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    Right, so I've applied to UCAS at 5 universities, all of them for BSc in A and F. However I have no idea what to do next, after hopefully getting a degree in three years. I know I want to work in Finance but I also really want to continue my education. I'm well acquainted with the ACA and ACCA option but I'd honestly prefer a Masters degree.

    I've got a few questions in mind. Can I do a Masters degree whilst holding a job with a firm? Is this a good option in the first place? And what about the ACA/ACCA? Is it possible to do a Masters AND then do the ACA? And lastly after an undergraduate degree in Accounting, can I still do an MSc in Economics?
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    1) You can either do a part-time masters if a firm will allow time off or you can try to defer your offer for a year and do a full time masters in the gap year (some large firms will sponsor you for a masters after you have done ACA)

    2) A Masters in accounting is only really good if you have a specific interest in certain areas/want to go into teaching/research etc. It won't help you get a job (most firms just look at undergrad degrees) or qualify as an accountant you need ACA etc. to do this

    3) Yes you can do a masters before or after ACA - but generally ACA is considered to be a masters-level qualification

    4) That depends on the specific universities entry requirements - you would need to check some websites - have you considered doing Accounting and Economics at undergrad level?
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    (Original post by 456789)
    1) You can either do a part-time masters if a firm will allow time off or you can try to defer your offer for a year and do a full time masters in the gap year (some large firms will sponsor you for a masters after you have done ACA)

    2) A Masters in accounting is only really good if you have a specific interest in certain areas/want to go into teaching/research etc. It won't help you get a job (most firms just look at undergrad degrees) or qualify as an accountant you need ACA etc. to do this

    3) Yes you can do a masters before or after ACA - but generally ACA is considered to be a masters-level qualification

    4) That depends on the specific universities entry requirements - you would need to check some websites - have you considered doing Accounting and Economics at undergrad level?
    Yes I did consider studying that particular combination actually but at the top ranked(for Accounting) universities, like Bath and Exeter, that course is not available.
    Also I forgot to mention the MBA. Is that an option that I could take or is that not relevant?
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    MBA will diversify you into other areas of business and management so is more broad than just a masters in accounting

    Not really relevant at the start of your career if you want to remain an accountant

    In the US having an MBA/Masters is a lot more relevant so you should consider it if you want to work somewhere like that
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    (Original post by manutdfan145)
    Right, so I've applied to UCAS at 5 universities, all of them for BSc in A and F. However I have no idea what to do next, after hopefully getting a degree in three years. I know I want to work in Finance but I also really want to continue my education. I'm well acquainted with the ACA and ACCA option but I'd honestly prefer a Masters degree.

    I've got a few questions in mind. Can I do a Masters degree whilst holding a job with a firm? Is this a good option in the first place? And what about the ACA/ACCA? Is it possible to do a Masters AND then do the ACA? And lastly after an undergraduate degree in Accounting, can I still do an MSc in Economics?
    Why do you want to do a Masters so badly? And is there any underlying rationale behind you prefering a Masters than an ACA, or is it simply the sound of it? Personally I think that in your 3rd year you will forget about that thought and just go for ACA jobs.
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    (Original post by 2late)
    Why do you want to do a Masters so badly? And is there any underlying rationale behind you prefering a Masters than an ACA, or is it simply the sound of it? Personally I think that in your 3rd year you will forget about that thought and just go for ACA jobs.
    The reason a Masters is attractive to me is that I want to attend a really prestigious University like LSE or Cambridge, where I currently haven't applied. Although as you said its probably not all that useful in the accounting career and it would cost an arm and a leg too.
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    (Original post by manutdfan145)
    The reason a Masters is attractive to me is that I want to attend a really prestigious University like LSE or Cambridge, where I currently haven't applied. Although as you said its probably not all that useful in the accounting career and it would cost an arm and a leg too.
    If you get into LSE For A&F undergrad, that should do in terms of your desired prestige Besides, I don't know if you can do a MSc in Econ @Cam/LSE after A&F undergrad, based on the module structure. You could do all the 1st/2nd year micro+macro+econometrics modules as your outside option within A&F, but I'm unsure about 3rd year modules, due to lack of flexibility in the degree structure.
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    (Original post by 2late)
    If you get into LSE For A&F undergrad, that should do in terms of your desired prestige Besides, I don't know if you can do a MSc in Econ @Cam/LSE after A&F undergrad, based on the module structure. You could do all the 1st/2nd year micro+macro+econometrics modules as your outside option within A&F, but I'm unsure about 3rd year modules, due to lack of flexibility in the degree structure.
    I can't remember if it was Oxford or Cambridge, but there is an M in Finance that you could do as long as the undergraduate degree possessed a significant amount of economics in its course, so would it be possible to do to this coming from BA Accounting and Finance?
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    As 2late says it depends on the modules in the specific course
 
 
 
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