In the increasingly globalised, technological and competitive economies and societies of the early 21st century, the premium paid to those who can exercise a high standard of skills can only increase. Graduates of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics in the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School are amongst the best of those equipped to face these future challenges - and reap the rewards.
The Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics is one of the largest in the UK, with over 60 members of staff. The diversity of the academic staff base allows the delivery of our programmes from an encompassing viewpoint. In this changing world, simple mastery of a fixed curriculum will not prepare graduates for the unknowns of their career: for example, issues of economic, social and ecological sustainability. Therefore, programme learning outcomes emphasise flexibility, imagination and the ability to think critically - as well as equipping graduates with an appropriate set of employable skills. Ultimately, we require our graduates to have the confidence and ability to overcome any problem they face - not just those problems discussed in the text book.
Learning support in the Department focuses on delivering academically and professionally based education in the context of co-production of students' added value - that is, learning and development is something which staff and students create together. An example of this is the award winning AFE Student Society (PQ Award for Student Society of the Year 2013).
Through our staffs' leadership and advisory roles in professional organisations, we are in an ideal position to deliver 'first and best' information, education and advice. The quality of our provision is attested by the fact that the department is closely connected with a range of industry bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Institute of Financial Planning. We are also working with major clients like PwC and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in developing and delivering tailored post-graduate programmes.
In short, we deliver programmes for today, designed to equip those who will meet and overcome the challenges of tomorrow.
Professor Chris Pyke
Head of Department and Associate Dean
Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics