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    Accounting and Finance (BA Hons)

    Accounting and finance professionals play a vital role in today's economy. Our degree is for aspiring accountants wishing to build a successful career in the profession.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      In today’s complex business world, there is a growing need for Finance and Accounting professionals to ensure that organisations optimise their finite resources in the most productive way. Without these highly-trained professionals, organisations run the risk of getting into serious financial difficulties. At Middlesex University Mauritius, we provide the BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance to cater for the need of well-rounded finance professionals, both for the requirements of the country and for the surrounding countries, especially in Africa, which is fast developing.

      Our Accounting & Finance graduates have been successful in pursuing their careers at several of the Big Four firms, as well as other organisations. The strong grounding of this programme ensures that our graduates are able to work in various sectors such as the Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing, and Tourism & Hospitality as well as pursue a career in Audit.

    • Course Highlights

      • You will gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of accounting and finance and learn to understand management concepts within an international business context.
      • By studying BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance, students will upon graduation, receive a number of exemptions from leading professional accounting bodies such as the ACCA, CIMA and the ICAEW among others.
      • Throughout your time, you will develop a set of interpersonal and transferable skills such as working in teams, presentation skills, analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities. You will develop your numerical as well as written and verbal skills, ensuring you have the required communication skills to perform effectively in a business environment.

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    What will you study on the BA Accounting and Finance?

    Our three-year degree covers the key areas of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Finance, Taxation and Business Law. You will also choose from an extensive range of modules that explore the broader business environment, and gain an understanding of the pivotal role of accounting to the success of organisations across the globe.

    • Modules (Year 1)

      • Financial accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module is an introduction to bookkeeping and financial accounting. Its main aim is to provide students with knowledge of the basic techniques and skills required to record transactions by the method known in accounting as “double entry” and then prepare a set of single company accounts based on those records. Further, it aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to interpret financial statements prepared by others, including real company financial statements.

      • Corporate Responsibility and Ethics (15 credits) - Compulsory

        This module introduces the concepts of corporate responsibility and business ethics. It aims to introduce knowledge of key stakeholders, together with the rights and responsibilities that businesses have in connection with them. It explores external influences that affect a business in its environment and examines how behaviour at all levels within business should be underpinned by accepted professional ethics and professional values. The module also provides an opportunity to research and debate how a business should respond to ethical concerns and how it should discharge its corporate responsibility.

      • Accounting Information Systems (15 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to introduce students to the significant role accounting information plays in each fundamental business transaction process. Students will learn to analyse and handle information using accounting systems and advanced IT techniques.

      • Financial Business Environment (15 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to provide students with an understanding of economics from a business perspective. This includes an understanding of how competition, the behaviour of the financial markets and government economic policy can influence an organisation as well as providing the ability to apply economic theory in both microeconomic and macroeconomic contexts.

      • Financial Data Analysis (15 credits) - Compulsory

        This module provides a thorough grounding of the basic statistical methods and computer software for the analysis and presentation of accounting and economic data. It caters for those with some prior mathematical knowledge, and while you are expected to complete mathematical calculations by hand and using a computer, the emphasis is on the interpretation and communication of quantitative results.

    • Modules (Year 2)

      • Applied Financial Accounting OR Advanced Financial Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

        Applied Financial Accounting

        This module aims to develop your knowledge of financial accounting techniques and practices by introducing issues which involve more than one possible accounting treatment and examining the impact of international regulatory frameworks. You are encouraged to adopt a critical attitude to the quality of corporate reporting, particularly in areas of non-mandatory narrative disclosures such as corporate social responsibility and governance.

        Please note that you will either complete this module OR the Advanced Financial Accounting module depending on your results in the Financial Accounting module of Year 1.

        Advanced Financial Accounting

        This module enables you to extend your knowledge of the principles and techniques used in financial accounting and reporting. You will develop the ability to understand and critically analyse key techniques and practices within the framework of financial accounting and reporting. You will also develop and refine your transferable skills, including communication, presentation skills, critical analysis, time management and team-working.

      • Applied Management Accounting OR Advanced Management Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

        Applied Management Accounting

        This module examines the application of management accounting information and its influence on management behaviour and decision making. It will provide you with an opportunity to apply, interpret and analyse management accounting techniques and will enable you to consider their wider and strategic uses. The module will explore the impact on organisations of strategic issues of contemporary management accounting.

        Please note that you will either complete this module OR the Advanced Management Accounting module depending on your results in the Management Accounting module of Year 1.

        Advanced Management Accounting

        This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the management accounting techniques and practices available today and the development of recent advances in methods of overhead cost allocation to reflect the changing nature of modern business.

      • Business Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module will examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. The first part of the module sets the context and provides essential material on English Business law (English Legal system, Contract, Tort & Employment) whilst the second part covers Company law and Corporate Governance.

      • Financial Mathematics (30 credits) - Optional

        This module explores the mathematics that underlies financial processes and financial decision making, and complements the study of these areas in economics and accounting. Specific areas include probability, extending interest ideas to annuities and bonds, modelling financial data using time series models and Markov chains, applying discrete methods for option pricing, and using utility to make decisions in risky environments.

      • Operations Management (30 credits) - Optional

        This module aims to broaden and expand your knowledge of the concepts and techniques required for the design, operation and control of business processes. Cases and practical exercises are relevant to a variety of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations. The module builds on the IT and quantitative skills developed in the first year.

      • Financial Project Management (30 credits) - Optional

        This module aims to introduce the techniques and practices in project management. The first part of the module is designed to examine the conceptual framework and key theories that underpins each phase of project management. The second part critically evaluates project optimisation mechanisms and explores ethical issues in project management. You will have the opportunity to manage a simulated project throughout the time of this module.

      • Personal Financial Behaviour (30 credits) - Optional

        The aim of the first part of this module is to introduce a variety of personal finance products and issues so as to increase your financial literacy. The second part will give you an understanding of personal financial behaviour. This includes an understanding of how market anomalies, financial bubbles, fake news and manipulations in financial markets can influence individual financial decision making as well as providing the ability to apply cognitive and emotional behaviour biases in irrational behaviour contexts.

    • Modules (Year 3)

      • Taxation (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to introduce you to UK personal and business taxation. It deals with the fundamental principles of UK tax law and practice, including the computation of tax liabilities. This leads you to tackle more complex computational problems and to identify tax planning opportunities. You are also introduced to tax software packages, and gain hands-on experience of their use.

      • Corporate Finance (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to provide you with a conceptual understanding of contemporary corporate finance and the practical tools and techniques for the financial decision-making process. The module explores the main aspects of financial management, including capital budgeting and investment decision-making, capital structure and finance decision-making, and working capital management. It will enable you to form a critical appreciation of the link between accounting and finance, and the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour.

      • Accounting Theory (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module examines accounting theory and its influence in accounting. The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to evaluate and apply different strands of accounting theory to research in accounting. The first part of the module is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of philosophical debates connected to the generation of knowledge, whilst connecting such debates to those currently employed in accounting. The second part module enables you to undertake a research investigation into an accounting area.

      • Corporate Finance (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to provide you with a conceptual understanding of contemporary corporate finance and the practical tools and techniques for the financial decision-making process. The module explores the main aspects of financial management, including capital budgeting and investment decision-making, capital structure and finance decision-making, and working capital management. It will enable you to form a critical appreciation of the link between accounting and finance, and the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour

      • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation (30 credits) - Optional

        This module aims to provide you with the tools for the analysis of financial information, in particular for the purpose of business valuation. In doing so, you will become familiar with how investors and corporate financiers utilise financial and non-financial information in corporate reports.

      • Corporate Accountability (30 credits) - Optional

        The module provides you with an understanding of the concepts and key issues in corporate governance and corporate accountability. You will also get an overview of the high profile cases of corporate failure and analyse them from corporate governance perspective. By extending the traditional corporate governance theoretical framework to address broader corporate social responsibility issues, you will understand the significance of corporate transparency and accountability in modern corporations.

      • Audit and Assurance (30 credits) - Optional

        This module aims to develop knowledge of the purpose and need for auditing of financial statements. You will understand some of the theoretical contexts of auditing and to develop an ability to evaluate the use of modern auditing techniques in a variety of practical situations. You will learn how to develop and apply audit strategies and learn the practical application of Auditing Standards ISAs.

      • Investment Analysis (30 credits) - Optional

        This module aims to develop your knowledge of modern investment theory and practice. A detailed study of classic portfolio theory provides the basis for an appreciation of, and further investigation into, themes that are currently at the forefront of reflection and research in investment theory, including sceptical views of the classic paradigm whose status has been boosted by the international banking crisis that began in 2008. In tandem with a critical approach to theory, the module offers insights into the quantitative methods (and supporting technology) that are used to inform the construction and management of investment portfolios. Furthermore the module analyses institutional, product and technological innovation in the sphere of investment management, particularly in relation to a heightened concern with risk control, market liquidity and disclosure of information.

      • International Leadership (30 credits) - Optional

        This module aims to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on leadership. It will explore key concepts which present the complexity of leadership effectiveness in the 21st Century which include communication and conflict management, ethics, social responsibility, diversity, change, power and politics. The module provides you with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to develop and enhance your own personal leadership effectiveness in preparation for your chosen career.

      • Internship (30 credits) - Optional

        The internship module gives you the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience for a minimum of 30 days. This will facilitate you to gain an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work, and the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice. You will also develop an understanding of the organisation, sector and the environment in which it operates.

      • Business Start Up (30 credits) - Optional

        This is a synoptic module which aims to ensure that you can demonstrate how to develop a business plan and put it into operation. This will be achieved by showing an understanding of the appropriate academic theories and an application of the necessary analytical tools to achieve a successful business start-up. In particular, the module aims to facilitate the development of a unique business plan in which you will learn, practice and apply the necessary academic and practical knowledge base and skills set, including team working, required for the establishment of a new business.

    What will you gain?

    • You will develop a set of transferable skills to support you on your career journey, such as advanced analytical thinking and problem solving.
    • You will learn how to work effectively in teams as both a leader and collaborator and become a confident communicator both written and verbally, ensuring you can communicate effectively in a business environment.
    • You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the UK taxation regime and its practical application in professional settings.

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    About the MDX Mauritius Campus

    Our new campus demonstrates what can be achieved when all stakeholders share a clear vision. The concept was developed by a London architect, Graham Wilson, who also is credited for developing many of Middlesex buildings in Hendon.

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    Fees and Funding

    Course fees are subject to annual inflation. An international Admin Fee is also applicable for international students. For more details, see link to respective fees and payment plans below.

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    • Teaching and Learning

      You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars. Lectures allow you to gain and develop knowledge in specific subjects. You can discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller seminar groups. In workshops, you will be able to develop your skills by doing exercises, with teaching staff at hand to provide help and answer questions. In addition, you can arrange one to one sessions with your personal tutor or module coordinator. You will also have access to and use resources to support your learning including library support, a broad range of available software and laptops on loan throughout your course.

      Independent Learning

      When not attending your teaching, sessions mentioned above, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework, presentations and examinations. Your independent learning is supported by the facilities available including the library, Study Rooms and online materials accessible via MyUniHub.

      Overall Workload

      Your overall workload will include the activities listed above with a varying hours of study depending on the modules you take. Typically, a 30 credit module requires 10 hours of study per week.

      Academic Support

      You will have access to academic support services that you assist you in the following areas;

      • Study Skills, including academic writing, reading and numeracy skills.
      • Employability, with workshops and tutorials on CV writing, interview and presentation skills.
      • Library Support, including sessions on finding, and choosing the right resources and software and tutorials on referencing and plagiarism.
      • Progression and Support Advisors to assist you with if you experience difficulties with your studies.

      More information on how to access these services would be provided to you at your induction.

    • Assessment

      The course will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. This will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment which will count towards your final marks. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any grade you receive from formative assessment does not count towards your final marks.

      Summative assessment is generally by coursework (i.e. project reports, both individual and group presentations and other written work) and exams for some modules. The grades from the summative assessments count towards your module marks. Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based on feedback from an external examiner.

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on formative assessment and written summative assessments. Feedback on examination performance can be requested from the module coordinator. Feedback is intended to help you learn and progress, and you are encouraged to review and discuss your feedback with your module or personal tutor.

      We will aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission.

      Details of progression and pass marks for assessment can be found in the university regulations.

      Teaching Staff

      You will be taught by an experienced teaching team who possess the expertise, knowledge and experience closely aligned to the content of the modules on offer. The team includes academics, professional practitioners, and technical staff.

    How can the BA Accounting and Finance support your career?

    An Accounting and Finance degree opens the doors to a range of careers, many with excellent progression and competitive salaries such as Trainee Accountant, Audit Trainee, Financial Risk Analyst, Finance Assistant and Credit Controller. Previous graduates have progressed into careers with a wide range of prestigious organisations including:

    • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
    • Deloitte
    • KPMG

    What I mostly like about Middlesex University Mauritius is the infrastructure and the facilities that the campus provides. The campus atmosphere is convivial. Throughout my time, I have been able to meet people from diverse cultures and participate in different societies. The lecturers always give their best to provide a quality education.

    Yelina Sanjeevi, Year 2, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance - Access Scholarship Recipient

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