Taught course

Finance (Accounting)

London Metropolitan University · Guildhall School of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Postgraduate applicants should have: A minimum of a UK Honours degree at the 2:2 level (or equivalent) in business, economics, finance, mathematics, statistics, science or engineering. Candidates with an equivalent professional qualification or relevant work experience will also be considered. Credit transfer is possible if there is evidence that the material covered in any module has been satisfactorily assessed to the masters degree level. Exceptions to the above criteria may be possible on a case by case basis, but are unlikely to be accorded without evidence of the acquisition of basic mathematical skills at the university level.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course overview

The Finance (Accounting) course will engage you in the core areas of finance while providing you with the opportunity to specialise in accounting. This is a particular pathway built into the MSc in Finance degree programme which upon successful completion will be accorded a mention of ‘Accounting pathway’ on the degree.

All students cover the principal areas of capital markets theories, financial reporting and corporate finance as do all of the MSc in Finance degree students. However, those specialising in accounting will additionally sit the 'Strategic Management Accounting' module.
MSc Finance (Accounting)
MSc Finance (Accounting) provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the underlying theories of capital markets, corporate finance, financial reporting and strategic management control and appraisal. The course aims to deliver an academically rigorous masters level programme which provides you with the opportunity to study the major disciplines in accounting and finance and relate these to the business environment.
The ‘Capital Markets and Investment Management’ module provides a foundation on asset valuation and the management of other peoples’ money. The 'Corporate Finance' module will introduce you to theory concerning financial structures and empirical evidence on corporate policies in the areas of capital investments, dividends, mergers and acquisitions.
In the 'Financial Reporting' module you will receive instruction on the purpose and nature of financial accounting and be exposed to the practical issues arising in the consolidation of the accounts across complex, international companies. In the module 'Strategic Management Control and Appraisal', you will learn how management accounting is used to support decision making, planning, control and performance management within organisations.
This programme of study provides a sound conceptual foundation for a professional managerial or business career to help students explore current issues and critically analyse this knowledge in the rapidly changing business environment. It will enable you to enhance your employability and/or progress to a doctorate programme or study for a professional accounting qualification.

Course structure

The course is comprised of six taught modules and a dissertation of around 15,000 words.

Taught Modules:

  • Capital Markets and Investment Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Reporting
  • Strategic Management Control and Appraisal
  • Research Methods
  • One elective

The elective module from either structure may be drawn from the following list:

  • Business, Environment and Sustainability
  • Commercial and Investment Banking
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Development Finance
  • Economics of Human Resource Management
  • Financial Derivatives and Risk Hedging
  • Financial Regulation and Compliance
  • International Business: Emerging Markets
  • Strategic Information Management


Assessment is through a combination of coursework, exam and oral presentation.

Career opportunities

This course is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in the financial management of firms.

A wide range of career opportunities are opened by this course, for example, budget analyst in the financial controller’s department of any firm, positions in the corporate finance and treasury departments, risk management, and accounting offices (both mid and back office).

The course content and embedded skills development provide students an excellent platform for entry into the employment market in financial services.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,810 per year
International students
£12,500 per year

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202