Assessment

Assessment methods

Students will be formally assessed in both the Academic and Professional Development and Dissertation units of the Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance. The marks attained in the formal assessments of both of these units will determine the classification of degree awarded. The Assessment criteria information found later in this section provides further details.

The Academic and Professional Development unit requires students to produce and submit:

  • Assignment 1: 1,500 word individual reflective piece of work.
  • Assignment 2: 3,500 word individual business research report.

The Dissertation unit requires students to produce and submit:

  • An individual Research Proposal.
  • A 15,000 word Dissertation.

Resubmission rules

Students who fail the Academic and Professional Development unit have two opportunities to redeem the initial unit failure. Second re-assessment opportunities shall, however, be conditional upon the student engaging fully with the first re-assessment opportunity and /or securing approval for non-engagement from the relevant Faculty Exceptional Factors Panel.

The fee to re-submit assignments is a £50 flat fee which can be paid through the MMU buyonline store.

Students who fail the dissertation component of a Master’s Degree programme shall have one opportunity only to redeem the initial failure.

The mark for any unit in which a student is re-assessed shall be capped at 50% (unless exceptional factors have been claimed and approved).

No re-assessment shall be permitted to enable a student to improve upon a unit mark above the pass level, except where a student has been permitted under regulations to be re-assessed as if for the first time.

Exceptional Factors

Exceptional Factors are exceptional, short-term events which have a serious impact your assessment by either preventing you from attending, completing or submitting an assessment on time or significantly affecting your performance in an assessment. The following link provides further information on Student Guidance and also gives an overview of the Process. http://www.mmu.ac.uk/sas/studentservices/guidance

Suspension of Studies

If you wish to suspend your studies, you must inform the programme administrator.

To make a request to suspend your studies you should complete the Suspension Of Studies Form and send it to mscaccandfin.enquiries@mmu.ac.uk If you do not inform the programme administrator of your wish to suspend your studies and do not submit the relevant assignments, the assignments will be assumed late and subject to the ‘Missed or late assignment submission’ guidance above. Please note that in order to comply with MMU’s suspension regulations a suspension request for an assignment must be received by the administrator no later than 30 days before the submission deadline

In some cases, when suspending studies, fees maybe applicable. For further information about fees please refer to page 6 of the MMU finance regulations

Assessment criteria

The units within the programme are assessed as follows:

The Accounting and Professional Development unit assesses the following requirements:

Assignment 1 30% weighting Assessed against learning outcomes 1 and 2
Assignment 2 70% weighting Assessed against learning outcomes 3,4,5,6

The Dissertation unit assesses the following requirements:

Research proposal 15% weighting Assessed against learning outcomes 1 to 3
Dissertation 85% weighting Assessed against learning outcome 1 to 6

Learning outcomes for the above units are detailed in the Academic and Professional Development unit and Dissertation sections.

Degree award and classification

The final mark for the Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance will be calculated as follows:

The average of:

  • the weighted mark from the Academic and Professional Development unit – one third weighting and
  • the weighted mark from Dissertation unit – two thirds weighting

Marks from each of the two units in the programme will be given in whole numbers. These marks will be used in the calculation of the overall mark for the Master’s degree programme, that will be rounded to the nearest whole number.

The Master’s degree will be awarded in accordance with the following assessment criteria:

Mark Outcome Descriptor
<45% Fail Unit learning outcomes not achieved
45 - 49 Marginal fail Most unit learning outcomes achieved at a threshold level
50 - 59 Pass All unit learning outcomes achieved at a threshold level
60 - 69 Merit All unit learning outcomes achieved at a good level
>70 Distinction All unit learning outcomes achieved at an excellent/outstanding level

Master’s Degrees may be awarded at pass level, with Merit, or with Distinction.

For an award to be made at pass level, a student must pass both of the units on the programme.

For a Master’s Degree to be awarded with Merit, a student must gain an overall average of 60% with at least 60% in the dissertation unit of the programme.

For a Master’s Degree to be awarded with Distinction, a student must gain an overall average of 70% with at least 70% in the dissertation unit of the programme.