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Study a graduate program in accountancy, banking and finance

What will I study on a graduate accountancy, banking and finance program?

Fancy a career in the city, making multi-million pound deals and living the life of a high-flier? Despite the global recession, the banking and finance industry remains as important as ever. Studying for a graduate accountancy, banking or finance program could be your path to riches and your own postgraduate paradise.
 
Graduate accountancy, banking and finance programs cover a range of business, economic and problem-solving skills. Postgraduate courses in these subjects will cover complex mathematical models and economic ideas.
 
As a postgraduate, you will be able to specialise in a particular sector such as financial management, accounting and finance, investment banking or risk management.

Length of program

The length of a graduate accountancy, banking and finance program depends on where you study. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries, although if you go on to take a professional qualification you may study for a number of extra years.
  • UK – One year full time/two year part time
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 2-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

Although a graduate accountancy, banking and finance course is not necessary to get a career in finance, it will prove your interest in the subject and start your continuing professional development in the field.

The entry requirements for a postgraduate course in the finance field are normally a related undergraduate course or several years relevant professional work experience.

 If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.

Career development

The accountancy, banking and finance sector covers a wide range of top level employers, from major investment and commercial banks to insurance companies and independent financial advisers.

Taking a graduate accountancy, banking and finance course will allow you to start at a higher level in financial firm than with a simple undergraduate degree. Quick progression is possible, with top level employees earning six figure salaries.

Some of the jobs included in this field are:
  • Actuary
  • Banker
  • Chartered accountant
  • Investment banker
  • Stockbroker

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate accountancy, banking and finance programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:
  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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