Entry requirements

A minimum of a good second-class honours degree in any subject. You will need to show significant evidence of numeric ability either from your undergraduate degree or from advanced school qualifications (for example an A-level or high grade GCSE in maths). Applications from students without these qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered. Please note: MSc Accounting programme is a conversion degree and as such is not suitable for applicants who have studied accounting at the undergraduate level. For more details on pre-masters programmes please visit our website.

Months of entry


Course content

Oxford Brookes University has a strong strategic relationship with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). As such, studying this Accounting master degree is excellent preparation for a career in accounting, or a closely related profession like auditing or finance.

You will develop the all-round capabilities needed to be a successful accounting professional. These include teamworking, problem solving and communication, research and analytical skills.

The MSc Accounting consists of four taught modules, one elective module and the research project. The modules are as follows:

Business Concepts and Skills gives you an introduction to the fundamental business disciplines. You start by exploring how accounting practice relates to each business function. You will develop the study skills that you need to successfully complete this programme.

Managerial Accounting and Performance Management provides a detailed understanding of management accounting and its relevance for decision-making in a variety of organisations. Five main areas of management accounting are covered: cost accounting; decision making; budgeting; standard costing and variance analysis; and performance measurement. You will develop your technical ability and the ability to critically evaluate the techniques and processes.

Financial Accounting and Reporting provides an understanding of financial accounting techniques, from basic transaction records to international financial reporting. You will learn how to prepare and interpret financial statements and debate current issues in international financial accounting.

Corporate Finance Concepts considers how accounting and corporate finance issues are related. You will study the fundamental ideas and theories of corporate finance and how accounting practice links with corporate financial decisions.

Finance and Accounting Research Project incorporates research methods and a research project. This is a key component of the master's degree. The project provides you with an opportunity to explore a specialist area in depth. You have a choice to undertake a traditional dissertation or follow a structured research project which incorporates both theoretical and applied research. You will be provided with guidance and advice throughout the process.

Elective modules - You can choose either one or two elective modules from a choice of: Audit and Assurance; Corporate Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility; Finance in Context; Financial Modelling; International Business In Practice: Study Trip; International Finance.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will need: IELTS minimum 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking). If you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full time) you automatically meet our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Creative work10
Dissertation (12000 words)

Course contact details

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