standard of quality. Only the format differs. You choose the one that meets your interests, goals, experience, and availability.

  • Master in Accounting

    Our Master of Science in Accounting program provides a unique advanced business education. This 37 to 39-hour program is non-thesis and offers you the opportunity to master the specialization of your choice. Through a combination of core courses, electives, and leadership development opportunities, your MS program develops and deepens the competencies needed in your career. A Master of Science (MS) degree can provide you with the foundation of knowledge and critical competencies you'll need throughout your career. An MS degree is the advanced degree of choice for those with specialized business career goals.

  • Master in Accounting

    The Ross Master of Accounting Program delivers the tools and cross-functional expertise you need to multiply your career options.

  • Master in Professional Accounting / Master of Business

    Are you passionate about accounting and want a strong foundation in business? To extend your business capabilities as well as obtain specialised accounting knowledge, the combined Master’s program in Professional Accounting and Business Administration is the program for you.

  • Master in Chicago Booth - Weekend MBA

    Chicago Booth offers a complete range of Full-Time, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA, and Executive MBA Programs. All programs offer the same powerful, effective business education that prepares you to solve the greatest business challenges. And each will transform the way you think about business.

  • Master in Finance (MFinc)

    As a graduate of the MFinc if you complete the Applied Project (BSNS 501) option you will have a wide range of career opportunities in commercial and investment banks, brokerage and investment firms, insurance companies, treasury departments of non-financial corporations, regulatory agencies, consulting and accounting firms. If on the other hand you complete the Research Project (BSNS 580) you will in addition have the ability to design and pursue a large project of independent research.



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