This programme is designed to offer specialist and integrated instruction in both Finance and Financial Regulation. The programme will be attractive to graduates who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the operations of firms, organisations and markets within their financial, economic and regulatory environments. It will also appeal to graduates wishing to pursue regulatory and compliance based careers.
The taught modules are designed to enable students to appreciate and understand both finance and financial regulation.
Elective modules (choose one)
In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.
One of the following:
A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) in one of the following areas: Finance, Accounting, Law with Finance and/or Accounting. Business Studies entrants should demonstrate some prior understanding of Finance, Law and /or Accounting at an undergraduate level
Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.
As well as:
Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee
An official academic transcript of your university grades to date
A completed application form.
For International Students:
An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date
Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.
The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research. Successful completion of both the taught and research parts of the programme leads the completion of the degree.
This programme is designed for candidates wishing to pursue a career in finance in the private and public sectors as well as those wishing to pursue a career in financial regulation with financial regulatory bodies and financial institutions such as banks. The programme is also suitable for those wishing to pursue more advanced studies, such as a PhD on completion of the programme.
For information on sector opportunities see the Banking, Investment and Insurance overview on the Prospects website.
Students will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills.
Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:
A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students
24 hours access
Free Wi-Fi connection
Modern lecture/tutorial rooms
IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Dr Ataur Belal
PhD, MBA, FCCA, FHEA
I'm a senior lecturer in accounting at the Aston Business School. Previously I taught at the University of Toulouse Business School, France, the University of Regensburg, Germany, Sheffield University Management School, UK and the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. My principal research interest lies in the area of social and environmental accounting. My teaching interests are - social and environmental accounting, financial accounting and international accounting.
Mr Robert Goddard
BA (Hons), LLM (Commercial Law)
Robert's teaching and research interests are in company law, corporate governance and taxation. He is particularly interested in Scots law and company law in the Crown Dependencies. On the MSc Finance and Financial Regulation, he teaches corporate governance and investment regulation. He has published widely in academic and practitioner journals and contributes to OUP's Annotated Companies Acts. He maintains a blog to support his teaching - visit it here.
Dr Stuart Cooper
BA (Hons), ACA, PGC in Teaching & Learning, PhD
Stuart is a qualified Chartered Accountant with several years’ audit experience. In 2002 he successfully completed his PhD entitled “Stakeholder Accounting: The Case of the Electricity Industry in England and Wales”. His primary research interest is in the area of social and environmental accounting and reporting. His teaching has included financial accounting, taxation and finance modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Dr Ilias Basioudis
BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA
I am senior lecturer of Financial Accounting & Auditing in the Finance, Accounting & Law Group at Aston Business School, and the Chairman of the Auditing Special Interest Group of the British Accounting Association. I also hold an adjunct senior lectureship position in the University of South Australia, and am a Fellow of the UK Academy of Higher Education. My textbook on financial accounting, commissioned by Pearson, is due to be published by September 2009. I moved to Aston after I had an appointment with Warwick Business School. I have held short teaching appointments at ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece, and in the RMIT, Australia. I am a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Auditing and an ad-hoc reviewer of various academic journals and international conferences. I teach mainly financial accounting and auditing at graduate and undergraduate levels. My research interests lie primarily within the area of empirical auditing and corporate governance and include the market for audit services in the private and public sectors, earnings management and audit quality, audit committees, the regulation of accounting and the accounting profession, and accounting education.
Professor Nathan L
MBA, DIC, PhD
I am an Associate of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) and a Member of the EURO Working Group on Financial Model. Currently I am a joint editor of British Accounting Review. I am also Associate Editor for the International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, and on the Editorial board for International Quarterly Journal in Finance, Finance Letter, and Journal of International Business and Finance. My current research interests include: Modelling asset pricing; Risk management and asset pricing; Market efficiency and stock price overreaction; Corporate governance and share price impacts.