International Finance and Accounting

Module lead: Jo Watkins

Credits: 10

This module is delivered in Semester 1.


The Module will provide an understanding of the theory and practical application of accounting, including topics such as the interpretation of external financial statements and internally generated accounting information for decision making and control within organisations.

Financial accounting areas covered by the module will include the underlying assumptions upon which financial statements are prepared and the relevant International Accounting Standards, the strengths and weaknesses of the figures included therein, the legal framework under which companies are incorporated and thus the reasons behind the need for companies to prepare annual financial statements.

Management accounting issues covered will include cost-volume-profit analysis, the distinction between fixed and variable costs and break-even analysis and how these are used for short-term changes to companies operations and short-run decision making, marginal analysis and the use of relevant costs and making capital investment decisions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of and be able to interpret a set of previously unseen financial statements.
  • Systematically apply management accounting concepts to business decision-making.
  • Display an advanced understanding and critical analysis of the role and function of accounting in the organisation both as an internal reporting and external reporting tool.


2 hour unseen examination (75%) and a 2500 word group assignment (25%).