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 this MSc Accounting and Finance programme assumes no prior accounting knowledge and teaching starts from an introductory level. This programme may not be suitable for applicants who have studied a considerable amount of accounting at the undergraduate level.
Months of entry
Course contentOn this master's degree you will learn the skills to make sense of accounting and financial information, analyse problems and participate fully in management decision making. It is an intensive programme which has nearly twice the teaching hours of a typical accounting and finance master's programme and covers financial accounting, management accounting and corporate finance. The Finance and Accounting Research Project will allow you to develop a deeper understanding in an area of interest.
You will develop the all-round capabilities needed to be a successful accounting or finance professional. These include teamworking, problem solving and communication, research and analytical skills.
The MSc Accounting and Finance is made up of five compulsory taught modules, one elective module and a research project. You can view the course structure in the downloads section on the right. The compulsory modules are as follows:
Skills and Techniques for Accounting and Finance provides the essential skills you require to study accounting and finance. You learn mathematics, statistics and book keeping skills, providing the foundation for the rest of the 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.
Financial Markets and Institutions teaches you about the way markets and institutions link the users and providers of funds within financial systems. You will focus on asset pricing and market efficiency issues. You will study the effects that globalisation, technical innovation and regulatory change have on institutions.
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:
Corporate Social Responsibility
Audit and Assurance
Finance in Context
As our courses are reviewed regularly, course content and module choices may change from those listed in the course entry.
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.
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Course contact details
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