Taught course

Finance (Accounting and Finance)

Durham University · Durham Business School

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree with evidence on your degree transcript of a good grade in a minimum of one mathematical/statistics module at a level equivalent to a second-year British Honours Degree standard. Where the only evidence of mathematical/statistics modules is at a level equivalent to a first-year British Honours Degree standard, we may require that applicants undertake our admissions mathematics test. This will be determined by the Postgraduate Admissions Team upon considering each application.

Check the full list of equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Finance (Accounting and Finance) provides you with the essential skills and learning to thrive in a wide range of corporate environments around the world and to play a key role in ensuring they function to the highest finance and accounting standards.

You will learn how to apply analytical skills, technical skills and the latest research techniques to the sophisticated and stimulating world of finance and accounting. Underpinning all aspects of learning are our core values of fairness and equality of access to financial services, these skills are valued by top global financial institutions and businesses, and by leading PhD research programmes.

This 12-month full-time course is affiliated with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA), the leading global association for investment professionals and the accepted benchmark around the world for technical excellence in financial markets. Core modules, which are taught through lectures, seminars and practical work, cover the key financial areas of accounts and reporting, financial statement analysis, advanced financial theory, corporate finance, econometric methods and financial modelling and business forecasting.

The core modules are complemented by your choice of optional modules, which give you the opportunity to tailor the course to your interests and career goals. You will also complete either a research-based dissertation or an applied business project in an area of your choice.

The MSc is delivered by academic staff who are dedicated and passionate about their subject and how it relates to both people’s daily lives and the functioning of financial institutions and corporations across the globe. Successful completion will enable you to progress to a challenging and stimulating role in this vitally important sector.

Course structure

Core modules:

Financial Accounting and Reporting is a key module in which you acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of financial accounting and reporting concepts as well as ethical issues. You will also be shown how to apply International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to particular cases involving single entities or groups. You will develop the skills to prepare single entity and consolidated financial statements in line with IFRS requirements and also acquire and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of accounting-based techniques of financial statement analysis.

Financial Statement Analysis complements the Financial Accounting and Reporting module and is designed to extend your knowledge of financial statements. You will be expected to show a critical understanding of, and ability to apply, financial statement analysis to assess corporate performance, risk, growth potential, future prospects, and value.

Econometric Methods provides you with the knowhow necessary to be able to carry out empirical research in economics or finance, and to understand more advanced econometric techniques.

Advanced Financial Theory offers stimulating and rigorous training in modern financial theory and in the most important current research with an emphasis on the application of finance principles. You will also develop an advanced understanding of normative and positive research in financial theory together with the related descriptive and empirical evidence.

Corporate Finance covers the theory and practice of corporate finance and the latest research. You will examine both normative and positive aspects of the theory, together with supporting descriptive and empirical evidence.

The Dissertation, on a finance topic of your choice, develops your ability to plan and manage your own learning. It provides an opportunity to conduct an in-depth investigation at an advanced level and present your findings and conclusions. To add a further international dimension to the course you can apply for the international route where you undertake research abroad at a partner university. There is also the option to develop a more applied project in conjunction with an appropriate organisation.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Accounting Theory
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Auditing and Accountability
  • Bank Management
  • Banking and Financial Intermediation
  • Behavioural and Neurofinance
  • Climate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Capital Market Development
  • Derivative Markets
  • Accounting: An Information Content Perspective
  • Financial Modelling and Business Forecasting
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Financial Technologies I
  • Financial Technologies II
  • Fintech Regulations
  • International Study Tour
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Islamic Capital Markets
  • Islamic Law and Financial Transactions
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring
  • Modern Accounting Research
  • Portfolio Management
  • Python for Finance
  • Security Analysis
  • A language module

Information for international students

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For further information see the course listing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Durham University Business School