International Public Sector Accounting and Finance

Module code: ACFI 3210

Module description

The financial crises and subsequent debt crises in governments has led to an unprecedented period of reform internationally in the area of public finances. This module examines accounting and financial management in the public sector within the context of the current world situation.

It develops the critical and analytical skills in recognising the inter-relationship between accounting and finance and government policy.

It focuses on technical issues relating to the changing public sector and how the financial and accounting systems support government policy and changes.

It examines the role of the financial professional in the public sector who must operate and advise governments of all political persuasions and therefore concentrates on how the systems operate and the rationales for change.

The models will be international in nature but primarily based on UK political system. The assessments will allow students to consider examples from outside the UK and examine the international and global contexts of developed and developing economies.

By the end of the module you will be in a position to understand the different approaches to manging public finances.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 22 hours
  • Tutorials: 22 hours


  • Ministerial briefing paper (1250 words): 50%
  • UN SDGs written press release (1250 words): 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books