If you’re an ambitious financial manager ready to pursue your next career move, this course is for you. It bridges the gap between the technical skills of the accountant and the practical leadership skills needed to succeed in a senior managerial role.
Relevant to professionals working in the public and private sector alike, it is particularly valuable if you are:
A qualified accountant and feel you’ve reached a ‘glass ceiling’. You’ll gain critical skills throughout the course which will set you apart from others.
An aspiring or current senior finance manager keen to progress your career to reach chief financial officer level or the equivalent. You may have extensive financial knowledge acquired through experience, but no professional accounting qualifications.
Senior finance managers are increasingly seen as key drivers for creating value, implementing and actively informing strategy. To be effective at this level it’s vital to understand the organisation’s vision and lead across different functions.
Full time participants wishing to obtain the Masters award will:
be managers who have two to three years’ work experience in a finance role, and/or
may hold a 2.2 bachelors in any Accounting & Finance related degree, and /or
may be part or fully qualified/associates of a professional accounting body e.g. Part/fully qualified CPA Australia/ACCA /CIMA/CIPFA/ICAEW/ICAS and ICS.
We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages as long as they can be considered adequately prepared to be successful on the programme.
Prepare you for senior finance roles, equipped with a highly marketable combination of strategic finance and leadership skills
Enable you to make a more substantial contribution to the commercial and operational areas of your organisation
Give you a flexible route to a highly regarded masters qualification - with intensive blocks of study taking place over six weekends
Accounting at Derby is recognised as being one of the best courses in the UK. In the Guardian League Table 2015, Accounting and Finance at Derby is ranked in the top four of all Midlands universities, and 26th nationally. In the National Student Survey 2014, Accounting at Derby is 2nd in the UK for personal development and 3rd for academic support.
The programme is designed to accommodate the needs of participants who have existing work commitments. It will be delivered over a series of six, three day weekends (Friday-Sunday), with an interval of approximately eight to ten weeks between each session. The programme duration is eighteen months and its delivery will follow the below structure:
There is one 40 credit module, to be delivered over the first two of the weekend sessions, followed by three, 20 credit modules, to be delivered over the next three weekend sessions. The personal leadership 20 credit module will run alongside the weekend delivery sessions to ensure essential leadership content and lessons are appropriately integrated.The final stage of the programme is a 60 credit independent study module. The modules prior to this and specific independent study related sessions are built into the final weekend to ensure the participant is adequately prepared for the last stage of the programme.
You will cover:
Corporate Financial Strategy
Leading and Managing the Finance Function
The programme is designed to provide you with the academic and practical skills to; progress your career to a senior finance manager role and through the combination of finance and leadership competencies developed within the programme, become more noticeable as a manager who can lead with a financial perspective.
On successful graduation you will be better qualified to apply for more senior roles within your current organisation or others.
The masters will enable you to be more marketable and noticeable in the workplace. In particular the PDP and mentoring elements of the programme will be very useful to you when you are making future career decisions. You will be much more self-aware of your personal skill set and this will enable you to take a more strategic overview of your personal career development.
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