Taught course

Finance and Accounting

Brunel University, London · Department of Economics and Finance
MScMSc with Prof Practice

Entry requirements

A 2.2 degree in Economics; Finance; or an equivalent qualification from overseas. All applicants would be required to have a minimum background in mathematics or statistics; accountancy; and economics or finance.

Months of entry


Course content

The Finance and Accounting MSc is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) as part of the CIMA Masters Gateway. Students enrolled on this degree can apply to obtain 12 of the 17 foundation modules of the CIMA Professional Qualification.

The programme includes topics such as the theory of finance, company valuation, the assessment of corporate risk, international accounting standards, corporate governance and financial statement analysis.

Finance and Accounting MSc is offered in a choice of two routes:

  • MSc in Finance and Accounting OR
  • MSc in Finance and Accounting (with Professional Practice)

Available to full-time students, the MSc in Finance and Accounting (with Professional Practice) incorporates a work placement component at a company or a consultancy for 12-15 weeks. The unique feature of the work placement distinguishes the programme from other Masters in the country.

Students' placements take place from May to September. Placement employers cover all student expenses and some provide a salary. A Professional Placement can significantly improve your job prospects, giving you the opportunity to work on real-world projects, apply what you learn in class and network with industry professionals. It is an integral part of the course and students will receive support from the academic staff and the Professional Development Centre while on placement.

Although designed for students interested in a career in business and consulting, accountancy firms, financial institutions and government, this MSc in Finance and Accounting also provides a thorough preparation for academic research in finance and accounting. It is also appropriate for those with professional qualifications in accounting who wish to obtain a deeper understanding of financial accountancy.

The course aim is to produce graduates who have a sound knowledge of both accounting standards and corporate governance, as well as their role in the operation of financial markets. It is designed to provide a solid platform of specific subject knowledge alongside a set of highly valuable and transferable employability skills for a successful career in the financial sector.

Typical core modules (subject to change) include:

  • Financial Theory
  • Financial Reporting in Capital Markets
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance and Economics
  • International Accounting Standards and Policy
  • Company Valuation
  • Investment Valuation Models
  • Dissertation

Elective modules may include:

  • International Finance
  • Derivative Securities
  • Business Finance Workshop
  • Global Financial Markets

Information for international students

English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas).

Fees and funding

UK students
£13,750 full-time (additional £1,000 for Professional Practice option)
International students
£17,500 full-time (additional £1,000 for Professional Practice option)

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

MSc with Prof Practice

full time
16 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599