Core courses and electives

Core courses

Explore the foundation courses of the programme, essential to engage in global change leadership in all fields of financial information. 

Through this course you will gain a deep understanding of:

  • the most complex items in corporate financial reports,
  • how the standards governing those items change and are developed in a political environment
  • how you can and should advocate for changes in financial reporting standards.

Internal and external audit are key mechanisms by which organisations manage risk and maintain accountability. This course will cover topics in audit such as judgment, technology, regulation and ethics.

Learn the essential concepts in probability and statistics upon which analytical techniques to be learned and applied later in the programme are built.

Basic probability, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, and statistical distributions will all be covered.

This course will cover the ways in which organisations of different types use data to measure, motivate, and improve performance.

The goal of this module is to equip you with the skills, theory and practice skills to engage in change management processes.

It incorporates fundamental psychological principles to help you develop implementable skills to gain leverage in negotiating favourable support for change initiatives.

Descriptive analytics is a set of tools that will enable you to summarise data sets to explore their contents and draw conclusions. Statistical and visual methods will be covered.

Predictive analytic techniques look for relationships between variables to predict outcomes of interest. Regression and other algorithms will be covered in this course.

In this module you will critically analyse sustainability disclosure frameworks and standards, as well as the disclosures themselves. You will also explore the political, social, and strategic issues that shape the quality and interpretation of those disclosures.

This course will require you to apply data and statistical techniques you learned in prior terms to settings related to financial information such as financial reporting and internal audit. We will focus in particular on the areas of anomaly detection and risk assessment.

Learn techniques to analyse and interpret the data in financial statements to ‘tell the story’ of a firm.

The ability to develop strong relationships is crucial in managing and leading effectively. Through this experiential course, you will refine your soft skills and improve your understanding of how you are perceived by others, which will help you better create relationships, particularly across differences.

In this course you will apply analytics techniques for the purpose of improving performance in a firm’s operations, measurement and control, and incentive structure.

Through cases, discussions, and guest speakers, this course will dive deep into the very latest issues and developments in financial reporting, governance, and ethics. The ever-changing financial regulatory landscape will be covered in detail as well.

This a collaboration between an external organisation and programme participants. Students form small groups within their cohort and act as a team of consultants for an organisation of their choice.

The project may cover any business challenge or opportunity faced by their client. Participants can work with any company, not-for-profit organisation or public sector organisation of their choice. Over an extended period, the team delivers agreed outcomes and receive client feedback.


Broaden your experiences, gain specialised knowledge and tailor your Executive Master of Accounting to your specific needs and interests. 

The subjects are chosen to best complement the interests of each cohort and are taken in conjunction with students from the Executive MBA programmes to allow for a wide range of options. 

As a student on the Executive Master of Accounting, you can choose 2 electives. The electives offered may vary from year to year. This list below should therefore be regarded as illustrative: 

  • Equity Valuation
  • Leadership in Organisations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Introduction to Accounting Research
  • Tax for Finance Professionals
  • Philosophy of Business
  • Strategic Change and Renewal
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
  • Beyond Calls to Action
  • Thinking Strategically
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Leading Effective Projects: A Managerial Perspective
  • Customer Centricity: A Strategic Approach
  • The Effective Director
  • Complex Financial Transactions
  • Design, Thinking and Innovation
  • Net Zero Entrepreneurship
  • Enterprising Families and Family Offices
  • The Rise of Fin Tech
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Sustainable and Responsible Finance
  • Circular Economy
  • Dark Fintech: The Cyber Arms Race
  • Geopolitics and Business Decisions
  • Scaling Ventures
  • Entrepreneurship through Acquisition
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Competition Policy and Regulation