Entry requirements

Applicants are normally students who have completed:

  • At least a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant subject area (e.g. accounting or finance); or
  • Fundamentals Level (Knowledge and Skills) of the ACCA professional examinations; or
  • Completion of the Operational and Managerial levels of CIMA examinations; or
  • the equivalent professional accountancy qualifications of an overseas accountancy body.

Accreditation of Prior Learning:

Applicants who have passed any of the following ACCA Professional Papers may be eligible to claim exemption from the equivalent course modules (up to a maximum of three modules) – P1 (Governance, Risk and Ethics), P2 (Corporate Reporting), P3 (Business Analysis) and P7 (Advanced Audit and Assurance).

Applicants may be required to attend for interview by the Course Director or Admissions Tutor.

Entry requirements for MSc Applied Accounting (Fast Track)

The Fast track route is available for fully qualified CCAB accountants (ACA, ACCA, CIPFA or CIMA). Other accountancy bodies will be considered on an individual basis.

Successful applicants will study two taught modules and complete a dissertation or business report.

Applicants may be required to attend for interview by the Course Director or Admissions Tutor.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

A career in the accounting sector requires a high level of understanding of both the theory and practice of accounting and finance, and this specialist Masters' degree is aimed towards partly qualified accountants who want to combine their practical experience with further academic training. The course will develop your knowledge to higher levels and is aligned to professional body qualifications. It part-prepares you for undertaking further professional examinations in accounting.

Taught by our highly qualified staff who have considerable experience of working in accounting and finance, this course will equip you with the skills necessary to gain high-level positions in the profession. There's also the option of a placement in the third semester of the standard full-time route, further boosting your employability.

You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Academic skills for Finance, Accounting and Governance and Research Techniques, a range of Bloomberg-based activities, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences. You'll take part in a residential weekend to discuss current events and specific problems affecting the accountancy field with academics and a visitor practitioner.

There is a fast track route available for fully qualified CCAB accountants; this route will take 10 months to complete and consists of two taught modules and a dissertation.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months
part time
30 months


full time
10/19 months

Further details of qualification

15 months for the normal MSc, 10 months for the fast track and 19 for the internship.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Office
+44 (0) 20 7815 6100