Taught course

Accounting and Finance

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least a 2:2 UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in an accounting and finance degree, or a degree with substantial accounting content. Exceptionally we will consider applicants with appropriate professional passes in a CCAB or equivalent approved professional accounting body and with substantial relevant work experience. Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English Language proficiency to TEFL minimum score 575 (minimum 4.0 in written test) or IELTS minimum score 6.5. Metropolitan University reserves the right to refuse to accept students onto this programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme has been designed to enhance the specialist knowledge and skills of graduates who have already undertaken substantial accounting and finance studies at undergraduate degree level. Alternatively, if you have successfully achieved all of the ACCA Fundamental level papers you are eligible to apply.

The programme covers a number of core themes including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), corporate reporting, corporate governance and risk management. Professional ethics, alongside the application of tools and models of finance theory to complex strategic corporate finance transactions are central to the programme. In addition, you will develop knowledge in implementing strategy in the context of both the external environment and internal business capabilities, and be able to evaluate performance implications of a given strategy.

You will have the opportunity to engage with current business issues through specialist input and the completion of independent study. Your dissertation will normally take the form of an empirical piece of research.

"The MSc Accounting and Finance course allowed me to develop and build on my understanding of the theory learned at undergraduate level. It provided me with a greater insight into what is required to complete the professional exams. I found the lecturers very helpful and welcoming during my time at MMU. They delivered the course effectively and engaged well with the students." Raees Patel

You will study the following units:
International Corporate Reporting and Governance - The international corporate reporting aspect of the unit considers the impact of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on corporate reports across a number of different business situations and considers the impact of the move to harmonisation of accounting standards globally. The governance aspect of the course will cover governance, risk and ethics and their inter-relationship.
Corporate Finance and Strategy – This unit will develop the knowledge and skills used in designing and implementing business strategy in the context of the external environment and internal capabilities.
Investigating Business Practice - You will work on a live business problem, from the setting of objectives through to the production and presentation of recommendations for a business audience. This is an investigative unit that enables students to synthesise theoretical knowledge with practical application and supports the development of professional and employability skills.
Research Methods – This unit will help you develop your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level.
Dissertation - You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions. Examples of past dissertation subjects include:
  • Why Would Older Clients Have Trust in Their Financial Planner?
  • Should Financial Planners be Graduates?
  • Alignment between Performance Measurement and Strategy: A Study of a Nuclear Company.
  • A Study of Exchange Rate Fluctuations
Optional Unit – You can select from a range of optional units from across the Business School that will enable you to specialise in a particular subject area. These are:
  • International Environment
  • Behavioural Economics and Financial Decision Making
  • Project Management Concepts and Practices

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits of units + 60 credit dissertation).

You will be well placed to move into the finance function of both large and small organisations in the private and public sector. Alternatively you may prefer to seek work in financial analysis, securities and investments or commercial lending.

Special Features:

  • You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus.
  • This programme has an advanced standing route for mature students who have relevant professional qualifications or who have previously studied for a postgraduate certificate or diploma. Through advanced standing we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Consequently you only need to study selected units and can achieve an MSc in a shorter timeframe. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the units you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the MSc.
  • Teaching staff on this programme are highly experienced practitioners and active researchers in their fields.
  • As a student of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department, you will have complementary access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform used by the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
  • All graduates from the MSc Accounting & Finance course will be eligible to sit the CIMA Gateway paper which will fast track them to the CIMA Strategic Level. The route requires you to sit a single three hour exam in either May or November each year. It assesses your knowledge of the material covered in the management level of the CIMA Professional Qualification. Once you have passed, you will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting and be granted exemptions from all certificate, operational and management level exams in the CIMA Professional Qualification. Then by sitting three strategic level papers and TOPCIMA (and relevant work experience) it will lead to students becoming CIMA qualified accountants.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to the MMU website.
International students
Please refer to the MMU website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
8 months
part time
16 months


part time
8 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

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